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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Top D-SLRs Under $1,000

Six cameras that deliver hot shots for a fistful of dollars

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NIKON D60
Billed as Nikon's "smallest digital SLR ever" (a title actually shared with the D40 and D40x), the D60 features fast and easy operation, including a 10.2-megapixel CCD sensor, Nikon's latest EXPEED image processing, Active Dust Reduction with Airflow Control and a stop-motion video mode that creates a stop-motion animation from a sequence of still images.

Newcomers to D-SLR photography will love the D60's advanced HELP Menu System with Assist Images and eight Digital Vari-Programs, which automatically optimize the settings for shooting popular subject types such as portraits, landscapes, action and more. The D60 also features a quick startup and near-instant shutter response, very accurate 420-segment 3D Color Matrix Metering II, fast and accurate autofocusing, good battery life and a sensor-dust reduction system.

Nikon offers more than 50 lenses for its D-SLRs, ranging in focal length from a 10.5mm fisheye and 12-24mm wide zoom to a 600mm super-telephoto. Since the D60 doesn't incorporate a focusing motor, it provides autofocusing only through Nikkor lenses that have a focus drive motor like the AF-S and AF-I Nikkors, which currently have 26 lenses, including those just mentioned.

The D60 can use all other G- and D-type Nikkor lenses, but is limited to manual focusing, and many other Nikkor lenses have additional feature limitations.

 

The D60 comes with the AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm ƒ/3.5-5.6G VR lens, which gives you an image-stabilized, 35mm-equivalent focal range of 27-82.5mm, ideal for a variety of subjects from travel scenics to portraiture.



Specifications

Sensor: 10.2-megapixel CCD
Sensor Size: 23.6x15.8mm (1.5x)
ISO Range: 100-1600, plus 3200
Storage Media: SD/SDHC
A/D Converter: 12-bit
LCD: 2.5 inches
AF System: 3-point
Metering System: 420-segment, CW, 2.5% spot
Shutter Speeds: 30 to 1⁄4000 sec., plus B
Maximum Continuous Firing Rate: 3 fps
Built-In Flash: GN 12/39 (ISO 100, meters/feet)
Dimensions: 5.0x3.7x2.5 inches
Weight: 17.4 ounces
Estimated Street Price: $749
(with 18-55mm VR zoom)




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