Support Cameralabs by shopping at our partner stores or donating via Paypal
 






Follow my RSS feed at Camera Labs RSS Feed
 
  Latest camera reviews

Canon G1 X Mark II
Panasonic Lumix FZ1000
Panasonic TZ60 / ZS40
Sony RX100 III review
Sony A3000 review
Canon EOS 1200D T5
Sony WX350
Nikon P600
Sony Alpha A5000
Sony Cyber-shot HX400V
Panasonic Lumix GH4
Panasonic TS5 FT5
Sony Alpha A6000
Canon SX700 HS
Canon SX600 HS
Olympus TOUGH TG2
Nikon AW1
Nikon D3300
Fujifilm XT1
Olympus STYLUS 1
Sony Cyber-shot RX10
Olympus OMD EM1
Panasonic Lumix GM1
Nikon D610
Sony Alpha A7
Nikon D5300
Canon PowerShot A2500
Sony Alpha A7r
Canon ELPH 130 IXUS 140
Nikon COOLPIX P520
Nikon COOLPIX L820
Canon PowerShot S120
Panasonic Lumix GX7
Canon SX510 HS
Canon PowerShot G16
Fujifilm X20
Panasonic FZ70 / FZ72
Canon EOS 70D
Sony RX100 II
Canon ELPH 330 IXUS 255
Panasonic Lumix GF6
Fujifilm XM1
Olympus EP5
Panasonic Lumix LF1
Panasonic TZ35 / ZS25
Olympus XZ2
Sony HX300
Panasonic Lumix G6
Sony HX50V
Fujifilm X100S
Canon SX280 HS
Canon EOS SL1 / 100D
Panasonic TZ40 / ZS30
Nikon D7100
Nikon COOLPIX A
Fujifilm X-E1
Canon EOS 6D
Nikon D5200
Panasonic Lumix GH3
Canon PowerShot S110
Panasonic Lumix G5
Sony NEX-6
Panasonic Lumix FZ200
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
Nikon COOLPIX P7700
Olympus E-PL5
Canon EOS M
Panasonic TS20 / FT20
Canon PowerShot G15
Nikon D600
Nikon COOLPIX L810
Canon PowerShot D20
Sony RX100
Panasonic Lumix LX7
Canon SX500 IS
Fujifilm HS30 EXR
Sony HX200V
Panasonic FZ60 / FZ62
Canon 520HS / 500HS
Canon 110HS / 125HS
Nikon D800
Canon EOS T4i / 650D
Canon PowerShot A3400
Panasonic ZS15 / TZ25
Olympus E-M5
Nikon D3200
Fujifilm X-Pro1
Canon PowerShot A2300
Canon SX240 / SX260
Samsung NX200
Sony Alpha SLT-A77
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Panasonic ZS20 / TZ30
Canon PowerShot G1 X
Sony NEX-7
Panasonic GX1
Olympus E-PM1
Nikon V1
Sony NEX-5N
Canon EOS T3 / 1100D
Canon EOS 600D / T3i
Nikon D7000
Canon EOS 60D
Canon EOS 550D / T2i
Canon EOS 7D

All camera reviews
 
 
   
 
  Best Buys: our top models
   
  Best Canon lens
Best Nikon lens
Best Sony lens
Best budget DSLR
Best mid-range DSLR
Best semi-pro DSLR
Best point and shoot
Best superzoom
Best camera accessories
   
 



Camera Labs Forum

Any questions, comments or a great tip to share? Join my Camera forum and let everyone know!
   
 
  DSLR Tips



 
Free Shipping on ALL Products
Nikon D60 Gordon Laing, March 2008

Nikon D60 results :
Outdoor resolution / Studio resolution / Real life Noise


Support this site by shopping via these links

Amazon
 
Adorama
 
Ritz Camera
 
Cameras2U
 
Jessops
 
Amazon uk


Nikon D60 versus Canon EOS 400D / XTi outdoor scene

  To compare real-life performance we shot the same scene with the Nikon D60 and the Canon EOS 400D / XTi within a few moments of each other using their Auto modes, best quality JPEG and lowest ISO settings. Both models were fitted with their respective kit lenses set to f8 and adjusted to deliver the same field of view.

