Nikon D60 Review - DX DSLR Camera

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Don't Pass up the D60
Because it's Called Entry Level

Nikon D60-Left AngleNikon D60 DX 10MP Digital SLR Camera Review Introduced January 28, 2008 - If you can afford it, get the D90 instead. For people looking for their first DSLR camera, the D60 is a great choice If you're looking the DSLR that can do many wonderful things but don't have a whole lot to spend, this is the camera to get. It is very easy to use and provides excellent images without requiring a lot of technical knowledge. Don't pass up the D60 just because it's called "entry level". This unassuming camera is very well made, doesn't cost a fortune, has a lot of features, and is capable of producing stunning photos, depending on the user.

Remember: it's not the camera, it's the photographer. Maybe, maybe a good fast lens would improve your style. Like most things in life, it doesn't really matter how "good" or how expensive the equipment is, it's really how "well" you can use it. You could own the best tennis racket in the world, but Roger Federer will still beat you with a wooden racket any day. To a great extent this is the argument for the D60. It has more than adequate attributes to produce impressive pictures.

Take the time to learn all the functions, you'll find that for an entry level DSLR, it's a great camera. If you think about it, all you really need in a camera are controls for shutter speed, aperature, and focus. For most of the people looking at this camera, 95% of the time you'll be shooting in auto or aperature-priority mode. The only other settings you might touch from time to time are the ISO and white balance settings.

Features

The D60 is the third version of Nikon's compact, user-friendly entry-level SLR line that started back in 2006 with the D40 (which replaced the first Nikon 'starter' model, the D50). The original D40 was a hugely important camera for Nikon and can be given a lot of the credit for the resurgence in Nikon's fortunes at the volume end of the SLR market (which had been totally dominated by Canon since the launch of the EOS 300D / Digital Rebel).

The D40's success (which continued long after the D40X made its swift appearance only 6 months later) isn't hard to explain; it was keenly priced, nicely designed and built and capable of excellent results. It was also a camera that proved cameras do not sell on megapixels alone (even at launch its 6MP resolution was far from 'cutting edge').  If you've  handled the D70 you will immediately see a strong resemblance in the D60, it's only when you start to examine the camera in a little more detail that you notice the differences. This camera can use all Nikon F-Mount Lenses, has an internal motor for A-I lenses.

The D60 succeeds the entry-level Nikon D40x and is succeeded by the D5000. The D60 features the Nikon EXPEED image processor introduced in the higher-end Nikon D3 and D300. The Nikon D60 is manufactured by Nikon factory in Ayuthaya, Thailand as well as most Nikon DSLRs.

The camera lacks a built in autofocus motor, which means that only Nikon lenses designated with AF-I and AF-S can be used in autofocus mode with the D40, D40X, D60, D3000, D3100 and D5000), and the lenses designated AF, AF-D, AF-G, or AF-N can only be used in manual focus mode. Many recent third-party lenses from Sigma, Tamron and Tokina now support compatible integrated focusing motors.

For Sigma, look for HSM - Hyper Sonic Motor
For Tamron, look for BIM - Built-In Motor for Nikon Cameras
And for Tokina, look for SD-M - Silent Drive-Module  autofocus motor.

