Pre-PMA 2008: Nikon has announced its latest consumer-level DSLR, the D60. It's a 10.2MP digital camera that will look and feel remarkably familiar to users of the D40X. It includes an anti-dust system that incorporates a self-cleaning sensor unit that shakes off dust, coupled with an airflow system designed to channel dust away from the sensor. The model also adds active d-lighting, a stop-motion recording mode and Expeed branding.
Nikon Europe Debuts D60 Digital Single Lens Reflex Camera
User-friendly Nikon D60 offers 10-megapixel resolution, in-camera editing
Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 29 January 2008 - Nikon Europe today announced the debut of the Nikon D60, a digital SLR designed for the consumer who wants to combine top technology with user-friendliness and creative features. The D60 provides a resolution of 10.2 effective megapixels, Nikon’s exclusive EXPEED image-processing concept, in-camera editing functions and a 3-area auto focus system. The camera offers continuous shooting at 3.0 fps, near instant power-up in just 0.19 seconds and high ISO sensitivity, all in a compact, lightweight body with a user-friendly ergonomic design.
The Nikon D60 is designed to simplify camera operation and allow the photographer to concentrate on taking pictures. The camera’s simple, user-friendly design includes a reduced number of buttons and a combined monitor and information display. A 2.5-inch LCD screen presents information using an easy to understand graphic user interface, with three types of presentation style to suit all users. The symbols and numbers in the display rotate through 90 degrees, presenting information in the correct orientation according to how the camera is being held. The D60 also includes a new feature that turns off the LCD monitor screen automatically when the viewfinder is in use.
The D60 utilizes Nikon’s exclusive EXPEED technology to maximize image quality and processing speed. The camera also offers creative features that are designed to allow the optimisation and adjustment of images without the need for a computer. Image optimisation is achieved through functions like Active D-Lighting (which compensates for strong shadows), and the automatic correction of false eye colour when using the built-in flash. Creative features include the automated creation of stop-motion animation files from a sequence of images, and effects that simulate the use of optical filters to produce colour shading and sparkling highlights.
To combat the dust that can be introduced into the camera body when changing lenses, , the D60 includes an integrated dust reduction system. Nikon’s exclusive Airflow Control System channels dust out of the image path and a vibrating, self-cleaning sensor unit shakes off any remaining dust from the camera’s optics.
The Nikon D60 standard kit comes with a high-performance VR-NIKKOR lens, the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR. Compact and lightweight, the lens offers 3x zoom with a versatile focal length range of 27mm to 82.5mm (35mm-format equivalent). Nikon’s advanced Vibration Reduction technology combats the effect of camera shake, allowing the use of shutter speeds that are up to three times slower than is practical with non-VR lenses. And with its sophisticated, leather-toned design, the lens looks as good as the pictures it takes. “The D60 is intended to put high quality photography within the reach of ordinary consumers.” said Toru Uematsu, Manager Prosumer Products at Nikon Europe B.V “The combination of precision technology and carefree convenience places the D60 in a unique position of offering compact camera users the chance to move up to digital SLR with ease and security.”
The D60 is capable of use in a range of lighting conditions due to a wide sensitivity range of ISO 100 to ISO 1600 and offers vivid colour reproduction with clear, sharp results.. For convenient use in places where flash photography is not allowed, the camera will set the sensitivity automatically for the best results . The camera’s built-in Speedlight produces excellent balanced results thanks to Nikon’s sophisticated i-TTL flash system, and also allows the use of additional remote-controlled Speedlights.
Storing images on highly-compact SD memory cards (compatible with SDHC), the D60 body measures approximately 126 (W) x 94 (H) x 64 (D) mm and weighs 495 grams. Supplied accessories include a rechargeable Li-ion battery, quick charger, USB cable, rubber eyecup, camera strap, body cap, eyepiece cap and accessory shoe cap. The provided software includes the Nikon Software Suite on CD-ROM. Software for photofinishing and camera remote control may be purchased separately as an option. Suggested retail pricing for the D60 Kit with AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR is €699. Other kits are available.
