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Nikon D60 DSLR Review

Review Date: Jun 23, 2008

Nikon D60
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Photoxels Editor's Choice 2008 - Family DSLR
Photoxels Editor's Choice 2008 - Family DSLR

Category: Beginner / Family DSLR

The Nikon D60 Digital SLR replaces the popular D40x with an even better package. This entry-level DSLR targets those who desire the image quality that is only possible with a DSLR but who nevertheless wants an intuitive, easy-to-use and worry-free digital camera.

Keeping the same light and compact form, the D60 now comes with a new optically image stabilized AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 G VR Lens and Nikon has even reduced the kit price by US $50 less.

The Nikon D60 retains 10.2 MP resolution, a large 2.5-in. LCD monitor for high resolution (230K) image playback (no Live View), a large and bright viewfinder and a long-life rechargeable lithium-ion battery.

New is the Eye Sensor that automatically turns the LCD screen OFF when you bring the camera up to your eye.

The D60 uses a brand new and unique Airflow Control System to lead air within the mirror box towards small ducts near the base, directing dust away from the image sensor. The Image Sensor Cleaning function also reduces dust accumulation near the sensor using specifically determined vibrations, which activate automatically or whenever the user chooses. Together, dust reduction and air flow control let the user switch lenses confidently, taking advantage of the extensive line-up of NIKKOR interchangeable optics while worrying less about the effects of dust in the camera.

The D60’s new Active D-Lighting feature can adjust the look of the final picture during shooting. This automatic process works in the highlight and shadow areas, compensating for difficult lighting conditions and producing optimized exposures with rich, smooth detail.

Major features of the Nikon D60:

  • Fast, 0.19-second power-up responsiveness
  • Split-second shutter response eliminates shooting lag
  • Fast continuous shooting mode enables up to 100 JPEG images (FINE L-size or smaller) at 3 frames-per-second**
  • Advanced three-point AF system offers fast, efficient and precise autofocus
  • Nikon 3D Colour Matrix Metering II for ideal exposures in almost any lighting situation
  • Bright and clear viewfinder with 0.8x magnification for precise composition
  • Long-life rechargeable lithium-ion battery allows up to 500 images** with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f3.5-5.6G VR on a single charge (CIPA standards)
  • Digital Vari-Programs adjust camera settings automatically for scene-specific pictures. Selections include Auto, Auto (Flash Off),
    Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close Up and Night Portrait
  • Manual control over shutter speed and aperture: P (Programmed Auto), S (Shutter-priority Auto), A (Aperture-priority Auto) and M (Manual)
  • Built-in flash with Nikon’s dependable i-TTL flash control,
    supporting Auto Flash, Red-Eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain Sync and Flash Exposure Compensation
  • Simultaneous recording of NEF (RAW) and JPEG basic data of the same image
  • Customizable camera menu settings to suit individual preferences
  • Imprint date function prints the date of capture directly on the
  • Electronic rangefinder display that assists when using manual focus mode
  • Fully compatible with AF-S and AF-I NIKKOR lenses that are equipped with an autofocus motor (Autofocus supported). Also compatible with most F-mount NIKKOR lenses when using manual focus mode
  • Supports the Nikon Creative Lighting System when using SB-800, SB-600, SB-400, SB-R200, or the Wireless Close-Up Speedlight system R1C1. Offers accurate exposures via i-TTL flash
  • Optional Wireless Remote Control ML-L3 for easy remote shutter release
  • Included Nikon ViewNX software for sharing, organizing and editing pictures with ease

** Fastest frame rates achieved by choosing manual focus, rotating the mode dial to S or M and selecting a shutter speed of 1/250 s. or faster, using defaults for all other settings.

Advanced photographers will miss the following features:
- Ability to autofocus with all Nikon lenses: because the D60 lacks its own lens motor, only the newer lenses with their own AF motor can autofocus
- No Auto Exposure Bracketing, but you can manually adjust +/- 5 EVs in increments of 1/3EV
- RAW + JPEG: JPEG is basic quality only

The Nikon D60 DSLR is for perfect for beginner amateur photographers who desire a fast and responsive DSLR that produces excellent image quality. It can serve very well as the "Family dSLR" -- a category that targets families who desire the SLR experience and image quality combined with point-and-shoot ease-of-use.

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Nikon D60
QuickFact™ Sheet
  Nikon D60US | CAN | UK | Imaging | Special Site  
  Type of Camera Single-lens reflex digital camera  
  Effective Pixels 10.2 million  
  Image Sensor 23.6 x 15.8mm CCD sensor  
  Dust Reduction System Image Sensor Cleaning System, Airflow Control System, Image Dust Off reference data (optional Capture NX software required)  
  Image Size (pixels) [L] 3,872 x 2,592; [M] 2,896 x 1,944; [S] 1,936 x 1,296  
  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
  Storage Media

SD memory cards, SDHC compliant

  Text input

Up to 36 characters of alphanumeric text input available

  Date imprint

Date, Date and Time, Date Counter, or None (selectable)

  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


Eye-level penta-Dach mirror single-lens reflex viewfinder

  Viewfinder Frame Coverage

Approximately 95 percent horizontal and 95 percent vertical

  Viewfinder Magnification

Approximately 0.8x (50mm f/1.4 lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1)

  Eyepoint 18mm (-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  
  Mirror Lock Up n/a  
  Lens aperture Instant return, electronically controlled  
  LCD Monitor

2.5-in., approximately 230k-dot, low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD, brightness adjustment and with automatic defeat via Eye Sensor

  Compatible lenses

AF-S and AF-I NIKKOR: All functions supported
Type G or D AF NIKKOR not equipped with an autofocus motor: All functions supported except autofocus.
Non-Type G or D AF NIKKOR not equipped with an autofocus motor: All functions supported except 3D color matrix metering II and autofocus.
IX-NIKKOR and AF-NIKKOR for F3AF: Not supported.
Type D PC NIKKOR: All functions supported except some shooting modes.
AI-P NIKKOR: All functions supported except 3D color matrix metering II
Non-CPU: Autofocus not supported. Can be used in exposure mode M, but exposure meter does not function.
Lens with maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster: Electronic rangefinder can be used.

