Nikon D60 Review Summary
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.
|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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Nikon D60 Facts
Sensor-Size: 24 x 16mm
Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI
|10 Megapixels DSLR||ISO 100-3200|
|Nikon F Mount|
|Full manual controls, including Manual Focus|
|Automatic Eye-Start sensor||Custom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning|
|Built-in Dust Reduction||Spot-Metering|
|3 FPS Drive, Unlimited Images||Hot-Shoe|
|3" LCD 230K Pixels||Lithium-Ion Battery|
|Secure Digital High Capacity|
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