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Nikon D60 and Nikkor 55-200mm VR Lens
The 10.2 megapixel (Mp) Nikon D60 is Nikon's latest entry-level DSLR with an 18-55mm VR kit lens
By Heath McKnight

The 10.2 megapixel (Mp) Nikon D60 is Nikon's latest entry-level DSLR with an 18-55mm VR kit lens, joining the D40 and D40x, and it packs more professional features and better imaging options than either of its predecessors. The ease-of-use and power under the hood make this a must-own camera, especially with a new price of $699 with the 18-55mm lens. The optional Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G DX VR AF-S is an excellent addition.

Like my review of the D40x, I am approaching the D60 in much the same way: a guy who is a casual photographer who wants more power and options than what's available in a standard "point-and-shoot" digital camera. I will discuss features throughout, but at the end of the article, I will present a full-list. Before I do that, here are some thoughts.

If I could sum up the Nikon D60, compared to the D40x, which was my favorite tech gadget of last year (2007), I'd say, "More power." There are more options, more power via a 10.2 mp EXPEED processor, similar to the one in the D300. It's the D40x on steroids, but at a lower price.

Castillo de San Cristobal in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

I tested the D60 for a couple of months, and I took advantage of this marvelous camera. I took it to NAB '08 to report for Digital Media Online, Inc., where it did far better than my old Canon point-and-shoot did in 2007. I snapped off casual photos in South Florida and the greater Tampa/Clearwater/St. Petersburg, Florida area (with some of the best beaches in the world, by the way.

Puerto Rico beach

El Yunque Falls.


 In May, I co-produced a feature film, DECEMBER, and used the camera to take some nice photos during the day and night. I even took it and the 55-200mm lens on a vacation to Puerto Rico, and was able to take some stunning images of the beaches, El Yunque Rain Forest, Castillo de San Cristóbal, and Old San Juan.

St. Pete Beach, Florida


If you take a bunch of photos all at once, while using the Continuous (burst) mode, one cool little feature allows you to take those images and create a stop-motion movie within the camera! It's those features that make the D60 such a remarkable DSLR.



Lens Options 
The D60 comes standard with an 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR AF-S DX Nikkor lens, which is excellent. Of course, for shots in the distance, like the below photo of a sunset taken in Wellington, Florida, the 55-200mm lens is the way to go. I did do a little bit of cropping in Photoshop Elements 6 to showcase the sunset more.

D60 with 55-200mm lens cropped in Photoshop Elements 6.


 

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