  Picture Angle Equivalent in 35mm [135] format is approx. 1.5 times lens focal length  
  Shutter Type Electronically-controlled, vertical-travel, focal-plane shutter  
  Shutter Speed 1/4,000 to 30 seconds in steps of 1/3 EV; Bulb, Time (optional ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control required)  
  Flash sync speed X=1/200 seconds; synchronizes with shutter at 1/200 second or slower  
  Release mode Single frame, Continuous, Self-timer, Remote control (optional ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control 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 second or faster, and using defaults for all other settings)  
  Self-Timer Can be selected from 2, 5, 10 and 20 second duration  
  Exposure Metering System TTL exposure metering using 420-segment RGB sensor  
  Exposure meter coupling Combined CPU  
  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 percent given to 8mm circle in center of frame
Spot: Meters 3.5mm circle (about 2.5 percent of frame) centered on selected focus point (on center focus point when non-CPU lens is used) Range (ISO 100, f/1.4 lens, 20 degrees C/68 degrees F)
Matrix or center-weighted metering: 0 - 20 EV
Spot metering: 2 - 20 EV
  Exposure compensation -5 to +5 EV in increments of 1/3 EV  
  AEB n/a  
  Active D-Lighting Can be selected from on (auto) or off  
  Exposure Modes Digital Vari-program (Auto, Auto [flash off], Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close up, Night portrait)
Programmed auto (P) with flexible program
Shutter-priority auto (S)
Aperture-priority auto (A)
Manual (M)
  ISO Sensitivity ISO 100 - 1,600 in steps of 1 EV; can also be set to approximately 1 EV (ISO 3200 equivalent) above ISO  
  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  
  Auto Focus

TTL phase detection by Nikon Multi-CAM530 autofocus module with AF-assist (range approximately 0.5-3.0m/1ft. 8in.-9ft. 10in.); Detection range: -1 to +19 EV (ISO 100 at 20 degrees C/68 degrees F)

  Detection range

-1 to +19 EV (ISO 100, 20 degrees C/68 degrees F)

  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  
  Exposure Lock Luminosity locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button  
  Built-in flash

Guide number of 12/39 (m/ft, ISO 100, 20 degrees C/68 degrees F) or 13/43 in manual mode (m/ft, ISO 100, 20°C/68°F)
Auto, Portrait, Child, Close up, Night portrait modes: Auto flash 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 flash (with spot metering) are available with built-in flash, SB-800, SB-600, or SB-400, and CPU lenses.
Auto aperture: Available with SB-800 and CPU lenses.
Non-TTL auto: Supported flash units include SB-800, SB-28, SB-27, SB-22S, SB-80DX and SB-28DX
Range-priority manual: Available with SB-800
  Flash Sync Modes 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  
  Sync terminal

AS-15 Hot-Shoe Sync Terminal Adapter (Optional)

  Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)

Flash Color Information Communication supported with built-in flash and CLS-compatible Speedlight
Advanced Wireless Lighting supported with SB-800 or SU-800 as commander

  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  
  Video Output

Can be selected from NTSC and PAL


Hi-Speed USB; Data transfer protocol: MTP, PTP

  Supported Languages

Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish

  Power Source One EN-EL9 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery  
  AC adapter

EH-5a AC Adapter (used with EP-5 Power Connector, available separately)

  Tripod Socket

1/4 in. (ISO1222)


Included Accessories

*Supplied accessories may differ depending on country or area.

EN-EL9 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
MH-23 Quick Charger
UC-E4 USB Cable
DK-20 Rubber Eyecup
AN-DC1 Camera Strap
BF-1A Body Cap
DK-5 Eyepiece Cap
BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cover
Software Suite CD-ROM
  Optional Accessories ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control
Capture NX
Camera Control Pro 2
EP-5 AC Adapter Connector
EH-5a AC Adapter
EG-D100 Video Cable
CF-DC1 Semi-Soft Case
Speedlights SB-800, SB-600, SB-400, R1C1
  Dimensions (W x H x D)

Approx. 126 x 94 x 64mm /
5.0 x 3.7 x 2.5 in.

  Weight (Camera body only)

Approximately 495 g (1 lb. 1 oz.) without battery, memory card or body cap


Body only: US $ / CDN $

D60 Kit with AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 G VR Lens: US $749.95 / CDN $


Specifications and equipment are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer. March 2007 (c) 2007 NIKON CORPORATION
*Supplied accessories may differ depending on country or area

- Nikon D60 Press Release
- Nikon D60 Image Samples
- Nikon D60 Photo Gallery | 2
- Nikon D60 Specs & Brochures
- Nikon DSLR 2008 Comparison Chart

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Nikon D60
Body only with AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 G VR Zoom Nikkor Lens






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