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Am I only able to look thru the viewfinder?

I'm used to looking on the screen on the back of my old digital camera when taking pictures...am I not able to do so with the Nikon D40? Thanks!!

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  • thebikerbob Apr 24, 2008

    my D40 did let me see through screen while before & during shooting now it stopped

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That's because the Nikon D40x does not have Live View. Up until a couple of years ago, no DSLR's had live preview, due to the design of a DSLR over a point and shoot, as it has a pentamirror arrangement that effectivly deflects the light path to the viewfinder and only to the sensor when the internal mirror is raised. Early live preview models from Olympus had the world's first Live View system by flipping the mirror so that the picture preview could be seen on the rear monitor. Most manufacturers now incorporate Live View into most of their models but most Nikon consumer models do not as yet, apart from the newly relesed D90. The D40 and D40x are two year old designs and therefore do not have the more "modern" specs of say the Olympus E520 or Canon EOS450D. Most photographers trading up from a compact to a DSLR are surprised when they cannot use the monitor in the same way. However for most aspects of DSLR photography Live View is not something that is used all the time, low down shots, macro perhaps being the most convenient use, but for general photography there is no substitute for framing through the viewfinder, that's what we've been used to doing for over half a century! Besides as pointed out previously a DSLR is often too heavy to hand hold at arms length especially with a long lens.

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Unfortunately, most digital SLRs including the D40, do not include a 'live view' function that is found on all digital compact cameras.

This means that you will not be able to view the shot on the screen until it has been taken and there is no setting that will allow you to do so. Currently only Olympus SLRs include live view.

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