Nikon D60 10.2MP Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR Nikkor Zoom Lens


  • Extraordinary 10.2-megapixel DX-format Nikon picture quality
  • Includes AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G Vibration Reduction lens
  • 2.5-inch LCD screen; horizontal and vertical orientation are detected automatically
  • Continuous shooting at 3 fps; Active Dust Reduction System with Airflow Control
  • Capture images to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)

In one word. “perfect”..the basic lens kit works perfect..

This camera lacks Live View feature for which many prefers to buy others like Canon rebel XSI..but trust me.thats of no use..it really is not required..automatic mode will give u a feel of point n shoot camera with superb quality.battery backup is also good.color reproduction is fantastic..and yes very less noise with ISO 800 and above with Noise reduction feature ON..I do not find any reason for not buying this camera.Review for the Nikon D60 with 18-55mm VR Nikkor lens

Cons:

-No live preview (fine if you were a film SLR user like I was, but not so fine for point and shoot step-ups)

-Lens must be AF-S to autofocus (Lens must have inner moter to autofocus)

-Autofocus is considerably slow

-Alot of grain present at 1600 ISO

-Only 3 Autofocus points

-Uses unique .NEF raw format (so not many programs can edit it)

-Included lens it not that high end, (it does not smoothly blend out the BG at times)

Pros:

-Very well priced on behalf of Amazon

-Excellent VR system

-Sensor Cleaning

-Ergonomic Design

-Ease of use ++

-Lightweight

-Sharp pictures

-In-camera Retouch

-Vibrant colors

-Simple GUI (Graphic User Interface)

-Its a NIKON!!!

I did my homework comparing this camera to its predecessor, the Nikon D40.

I took about 2 weeks going to local photo shops, comparing various cameras side by side, as well as quality, and for the price, the D60 took the gold

I heard alot of reviews recommending the D40 over the D60, but I decided to go against the flow and purchase the D60. Purchased it from Amazon for a staggering $517 (~125 $$ cheaper than a local photography store), very prompt shipping on their part FEDEX :) /USPS :( .

I got this camera today, and I am pleased to say this is an awesome camera for its price. First of all, you are going to get a quality product from Nikon, (in my opinion, one of the best camera brands), along with an excellent 18-55mm VR Nikkor lens. You also get the nice camera neck strap (which was an extra back in the ’70s :) ).

This camera takes amazing pictures! I went outside to my garden and shot a couple of flower test shots, very satisfying! The quality is very sharp, even at a 100%. The colors are also very vibrant and lively. The camera is also relatively light, as compared to the Nikon FM-2 we already own. It is also nice to know that this camera comes with the VR lens, allowing you to take pictures with 3X slower shutter speed, as claimed by Nikon.

Another plus of this camera is the fact that it has the sensor cleaning, which if you own 4 lens like I do, comes in very handy, to keep your pictures “dust free”. It is also nice to know, it cleans the sensor everytime you turn it on and off. It also features an orientation sensative LCD screen, which if you rotate the camera, the screen rotates as well.

However, Nikon could have made more autofocus points (9 + would have been fine). They also could have added the shaft to the lens mount, to autofocus AF lenses.

I would definately recommend this camera to others for its simplicity of use. It has intuitive LCD menus, easy to navigate through, and perfect for the beginning DSLR user!

*Please do not base your purchase off of this sole review, as some of the above info may be slightly off. :) Using D40 for about a year, amazing camera! Bought the D60 ’cause thought the 10MP would produce noticeably better pics. Unless you need larger than 11×14 prints, you won’t see a difference. The sensor-cleaner sounds out-of-sight, but…it’s REALLY not needed. And, the 10 vs 6MP actually produces more NOISE (traslation, a less sharp looking image).

If you can live without autofocus and can handle using manual exposure setting, the D40 used with a SUPER-SHARP single length NIKKOR AI lens, for example, will give you amazingly bright, sharp, clean images that NO zoom lens (VR or otherwise)can compare with (regardless of price). Anyhow, the D40 is about $200 less than the D60, which is lighter but feels a LOT cheaper made.

