Nikon D60

Nikon D60 front

Nikon D60 overview

Nikon D60 is Nikon's Entry-Level DSLR digital camera initially released on March of 2008. The camera has a 10MP, CCD APS-C size sensor with a peak resolution of 3872 x 2592.

Nikon brought out this model as a way to upgrade the previous Nikon D40X (Read Full Comparison) & subsequently launched the fresher Nikon D5000 (Read Full Comparison) to upgrade this camera.

The D60 is ranked #73 out of 80 in Entry-Level DSLR cameras & all round #677 out of 1465 for cameras in our collection. You can try out our Advanced camera finder to find camera results based on your custom criteria.

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The following is a graph of different criteria used in the scoring system.

Nikon D60 history

The Nikon D60 is part of a family of cameras. You can read the full list below.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Nikon-D3500 front thumbnailNikon D3500
D60 vs D3500
24MPAPS-C5.0 fps2018
Nikon-D5600 front thumbnailNikon D5600
D60 vs D5600
24MPAPS-C5.0 fps2016
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Nikon-D3400 front thumbnailNikon D3400
D60 vs D3400
24MPAPS-C5.0 fps2016
Nikon-D5500 front thumbnailNikon D5500
D60 vs D5500
24MPAPS-C5.0 fps2015
Nikon-D3300 front thumbnailNikon D3300
D60 vs D3300
24MPAPS-C5.0 fps2014
Nikon-D5300 front thumbnailNikon D5300
D60 vs D5300
24MPAPS-C5.0 fps2014
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Nikon-D5200 front thumbnailNikon D5200
D60 vs D5200
24MPAPS-C5.0 fps2013
Nikon-D3200 front thumbnailNikon D3200
D60 vs D3200
24MPAPS-C4.0 fps2012
Nikon-D5100 front thumbnailNikon D5100
D60 vs D5100
16MPAPS-C4.0 fps2011
Nikon-D3100 front thumbnailNikon D3100
D60 vs D3100
14MPAPS-C3.0 fps2010
Nikon-D3000 front thumbnailNikon D3000
D60 vs D3000
10MPAPS-C3.0 fps2009
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Nikon-D5000 front thumbnailNikon D5000
D60 vs D5000
12MPAPS-C4.0 fps2009
Nikon-D60 front thumbnailNikon D6010MPAPS-C3.0 fps2008
Nikon-D40X front thumbnailNikon D40X
D60 vs D40X
10MPAPS-C3.0 fps2007
Nikon-D40 front thumbnailNikon D40
D60 vs D40
6MPAPS-C3.0 fps2006
Nikon-D50 front thumbnailNikon D50
D60 vs D50
6MPAPS-C3.0 fps2005

Nikon D60 Pros and Cons

Here is a collection of benefits and drawbacks of the Nikon D60 based on features that are oftentimes seen as useful in a digital camera.

change lenses (Nikon F mount)
comes with phase detect AF
exports RAW formats
flash built-in
has manual focus
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
very good min ISO (100)
can't shoot video
continuous shooting slow (3.0 frames per second)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
fixed screen
lack of image stabilization
missing HDMI port
missing headphone port
missing mic port
missing Time Lapse mode
no liveview feature
screen has low resolution (230 thousand dot)
sensor resolution not great (10MP)
terrible battery power (500 CIPA)
tiny screen (2.5")
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Nikon D60 Sensor features

The sensor measurement on the Nikon D60 is 23.6mm x 15.8mm (APS-C). The 373 mm² sensor can resolve 3872 x 2592 pixels using aspect ratios of 3:2.

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The CCD sensor has 10MP and has a standard ISO range of 100 to 1600. The ISO can be expanded electronically to a maximum of 3200. RAW format is saved therefore the user has more margin for error.

The image below displays the D60's sensor size compared to other popular sizes. The D60 sensor has a crop factor of 1.5 and is displayed in green.

Nikon D60 sensor size Photography Glossary

To get an idea of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon D60 dimensions

Nikon D60 weighs in at 1.15 lbs (522g / 18.41 ounces) & has outside proportions of 126mm x 94mm x 64mm (5.0" x 3.7" x 2.5"). The weight of general Entry-Level DSLR camera is 540g and the Nikon D60 is very similar in comparison with various competitors.

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The following is a photo of the Nikon D60 alongside a soft drink to help you to get a sense of its size.

Nikon D60 dimensions scale

The top view below will provide the button arrangement on the D60.

Nikon D60 topview buttons dials

Nikon D60 Lens features

The D60 uses the Nikon F mount and has 315 lenses available. Here is some of the lenses we have in our collection that will fit the D60.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Sigma-24-70mm-F2.8-EX-DG-Macro-Nikon-F-FX lensSigma 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro24-70mmf/2.8 715g
Nikon-AF-Nikkor-105mm-f2D-DC lensNikon AF Nikkor 105mm f2D DC105mmf/2.0 640g
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Nikon-AF-S-Nikkor-600mm-f4D-ED-IF-II lensNikon AF-S Nikkor 600mm f4D ED-IF II600mmf/4.0 5900g
Tokina-AT-X-Pro-35mm-f2.8-Macro-DX-Nikon-F-DX lensTokina AT-X Pro 35mm f2.8 Macro DX35mmf/2.8 340g
Nikon-AF-Micro-Nikkor-60mm-f2.8D lensNikon AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f2.8D60mmf/2.8 440g
Nikon-AF-Micro-Nikkor-200mm-f4D-ED-IF lensNikon AF Micro-Nikkor 200mm f4D ED-IF200mmf/4.0 1190g
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Nikon-AF-Nikkor-35mm-f2D lensNikon AF Nikkor 35mm f2D35mmf/2.0 205g
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Nikon D60 Connectivity

The D60 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Cameras that feature NFC and Bluetooth support can easily be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You are able to send images and sometimes alter camera settings with no need to connect directly with the camera.

