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Nikon DSLR D60 

Last August I requested to see this DSLR unit from Nikon and a series of miss communications means it finally arrived with me recently, was it worth the wait, it sure was! I always enjoy being stretched when I review a DSLR.

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The Nikon D60 Digital SLR camera measures 12x9x7cm without a lens attached. Mine came with an 18-55mm unit and this increases the last figure by up to 10cm. It weights 820grams not heavy by some DSLR standards but enough for you to value the supplied neck strap.

Unless you are a DSLR expect your first port of call should be the Quick Start Guide and this 60x42 double sided (four columns per side) sheet has more information than some cameras User Guide. Next – joy or joys – Nikon still provide a printed manual 204 pages of information including a decent index that helps you find out ‘how to’.

For anyone advancing from a digital camera the removal lens in shock one, and, shock two is that you have to use the viewfinder to capture the image the TFT display gives only information until after the image is captured.

With some small digital cameras offering 14MP or more you may think that the size offered here of 10.2MP is somewhat less, think again, image quality is down to the quality of the lens and a few other connected things. Nikon have been one of the top names in lenses for a very long time.

I am not going to mention what the 21 buttons/sliders do they are all labelled and if you are unsure the Quick Start Guide or the User Guide will fill you in. There is a 5.5x4cm TFT display on the rear of the unit and this displays various information during the framing prior to capture of the shot. After capture it is displayed on the TFT.

The 12 position wheel allows the more experienced used to venture beyond ‘Auto’ a nice little feature for when you are in poor light is that on each movement of the wheel a representation is shown on the TFT.

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The left side has a door covering the A/V out and the USB lead entry point. The right side has a door covering the SD card while the base has a door covering the solid battery. The whole of the right side is shaped to give the right hand a good grip on the camera leaving the thumb clear to operate the shutter. The left hand is free to twist the lens for fine tuning of the image.

You only see the real quality of the image once transferred to a PC and you zoom in. Near us is a 150 year old railway station with the majority of the building still unchanged. I took a few images from the main road some distance away from the building and when I zoomed in there was a plaque quite high up on a wall that I had never noticed, I was able to read the wording. I doubt any digital camera – even mounted on a tripod – would get such clarity from such a distance.

This is not a professional unit but a consumer offering looking at the Nikon site they do some very high spec cameras costing rather a lot. What I looked at was shown on the final link at the bottom of the review and there are no less than 22 bullet points (most of which I have not even touched on) for you to absorb.

However the person with some knowledge uses the Nikon D60 they will be pleased with the quality especially if they have come from a ‘normal’ digital camera, perhaps the most noticeable difference is the lack of delay between pressing the shutter to the capture of the image.

Doing my Internet searches found the Nikon D60 kit (including the 18-55mm lens) at a best price of £367.10 including free delivery from the first link below.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00131Z1GS?ie=UTF8&tag=gadge0a-21&linkCode=as2&camp=1634

Doing my Internet searches I found the Nikon D60 kit (including the 18-55mm lens) available $529.95 including free delivery from the link below.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0012OGF6Q?ie=UTF8&tag=gadge0a5-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789

Doing my Internet searches I found the Nikon D60 kit (including the 18-55mm lens) available €477,81 including free delivery from the link below.

http://www.amazon.fr/gp/product/B00131Z1GS?ie=UTF8&tag=gadge04-21&linkCode=as2&camp=1642

http://www.europe-nikon.com/product/en_GB/products/broad/1545/overview.html

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Comment by Jack Smith, Apr 16, 2009 7:31

This is not a professional unit but a consumer offering looking at the Nikon site they do some very high spec cameras costing rather a lot. What I looked at was shown on the final link at the bottom of the review and there are no less than 22 bullet points (most of which I have not even touched on) for you to absorb.

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