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Nikon D60 Gordon Laing, March 2008
 
Nikon D60 Gallery

The following images were taken with a final production Nikon D60 running version 1.0 firmware and fitted with the Nikkor DX 18-55mm VR kit lens. VR was enabled for all these handheld images.

The D60 was set to Large Fine JPEG mode and sRGB, with Auto White Balance, 3D Matrix metering and the Optimise Image parameter set to Normal for sharpening, tone, colour, saturation and hue; Noise Reduction and Active D-Lighting were set to their default Off settings.

The individual exposure mode, file sizes, shutter speeds, aperture, ISO and lens focal length are listed for each image.

The crops are taken from the original files, reproduced at 100% and saved in Adobe Photoshop CS2 as JPEGs with the default Very High quality preset, while the resized images were made in Photoshop CS2 and saved with the default High quality preset. The three crops are typically taken from far left, central and far right portions of each image.


Landscape: 4.14MB, Program, 1/250, f8, ISO 100, 18-55mm at 18mm (equivalent to 27mm)

  This first shot was taken with the D60 and the 18-55mm zoomed-out to an equivalent of 27mm. It was bright and the sensitivity set to 100 ISO, so this represents ideal conditions.

This shot illustrates the D60's default image processing, which is certainly vibrant, although you can tone it down if preferred.

The crops are sharp and detailed with no noise or other artefacts to worry about.
     


Landscape: 4.85MB, Program, 1/200, f7.1, ISO 100, 18-55mm at 18mm (equivalent to 27mm)

  Another shot taken at 100 ISO with the kit lens zoomed-out under bright conditions.

Again the lake has a slightly unreal blue colour to it, but if you like punchy images, you'll love the D60's default settings.

And again the crops are sharp and detailed, even up to the corners - the new DX 18-55mm VR is a great performer for the money.
     


Landscape: 4.17MB, Program, 1/320, f9, ISO 200, 18-55mm at 55mm (equivalent to 83mm)

    Our third sample was taken with the D60's sensitivity increased to 200 ISO and the lens zoomed-into its maximum 55mm.

The camera, set to the default AF-A mode, correctly identified the ship approaching and switched to continuous focus to keep the result sharp.

As you'd hope, the increase to 200 ISO hasn't had a negative impact on noise levels, although the heavily saturated processing remains.
     
   
     
   


Portrait: 2.82MB, Program, 1/100, f16, ISO 200, 18-55mm at 55mm (equivalent to 83mm)


  For this portrait shot we kept the sensitivity at 200 ISO and manually popped-open the built-in flash to fill-in harsh shadows and provide some balance to the overcast background. The lens was zoomed all the way-in.

The D60 has done a fine job of balancing flash light with ambient light and the result is very natural.

If you prefer a more blurred background, you can set the D60 to Aperture Priority and choose a small f-number.
     


Macro: 4.68MB, Program, 1/400, f10, ISO 400, 18-55mm at 55mm (equivalent to 83mm)

  For this macro shot we increased the sensitivity to 400 ISO and positioned the camera as close at it would focus with the kit lens fully zoomed-in.

We shot this in Program mode, but a larger depth of field could have been achieved in Aperture Priority.

The increase to 400 ISO hasn't had an adverse effect of the quality, with the crops revealing lots of detail and no noise or processing artefacts to speak of.

     


Indoor: 4.42MB, Program, 1/25, f3.5, ISO 400, 18-55mm at 18mm (equivalent to 27mm)


  Our first indoor shot was taken with the D60 again at 400 ISO.

The exposure is fine, although the white balance slightly off, with the resulting tungsten orange cast accentuated by the high saturation.

That said, there's little noise to worry about and the crops remain sharp and detailed.
     


Indoor: 4.29MB, Program, 1/15, f3.5, ISO 800, 18-55mm at 18mm (equivalent to 27mm)

  Our second indoor shot was taken with the sensitivity increased to 800 ISO.

There's inevitably a drop in quality as a result, but as the 100% crops reveal, it's still perfectly usable.

Some noise is visible in areas of flat colour, but we'd prefer to see this rather than having the image processor smear out fine detail.

A good result here for the D60, and the stabilised VR lens has eliminated any worries of camera shake.

     


Indoor: 4.49MB, Program, 1/30, f3.5, ISO 1600, 18-55mm at 18mm (equivalent to 27mm)

  Our final indoor shot was taken with the sensitivity increased to 1600 ISO.

The crops reveal an increase in noise levels, but they're certainly not as bad as many 10 Mpixel DSLRs we've tested.

So while you probably wouldn't make a big print at 1600 ISO, the D60 certainly produces images which are usable at smaller sizes.

So overall, a good-looking gallery from the D60, albeit with slightly over-saturated images by default.

     

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