The image left was taken with the Nikon D60 at 24mm f8 and with a sensitivity of 100 ISO; the original JPEG measured 4.63 MB. Noise Reduction and Active D-Lighting were off by default. The crops are taken from the upper left, center, lower right and lower left portions of the originals and presented here at 100%.

The first most obvious difference between the Nikon D60 and the Canon EOS 400D / XTi is their default processing style. The D60, like its predecessor, boosts the contrast, sharpness and especially the saturation to produce very punchy-looking images by default. These will undoubtedly appeal to anyone upgrading from a compact, but if the scene is already vibrant, the results can look a little unreal. In contrast, the EOS 400D / XTi produces relatively laid-back, more natural looking images. Like all DSLRs though, it's possible to tweak either to your heart's content.

Another difference is the way both cameras meter the same scene. As noticed on our D40x and D80 review, the Canon 400D / XTi metered this composition (and our real-life noise scene) with shutter speeds almost one stop faster, producing a much darker image by default. While the 400D / XTi can have a tendency to underexpose, the Nikon's could equally be judged as slightly over-exposing, although by comparing various histograms we'd say the Nikon metering is closer to the 'correct' exposure. As such for the comparisons below and on our real-life noise page, we applied +2/3 EV of exposure compensation to the 400D / XTi to better match the D60's output.

Both DSLRs employ 10 Megapixel sensors, but even a quick glance at the 100% crops below will reveal a noticeable difference in detail. This is particularly apparent in the corners, as seen in the first and third row of crops, where the Canon crops are much softer. The crops taken from closer to the middle of the frame, such as the second and fourth rows, look more similar, but there's still a detail advantage to the D60 even with the processing taken into account. About the only aspect where the D60 crops are beaten by the Canon below is a little fringing on the mountain ridge.

These differences are almost entirely down to the kit lenses supplied with each model. The Canon EF-S 18-55mm is famously an unremarkable performer, but the new Nikkor DX 18-55mm VR is comfortably out-performing it, while also boasting optical stabilisation. This is the key advantage of the D60 kit over the 400D / XTi kit, although there are many other differences including a number of features in favour of the Canon - see the design and features pages for full details.

Scroll down for a JPEG and RAW comparison from the Nikon D60, or head on over to our D60 studio resolution results page.

 

Nikon D60
with Nikkor DX 18-55mm VR at 24mm
 
Canon EOS 400D / Rebel XTi
with Canon EF-S 18-55mm at 22mm
f8, 100 ISO
f8, 100 ISO
f8, 100 ISO
f8, 100 ISO
f8, 100 ISO
f8, 100 ISO
f8, 100 ISO
f8, 100 ISO


Nikon D60: JPEG versus RAW

We photographed the scene here as a Large Fine JPEG, followed by one in RAW mode and have presented crops below from each file for comparison. The RAW file was converted using the ViewNX software supplied with the D60 - this only offers basic conversions, but since it's what's supplied with the D60, that's what we're using here. For more sophisticated adjustments, you'll need to buy Nikon's CaptureNX software, or use a third party program. The 16-bit TIFF generated by ViewNX was then reduced to 8 bits and processed the same way as the original JPEG for presentation here.

The RAW file converted using ViewNX is slightly sharper than the in-camera JPEG and reveals a little more detail, especially in the foliage areas. The greater sharpening has however introduced artefacts around some buildings which were not present on the JPEG. As always, the real benefit of shooting in RAW comes with greater manipulation and sadly that's not possible with the D60 unless you get hold of additional software. Now let's look at the D60's studio-based resolution.


Nikon D60 JPEG
with Nikkor DX 18-55mm VR at 24mm
 
Nikon D60 RAW
with Nikkor DX 18-55mm VR at 24mm
f8, 100 ISO
f8, 100 ISO


Nikon D60 results continued...

Outdoor resolution / Studio resolution / Real life Noise

 

If you found this review useful, please support us by shopping below!



All words, images, videos and layout, copyright 2005-2014 Gordon Laing. May not be used without permission.

/ How we test / Best Cameras / Advertising / Camera reviews / Supporting Camera Labs