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The compact 10.2-MP D60 delivers breathtaking picture quality and the versatile handling of a D-SLR, yet is incredibly compact, easy and fun to use. ...

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Review of "Nikon D60"

published 24/04/2009 | andrewjrvhunt
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Excellent
Pro Small (for a D-SLR), practical, easy to use, nice touches
Cons slightly heavy, relatively low FPS for burst mode, doesn't operate as a usb drive on the computer
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"Great Entry Level D-SLR"

Recently my sister got one of these cameras, and I was lucky enough to be allowed to use it. It was a pleasure to use, even great fun. It offers great functionality for a fraction of the price of some D-SLRs. Much better than any compact camera I have ever used.

Construction


As with any SLR, this camera can be quite large if you are used to the bog-standard compacts you usually see. Then again, my Fujifilm E900 is already a large camera. However, the D60 is quite small for a SLR, especially compared to some of the professional monsters you see. It's also quite heavy, but not to the point of being uncomfortable. The camera uses the SD card, which is the de-facto standard for most cameras, which is pleasing, seeing as most D-SLRs used to use CF cards. The supplied battery is a Nikon proprietary standard, but lasts for quite a while (I didn't do any specific tests, but I got about 800 photos before needing to charge).

Handling


The camera is rather good for taking pictures with: it offers the usual PSAM, an Auto mode, and specialised portrait/landscape etc. modes. It was great to have a camera with which (at last) I could also take free length exposures. If you are in any of the PSAM modes there is a handy on screen illustration of aperture width which aids you in setting the shot up. There are unfortunately only three Autofocus points. Metering is also limited to 5 point matrix, centre weighted or average modes. A nice touch is a sensor detecting when you bring your eye up to the viewfinder, and therefore switches off the monitor, saving electricity. You cannot preview your photo on the screen (you have to look through the viewfinder) before you take it, unlike on a compact where you see the picture on the screen before taking, but this is perfectly normal for a D-SLR. The buttons and scroll wheel are conveniently located making it quite easy to adjust your settings while looking through the viewfinder, once you have memorised which of the two most commonly used buttons is which. By pressing another button at the bottom of the screen you can also get straight to a menu allowing changing of AF-mode, ISO and similar settings. The camera can detect when you turn it on its side, changing both its shooting screen, and also recording this in the picture, eliminating all that irritating turning of pictures. The burst mode is also rather good, albeit only offering 3Fps, but this is still excellent compared to my compact. For really fast picture taking you usually have to give out thousands anyway.

Viewing Pictures


The camera is quite good for editing and viewing pictures. Since the pictures are automatically rotated on taking, you don't have to turn the camera. You can crop, overlay and otherwise change photos, and there's also the option of making stop-motion movies using photo sequences you have made. (This is more of a gimmick than anything else - I have yet to find a practical use for this.)

Connectivity


The camera can work with Windows, Mac, and also Linux: it uses the PTP mode for transferring pictures: software is supplied for Windows and Mac (I haven't tested either, but my sister says the windows one works well, also in Vista). I used it under GNU/Linux (Kubuntu 8.04) using digiKam. (The camera, irritatingly, cannot be mounted as an ordinary file system under any OS, and needs some interface software.) It was slightly slow transferring pictures, but this was because I had about 4GB of pictures, and also partly because of my aged hardware (a ultra portable laptop from '03). You can also simply take the SD card out and put it in an appropriate reader. There is also a cable allowing you to connect the camera to your TV, if you wish to view your pictures there, which can be useful.

In Short


This is an excellent SLR to get if you are on a slightly tighter budget. If you have lots of money to spare though I would go for one of the more expensive Nikon D2 models, which are however quite a large investment. This is the camera to get if you want to take good photos without having to pay a fortune.

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  • Classicc published 03/09/2016
    A great review
  • tac20 published 17/07/2009
    Exceptional review - very helpful in helping me decide whether to invest in this or not - it sounds good!
  • maa1506 published 24/04/2009
    Very interesting review
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Product Information : Nikon D60

