Nikon D60

Released January, 2008
  • 10 MP
  • APS-C 23.6 x 15.8 mm CCD
  • 2.5" LCD
But it does offer a very compact lightweight body with some unique features, proven performance and excellent handling.
by DPReview (Mar, 2008)
8.4 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Nikon D60

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Nikon D60
8.2
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Nikon D60
6.9
Focus lag and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Nikon D60
8.3
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Nikon D60
8.9
Reviews from nikonrumors.com, reviews.cnet.com, techradar.com, trustedreviews.com and 2 more

8.4

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Nikon D60
8.4

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Nikon D60

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

Nikon D60
562 ISO
Alpha ILC-3000
1,068 ISO
D3100
919 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D60
260 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Nikon D60
93 ms
D3100
117 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Nikon D60
500 ms
Alpha ILC-3000
2,200 ms
Rebel T5i
700 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D60
3 fps
Nikon D500
10 fps
Rebel T5i
5 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Nikon D60
500 photos
Nikon D500
1,240 photos
EOS 550D
440 photos

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Nikon D60


7.0
The interface is fun to use and play with and nice and bright, though the LCD could be bigger, 2.5" is quite small by 2008 standards, but I suppose it keeps the camera small.

7.2
At 19.4 ounces with a battery and an SD card, and without a lens, it's lightweight enough to shoot comfortably for a day, and the kit lens is one of the lightest Nikon lenses I've worked with, so it doesn't add much weight.

8.0
You can shoot RAW files and JPEGs simultaneously, but only with Basic quality JPEGs.

Overall

7.9 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Lens

This new screen has a clear new font and features a diagram of the aperture, which reduces or enlarges depending on the f-stop chosen.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
They still make you press the "i" button to get into the control system, which wasn't intuitive to me the first time I encountered it, though there's so little space on the camera back, and the button doubles as a zoom control in playback mode.
by c|net (Mar, 2008)
However, this shouldn't be a major issue until you reach focal lengths in the range of 300mm and higher, so if you don't plan to get a very long lens, the edge provided by lens-based stabilization may be moot compared with the sensor-shift alternatives.
by c|net (Mar, 2008)

Photography

Overall though it's a good entry level model, which is easy and straightforward to use, with plenty more features under the hood to progress and improve your photography.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
If you're shooting JPEG for printing and don't want to do any post processing you may prefer to use the Medium high setting (the high setting is a little too strong for anything but the smallest prints due to the visible sharpening halos).
by DPReview (Mar, 2008)
This can be used for most general-purpose photography, while trickier shots may benefit from the centre-weighted or spot metering options also available.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)

Image stabilization

Nikon's VR works very well indeed, and this is a really good deal.
by TechRadar (Mar, 2008)
The other news is the arrival of a new VR (Vibration Reduction) version of the 18-55mm kit lens, which we've used for our review.
by TechRadar (Mar, 2008)
Recent announcements from Canon, Nikon, Sony and Pentax leave the D60 looking slightly underpowered, as many competitors now offer either live view, in-body IS or both (though the latter is less of an issue given the new 'VR' kit lens).
by DPReview (Mar, 2008)

Sensor

A particularly impressive aspect is the cameras noise control at high sensitivity, with a top ISO of ISO3200 the camera is good for low light, and noise even at this level is well controlled, especially considering the normally gritty look that is common to CCD sensors rather than CMOS.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
Images are recorded as JPEG or Raw files, with a choice of quality settings, as well as a Raw+JPEG option, with the JPEG saved in the Basic setting.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
The color might be a little over saturated for more purist tastes, but they have the option to shoot raw and tailor the output in whatever way they see fit.
by DPReview (Mar, 2008)

Focus

One of the D60's new features is an electronic rangefinder to help manual focus on non AF-S / AF-I lenses.
by DPReview (Mar, 2008)
As mentioned above the D60 adds an (optional) electronic rangefinder for shooting with lenses that do not offer autofocus on the D60 (non-AFS lenses) or when using manual focus.
by DPReview (Mar, 2008)
That 50mm Nikkor uses a coupling pin to rely on the AF motor built into Nikon's more expensive SLR bodies.
by c|net (Mar, 2008)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type CCD
Megapixels 10 MP
Resolution 3872 x 2592
Size APS-C
Area 23.6 x 15.8 mm
Crop factor 1.5x
Pixel size 37.2 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 1,600 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 1,600 ISO to 3,200 ISO
Codecs
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG

focus system

Type Phase detection
Focus points 3

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Pentamirror
Coverage 95%
Magnification 0.8x
Viewfinder size 0.52x

performance

Max continuous shooting 3 fps
Battery life 500 photos
Continuous shooting 3 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 260 ms
Shutter lag 93 ms
Startup delay 500 ms

video

Video None

display

Type LCD
Size 2.5"
Resolution 230 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen No
Supports live view No

shutter

Min 30 s
Max 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 126 x 94 x 64 mm
Thickness 64 mm
Weight 522 g
Is weather sealed No

features

Is a smart camera No
Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR No
Automatic panorama No
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization None
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