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Specifications
Camera Type Single-lens reflex digital camera
Lens mount Nikon F mount (with AF contacts)
Effective picture angle Approx. 1.5 x lens focal length (Nikon DX format)
Effective pixels 10.2 million
Image sensor 23.6 x 15.8 mm CCD sensor
Total pixels 10.75 million
Dust-reduction system Image Sensor Cleaning, Airflow Control System, Image Dust Off reference data (optional Capture NX software required)
Image size (pixels) 3,872 x 2,592 [L], 2,896 x 1,944 [M], 1,936 x 1,296 [S]
File format NEF (RAW): 12-bit compressed
JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1:4), normal (approx. 1:8), or basic (approx. 1:16) compression
NEF (RAW)+JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
Media SD memory cards, SDHC compliant
File system DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0, DPOF (Digital Print Order Format), Exif 2.21 (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras), PictBridge
Text input Up to 36 characters of alphanumeric text input available
Date imprint Date, Date and Time, Date Counter, or Off selectable
Viewfinder Eye-level penta-Dach mirror single-lens reflex viewfinder
Frame coverage Approx. 95 % horizontal and 95 % vertical
Magnification Approx. 0.8 x (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1)
Eyepoint 18 mm (-1.0 m-1)
Diopter adjustment -1.7 to +0.5 m-1
Focusing screen Type B BriteView Clear Matte screen Mark V
Reflex mirror Quick return
Lens aperture Instant-return, electronically controlled
Shutter Type Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter
Shutter Speed 1/4,000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3 EV; Bulb, Time (optional Wireless Remote Control ML-L3 required)
Flash sync speed X=1/200 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/200 s or slower
Release mode Single frame, Continuous, Self-timer, Remote control (optional Wireless Remote Control ML-L3 required)
Frame advance rate Up to 3 fps (by selecting manual focus mode, rotating the mode dial to S or M, selecting a shutter speed of 1/250 s or faster, and using defaults for all other settings)
Self-timer Can be selected from 2, 5, 10 and 20 s duration
Exposure Metering TTL exposure metering using 420-segment RGB sensor
Exposure Metering method Matrix: 3D color matrix metering II (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses)
Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 8-mm circle in center of frame
Spot: Meters 3.5-mm circle (about 2.5 % of frame) centered on selected focus point (on center focus point when non-CPU lens is used)
Range Matrix or center-weighted metering: 0 - 20 EV
Spot metering: 2 - 20 EV (ISO 100, f/1.4 lens, 20C/68F)
Exposure meter coupling Combined CPU
Exposure mode Digital Vari-program (Auto, Auto [fl ash off], Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close up, Night portrait), Programmed auto (P) with fl exible program, Shutter-priority auto (S), Aperture-priority auto (A), Manual (M)
Exposure compensation -5 to +5 EV in increments of 1/3 EV
Exposure lock Luminosity locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button
ISO sensitivity ISO 100 - 1,600 in steps of 1 EV. Can also be set to approx. 1EV (ISO 3200 equivalent) above ISO 1600 (Recommended Exposure Index)
Active D-Lighting Can be selected from on (auto) or off
Autofocus Nikon Multi-CAM 530 autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, 3 focus points and AF-assist illuminator (range approx. 0.5-3 m/1 ft. 8 in.-9 ft. 10 in.)
Detection range -1 to +19 EV (ISO 100, 20C/68F)
Lens servo Autofocus: Single-servo AF (S), Continuous-servo AF (C), Auto-servo AF (A), Predictive focus tracking automatically activated according to subject status in single- and continuous-servo AF
Manual focus: Electronic rangefinder can be used
Focus point Selectable from three focus points
AF-area mode Single-point AF, dynamic-area AF, Closest subject AF
Focus lock Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
Built-in flash Guide number of 12/39 (m/ft., ISO 100, 20C/68F) or 13/43 in manual mode (m/ft., ISO 100, 20C/68F)
Auto, Portrait, Child, Close up, Night portrait modes: Auto fl ash with auto pop-up
P, S, A, M: manual pop-up with button release
Flash control TTL for digital SLR using 420-segment RGB sensor: i-TTL balanced fill-flash (with metering other than spot) and standard i-TTL fl ash (with spot metering) are available with built-in fl ash, SB-800, SB-600, or SB-400, and CPU lenses
Auto aperture: Available with SB-800 and CPU lenses
Non-TTL auto: Supported fl ash units include SB-800, SB-28, SB-27, SB-22S, SB-80DX and SB-28DX
Range-priority manual: Available with SB-800
Flash mode Front curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction with slow sync
Flash compensation -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 EV
Flash-ready indicator Lights when built-in flash or Speedlight such as SB-800, SB-600, SB-400 is fully charged, blinks after flash is fired at full output
Accessory shoe Standard ISO 518 hot-shoe contact with safety lock
Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS) Flash Color Information Communication supported with built-in fl ash and CLS compatible Speedlight
Advanced Wireless Lighting supported with SB-800, or SU-800 as commander
Sync terminal Hot Shoe Sync Terminal Adapter AS-15 (Optional)
White balance 8 modes (when Auto is selected, TTL white-balance with main image sensor and 420-segment RGB sensor is available), fine-tuning possible
Monitor 2.5-in., approx. 230k-dot, low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD, brightness adjustment and with automatic defeat via Eye Sensor
Playback Full frame and thumbnail (four or nine images) playback with playback zoom, stop-motion movies created with the D60, slide show, histogram display, highlights, and auto image rotation
USB Hi-Speed USB
Data transfer protocol: MTP, PTP
Video output Can be selected from NTSC and PAL
Supported languages Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish
Battery One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL9
AC adapter AC Adapter EH-5a (optional, used with optional Power Connector EP-5)
Tripod socket 1/4 in. (ISO 1222)
Temperature 0-40C (32-104F)
Humidity Less than 85% (non condensing)
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 126 x 94 x 64 mm (5.0 x 3.7 x 2.5 in.)
Weight Approx 495 g (1 lb. 1 oz.) without battery, memory card or body cap
Warranty Nikon 1 year limited warranty

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