Nikon D60 Review

The Nikon D60 is the third iteration of Nikon’s tiny and user-friendly entry-level SLR series, which began in 2006 with the introduction of the D40

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The Nikon D60 is the third iteration of Nikon’s tiny and user-friendly entry-level SLR series, which began in 2006 with the introduction of the D40 (which succeeded the Nikon D50 as the company’s first’starter’ model). Nikon’s fortunes at the volume end of the SLR market had been completely controlled by Canon ever since the debut of the EOS 300D/Digital Rebel, thus the introduction of the original D40 was a highly significant camera for the company.

The original D40 may be given a lot of the credit for the revival in Nikon’s fortunes at the volume end of the SLR market. It is not hard to understand the success of the D40, which persisted long after the D40X made its rapid arrival only six months later. The D40 was affordably priced, tastefully designed and constructed, and it was capable of producing good results. It was also a camera that demonstrated that megapixels are not the only factor that determines whether or not a camera will sell (even at launch, its 6MP resolution was far from being ‘class leading’).

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The D40X, which was positioned as a premium option to the D40 rather than its successor, did not fool about with the formula very much at all. It included a new sensor with more (ten) megapixels, a lower base ISO, and a slightly greater continuous shooting rate. The D60 is a straight successor for the D40X (the D40 will continue around for some time as Nikon’s cheap choice), and once again it is not a huge advance; the sensor stays the same (though it now includes a dust reduction mechanism), and the exterior design is essentially identical to the D40X’s.

There are a few new features, such as the same Expeed processing ‘concept’ seen in the D3 and D300, Active D-Lighting, an eye sensor (to control the screen display), and some tweaks to the interface, but perhaps the most significant change isn’t to the camera at all; the move to an optically stabilized version of the kit lens.

Nikon’s fun new features

To begin with, the D60 receives a new dust-removal system from most other digital SLRs available today. Additionally, it incorporates an eye-sensor that turns off the LCD when you place it to your eye just below the viewfinder eyepiece.

The other noteworthy development is the introduction of a new VR (Vibration Reduction) version of the 18-55mm kit lens, which we utilized for our review.

There isn’t much else to report. The D40 series’ D40 body design is “inherited” and pretty compact—possibly too small. The buttons on the rear do feel a little crowded because the body isn’t as tall as a larger camera, making it harder to hold it securely.

For newcomers

The D60 is made with beginners and those looking to enhance their photographic abilities in mind. The UI is appealing and easy to use for new users, but it could irritate more seasoned users. Pressing the “info” button to make the screen display interactive would be best. Then, using the navigational controller, you must highlight the option you wish to edit.

After choosing this, you can scroll up and down a list of choices by using the navigational buttons again. Although everything is quite clearly written out, it takes time.

It does feel like a waste of the Command dial on the camera. Couldn’t this be used to modify the menu selections here? There would be less of this tiresome button pressing, which would save some time.

Improvements to LCD screens

Since the D60 lacks a secondary LCD, all settings and status information are changed on the main screen on the back. This was a little annoying on the D40 and D40x because the LCD remained lit when you held the camera up to your eye and only turned off when you partially depressed the shutter release.

Now that Nikon has added a sensor below the viewfinder eyepiece, this problem has been resolved. The display goes away as soon as you bring the camera up to your eye. When you flip the camera to capture vertical images, the information display rotates, which is a beautiful feature.

The 18-55mm kit lens on the D60 is relatively lengthy despite the D60’s compact body, giving the device a generally imbalanced sense. The D60/lens combination is notably more extended than the Canon EOS 400D and the Olympus E-410, though it is hardly a significant difference.

Low-cost digital SLR

For this camera, there are now two kit lens options. With a list price of £500, the outdated non-VR Nikkor 18-55mm kit zoom is the cheapest option. However, for only £30 more, you can purchase a D60 equipped with Nikon’s new 18-55mm VR (Vibration Reduction) lens.

This is a great deal, and Nikon’s VR performs admirably. Given the cost, the lens also seems to be well-made. Although the front element rotates while focusing, making it less ideal if you use a polarizing filter, the zoom and focusing operations are suitable for a budget lens.

Excellent picture quality can be seen. The D60 can shoot both RAW and JPEG files, although while the RAW files have a more comprehensive dynamic range, there isn’t much of a difference in sharpness.

The JPEGs are entirely adequate as long as the exposure is set correctly. Unfortunately, only JPEGs of Basic quality can be taken simultaneously as RAW data. This is frustrating because it reduces how beneficial this feature could have been.

Image alterations

For some people, the variety of options for changing the image’s color and contrast may be bewildering.

