Camera information display and settings

As is has no dedicated control panel LCD the D60 uses the main LCD monitor for camera information display and the change of settings. As mentioned earlier this is now displayed as soon as you turn the camera on (turning off again to preserve power after a user-definable period of inactivity). The new eye sensor is used to turn the display off as soon as you look through the viewfinder and you can wake it from 'sleep' by pressing any button or with a light tap of the shutter release. This may all only be a small change over the D40X, but it's a very welcome one and one that makes using the camera manually a lot less frustrating.

Information display format

Via the Setup menu you can select the information display format for Auto / Vari-program modes and the P, A, S M modes separately. There are three formats to choose from; Graphic, Classic and Wallpaper, the later of which allows you to pick your own image as a wallpaper (very 'mobile phone'). The information shown on these displays has already been detailed earlier in this review so I won't repeat myself, sufficient to say that the information display provides an overview of pretty much all camera settings.

Graphic display format (default) Classic display format
Wallpaper display format  

Color options

Just in case the three views above didn't give you enough choice with the D60 you can now also change the overall color scheme in either display mode.

Shutter / aperture graphics / meter

You will already have spotted the graphic representation of shutter speed (the segmented line around the aperture) and the aperture on the 'Graphic display format'. Below is an example of what you see as shutter speed and aperture change. On the right below the digital meter appears in manual mode to indicate how close the selected exposure is to the metered exposure.

Changing settings

Press the 'i' (setting) button to switch to setting mode, here you navigate around the screen using the multi-selector (4 way controller) and press OK to change a setting. Nikon have fully realized the advantages of changing settings on screen by combining the setting change with either an indication of the effect of change or help in choosing the correct option. For example when changing image quality you get to see the estimated file size and remaining frames, when changing white balance example scenes are shown where that white balance may be appropriate.

Navigating the information display, press OK to change the highlighted setting Changing exposure compensation shows the approximate 'effect' of the adjustment
Changing ISO shows examples of the kinds of shots suitable for use with each setting. Changing image quality displays the estimated file size and frames remaining


Help is available throughout the camera interface, either in shooting mode, setting adjustment or menus, simply press and hold the help '?' button. Note that in shooting mode the '?' icon may occasionally blink, this essentially means that the camera has some advice for you and pressing the help button will display this (as shown below, left).

Pressing the help button in menus when the '?' icon is shown brings up the help screen. An example of help available by holding the '?' button when using the info screen to change settings.
Sometimes you'll see the '?' icon flashing; pressing the help button in this case brings up a 'warning'  

White Balance Adjust

One of the new features on the D60 is a graphical white balance adjustment (as seen on some of Nikon's high end models). This offers two axes of adjustment (A-B and G-M), each with 12 steps.