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Nikon D60 Summary

10 Megapixels10 MegapixelsSingle Lens ReflexSingle Lens ReflexContinuous DriveContinuous DriveManual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringAccepts Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

Nikon D60 Assessment

The D60 is the latest refinement in Nikon's entry-level DSLR range. It is one of the smallest DSLRs ever made and features a simple feature-set, not to confuse people getting their first DSLR. Although it cannot be compared with high-end Nikon cameras, the Nikon D60 features strong ergonomics and build quality for its price.

Among entry-level DSLRs, the Nikon D60 is among the fastest in terms of responsiveness. Image quality is very good with low image noise, accurate colors and good retention of details. The only truly weak point of its image quality is a tendency to overexpose which occurs more often than with competing models.

In terms of competition, the Nikon D60 faces the Canon Digital Rebel XS, the Sony Alpha A200
Sony Alpha A200
and the Pentax K200D. Most differences in image quality between these cameras are more likely due to the choice of lens than the sensor. Feature wise, the K200D leads the pack with not only built-in stabilization, like Sony's Alpha 200, but also weather-proofing and convenient use of standard AA batteries. The advantage of the D60 is that Nikon has a much more extensive lens line-up than Pentax or Sony. Canon, on the other hand, has the widest selection of lenses but has compromised more on ergonomics and build-quality in its entry-level offerings than Nikon.

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PROS CONS
Accurate image colors Tendency to over-expose
Low image noise and good retention of details Poor automatic white-balance in artificial light
Extremely responsive Limited interface control
Eye-start sensor Below average battery-life
Good focusing accuracy No depth-of-field preview
Good build quality No bracketing
Good ergonomics, may be too small though Behavior of Auto ISO somewhat strange
In camera RAW processing Exposure step cannot be changed, always 1/3 EV
No auto focus support for prime lenses due to lack of auto focus motor
No support for legacy non-CPU lenses
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Sister Models
Nikon D40 - 6 Megapixels, ISO 200 Minimum, 2.5 FPS, No eye-start sensor
Nikon D40X - No eye-start sensor
Nikon D80 - Dual control-wheels, Larger viewfinder, No eye-start sensor, Bracketing modes, Kelvin WB, No dust-reduction, 26 Image Buffer
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By Neocamera on 2008-07-18

Nikon D60 Highlights


SLR digital camera

Sensor-Size: 24 x 16mm

APS-C Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

10 Megapixels DSLRISO 100-3200
Nikon F Mount
1.5X FLM
Shutter 1/4000-30s
95% Coverage
Medium Viewfinder
Full manual controls, including Manual Focus
Automatic Eye-Start sensorCustom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning
Built-in Dust ReductionSpot-Metering
3 FPS Drive, Unlimited ImagesHot-Shoe
3" LCD 230K PixelsLithium-Ion Battery
Secure Digital High Capacity
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