Net, net…both the D40 (and D40X) and D60 will produce great images. But if you want something that is the best of the best, sharpness and impact-wise, do yourself a favor and try the D40 with a single length (such as a Nikkor AI f1.8 which can be bought used for about $50). Definitely still use the supplied kit D40 autofocus 18-55mm zoom for everyday snapshot type pics. But…when time permits, experience real quality and shoot with the single-length to capture the most outstanding images you’ll ever take!I purchased a Nikon D60, and ended up returning to to the store for a D5000. (Nikon D5000 12.3 MP DX Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR Lens and 2.7-inch Vari-angle LCD) I used to use film SLRs extensively, but have been away from photography for some time and have been wanting a dSLR forever. Now is the perfect time. I am taking a major vacation where I will be shooting some shots in the jungle, so I wanted an improvement over my point-and-shoot camera in low light and other scenarios. Although the D60 is definitely such an improvement, after playing around with this camera in low light, I just decided it would not do the trick.

Let me start by listing the things that I do like about this camera, because there were many (these also apply to the D5000):

-Takes good pictures in bright light

-I like Nikon’s menu systems. Although it takes some learning and some menu options require multiple “clicks,” I found it intuitive and straight-forward. You also can set-up “my menu” where you have fast access to your most-used features. I recommend utilizing this feature.

-The on-board help button that explains the features to you

-The vibration reduction lenses really are helpful in reducing camera shake. Out of the box, I didn’t realize VR was automatically set to off on the lens, and turning it on really did make a difference in low light.

-Definitely is an upgrade over a point-and-shoot. Also with the lens kits, appears to be a fairly good value.

Despite these positives, the D60 was not the camera for me. First, when taking photos indoors (even the lights on), I found that I typically had to manually focus the camera because it would not find the correct focus. Even then, the quality of the low-light photos is not great. (Although it is an improvement over my canon point-and-shoot.) I’m sure this is in part due to its processor and in part due to the fact that it only has 3 Auto-focus points. Whatever the cause, the mediocre quality of low-light photos is something you’ll want to seriously consider if you’ll be shooting indoors.

If you’d like to see the comparison yourself, you can view images I have posted for both cameras in the customer image galleries for the D60 (Nikon D60 10.2MP Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR Nikkor Zoom Lens) and D5000 (Nikon D5000 12.3 MP DX Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR Lens and 2.7-inch Vari-angle LCD)

The 3 autofocus points is also just a general concern overall. Even in the short time I had the camera, I found that the lack of auto-focus points affected my photo composition capabilities. I do not like to have to hold the button half-way down to focus and then move my desired subject to a different part of the frame. Plus, it makes it extremely difficult to shoot moving subjects. For a bit more money, the D5000 has 11 autofocus points which adds many more possibilities in terms of composing the photo in the viewfinder. It also has a 3-D auto-focus mode, which allows you to focus on a subject, and then keeps the focus on that subject when it moves by choosing a new focus point. The D5000 is more expensive, but the upgrade from 3 to 11 focus points is an extreme improvement that I think will make a difference for even amateur photographers. (Perhaps it doesn’t make much of a difference for simple point and click, but if you are shopping for a dSLR, I doubt that is all you are planning to do.)

In the few hours since I exchanged this for the D5000, I know that I have made the right choice. I have noticed a dramatic improvement in the quality of the photos I have taken over the D60. I have also discovered a number of additional features lacking in the D60 that are very useful. Specifically, bracketing. With bracketing, you can set the camera to automatically take multiple shots using different settings. For example, you can use exposure bracketing, and it will take one shot at the normal exposure, one under-exposed, and one over-exposed. This is extremely useful in difficult lighting settings where you may not have the time to fiddle with exposure compensation. (There are other bracketing options as well.) According to some things I’ve read, Nikon removed this feature from the D40 series and D60 to “dumb it down,” but I really don’t understand that at all. This isn’t a difficult feature to grasp, and it seems like it would be extraordinarily useful for novice photographers (like me) who haven’t completely mastered getting the perfect shot, but who might face situations where they don’t have time to fiddle through the menus.

