Camera Base / Tripod Mount

The base of the camera houses the battery compartment (as previously described), the product label and a metal tripod mount aligned with the center of the lens and focal plane.

Pop-Up Flash

The D60 has an electronic-release pop-up flash which will either raise automatically (in Auto or one of the Scene modes depending on the flash mode) or manually by pressing the flash button. This button also doubles as the flash mode and flash compensation button, by holding it and turning the command dial. The flash has a guide number of 12 (m at ISO 100) and raises approximately 50 mm above the top of the lens.

Flash Hot-shoe / external flash

The D60 has a standard (ISO 518) accessory shoe which is compatible with third party flash systems for flash sync and more advanced i-TTL with the SB-400, SB-800, SB-600 or SB-R200. Non-TTL Auto available with the 80DX, 28DX, 28, 27, 23, 22s and 29s. The matching (optional) SB-400 external Speedlight has a guide number of 30 (m at ISO 200), supports i-TTL, manual exposure, rear-curtain sync and red-eye reduction. The SB-400 has a tilting flash head which locks straight ahead and has click points at 60, 75 and 90 degrees. (Image below shows a D40). The D60 also supports Nikon's CLS / wireless flash systems.

Lens Mount / Sensor

Below on the left you can see the D60's lens mount with the mirror down, on the right with mirror up and shutter open (exposing the sensor). Lenses are inserted twisted clockwise and lock in place with an anticlockwise turn. This is a standard Nikon F lens mount but without the mechanical focus drive pin meaning you can only auto-focus using AF-S or AF-I lenses (see the first page of this review for more detail).

Dust removal system

It was inevitable that the new Nikon DSLR generation would get an anti-dust system (dust reduction being to SLRs what 'Face Detection' is to compacts this year). The D60 takes a two-pronged approach to keeping dust off the sensor; a unique Airflow Control System sucks dust away from the image path, whilst a vibrating 'self-cleaning' sensor unit shakes any remaining dust free. This 'shake n vac' sensor cleaning operates at every power on by default (though you can turn this off and use a menu to shake the sensor manually). The animated graphic shown below on the right is displayed whenever the sensor cleaning is taking place.

We've not been able to confirm the exact details of how the airflow system actually works, but it appears to use the mirror motion to 'fan' the air inside the chamber towards sticky strips designed to catch dust particles before they get chance to land on the sensor surface. If you look inside the lens mouth you can see the grill covering the Airflow Control system's ducts.

This is what Nikon says: 'The Airflow Control System used in the D60 leads air within the mirror box towards small ducts near the base, directing dust away from the image sensor'

Supplied In the Box

Box contents may vary by region:
• Nikon D60 digital SLR body & cap
• Shoulder strap
• Eyepiece Cap DK-5
• Eyepiece Cup DK-20
• EN-EL9 Lithium-Ion battery
• MH-23 Quick Charger & cable
• USB cable
• A/V cable
• Software CD-ROM
• User manual