The Nikon D60 is the third iteration of Nikon’s tiny and user-friendly entry-level SLR line, which began in 2006 with the introduction of the D40 (which succeeded the Nikon D50 as the company’s first starter model). Nikon’s fortunes at the volume end of the SLR market had been completely dominated by Canon ever since the launch of the EOS 300D/Digital Rebel, so the introduction of the original D40 was a hugely significant camera for the company. The original D40 can be given a lot of credit for the resurgence in Nikon’s fortunes at the volume end of the SLR market.
It is not hard to explain the success of the D40, which continued long after the D40X made its rapid appearance only six months later. The D40 was affordably priced, tastefully designed, and constructed, and it was capable of producing good results. It was also a camera that demonstrated that megapixels are not the only factor that determines whether or not a camera will sell (even at launch, its 6MP resolution was far from being “class-leading”).
The D40X, which was positioned as a premium option to the D40 rather than its replacement, did not fool with the formula very much at all. It included a new sensor with more (ten) megapixels, a lower base ISO, and a slightly greater continuous shooting rate.
The D60 is a direct replacement for the D40X (the D40 will remain around for some time as Nikon’s cheap choice), and once again it is not a huge advance; the sensor remains the same (though it now has a dust reduction system), and the external design is essentially identical to the D40X’s.
There are a few new features, such as the same Expeed processing “concept” seen in the D3 and D300, Active D-Lighting, an eye sensor (to control the screen display), and some tweaks to the interface, but perhaps the most significant change isn’t to the camera at all; rather, it’s the transition to an optically stabilized version of the kit lens.
Best Nikon D60 Memory Cards
1. SanDisk 32GB Extreme SD Card – U3, V30, Up To 100MB/s
This B&H Kit comes with a total of 64GB of storage space thanks to the inclusion of three SanDisk 32GB Extreme UHS-I microSDHC Memory Card with SD Adapter. It is usually beneficial to have other cards on hand in case the primary one you are using fills up. This makes it possible to switch out the primary card fast and continue firing. The MicroSD to SD adapter that is included with each card enables the card to be used in SD-compatible devices. This adapter is included with each card.
2. SanDisk 32GB Extreme Pro SD Card – U3, V30, Up To 100MB/
The 32GB Extreme PRO SDHC UHS-I Memory Card from SanDisk has a capacity of 32GB, is compatible with the UHS-I bus, and features a speed class rating of V30, which guarantees minimum write speeds of 30 MB/s. It was designed specifically for SD devices that can capture Full HD, 3D, and 4K video as well as RAW and burst photography.
This card also supports the U3 standard, which ensures minimum write rates of 30 MB/s and is an alternative to the V30 standard in the event that your device does not support it. The maximum supported write speed is 90 MB/s, whereas the maximum supported read speed is 95 MB/s.
3. SanDisk 16GB Ultra SD Card – U1, Up To 80MB/s
The 16GB Ultra UHS-I microSDHC Memory Card from SanDisk has a storage capacity of 16GB and takes advantage of the UHS-I bus to offer read rates of up to 80 MB/s. It was designed to be used with Android smartphones and tablets for capturing Full HD video as well as still photographs. Additionally, the Class 10 standard is supported by this card. This standard assures that the card’s minimum write speeds will not drop below 10 MB/s at any time.
4. Kingston 32GB Canvas Select Plus SD Card – U1, V10, Up To 100MB/s
The 32GB Canvas Select Plus UHS-I microSDHC Memory Card with SD Adapter (3-Pack) from Kingston offers improved speed and capacity for loading apps more quickly, as well as capturing raw and JPEG still images and Full HD 1080p videos. It was designed for Android devices and built with the A1 performance spec.
This Canvas Select Plus has a maximum storage capacity of 32 GB, and it is capable of delivering read rates of up to 100 MB/s. Additionally, it has a V10 speed class rating, which ensures that its write speeds will not go below 10 MB/s.