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For the price, this camera does more than expected. It provides a great range of functions that make it easy for people that are used to the standard 'point and click' cheap digital cameras that we are all used to, but also provides more advanced photographers the control to tweak almost any setting (only big limiting factor is white balance, however that is more a digital v. flim issue). Having the ability to take continuous shots (approx. 3/second) is great and overall speed of this camera (focusing and shutter delay) is a dream compared to 'consumer' point and click cameras.
Life of the stock battery is impressive, however the charger is relatively bulky in my opinion and a better option when traveling would be to purchase a second battery.
For point and shoot users, this camera can provide some amazing shots compared to the compact digitals many people are used to right out of the box without making any adjustments.
For people used to using film SLRs, the menus can be tedious and reading the user manual to figure out how to change settings can be a headache. The 'P' setting minimizes these issues to some degree since once set, you won't need to fumble through the menus to get to your favorite settings.
The kit lens that usually comes with this camera (18-55mm) is a good fit for this camera and its focal length allows it to also serve as a pretty decent macro lens. If you are looking for a zoom lens, this is probably not the best and one that runs out to 200mm is a better choice.
Overall, this is one of the best entry level dSLR cameras out there (especially when you combine the quality of nikon lenses). As long as you are looking for a camera to only be a camera (no video recording), this is the hands down winner in this price range. It performs well for prints up to 8x10 compared to traditional film cameras as well as much more expensive dSLRs at that print size.
I have bought this kit from a cameta auctions store. kit included 18-55 and 55-200 lenses, both VR and ED. and really pictures taken by these lenses are quite perfect for a zoom lens. after that i have bought a prime/normal lenses of 50 mm with f/1.8. and pictures improved. focus is magnificent. the only thing that o would advice is to buy a camera with built in auto focus motor. so that you don't care what lenses you buy as long as they have AF mark. on D60 AF is dependant on the lens. if it's not AF-S then forget about autofocusing. but actually experience Nikkor 50 mm lens gave me was worth of focusing. you can find pretty cheap lenses that are used on amazon or elsewhere. I would advice then to buy a kit with no more than 2 lenses and then look for other lenses online. you'll probably need 18-55 as it's mostly used and a prime lens for portraits.
going back to Nikon D60 itself, it has some nice features that are not present on previous models like EXPEED. I would be concerned about shutter lifetime as there's still small amount of data/
Overall, good buy. maybe not a bang for a buck but definitely wise and valuable investments.
The Nikon D60 Overall is a great camera for anyone. I would reccomend it for people who consider photography a hobby, and not just a way to record moments in time. The D60 is a lighter and more compact version of the D80. The funtions and settings on the camera are very easy to use. The user manual describes every aspect of the camera in a very detailed manner. The manual will basically take a new Nikon user and train them to know their new camera inside and out. Nikon really takes pride in the production of their cameras. The D60 is very well built. It is made to last, and the 10.2 megapixels allows the camera to have very clear pictures. The megapixels allow the pictures to be over 300dpi when printed, which means each picture is high quality. Most cameras are able to achieve 300dpi prints, but the difference is the size. Most cameras will have 300dpi prints around the size of 3x5, but the Nikon D60 has 300dpi prints at 11x15. Overall, this camera has every feature that a professional camera has, but it is about half the price. Yes, the price still isn't exactly cheap, but as people are know to say "quality comes at a price". In my opinion, the quality of this camera is well worth the price, the warranty is great, the battery life is amazing, and the self sensor cleaning is genius. I will not buy any other camera besides a Nikon, and the D60 burned that thought in my mind for life.
Back in 1999 I received a digital camera as a Christmas present. It wasn't even one megapixel, but the digital bug had bitten me hard and I was never going back to film. As technology improved, I upgraded to newer and better cameras over the years, but finally decided it was time to buy the nicest one I could fit into my budget.
The Nikon D60 is my first digital SLR and I'm having so much fun learning all the features. It is very user friendly and the manual is well written and easy to understand. I've been using my three cats as test subjects, following them around and testing out the different settings, filters and lenses. The 18-55mm VR lens is a great feature when you're trying to get a shot of a subject that you have to chase around. While shopping I saw some packages that included the VR (vibration reduction) lens and some that just offered the standard one. It is definitely worth your while to go for the VR.
As for the quality of the photos, I took a picture of my black cat from a distance of 10 feet on the "normal" quality setting and could see very fine details like all his whiskers, his claws, every little thing that had stuck to his fur (including a small insect), and the reflection of a nearby flower in the corneas of his eyes!
I bought my camera as a package deal with all kinds of accessories including a USB SD card reader which makes uploading your photos pleasantly simple. I use iPhoto for viewing and storage, and when I zoomed in all the way on the cat photo, there was absolutely NO pixelation. This was the crispest and clearest digital photo I have ever taken. I do a lot of Photoshop work and have noticed a huge difference in the brilliance of colors, and once again, the 10.2 megapixels allow for beautiful enlargements without the fuzziness that you would get from a lower megapixel camera.
