Nikon D60 Discussion
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Nikon D60 Review: Great review on the D60, thank you. I bought this camera a couple of weeks ago and come back to this site for tutorials, as it is more readable than the manual. A few observations from a user: Active D-lighting works very nicely to open up shadows and reduce highlight blow out. I find an exposure of -1/3 to -2/3 ev is still good to use as a safety margin if highlights are important in the exposure. The shutter sound is indeed quite lovely. That might be regarded as the stupidest reason to like a camera, but harsh clacks, snaps and vibrating parts smack of moving pieces that are loose and more prone to failure (and likely will sound worse over time).

I think these dslr reviews have been objective enough and results indicate that aside from live view, cmos vs ccd, and a few bells and whistles, there isn't that much difference in the image quality of the sub-frame camera bodies. The decision for me came down to handling, lenses, and yes, shutter sound. The indoor (incandescent) white balance seems to be set for candle light, yep it's that far off. However, with most interior lighting going towards compact fluorescent (I hope !) or some hybrid halogen/lcd who knows what, get used to setting the white balance. Its easy with a reference shot of a white piece of typing paper (white wall), in a couple seconds the camera is set and you fire away.

It has better dynamic range, far less image noise, shoots raw (and is easily processed with photoshop elements 6), fast and reliable auto focus, fast shot rate to name a few. These are significant improvements over a p+s, however my current conclusion is that the D60 is different, but I no longer consider it an "upgrade". The kit lens 18-55 VR is good, but the a650 also has image stability, has greater zoom range and is noticably sharper. The macro shots with the a650 are amazingly good, the tele end is soft but decent. The a650 also shoots video clips, is lighter, more portable, has a great manual feature set, can shoot raw with the chdk hack, and costs half as much.

This is not a slam of the D60, it's just the reality of these two digital cameras, and a subject rarely addressed in any camera review. Its certainly an apples to orange debate, and arguably does not belong in a dslr review or forum. But this new awareness is as significant an issue to me now as the IQ improvements of a dslr. I hope that if you are considering a D60 or any dslr as an upgrade from your point and shoot camera that you wisely evaluate your reasons for making your decision...

Comment #1

Sample image: Nikon D60, 1/60@f/16, -1/3ev, fl=32mm iso 400, auto white balance, auto d-light Attachments:.

Stalking trout_edited-1.jpg..

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Sample image: Nikon D60, 1/30 @f/7.1, 0ev, iso 400, auto white balance, d-light off Attachments:.

Wild rainbow trout.jpg..

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Sample image: Nikon D60, 1/800 @ f/6.3, -1/3ev, iso 200, auto white balance, d-light auto, FL 40mm, appx. 50% crop at close focus. Shot raw, minor post processing. Out of focus background water provides bokeh. This bug is about two inches long. Attachments:.

Stone Fly.jpg..

Comment #4

I have been told by various camera stores that the thread is not functional, it just looks like it.

Let me know if you ever succeed!..

Comment #5

Like the fishing shots. Reminds of a trip we took many years ago to a place called Mosquito Flats. Well named. Explore the possibilities with your D60. Find out how it and your lenses actually behave. There are some general rules of thumb but until you actually do some checking, you won't know for sure if you really want to stick to f8, or if things don't get grim until f11 or even f13...

Comment #6

Nikon may have come to the main show behind Canon. However don't look now but the cameras that are best rated and highest in sales is not Canon. Nikon is producing superior cameras at many levels and besting your favorite Canon. So don't poor mouth Nikon there beating Canon in many price catagories.Canon has serious competition.Sorry CanonPRO!..

Comment #7

I've owned the D60 for over a year now and taken over 6,000 shots, so I feel I'm well qualified to critique this creature. It has numerous small flaws but at the end of the day it takes GREAT pictures. Its autofocus produces tack sharpness. Check out my full review with pictures here:.


Comment #8

I am a Yemeni, and I want to buy Kimra.

Bacon, D-60 (AF-S DX 18-55/3.5-5.6G VR).

I want to know prices or with from here I can ask.

Please reply and thank you.


Bassam al-Absi..

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