The D60's menus are of the new more sophisticated appearance we saw introduced with the D200 and now fairly standard across the range. Navigation remains the same, the four-way controller and OK button. Another nice feature is the yellow outline left behind when you move from the current setting to a new one, it's a useful reminder. The menus are slightly different (color-wise) to the D40X, and no longer change if you change the info display format.


The D60 has the same help system found on all Nikon's recent SLRs. In menus the question mark icon (?) indicates that help is available for the currently selected item, just press the help button beside the LCD monitor to see a context sensitive help page.

Shooting Menu

The shooting menu defines most of the important / high-level parameters for the camera, these include image processing, image size, quality and noise reduction as well as white balance and ISO sensitivity. It's worth noting that image size/quality, white balance and ISO sensitivity can be set using the shortcut buttons beside the LCD monitor, without entering the menu.

Option Values / Actions Notes / Sub options
Optimize image  • Normal
 • Softer
 • Vivid
 • More vivid
 • Portrait
 • Black and white
 • Custom
Image sharpening
Normal (0)
Low (-2)
Medium low (-1)
Medium high (+1)
High (+2)
Tone compensation
Normal (0)
Less contrast (-2)
Medium low (-1)
Medium high (+1)
More contrast (+2)
Color mode
Ia (sRGB)  
II (Adobe RGB)
Normal (0) 
Moderate (-)
Enhanced (+)
Hue adjustment
-9° to +9°
Select image parameters from one of the six presets or define your own custom set. Note that unlike the D80 you can not apply different color filters to B&W.
Image quality  • NEF (RAW)
 • JPEG fine
 • JPEG normal  
 • JPEG basic
 • NEF (RAW) + JPEG basic
Select image quality. Frankly we're still not impressed that Nikon crippled RAW+JPEG by only providing a 'Basic' quality JPEG.
Image size  • Large 
 • Medium
 • Small
- 3872 x 2592; 10 MP
- 2896 x 1944; 5.6 MP
- 1936 x 1296; 2.5 MP
White balance  • Auto 
 • Incandescent
 • Fluorescent
 • Direct sunlight
 • Flash
 • Cloudy
 • Shade
 • White bal. preset

- Menu to fine tune WB A-B and G-M with 12 presets

- Select / program preset WB

ISO  • Auto
 • 100
 • 200
 • 400
 • 800
 • 1600
 • HI 1.0 (~ISO 3200)
- Auto / Vari-program modes only

(Auto ISO is available in P, A, S and M modes but only by using custom setting 10)
Long exposure NR  • Off 
 • On
Enables dark frame subtraction NR for exposures of 1/2 sec or longer.
Active D-Lighting  • Off 
 • On
Turns the new Active D-Lighting function on or off.