On the mode dial, you can select a scene mode or change the color to one of several options, such as Standard, Softer, Vivid, Vivid+, and Black and White.

While the manual adjustments are excellent for photographers who want to use the more intuitive PASM modes and change the color settings manually, the scene modes are best for those who prefer to let the camera pick the locations.

Conversion to RAW

The D60, though, does more. For example, you may perform basic in-camera image optimization and improvement in playback mode.

Additionally, if you shoot RAW files, you can edit them on the camera. This lets you adjust various camera settings and create a second JPEG version of the image.

Instead, you can use the included View NX image browser to edit JPEGs on your computer. Even if just a few RAW conversion choices are available, this is still helpful.

Luminous effects

Interesting is the Active D-Lighting system. Despite already being present on the D300 and D3, this is another improvement over the D40x. Nikon’s D-Lighting system softens intense shadow detail without influencing the mid-tones and highlights.

Before, it was just a software adjustment made after the picture was taken. However, Active D-Lighting first performs the shadow-lightening technique while adjusting the exposure to ensure the image retains its vital highlight detail.

It occasionally works incredibly well in high-contrast images, preserving good detail in both the shadows and the highlights. However, shadow “masking” can sometimes be seen as a soft-edged “glow” surrounding the darker portions.

Restricted appeal

This is a common occurrence with this kind of shadow correction, not a defect with the Nikon equipment. It might be helpful or useless, depending on the situation.

The D60 receives good marks for both the quality of its pictures and the variety of options available for editing photos both during the taking and after they have been saved. However, although the control interface is simple, periodic modifications require excessive time.

The D60 is fantastic for beginners, but its attractiveness can diminish as you gain experience and desire to work more quickly.