€ 749 (With 18-55 mm VR lens in Germany)
|Sensor|| 23.6 x 15.8 mm CCD sensor
Nikon DX format (1.5x FOV crop)
10.2 million effective pixels
10.8 million total pixels
RGB Color Filter Array
12-bit A/D converter
|Anti-dust measures|| Image sensor cleaning system*
Airflow control system*
Image dust off from reference frame (using optional Capture NX software)
|Image sizes||• 3872 x 2592 (Large, 10.0 MP)
• 2896 x 1944 (Medium, 5.6 MP)
• 1936 x 1296 (Small, 2.5 MP)
|Image quality|| NEF (12-bit compressed RAW)
JPEG fine (1:4)
JPEG normal (1:8)
JPEG basic (1:16)
NEF (RAW) + JPEG basic
|Color space|| IIIa (sRGB - more green for colourful landscapes) default
II (Adobe RGB)
|Lens mount||Nikon F mount (with AF contacts)|
Other Type G or D AF Nikkor
Other AF Nikkor/AI-P Nikkor
Type D PC Nikkor
IX Nikkor/AF Nikkor for F3AF
-All functions supported
- All functions supported except autofocus
- All functions supported except autofocus and 3D Color Matrix Metering II
- All functions supported except some shooting modes
- Can be used in mode M, but exposure meter does not function; electronic range finder can be used if maximum aperture is f/5.6 or faster
- Can not be used
|Autofocus|| Three area TTL phase detection
Nikon Multi-CAM530 autofocus module
Only with AF-S or AF-I lenses
Detection range: EV -1 to +19 (ISO 100 equivalent, at normal temperature)
|Lens servo|| Single-servo AF (AF-S)
Continuous-servo AF (AF-C)
Automatic AF-S/AF-C (AF-A)
Manual focus (M)
|AF Area mode|| Single Area AF
Dynamic Area AF
Closest Subject Priority Dynamic Area AF
|Focus tracking||Predictive focus tracking automatically activated according to subject status in continuous-servo AF|
|Focus area||One of three areas can be selected|
|Focus lock||Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button|
|AF Assist||White light lamp|
|Exposure mode|| Digital Vari-program
- Flash off
- Close up
- Night portrait
Programmed auto (P) with flexible program
Shutter-priority auto (S)
Aperture priority auto (A)
|Metering||TTL full-aperture exposure metering
3D color matrix metering II
420 segment RGB sensor
Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to a 8mm circle in center of frame
Spot: Meters 3.5 mm circle (about 2.5% of frame) centered on active focus area
|Metering range|| EV 0 to 20 (3D color matrix
or center-weighted metering)
EV 2 to 20 (spot metering) (ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens, 20 °C)
|Meter coupling||CPU coupling|
|Exposure compen.|| +/- 5.0 EV
1/3 EV steps
|AE Lock||Exposure locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button|
ISO 3200 equiv. (HI 1)
|Auto ISO options|| On/Off
Maximum ISO (200, 400, 800 or 1600)
Minimum shutter speed (1 to 1/125 sec)
|Shutter|| Combined mechanical and CCD
30 to 1/4000 sec (1/3 EV steps)
Flash X-Sync: up to 1/200 sec
|White balance|| Auto (TTL white-balance with 420 pixels RGB sensor)
Six manual modes with fine-tuning
o Direct sunlight
Preset white balance (immediate or from photo)
|WB fine tuning||Yes|
|Image parameters|| Preset modes: Normal, Softer, Vivid, More Vivid, Portrait, B&W
Sharpening: Auto, 6 levels
Tone: Auto, 5 levels, Custom curve
Color mode: Ia (sRGB), II (Adobe RGB), IIIa (sRGB)
Saturation: Auto, 3 levels
Hue: -9° to +9°
|Viewfinder|| Optical fixed eye-level
Built-in diopter adjustment (-1.7 to +0.5 m-1)
Eyepoint: 18 mm (at -1.0 m-1)
Frame coverage 95% (approx.)
