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Nikon D60 - Review

With the Nikon D60 you come up 4 MPixels - 10.2 compared to the D40s 6.1. It has a reasonable price for the semi-professional.

I Love Nikon, since I own the professional analog Nikon F90x, the transfer to digital is very easy. Nikon has stayed with their design and structure. Now I also own a nikon D90, since it got video recording and a digital display on top of the camera. But it cost twice alot and the D60 is still a great camera, with the current  best price Ive found of 519 from Amazon its a really great buy.

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Nikon D60 key features

  • 10 megapixel DX format CCD (1.5x FOV crop)
  • Nikon EXPEED processing 'concept' (as per D300, D3)
  • 3D Color Matrix Metering II, 420 pixel sensor
  • Multi-CAM530 three area AF sensor
  • New Image sensor cleaning system
  • Eye sensor (turns off LCD display)
  • ISO sensitivity range 100 - 1600 plus HI 1 (3200 equiv.)
  • 3.0 fps continuous shooting*, unlimited in JPEG
  • No status LCD, LCD monitor based status / settings screens (now rotates)
  • Help suggestions on LCD monitor (eg. scene too dark, try using flash)
  • Large 2.5" 230,000 pixel LCD monitor
  • Short shutter lag and viewfinder blackout
  • Support for SDHC (SD cards over 2 GB in capacity)
  • In-camera retouching
    • Quick Retouch
    • D-Lighting (shadow / highlight enhancement)
    • Red-eye reduction
    • Trimming
    • Monochrome
    • Filter effects
    • Small picture
    • Image overlay
    • Raw processing
    • Stop-motion movie
  • USB 2.0 with PTP and Mass Storage device support
  • Very compact, light body
  • Improved menu user interface
  • EN-EL9 Lithium-Ion battery (7.2V, 1000 mAh)
  • New stabilized AF-S DX 18-55 mm kit lens

Differences compared to the D40X

  • EXPEED processing
  • Image sensor cleaning system with Airflow control system
  • Automatically rotating user interface (for using camera vertically orientated)
  • Stop motion movie function
  • New stabilized kit lens (AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR)
  • Eye sensor
  • Electronic 'rangefinder' for manual focus
  • Active D-Lighting with dedicated button
  • In-camera Raw processing
  • New JPEG retouch effects (Cross Star and Color Intensifier)

* Slower with noise reduction enabled

Different statements about the Nikon D60

ABOUT UPGRADING FROM D40X - I owned the D40X previously. The differences between two are too small to justify upgrading from D40x. If you own D40 and would like more resolution then D60 may fit the bill. For D40x owners only real advantage is the VR lens which is probably only slightly better than the non-VR one that comes with D40x (for the zoom range of 18-55mm). Off course I am not forgetting D-Lighting which is a much touted feature but I didn't see noticeable difference in quality. Using Active D-Lighting makes the camera take longer to save pictures. It could take a few seconds before you can review the photo on LCD.

PRICE - If you are looking for an easy to use DSLR which take excellent photos and can afford it then buy it. I would definitely recommend D60 over D40x (unless you are saving a couple of hundred dollars or more). If you are on a budget then go with D40 which is an excellent camera and should now be even cheaper.

LENS - If you are buying this camera (or D40), I highly recommend getting 55-200 VR lens which is around $200. Add that to the kit lens and throw in an SB-400 or SB-600 flash and you'll have a set up that is hard to beat for about a grand. D60 is a lot of camera in a small body.

PRICE COMPARED TO CANON - After having the camera for a few months, I still love it. It produces pictures as good as or better than Canon's new Xsi and for a lot less. At around $630 for the kit, it is a great deal.

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