To sum it all up, I LOVE this camera! Maybe it's not quite what a serious professional would choose, but as an amateur, it has improved my picture taking a hundred times over and I've only had it for a month.
It's a great entry level digital SLR, and you can't go wrong with it.
Ok, this is a great camera. I'm not going to cover the features of this camera, there are lots of places to learn about it. Let me point out a few things to watch out for.
*****LOUSY LENS KITS**** The Nikon D60 is a fantastic camera, but lots of sellers will try to getcha by bundling a $650 camera body with one or more really mediocre lens. If you're going to spend that kind of money on a camera, don't get seduced by these horrible lens kits.
First, decide if you are planning on using a camera bag everywhere you go or not. This is important. Unless you are planning on taking a camera bag with you everywhere, you do NOT want 4 lenses -- 3 of the 4 will just stay home 95 percent of the time. What you will need in this case is ONE REALLY GREAT LENS.
The most common lenses offered with this camera is an 18-55mm lens either alone or bundled with a 70-300mm lens. Now the 18-55mm a really nice wide angle lens down at 18mm. However, you really get very poor (55mm) telephoto capacity with that lens. If you're looking for a great all purpose lens, 18-55mm is not it.
Next, you'll see the 70-300mm lens. That's a great telephoto zoom and gives you lots of pretty nice range. But keep in mind that 70mm is NOT wide angle. That means you'll struggle to shoot close-ups of anything. No wide-angle shots of buildings, landscapes, mountains, or even large groups of people at the dinner table. A great second lens, but not a great single all-purpose lens.
Any lens kit that mixes up 2 or 3 of the above lenses are still leaving you short of ONE GREAT all-purpose lens.
The best value in an all-purpose lens is the somewhat rarely offered Nikon 18-135mm zoom. 18mm is plenty wide-angle enough for anyone. And 135mm gives you enough zoom lens to shoot the kids soccer game close-up from across the entire field. With 10MP, you can still crop down for a nice close-up and get great high-quality prints. With this lens, you won't need a camera bag for 90% of you who are buying this camera for non-professional work. To get that lens, you'll have to buy the camera body and lens separately.
For the big spenders, a better choice is Nikon's $700 18-200mm lens. You'll get the single best all-purpose lens Nikon makes/ You'll pay as much for that lens than the camera body itself.
***BE AWARE*** Many sellers package non-Nikon lenses with this camera. Do yourself a favor and buy a great genuine Nikon Lens.
Next, a lot of sellers advertise four lenses, but really give you two lenses and then two "over" lenses that give you extra wide-angle or telephoto capacity. Avoid these lens correctors that screw into the end of your lens and give you more or less "magnification". These lenses are uniformly lousy.
Also, the "bonus" items in these kits, like the tripods and camera cases are cheap, cheap, cheap. Lowepro makes good camera bags. If the camera bag is not a name brand bag, it is the bottom-of-the-line junk. Better to buy these components separately. Same goes with the tripod.
On the whole, I recommend buying the camera body and lenses separately since neither 18-135mm nor 18-200mm are not currently available as a kit with the D60. Buy your memory cards, straps, cases, tripods, filters and other accessories separately and as you need them. 99 percent of people won't carry around all that stuff anyhow.
I also recommend "Camera Armor" to protect your SLR against bangs and scratches.
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I purchased a Nikon D60 with 2 VR lens and a variety of bundle items for this camera. The Nikon D60 is so easy to use .... just point and shoot with fantastic clearity when the shots are enlarged. The on on screen features are easy to follow to edit your pictures right on the camera. There are so many options of shooting modes that make it so easy to shoot sports and jump to take a quick portrait and even great night shots. The weight on the camera is light so you don't mind carrying it around. The VR lens work great. I took many pictures from the truck window while the truck was moving and the pictures were crystal clear. I was leary about spending $800.00 but it was well worth it. I would reccommend this camera and lens to anyone that really enjoys photography.
In my opinion, the D60 is the best choice for a "First time SLR". The D40 and D40x set the standard for the average consumer who wanted to shift from a point and shoot camera to a more "semi" professional camera. The D60 added to both of these with more features like sensor cleaning and a Vibration Reduction (VR) lense included in the kit. Some people still will rate the D40 over the D60 such as Ken Rockwell at this site: http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/d40.htm
He also reviews the D60 along with other Nikon Cameras. When I made up my mind between a Canon and a Nikon, The Nikon D60 was my best choice. I bought the D60 without a lense because I wanted to upgrade to a single lens solution. I purchased a Nikon 18-200mm VR lense that easily takes the place of the 18-55mm kit lense plus the 55-200mm VR add-on lense. This was a little more pricey than having two separate lenses but I like keeping things simple by not having to change lenses every time the scene changes. Eventually I will have to buy a 800 or 1200mm zoom lense for those far away shots, but for now I am really satisfied with my choice.