D5100 autofocus how much better than D40?

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GeoffH
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D5100 autofocus how much better than D40?
Feb 10, 2012

My current camera is a D40. I usually use the 18-105 or 70-300 VR lenses. I'm seriously considering upgrading to a D5100 for the higher pixel couint, better high ISO IQ, and the better LCD screen. The one thing that is hard to tell from the reviews is how much better the autofocus system is on the D5100 compared to the D40. Please pipe in if you have had both and can comment on this from experience. Most of my photography is static subjects, but sometimes I do birds or airplanes in flight, and that is the one time the D40 seems to be a bit slow to focus.

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