Manufacturer's product description

The compact 10.2-MP D60 delivers breathtaking picture quality and the versatile handling of a D-SLR, yet is incredibly compact, easy and fun to use. Nikon's high-performance, 10.2-megapixel DX-format CCD imaging sensor and exclusive EXPEED image processing concept provide added cropping freedom and the ability to make larger prints. With fast startup and split-second shutter response, the D60 eliminates the frustration of shutter delay, capturing moments that other cameras miss. Capture sports action, precious moments and fleeting expressions at up to 3 frames per second, for as many as 100 consecutive JPEG images. Nikon's Active Dust Reduction System activates automatically, along with Airflow Control technology to reduce the amount of dust that reaches the sensor. Intuitive controls and an onboard HELP Menu System with Assist Images make the D60 truly easy to use, enabling everyone to capture beautiful memories perfectly. Nikon's original digital image processing concept, EXPEED, comprehensively optimizes pictures, shot after shot. Beautifully styled, the D60 makes high-performance digital SLR photography easier and more convenient than ever. You'll be amazed at the power packed into a camera that weighs just over 16 ounces. Playback images are easy to see and function menus are easier to use with a larger and brighter color LCD monitor. The large 2.5-inch LCD monitor enables image preview at up to 19 times magnification and has large type fonts with easy-to-view menus. Auto rotating LCD display provides automatic horizontal and vertical graphic display orientation. The D60's Assist Images help you select the appropriate settings for many camera features by showing an example image typical of that setting, as well as an advanced HELP Menu for the current item selected. The D60's Question Mark icon (?) indicates that help is available for the currently selected item; just press the HELP button beside the LCD monitor to see a context-sensitive HELP page. The D60's 3D Color Matrix Metering II evaluates each scene for brightness, color, contrast, size and position of shadows and highlights, selected focus area and camera-to-subject distance, comparing that information against an onboard database of more than 30,000 actual photographic scenes. The result delivers instantly and precisely determined exposures for each scene, even in challenging lighting conditions. The D60's Optimize Image setting lets photographers adjust color, contrast and sharpening, as well as other image settings, according to the type of scene or output desired. Settings include: Normal, Softer, Vivid, More Vivid, Portrait, Custom and Black and White, each of which are automatically adjusted based on sophisticated Nikon algorithms or user-selected settings for optimum results. Nikon's innovative i-TTL flash control evaluates flash exposure with incredible precision to achieve better automatic flash balance and deliver outstanding results. The built-in Speedlight is always readyto bring beautiful exposuresto darkened conditions, as well as add sparkle for fill flash in outdoor situations for enhanced twilight shots or an added impact to daylight images. In low-light or back-light situations, added illumination from the built-in Speedlight can make the difference between an average snapshot and a dazzling picture. The D60's advanced 3-Area AF system and the refined algorithms inherited from more advanced Nikon digital SLR cameras deliver fast, efficient and precise Autofocus. AF refinements deliver greater precision with fast, more consistent subject acquisition and improved focus tracking for consistently sharper pictures.

Product Details

Product Description: Nikon D60 - digital camera AF-S DX 18-55mm lens, Nikon D60 - digital camera AF-S DX 18-105mm lens, Nikon D60 - digital camera AF-S DX 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses, Nikon D60 - digital camera - body only, Nikon D60 - digital camera, Nikon D60 - Black Gold Special Edition - digital camera - body only

Product Type: Digital SLR Camera, Digital SLR

Lens Included: AF-S DX 18-55mm lens, AF-S DX 18-105mm lens, AF-S DX 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses, Body only

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Image Processor: EXPEED

Sensor Resolution: 10.2 Megapixel

Lens System: 3 x zoom lens - 18 - 55 mm - f/3.5-5.6 G ED II Nikon AF-S DX, 5.8 x zoom lens - 18 - 105 mm - f/3.5-5.6 G Nikon AF-S DX ED VR, 3 x zoom lens - 18 - 55 mm - f/3.5-5.6 G Nikon AF-S DX VR, 3 x zoom lens - 18 - 55 mm - f/3.5-5.6 G Nikon AF-S DX

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Min Focus Distance: 28 cm, 45 cm

Camera Flash: Pop-up flash

Viewfinder: Optical - eye-level penta-dach mirror

Display: LCD display - 2.5"

Supported Battery: 1 x Nikon EN-EL9 Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio

Microsoft Certification: Certified for Windows Vista

Dimensions (WxDxH): 12.6 cm x 6.4 cm x 9.4 cm

Weight: 495 g

Flash Memory / Form Factor: SD/SDHC Memory card

LCD Display Size: 2.5

Auto Focus: TTL phase detection

Optical Sensor / Optical Sensor Type: CCD

Memory Type: External

Camera Flash / Type: Built-in flash

Manufacturer: Nikon

Optical Sensor / Sensor Resolution: 10.2

Image Stabiliser: Optical

Lens System (2nd): 3.6 x zoom lens - 55 - 200 mm - f/4.0-5.6 G ED Nikon AF-S DX, 3.6 x zoom lens - 55 - 200 mm - f/4.0-5.6 G Nikon AF-S DX VR

Colour: Black

General

MPN: VBA-210-K001, VBA210K006, VBA210KG13, NIK970, VBA210KU01, VBA210AB, VBA210KG15, VBA210KU02, VBA-210-K002, VBA210K003, 25436, VBA210KG12, 9609, D60, 25438, 25459