Nikon D60 Specifications

Kit priceUK: £388 Body Only / £425 With 18-55mm VR
US: $630 Body Only / $750 With 18-55mm VR
Body colorBlack
Sensor• 23.6 x 15.8 mm CCD sensor
• Nikon DX format (1.5x FOV crop)
• 10.2 million effective pixels
• 10.8 million total pixels
• RGB Color Filter Array
• 12-bit A/D converter
Anti-dust measures• Image sensor cleaning system*
• Airflow control system*
• Image dust off from reference frame (using optional Capture NX software)
Image sizes• 3872 x 2592 (Large, 10.0 MP)
• 2896 x 1944 (Medium, 5.6 MP)
• 1936 x 1296 (Small, 2.5 MP)
Image quality• NEF (12-bit compressed RAW)
• JPEG fine (1:4)
• JPEG normal (1:8)
• JPEG basic (1:16)
• NEF (RAW) + JPEG basic
Color space• IIIa (sRGB – more green for colorful landscapes) default
• Ia (sRGB)
• II (Adobe RGB)
Lens mountNikon F mount (with AF contacts)
Lens compatibility• AF-S, AF-I
• Other Type G or D AF Nikkor
• Other AF Nikkor/AI-P Nikkor• Type D PC Nikkor• Non-CPU• IX Nikkor/AF Nikkor for F3AF-All functions supported
– All functions supported except autofocus
– All functions supported except autofocus and 3D Color Matrix Metering II
– All functions supported except some shooting modes
– Can be used in mode M, but exposure meter does not function; electronic range finder can be used if maximum aperture is f/5.6 or faster
– Cannot be used
Autofocus• Three-area TTL phase detection
• Nikon Multi-CAM530 autofocus module
• Only with AF-S or AF-I lenses
• Detection range: EV -1 to +19 (ISO 100 equivalent, at standard temperature)
Lens servo• Single-servo AF (AF-S)
• Continuous-servo AF (AF-C)
• Automatic AF-S/AF-C (AF-A)
• Manual focus (M)
AF Area mode• Single Area AF
• Dynamic Area AF
• Closest Subject Priority Dynamic Area AF
Focus trackingPredictive focus tracking automatically activated according to subject status in continuous-servo AF
Focus areaOne of three areas can be selected
Focus lockFocus can be locked by pressing the shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing the AE-L/AF-L button
AF AssistWhite light lamp
Exposure mode• Digital Vari-program
    – Auto
    – Flash off
    – Portrait
    – Landscape
    – Child
    – Sports
    – Close up
    – Night portrait
• Programmed auto (P) with a flexible program
• Shutter-priority auto (S)
• Aperture-priority auto (A)
• Manual (M)
MeteringTTL full-aperture exposure metering system
• 3D color matrix metering II
• 420 segment RGB sensor
• Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to an 8mm circle in the center of the frame
• Spot: Meters 3.5 mm circle (about 2.5% of frame) centered on the active focus area
Metering range• EV 0 to 20 (3D color matrix or center-weighted metering)
• EV 2 to 20 (spot metering) (ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens, 20 °C)
Meter couplingCPU coupling
Exposure compen.• +/- 5.0 EV
• 1/3 EV steps
AE LockExposure locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button
AE BracketingNone
Sensitivity• Auto
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800
• ISO 1600
• ISO 3200 Equiv. (HI 1)
Auto ISO options• On/Off
• Maximum ISO (200, 400, 800, or 1600)
• Minimum shutter speed (1 to 1/125 sec)
Shutter• Combined mechanical and CCD electronic shutter
• 30 to 1/4000 sec (1/3 EV steps)
• Flash X-Sync: up to 1/200 sec
• Bulb
White balance• Auto (TTL white-balance with 420 pixels RGB sensor)
• Six manual modes with fine-tuning
    o Incandescent
    o Fluorescent
    o Direct sunlight
    o Flash
    o Cloudy
    o Shade
• Preset white balance (immediate or from photo)
WB fine-tuningYes
Image parameters• Preset modes: Normal, Softer, Vivid, More Vivid, Portrait, B&W
• Sharpening: Auto, six levels
• Tone: Auto, five levels, Custom curve
• Color mode: Ia (sRGB), II (Adobe RGB), IIIa (sRGB)
• Saturation: Auto, three levels
• Hue: -9° to +9°
Viewfinder• Optically fixed eye-level
• Penta-mirror type
• Built-in dioptre adjustment (-1.7 to +0.5 m-1)
• Eye point: 18 mm (at -1.0 m-1)
• Frame coverage 95% (approx.)
• Viewfinder magnification approx. 0.8x with 50mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1
• Focusing screen: Type B BriteView clear matte screen Mark V with superimposed focus brackets
Viewfinder informationFocus indications, AE/FV lock indicator, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure/Exposure compensation indicator, Exposure mode, Flash output level compensation, Exposure compensation, Number of remaining exposures, Flash-ready indicator
LCD monitor• 2.5″ TFT LCD
• 230,000 pixel
• Features automatic defeat via Eye Sensor*
Built-in Flash• Auto pop-up in Auto, Vari-program modes
• Manual pop-up in P, S, A, or M modes
• Guide number approx. 12 at ISO 100
Sync contactX-contact only; Flash synchronization at shutter speeds of up to 1/200 sec
Flash control• TTL Flash control by 420-segment RGB sensor. I-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR and standard i-TTL fill-flash for digital SLR available when CPU lens is used with built-in Flash, SB-400, SB-800, and SB-600
• Auto aperture with SB-800 and CPU lenses
• Non-TTL auto with SB-800, 80DX, 28DX, 28, 27 and 22s
• Range-priority manual with SB-800
Flash mode• Auto, Portrait, Child, Close-up: Auto, auto with red-eye reduction; fill-flash and red-eye reduction available with optional Speedlight
• Night portrait: Auto, slow auto sync, slow auto sync with red-eye reduction; slow sync and slow sync with a red-eye reduction available with optional Speedlight
• Landscape, Sports: Fill-flash and red-eye reduction available with optional Speedlight
• P, A modes: Fill Flash, rear-curtain with slow sync, slow sync, slow sync with red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction
• S, M modes: Fill Flash, rear-curtain sync, red-eye reduction
Flash compensation• -3 to +1 EV
• 1/3 steps
Nikon Creative Lighting systemSupported with built-in Flash, SB-400, SB-800, and SB-600; Advanced Wireless Lighting supported with SB-800 or SU-800 as Commander.
Shooting modes• Single frame shooting (S) mode
• Continuous shooting (C) mode: approx. 3.0 frames per second (slower with NR)
• Self-timer/remote control mode.
Continuous buffer• JPEG: Limited only by storage
• RAW: Approx. 9 frames (shooting continues at a slower rate)
Self-timer• 2, 5, 10, or 20 sec
Remote control• Remote Control ML-L3 (optional, Infrared)
• Camera Control Pro software (optional)
Text inputUp to 36 characters of alphanumeric text input are available with LCD monitor and multi-selector, stored in EXIF header
Playback functions• Full frame
• Thumbnail (4 or 9 segments)
• Zoom (magnified)
• Slideshow
• Histogram indication
• Shooting data
• Highlight point display
• Auto image rotation
• Stop-motion movies created with D60*
Orientation sensorYes (Rotates user interface when using the camera in portrait orientation)*
Storage• Secure Digital / Secure Digital HC
• FAT / FAT32
• Supports firmware update via SD card
Video outputNTSC or PAL selectable
Connectivity• USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed)
• Mass storage / PTP selectable
• Video out
• DC-IN (optional AC adapter and adapter connector)
LanguagesChinese (Simplified and Traditional), Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish
PowerLithium-Ion battery pack EN-EL9 (7.4 V, 1000 mAh)
Working environment• 0 to 40°C (32 to 104°F)
• Less than 85% humidity
Dimensions126 x 94 x 64 mm (5.0 x 3.7 x 2.5 in)
Weight (no batt)471 g (1.0 lb)
Weight (inc. batt)522 g (1.2 lb)
Supplied accessoriesRechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL9, Quick Charger MH-23, USB Cable UC-E4, ViewNX, Rubber Eyecup DK-16, Camera Strap, Body Cap BF-1A, Eyepiece Cap DK-5, Accessory Shoe Cap BS-1
Optional accessoriesWireless Remote Control ML-L3, Capture NX, Camera Control Pro, AC Adapter Connector EP-5, AC Adapter EH-5, Video Cable EG-D100, Semi Soft-Case CF-DC1, Speedlight SB-800/600/T041/R1C1