Viewfinder magnification approx. 0.8x with 50mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1
Focusing screen: Type B BriteView clear matte screen Mark V with superimposed focus brackets
Focus indications, AE/FV lock indicator, Shutter speed, Aperture value, Exposure/Exposure compensation indicator, Exposure mode, Flash output level compensation, Exposure compensation, Number of remaining exposures, Flash-ready indicator
|LCD monitor|| 2.5" TFT LCD
Features automatic defeat via Eye Sensor*
|Built-in flash|| Auto pop-up in Auto, Vari-program modes
Manual pop-up in P, S, A or M modes
Guide number approx. 12 at ISO 100
|Sync contact||X-contact only; flash synchronization at shutter speeds of up to 1/200 sec|
TTL flash control by 420-segment RGB sensor. i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR
and standard i-TTL fill-flash for digital SLR available when CPU lens is used with built-in
flash, SB-400, SB-800, and SB-600
|Flash mode|| Auto, Portrait, Child, Close-up: Auto, auto with red-eye reduction; fill-flash and red-eye reduction
available with optional Speedlight
Night portrait: Auto, auto slow sync, auto slow sync with red-eye reduction; slow sync and slow sync with red-eye reduction available with optional Speedlight
Landscape, Sports: Fill-flash and red-eye reduction available with optional Speedlight
P, A modes: Fill flash, rear-curtain with slow sync, slow sync, slow sync with red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction
S, M modes: Fill flash, rear-curtain sync, red-eye reduction
|Flash compensation|| -3 to +1 EV
|Nikon Creative Lighting system||Supported with built-in flash, SB-400, SB-800, and SB-600; Advanced Wireless Lighting supported with SB-800 or SU-800 as Commander.|
|Shooting modes|| Single frame shooting (S)
Continuous shooting (C) mode: approx. 3.0 frames per second (slower with NR)
Self-timer/remote control mode.
|Continuous buffer|| JPEG: Limited only by storage
RAW: Approx. 9 frames (shooting continues at a slower rate)
|Self-timer|| 2, 5, 10 or 20 sec|
|Remote control|| Remote Control ML-L3 (optional, Infrared)
Camera Control Pro software (optional)
|Text input||Up to 36 characters of alphanumeric text input is available with LCD monitor and multi-selector; stored in EXIF header|
|Playback functions||• Full frame
• Thumbnail (4 or 9 segments)
• Zoom (magnified)
• Histogram indication
• Shooting data
• Highlight point display
• Auto image rotation
Stop-motion movies created with D60*
|Orientation sensor||Yes (Rotates user interface when using camera in portrait orientation)*|
|Storage|| Secure Digital / Secure Digital HC
FAT / FAT32
Supports firmware update via SD card
|Video output||NTSC or PAL selectable|
|Connectivity|| USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed)
Mass storage / PTP selectable
DC-IN (optional AC adapter and adapter connector)
Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish
|Power||Lithium-Ion battery pack EN-EL9 (7.4 V, 1000 mAh)|
|Working environment|| 0 to 40°C (32 to 104°F)
Less than 85% humidity
|Dimensions||126 x 94 x 64 mm (5.0 x 3.7 x 2.5 in)|
|Weight (no batt)||471 g (1.0 lb)|
|Weight (inc. batt)||
522 g (1.2 lb)
Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL9, Quick Charger MH-23, USB Cable UC-E4, PictureProject, Rubber Eyecup DK-16, Camera Strap, Body Cap BF-1A, Eyepiece Cap DK-5, Accessory Shoe Cap BS-1
Wireless Remote Control ML-L3, Capture NX, Camera Control Pro, AC Adapter Connector EP-5, AC Adapter EH-5, Video Cable EG-D100, Semi Soft-Case CF-DC1, Speedlight SB-800/600/T041/R1C1
* New or changed compared to the D40X
|Airflow control system (and no AF motor)||Viewfinder eye detector|
|Graphic user interface in landscape orientation||Graphic user interface in portrait orientation|
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