Nikon D60 Review Round-Up

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Imaging Resource

The Nikon D60 has a sensor resolution of 10.2 megapixels, and offers ISO sensitivity ranging from 100 to 1,600, with the ability to extend this to ISO 3,200 using the Hi-1 setting. The Nikon D60 makes a really excellent entry-level model for those just making the move to an SLR. Even for established photographers, the D60 is a pleasure to use, making a great second (or even first) body. … The D60 maintains the same body design and control layout as the earlier models, with a grip that’s remarkably comfortable for a wide range of hand sizes. Best of all, image quality is, if anything, improved. Bottom line, this is another excellent model for Nikon in the entry-level DSLR derby. … No matter how you look at it, the Nikon D60 stands up well against the competition, with great image quality at all speeds, and near-perfect utility as a family camera. It’s very fun to use … polite, attractive, and well-built; just the kind of companion you want to have along on your next family outing. READ FULL REVIEW

Other Nikon D60 Reviews

Camera Labs

Nikon’s D60 is the successor to the D40x, and virtually identical to this model. It shares the same 10.2 Megapixel sensor, the same 2.5in screen, same 3fps continuous shooting and virtually the same body. New to the D60 are a stop-motion recording mode, eye sensors which switch the screen off, Active D-Lighting which can adjust the tonal range of your photos, an anti-dust system and a kit lens with VR stabilisation. Like the D40 and D40x though, you’ll still need AF-S lenses to autofocus – non AF-S models become manual focus only. The D60 may be lacking Live View and have a basic 3-point AF system, but like the D40, it’s here because it remains a very usable camera which is easy to operate and delivers great results with little effort. A good choice, but compare carefully with its rivals. READ FULL REVIEW

Digital Photography Review

The D60, like the D40X it replaces offers a real performance boost (both in resolution and shooting speed) and the refinements to the user interface, the addition of D-Lighting, the excellent dynamic range and the new kit lens and dust reduction system make an excellent camera just that little bit better. The new Expeed processing reduces the visibility of chroma noise at higher ISO settings (and allows the D60 to offer a few new tricks) but the difference in output is subtle to say the least; it’s still bright, vivid and ‘consumer friendly’ (though purists may find it a little over-saturated by default). The D60 has great output that’s easy to achieve even for a total novice, thanks to an excellent exposure and metering system; fast, responsive operation; excellent ergonomics and an easy to master feature set that is just sophisticated enough to allow users to explore the more advanced aspects of photographic technique without being so over complex they can’t be bothered. READ FULL REVIEW

Steve’s Digicams

The new Nikon D60 is quite impressive for an entry-level dSLR, offering superb performance, great image quality, and multiple exposure options. The 3fps continuous drive mode (or 3.5fps in our testing), Sensor Cleaning system and onboard HELP Menu are distinct improvements for this soon to be popular camera. As the successor to the D40x, the D60 is sure to please the novice shooter – or even the seasoned photographer seeking a lighter camera for those long days of shooting. The latest technology is available on the D60 including Eight Digital Vari-Programs and a variety of Retouch Menus, including Quick Retouch, Stop-motion Movie and NEF (RAW) Processing. The Nikon D60 digital SLR package offers an outstanding value. You get the experience and reliability of Nikon along with a large selection of accessories. READ FULL REVIEW

CNET

Nikon’s D60 checks in with a healthy 10.2-megapixel CCD sensor, a slightly small-by-comparison 2.5-inch LCD, and an upgraded, optically stabilized kit lens. While those features are nice, the D60 falls behind the competition in several areas in terms of its specifications. The D60 performed well in our lab tests, showing a slight improvement over the D40x in its low-light shutter lag and RAW shot-to-shot times, but was a tad slower on start up … Image quality from the Nikon D60 is very nice, though our numerically based color accuracy test, and close side-by-side scrutiny with images from other very accurate (and more expensive) models, showed that its images aren’t quite as color accurate as competitive cameras we have tested so far. … Unless you’re completely fanatical about colors being represented absolutely exactly as they exist, then it shouldn’t be a major issue for you. This is especially true since the D60 turned in pleasing, if slightly over-saturated, colors and in other ways its image quality is nice for a camera of its class. READ FULL REVIEW

Photo.net

Nikon’s new D60 appears to be a replacement for the D40X, though Nikon doesn’t explicitly say that. The cameras seem very similar indeed, with what seems to be an identical body and mostly identical specifications. The D60 adds “active d-lighting”, which helps to maximize dynamic range, an improved system to keep the sensor free of dust, an eye sensor function, which turns off the LCD when the user looks through the viewfinder, and an electronic rangefinder display, which indicates the deviation from the in-focus point when using manual focus mode. Also new on the D60 is a new Stop-motion feature – a stop-motion animation. This is essentially a consecutive playback of still images, which can be created from a sequence of JPEG images. … Overall, the performance and quality is good and it’s a great value in a small package. The D60 is ideal for an entry-level enthusiast or for photographers looking for a less expensive back up camera or a travel camera. READ FULL REVIEW

Ken Rockwell

The Nikon D60 is a “sucker” camera sold mostly to people who are not professional photographers, but who are impressed by meaningless megapixels. Megapixels have nothing to do with picture quality. The less expensive D40 is the same thing as the D60, but better. The D40 is the professional’s vacation camera. It’s what I take when I’m on vacation or with family, too. Save your money and get the D40 instead. The D40’s faster sync speed is invaluable for use with flash outdoors, and the extra light sensitivity in normal use will help make sharper pictures. These three cameras (D40, D40x, D60) otherwise, for most users, are identical. Compare them in person and you’ll see. Megapixels don’t matter. READ FULL REVIEW

PopPhoto

The D60 looks just like the D40x, it has the same-megapixel sensor, and the two share an autofocus system, LCD monitor, and battery. But its intended audience — first-time DSLR owners — will be thrilled when they see how much faster and more capable this camera is than any digital compact. Its menu controls are extensive, though you can leave them in a simple mode, selecting up to four colored backgrounds, and saving custom settings for different photographers. Plus, as on the D40x, all functions can be demonstrated with the help of thumbnail photos on the LCD. In all, for those ready to make the leap from a compact to a DSLR, the D60 is a great place to land. READ FULL REVIEW

Photo Review

Nikon is touting its D60 model as ‘one of the smallest Nikon digital SLRs ever’. Released less than a year after the slightly lighter D40, it’s identical in size and also the same size and weight as D40x that followed. It also has the same 10.2-megapixel CCD sensor and a very similar feature set to the D40x. Pictures from the test camera were generally sharp, although the AF system had occasional problems with focusing and tended to hunt in dim lighting and with fast-moving subjects. With stationary subjects the powerful AF light reduced hunting to a minimum and was effective with close subjects after dark. By current standards, the review camera showed relatively slow response times, although it was quick to start … A new addition to the D60’s playback menu is a Retouch Menu for in-camera editing adjustments. A rather odd addition … is the ability to create a stop-motion movie from a sequence of shots. It’s an odd little novelty that’s probably more at home on a digicam than a DSLR but may please entry-level users. READ FULL REVIEW

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