Many apps also enable a Liveview and press the shutter when you aren't near the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI port, it could be attached to an external screen. Virtually all cameras will allow you to recharge the battery through the USB port.

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Nikon D60 Video features

Nikon D60 does not record video. If you are shopping for a digital camera to shoot just pictures, it might not be an issue.

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Nikon D60 Weather Sealing

Nikon D60 doesn't have weather sealing so wet conditions might affect the camera.

Nikon D60 Screen and Viewfinder

The Nikon D60 has a 2.5 inch fixed display having a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

Please be aware that the display screen has no touch support.

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The ViewFinder specs for Nikon D60 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder Optical (pentamirror)
  • Coverage 95%
  • Magnification 0.53x

For bright outdoor conditions that make the camera screens washed out and tough to see, viewfinders can be pretty valuable.

Nikon D60 Shutter features

Nikon D60 can shoot continuously at 3.0 frames per second. The maximum shutter speed is 1/4000s.

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Nikon D60 Flash and Hot shoe features

Nikon D60 comes with both integrated flash together with external flash ability. The max flash sync speed is 1/200s.

Nikon D60 Autofocus features

Nikon D60 comes with both Phase Detect Auto Focus plus Contrast Based Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more quicker & precise as compared to Contrast Based focusing.

The AF system has 3 focus points to choose from. Nikon D60 boasts manual focusing in case it is needed for low light scenarios or you want more precise control on focusing.

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Nikon D60 Battery life

The battery power for the Nikon D60 is made to last for 500 shots according to the CIPA specifications which is lesser in comparison with it's competition. The typical Entry-Level DSLR camera battery life is 589. Pentax K-x has got the highest (1900) battery life for this type of cameras.

Below is a list of Entry-Level DSLR cameras having the highest battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
Photography Glossary
Canon-EOS-Rebel-SL3 front thumbnailCanon SL3
D60 vs SL3
1070 yesnoyes

Nikon D60 for different categories of photography

The following bar chart provides a summation of the Nikon D60 for different categories of photography. To understand more, have a look at the specific section below.

Nikon D60 as a Portrait photography camera

The Nikon D60 gets a points tally of 53 which is average, and means the camera is relatively suited for portrait photography. Shooting portraits leans greatly towards sensor dimension, RAW support and capability to use off-camera lighting.

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you can focus manually
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
no liveview
low resolution (10 megapixels)

Nikon D60 Street photography factors

With a modest score of 58, the Nikon D60 is fairly appropriate for street photography. A decent street photography camera has a perfect balance of image quality plus portability.

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good sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
screen does not articulate
no image stabilization

Nikon D60 Sports photography features

A horrible sports photography score of 38 indicates the Nikon D60 is simply not suitable for photographing sports. A camera must have excellent autofocus and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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good sensor size (APS-C)
supports phase detect AF
no liveview
slow continuous shooting (3.0 fps)
does not have image stabilization
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
bad battery power (500 shots)

Travel photography with Nikon D60

Weight is very crucial in selecting a camera for travel. In general, the Nikon D60 gets a horrible 45 for a travel camera which makes it simply not suitable for your journeys.

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built-in flash
missing Time Lapse mode
bad battery pack (500 shots)
low resolution (10 megapixels)
does not have selfie friendly display

Nikon D60 Landscape photography factors

If you're planning to purchase a camera for landscape pictures, the most vital aspect will be image quality. The Nikon D60 at it's reasonable rating of 46 for a landscape camera is fairly suited compared to it's competitors.

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manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Nikon F mount)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
saves RAW files
screen is small (2.5")
no liveview
does not have image stabilization
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
bad battery (500 CIPA)
no Time Lapse recording

Nikon D60 Vlogging details

A camera for vlogging preferably should have a articulating display, microphone port and ideally image stabilization. Taking all things into account, the Nikon D60 is simply not suitable for vlogging as it receives a horrible score of 9.

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can't record video

Nikon D60 Alternatives

If you are shopping for alternatives to the D60, here is a range of the highest scored cameras which fall into the family of Entry-Level DSLR.

The line chart down below offers you a summary of the D60 vs it's top ranked competitors listed above.

There are a bunch of cameras you might consider as alternative options. To browse through a detailed comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Nikon D60
Entry-Level DSLR
Body design
Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
23.6 x 15.8mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
10 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
Highest resolution
3872 x 2592
RAW files
Highest native ISO
Highest boosted ISO
Lowest native ISO
Manual focusing
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points
Lens support
Nikon F
Available lenses
Focal length multiplier
Range of screen
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
Resolution of screen
230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
DXO Color Depth rating
DXO Dynamic range rating
DXO Low light rating
Lowest shutter speed
Highest shutter speed
Continuous shooting speed
3.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance
12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash modes
Auto, Red-Eye, Slow, Red-Eye Slow, Rear curtain
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Highest flash sync
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Highest video resolution
Mic jack
Headphone jack
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
522g (1.15 lbs)
126 x 94 x 64mm (5.0" x 3.7" x 2.5")
Battery life
500 pictures
Battery form
Battery Pack
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media
Storage slots
Launch cost