I used to love my D60, it was my first DSLR.
Same is the case with D80.
D80 was my first camera also, and the bad reviews it got were really only after subsequent bodies were released and the metering got better. Thom even changed his review later due to high amp noise and other issues.
I thoroughly researched my D80 purchase and if it had been getting bad reviews at the time I bought it, I would have hesitated buying it, which I did not. After getting a D300, I agreed with the knocks on the D80, not that any of the issues really impacted my style of shooting. I never regretted the D80 and have no concerns using it today.
To the OPs comment. I don't think anyone is saying the D60 is bad, just that it is not as good featurewise for the pricepoint as other comparable bodies. It can certainly take spectacular images just like any modern body can in the right hands.
I loved the D80, which many considered a terrible camera.
+1 on D60 and D80 not bad cameras.
the Mtn Man wrote:
A tool is only obsolete when it is no longer capable of doing the job you need it to.
Well I have a D600 now and I gave my D60 to my daughter ages ago after upgrading to a D300
Never understood why it had bad reviews.
I wonder what kind of review my first SLR would have got ? It didn't have any exposure modes at all since it was purely manual. It didn't even stop the aperture down. The metering was faultless - it didn't have a meter. It took decent pictures though - when I got the exposure right and remembered to turn the aperture down after manually focusing that is. Never had to worry about the AF accuracy because it didn't have auto-focus. I don't miss it at all though.
By comparison the D60 is a magnificent camera. It has aperture and shutter priority auto exposure modes, matrix metering, auto-focus and it even stops the aperture down automatically. Amazing ! Put it on manual and take control and it will never put a step wrong.
I am increasingly leery about camera reviews these days. We have reviewers criticising cameras for not having the latest bells and whistles such as GPS or WiFi. Not exactly core photographic features are they ? A touch screen is now a must have feature - I think not ! The spell checker on this here review site underlines the word colour in red whenever it is spelled correctly.
Your D60 takes decent images (with a little help from you) So who gives a damn what some common sense challenged, cock-eyed reviewer says about it.