Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of D60 vs D3100

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Nikon D60
9.0
D3100
9.9
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Nikon D60
6.8
D3100
6.9
Focus lag and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Nikon D60
8.3
D3100
8.3
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Nikon D60
8.9
D3100
9.2
Reviews from nikonrumors.com, reviews.cnet.com, techradar.com, trustedreviews.com and 2 more

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of Nikon D60 vs D3100

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

Nikon D60
562 ISO
D3100
919 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D60
260 ms
D3100
279 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
D3100
400 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D60
3 fps
D3100
3 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Nikon D60
500 photos
D3100
550 photos

Features Key features of the Nikon D60  vs D3100 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Nikon D60
10 MP
D3100
14.2 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Nikon D60
3,200 ISO
D3100
12,800 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

Screen size Larger screens make it easier to preview and review photos

Nikon D60
2.5"
D3100
3"

Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use

Nikon D60
0.52x
D3100
0.51x

Pixel size How much area of the sensor is dedicated to each pixel

Nikon D60
37.2 microns
D3100
25.1 microns

Reviews Word on the street

Nikon D60  vs D3100 

7.0
9.0
Again some visible pixel fringing because of pointing the lens skyward and the contrast between light and dark, but that's not what draws the eye.
D3100

7.2
7.4
In addition to a composite, a HDMI out, and a USB connector, the D3100 has a connector for Nikon's proprietary GPS module.
D3100

8.0
9.0
Even so, the LCD looks fairly accurate in terms of brightness, contrast and colour balance, and that's what is most important.
D3100

Overall

7.9 Out of 10
8.5 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Nikon D60  vs
D3100 
Type CCD CMOS
Megapixels 10 MP 14.2 MP
Resolution 3872 x 2592 4608 x 3072
Size APS-C APS-C
Area 23.6 x 15.8 mm 23.1 x 15.4 mm
Crop factor 1.5x 1.6x
Pixel size 37.2 microns 25.1 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 1,600 ISO 100 ISO to 3,200 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 1,600 ISO to 3,200 ISO 3,200 ISO to 12,800 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG

focus system

Type Phase detection Phase detection
Focus points 3 11

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque Opaque
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Pentamirror Pentamirror
Coverage 95% 95%
Magnification 0.8x 0.8x
Viewfinder size 0.52x 0.51x

performance

Max continuous shooting 3 fps 3 fps
Battery life 500 550
Continuous shooting
3 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 260 ms 279 ms
Shutter lag 93 ms 117 ms
Startup delay 500 ms 400 ms

video

Nikon D60  vs
D3100 
Video None 1920 x 1080 @ 24 fps
Shoots video in 24p N/A Yes
Shoots high speed video N/A No
External mic jack N/A None
Autofocus while shooting video N/A Contrast detection
Autofocus type N/A Contrast detection

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 2.5" 3"
Resolution 230 k dots 230 k dots
Has a touch screen No No
Has a flip out screen No No
Supports live view No Yes

shutter

Min 30 s 30 s
Max 1/4000 s 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 126 x 94 x 64 mm 124.5 x 96.5 x 73.7 mm
Thickness 64 mm 73.7 mm
Weight 522 g 505 g
Is weather sealed No No

features

Is a smart camera No No
Includes a GPS No No
Supports HDR No No
Automatic panorama No No
Create realistic 3D images No No
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