Conclusion

The step up from the D40 to the D40X was significantly more significant than the step up from the D40X to the D60 (even though Nikon’s naming convention might seem to imply the opposite). This is because the D60 takes the successful formula established in the D40 / D40X and, if we’re being honest, doesn’t do much with it.

There are some excellent new features, and including the new “VR” (stabilized) kit lens is a wise choice that makes the entire package more enticing. Still, it’s fair to say that the D60 is more of a subtle improvement than a complete overhaul of Nikon’s best-selling entry-level model.

It’s not that this is a bad thing; the D40’s success (and continued success) can be attributed to the fact that it ticks all the right boxes for its target market: it’s compact, well-made, straightforward to use, produces excellent results, and—most importantly—it’s most reasonably priced Nikon digital SLR ever made.

The D60, like the D40X it replaces, offers a significant performance boost (both in terms of resolution and shooting speed), and the user interface improvements, D-addition, Lighting’s excellent dynamic range, the new kit lens, and the dust reduction system make an already perfect camera even better.

The D60 can now perform a few new tricks thanks to the further Expeed processing, which also lessens the visibility of chroma noise at higher ISO settings. However, the output difference is slight; it’s still vibrant, bright, and “consumer friendly” (though purists may find it a little over-saturated by default).

Nikon D60 Price

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Nikon D60 FAQs

Is a Nikon D60 a good camera?

Yes, the Nikon D60 is an excellent camera for those just starting out in photography or looking for an affordable choice. However, because it is an earlier model, it does not have some of the functions that are available on more recent cameras.

How old is the Nikon D60?

Since it was first introduced in 2008, the Nikon D60 is now more than ten years old.

How many megapixels is a Nikon D60?

The image sensor in the Nikon D60 has a resolution of 10.2 megapixels.

Is D60 a professional camera?

Due to the fact that it is an entry-level digital single-lens reflex camera, the Nikon D60 is not considered a professional camera.

Does the Nikon D60 have WIFI?

The Nikon D60 does not have the capability to connect to a WiFi network.

Is Nikon D60 suitable for beginners?

The Nikon D60 is an excellent choice for those just starting out in photography.

Is D60 a DSLR?

The Nikon D60 is, in fact, a digital single-lens reflex camera.

Does D60 have autofocus video?

The Nikon D60 does not have an autofocus recording function, unfortunately.

What is the shutter life of a Nikon D60?

The Nikon D60 has a shutter that has a life expectancy of up to 100,000 actuations.

Is D60 a full-frame camera?

The Nikon D60 is not a full-frame camera, despite popular belief. Instead, it is equipped with an APS-C camera.

What is the price of D60?

Even though it is an outdated edition, the Nikon D60 can still be purchased online for between $150 and $250.

Does Nikon D60 have a flash?

The Nikon D60 does come with its built-in light.

Does the Nikon D60 have autofocus?

The Nikon D60 does have an autofocus feature.

Does Nikon D60 have burst mode?

The Nikon D60 has a burst setting that can fire up to 3 pictures per second.

How do I use my Nikon D60 as a Webcam?

You will require a different capture card to use the Nikon D60 as a camera. This card can be purchased separately.

What video quality is Nikon D60?

The Nikon D60 can record high-definition video with a resolution of 720p.

Is D60 waterproof?

The Nikon D60 is not submersible, unfortunately.

Is Nikon D60 good for landscape photography?

It is possible to use the Nikon D60 for panoramic photography; however, the camera’s sensor only has 10.2 megapixels, which may not be enough for some professional applications.

Is Nikon D60 good for filmmaking?

Because it does not have capabilities for high-resolution video recording or autofocus during video recording, the Nikon D60 is not a viable choice for filmmakers looking for a camera.

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