|Nikon D60 digital SLR camera
The Nikon D60 in fact does not surprise us. It just comes down to Nikon having kept the successful concept of the D40 / D40x and where possible improved it or added the latest innovations. And that concept consists of a solid base proven by the popularity of the aforementioned models. Whether Nikon will be as successful with the D60 as with the other models will not depend on the quality, for the quality is excellent. It will depend more on the answer of the competition to this winning concept. Will there be an attack on the price, or will the competition be able to equip their entry-level model with even more features? While working on this review, Canon introduced the EOS 450D and my first impression is that the battle for the most successful entry-level model is an ongoing one.
Nikon D60 SLR - 10 Megapixel resolution
The resolution of ten Megapixels is standard nowadays for an entry-level DSLR camera. You can do virtually everything, from editing the picture to making an ultra-large sized print; it doesn't matter with a resolution of this size. And if you work with 10 or 12 Megapixels it will hardly or not at all influence the end result. The standard resolution of 1600 ISO with the possibility of compensating one stop to 3200 ISO is convincing and useful for many situations. The noise level is excellent and adds to the overall image quality.
Nikon D60 dSLR - Straightforward operation
The straightforward operation and the well thought-out structure of the menu make the Nikon D60 a very pleasant entry-level model with every DSLR-functionality but with the ease of use of a compact camera. The graphic interface is enjoyable and offers a perfect overview of what you are actually doing. Moreover it is a good tutorial for learning more and to be able to anticipate on shooting indoors and outdoors. The built-in HELP function is the icing on the cake. Straightforward and easy, a successful combination.
Nikon D60 - Superb image quality
The image quality of the Nikon D60 is superb, not needing any comments. The concept was already successful and has been enhanced with various nice options and functions. The integration of an anti-dust system is one of these enrichments and prevents dust particles to get onto the picture. The camera performs excellently on all fronts. Still I am not convinced Nikon showed the ultimate entry-level DSLR with the D60. I can picture sufficient possibilities to enhance the functionality of this concept; such as more intelligent software, Live View, a larger size LCD monitor and more.
Nikon D60 - Excellent price / quality ratio
The quality is superb and being a photographer this can only make you happy. The price could also be a strong plus. At the moment of this review, the price is 100 Euros less than that of the biggest competitor, the EOS 450D. Apart from quality, price will also play a big role in your decision as to which camera to buy. In my opinion the Nikon D60 is absolutely a recommendable camera. The facts prove it; convincing image quality, a great deal of user's ease and an excellent price/quality ratio. I think it makes the D60 a highly attractive combination.
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