Summary: 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.
Pros: Accurate image colors, Low image noise and good retention of details, Extremely responsive, Eye-start sensor, Good focusing accuracy, Good build quality, Good ergonomics, may be too small though, In camera RAW processing
Cons: Tendency to over-expose, Poor automatic white-balance in artificial light, Limited interface control, Below average battery-life, No depth-of-field preview, No bracketing, Behavior of Auto ISO somewhat strange, 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
Excerpt: We take a look at two new models that promise lots of features and extra value for money. At £530 with 18-55mm VR zoom, the Nikon D60 is the cheaper of the two and is aimed at DSLR novices, while the Sony, which has a guide price of £570 with 18-70mm lens, boasts a higher resolution. As Daniel Lezano discovers, both offer much for the money.
Summary: The D60 risks being not quite friendly enough for beginners and not quite techy enough for advanced users, but if you just want a simple, easy to use SLR that shoots gorgeous, high resolution images, it fits the bill. The Sony A200 is well worth a look at this price, too.
Conclusion: The D60 takes the successful formula established in the D40 / D40X and, well, if we're being honest, doesn't do a great deal with it at all - the leap from D40 to D40X was a lot greater than the step up from D40X to D60 (even if Nikon's naming convention might seem to imply the opposite).
Pros: Good resolution and detail (especially at lower ISO settings), Good dynamic range (better than D40 and slightly better than D40X), Surprisingly good build quality, tight shut lines, New Dust removal system and very useful manual focus rangefinder, Very compact and lightweight yet still comfortable to use, New kit lens offers good optical performance and effective image stabilization, Great in-use performance, very responsive, short black-out time, very fast media writ...
Cons: No lens motor in body means non-AF-S/AF-I lenses are manual focus only, Disappointingly RAW+JPEG setting only records Basic quality JPEG's, Default settings a little on the soft side at a pixel level, High ISO performance good, but not as good as best in class, No exposure or white balance bracketing, No hard buttons (without customizing) for ISO or White Balance, No depth-of-field preview, Fixed exposure steps (1/3 EV), Disappointing automatic white balance performan...
Excerpt: Nikon hit the bull's-eye with its entry-level 6.1MP Nikon D40 and 10.2MP D40x DSLRs. The low price and high performance of both cameras lured scores of compact-shooters into the Nikon DSLR fold. Now, Nikon is predicting that its latest model, the 10.2MP D60 ($749, street, with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G Vibration Reduction AF-S DX Nikkor lens), will be an even bigger hit.
Conclusion: For a few fancy new features, the D60 is an improvement from the D40x. The street price is slightly more than the D40x was when released ($582; compared to the D40x at $549). 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.
Summary: The D60 is easy to use and capable of producing excellent results at lower ISO settings and it is a worthy successor to the D40x; certainly worth a look for anyone wanting to get that bit more from their photography in a compact, responsive package.
Pros: Compact size, Low ISO image quality, VR lens kit, Excellent features, Ease of use, Ergonomics
Cons: Noise at higher sensitivities, Small viewfinder, Slow processing multiple images and RAWs