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I recently bought a Nikon D-40 and was wondering if there was a way to take pictures using the monitor rather than looking through the view finder. I have looked at the directions numerous times yet can't figure it out.

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Nope. The LCD is only for viewing images in playback mode, and for setting the menu choices. Very few digital SLR's have what you are looking for, which is most commonly called "live view". Frankly, it isn't a very easy thing to use on any camera I've seen, because you need to lock the mirror in the up positon, view your image on the LCD and compose the shot, then lower the mirror before you can take the picture. Once you're used to the eye-level viewfinder, I think you'll find it's just fine. Enjoy your D-40.

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It's probably a safety feature so you don't go blind from the light on the LCD.

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