Overall, the things that this camera (D60) is missing that I already love about about my D5000 are:

-11 auto-focus points(this has only 3. I think this will affect most users’ capabilities with the camera)

-An improved processor and better image quality, especially in low light

-Bracketing (missing from this camera)

-Numerous additional Scene modes (in addition to those this one provides)

-More choices for Active D-Lighting (Ultra-high, High, low, etc. as opposed to just on/off in D60)

-3-D Tracking Mode for auto-focus (which allows you to choose a focus point, and if the subject moves, the camera keeps focus on that subject… haven’t tried this yet, but I’m anxious to.)

-More on-camera retouching options

-Higher resolution (although I’m not sure this will make a difference unless you’re planning to blow up photos)

(Some of these things may sound technical, but I didn’t know what they were yesterday either! You’ll be amazed at how fast you’ll learn by reading the manual and doing a little playing around.)

It is up to you whether these improvements are worth the extra several hundred dollars. For me, they were. I simply don’t want to be disappointed and end up buying a new dSLR in a few years.

I also would like to briefly mention the fact that this camera is missing a live view, which is present on the D5000. Personally, I would not use this as a deciding factor in your camera choice. Although you are probably used to live view from your point-and-shoot, I think if you can manage to go back to a viewfinder for awhile, you’ll actually like it. It gives you a better eye for composition, and you don’t have to mess with covering up the eyepiece to avoid light leaking in. Plus, keep in mind that even in the D5000, the liveview is probably not what you’re accustomed to from point-and-shoots. Liveview systems in SLRs tend to be slow have have difficulty focusing, so if you switch solely for the liveview, you may be disappointed. So give the lack of live view a shot and practice composing your photos in the viewfinder. I think you’ll be pleased once you get used to it.

On that note, the D60 may lack video, which is present on more expensive models, but you should never, ever buy a dSLR because you want to take videos. It may be a perk, but if your hope is to shoot amazing video, you will surely be disappointed. Get an HD-camcorder instead.

In sum, this is a decent camera, but only having 3 autofocus points makes it not worth its price, even though that price is quite reasonable. The D5000 is a few hundred dollars more, but its capabilities and quality are vastly improved. (Note that you could go even further upscale for just a bit more to the D90, although that is a bigger, bulkier camera, which may not be as good for travel.) If you’re going to spend the money to spring for a dSLR, you might as well get something that you’ll be happy with for a long time.

If, on the other hand, you’ll be photographing primarily outdoors, and you really don’t think you need the D5000, the D60 is a perfectly acceptable camera. Although, if that’s the case, you may also consider the cheaper D40. I have never tested one and cannot speak to the differences between the D40 and D60, but with only 3 Auto-focus points, I wonder what the D60 really adds. (I know it has a cleaning system and D-Lighting, but I’m not sure those features are worth the price difference.)

Good luck!My wife and I wanted a digital SLR camera that was reasonably priced and could deliver quality that was superior to our point and shoot cameras. It was hard to spend this much money on a camera for me, but we were going on a two week vacation to Italy and I couldn’t get myself to go without one considering we knew how beautiful and colorful our adventures would be. After hours and hours of research I discovered this camera was the best value for a beginner. Over and over I read reviews from pundits and beginners like myself express their happiness. I can’t give a critical review as others considering I am still learning about this camera, but I have to say it is a huge step up from a point and shoot (duh). The quality is awesome and the options are endless. It was not too heavy considering I was walking hours a day with it on my neck and it hardly bothered me. When we got home and were ready to transfer all of our pics to the comp. it was as easy as hooking it up and waiting. The battery life was very good. I’m very satisfied and look forward to becoming more knowledgeable about it’s manual settings so that I can get the full potential out of this baby. A few notes for readers who might be buying an SLR for the first time like myself: 1)The learning curve on how to use the custom settings would probably require many hours, but you can get some great shots on the Programmed setting and default settings in the mean time. 2)I found out while we were on our trip that that this lens doesn’t zoom in much and lens can cost $200+, but overall this lens gets the job done. 3)Nikon seemed to be a lot better value than Canon’s cameras, which to me was their biggest competitor. Canon’s entry level cameras were much more expensive.

Buy This Camera