Product Type: Digital camera - SLR

Lens Included: AF-S DX 18-55mm lens, AF-S DX 18-105mm lens, AF-S DX 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses, Body only

Sensor Resolution: 10.2 Megapixel

Optical Sensor Type: CCD

Total Pixels: 10,750,000 pixels

Effective Sensor Resolution: 10,200,000 pixels

Optical Sensor Size: 15.8 x 23.6mm

Field of View Crop Factor: 1.5

Sensor Dust Reduction: Yes

Optical Zoom: 3 x, 5.8 x

Image Processor: EXPEED

Auto Focus: TTL phase detection

Auto Focus Points (Zones) Qty: 3

Image Recording Format: JPEG, RAW + JPEG, NEF (RAW)

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio

Image Stabiliser: Optical

Enclosure Colour: Black

Exposure & White Balance

Light Sensitivity: ISO 100, ISO 800, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 1600, ISO 3200

Exposure Metering: Centre-weighted, spot, 3D colour matrix II

Exposure Metering Zones: 420

Exposure Modes: Programme, bulb, automatic, manual, aperture-priority, shutter-priority, i-TTL program flash

Shooting Programs: Landscape, portrait mode, close-up, night portrait, Children, sports mode

White Balance: Custom, automatic, presets

Max Shutter Speed: 1/4000 sec

Min Shutter Speed: 30 sec

Exposure Compensation: ±5 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps

X-sync Speed: 1/200sec

Exposure Range: EV 0-20 ( ISO 100 )

Lens System

Type: 3 x zoom lens - 18 - 55 mm - f/3.5-5.6 G ED II Nikon AF-S DX, 5.8 x zoom lens - 18 - 105 mm - f/3.5-5.6 G Nikon AF-S DX ED VR, 3 x zoom lens - 18 - 55 mm - f/3.5-5.6 G Nikon AF-S DX VR, 3 x zoom lens - 18 - 55 mm - f/3.5-5.6 G Nikon AF-S DX

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Min Focus Distance: 28 cm, 45 cm

Max View Angle: 76 degree(s)

Zoom Adjustment: Manual

Lens Construction: 5 groups / 7 elements, 11 groups / 15 elements, 8 groups / 11 elements

Filter Size: 52 mm, 67 mm

Lens System Mounting: Nikon F

Features: ED glass, Silent Wave Motor (SWM), aspherical lens

Camera Flash

Camera Flash: Pop-up flash

Guide Number (m / ISO 100): 12

Flash Modes: Fill-in mode, rear curtain sync, slow synchro, auto mode, flash OFF mode, red-eye reduction

Features: AF illuminator, flash +/- compensation

Additional Features

Continuous Shooting Speed: 3 frames per second

Self Timer Delay: 10 sec, 2sec, 5 sec, 20sec

Flash Terminal: Hot shoe

Additional Features: Direct print, USB 2.0 compatibility, date/time stamp, DPOF support, display brightness control, digital image rotation, camera orientation detection, PictBridge support, histogram display, highlight point display, text input to Exif header

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: Optical - eye-level penta-dach mirror

Field Coverage: 95%

Magnification: 0.8x

Dioptric Correction Range: -1.7 to +0.5

Display

Type: 2.5" LCD display

Resolution: 230,000 pixels

Display Features: Built-in

Connections

Connector Type: 1 x composite video output ¦ 1 x USB

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Software

Software: Drivers & Utilities

Miscellaneous

Certified for Windows Vista: Certified for Windows Vista software and devices have undergone compatibility tests for ease-of-use, better performance and enhanced security.

Included Accessories: Eyepiece cover, battery charger, dust cap, body cap, lens cap, neck strap, USB cable, eyecup, shoe cap

Battery

Battery Type: Nikon EN-EL9

Details: 1 x Nikon EN-EL9 Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )

Memory / Storage

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Supported Memory Cards: MultiMediaCard, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card

Image Storage: RAW 3872 x 2592 ¦ JPEG 3872 x 2592 ¦ JPEG 2896 x 1944 ¦ JPEG 1936 x 1296

Included Memory Card: 1 GB SD

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 12.6 cm

Depth: 6.4 cm

Height: 9.4 cm

Weight: 495 g

Environmental Parameters

Max Operating Temperature: 40 °C

Min Operating Temperature: 0 °C

Lens System (2nd)

Features: ED glass, Silent Wave Motor (SWM)

Filter Size: 52 mm

Lens Construction: 9 groups / 13 elements, 11 groups / 15 elements

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Type: 3.6 x zoom lens - 55 - 200 mm - f/4.0-5.6 G ED Nikon AF-S DX, 3.6 x zoom lens - 55 - 200 mm - f/4.0-5.6 G Nikon AF-S DX VR

Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera: 82.5 - 300mm

Min Focus Distance: 95 cm, 1.1 m

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