|Nikon D60 - JPEG, RAW (NEF) & Combined
Did you use to shoot in JPEG before, TIFF was creating too large files and it wasn't interesting enough for many as far as application was concerned, nowadays the choice for RAW seems to increase drastically. I think that's a good thing; it makes photography in itself more alive and gives the photographer more opportunities to put his stamp on the end result. You can store pictures in RAW (NEF) format or JPEG, or you can store in JPEG + RAW simultaneously. It's a pity in my opinion that the latter does not give you the choice of storing JPEG in a lower compression. The RAW pictures can be read using Adobe Camera RAW (go to Adobe website for update) or through the optional available editing software package Capture NX from Nikon.
Nikon D60 - Secure Digital High Capacity memory card
The Nikon D60 is capable of shooting 3 fps up to approximately 100 JPEG (Fine L-size). After that the speed drops 50% but you can still carry on shooting. The buffer is large and processes the pictures quickly. Even with the slower standard SD cards it works reasonably well, but if you want to achieve the optimum speed you will need a fast memory card such as the SanDisk Extreme III. Certainly when you want to work with larger RAW files speed is a plus. The buffer of the Nikon D60 is able to hold a maximum of six RAW pictures. The file size of around 9MB for a RAW picture, around 4.8MB for a JPEG (Fine / L) and approximately 10MB for a combination of JPEG and RAW ask for a large storage capacity. If you want to shoot in the highest quality for example on a vacation, and you consider some 400 pictures, you will need a 4GB SDHC memory card to get along.
Considering 1GB storage capacity:
Resolution 3872x2592 pixels - NEF - 9,0MB - 79 pictures
Resolution 3872x2592 pixels - JPEG - Fine - 4,8MB - 129 pictures
Resolution 3872x2592 pixels - JPEG - Normal - 2,7MB - 225 pictures
Resolution 3872x2592 pixels - JPEG - Basic - 1,2MB - 487 pictures
Resolution 2896x1944 pixels - JPEG - Fine - 2,4MB - 251 pictures
Resolution 2896x1944 pixels - JPEG - Normal - 1,3MB - 431 pictures
Resolution 2896x1944 pixels - JPEG - Basic - 0,6MB - 888 pictures
Resolution 1936x1296 pixels - JPEG - Fine - 1,2MB - 487 pictures
Resolution 1936x1296 pixels - JPEG - Normal - 0,7MB - 839 pictures
Resolution 1936x1296 pixels - JPEG - Basic - 0,3MB - 1500 pictures
Resolution NEF+JPEG - Basic - 10,1MB - 70 pictures
|Nikon D60 SLR - USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface
Pictures can be transferred directly from the camera to a computer or notebook through the fast USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface. This fast connection in combination with a fast memory card such as the SanDisk Extreme III will ensure a workflow in the digital working environment without any delays. Those who don't want to use the camera for data transfer, can choose a so-called card reader. A device like that cannot be missed in a digital working environment and makes transferring data more pleasant. The USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Extreme card reader of SanDisk is currently the fastest one (besides FireWire) and transfers data with a maximum speed of 20MB/sec.
Nikon D60 - 1000mAh EN-EL9 Lithium Ion battery
The Nikon D60 uses the same new battery for its energy as the D40 / D40x; the 1000mAh EN-EL9 Lithium-Ion battery. Previously I thought it was a pity that Nikon got rid of the formerly used battery, but I must admit that it is just a matter of time before batteries are out. It is not of any importance today. The Nikon D60 is an extremely energy saving DSLR. If you don't shoot more than 450-500 pictures in one day, you can just recharge the battery at the end of the day without the need for an extra one. In all the other cases I advise you to purchase an additional battery.