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03/19/2008 05:25:56 PM · #1
Thought some might be interested in dpreviews look at the new D60.

Message edited by author 2008-03-19 17:26:18.
03/19/2008 11:13:53 PM · #2
*bump*
03/20/2008 12:20:20 AM · #3
Nikon D60 key features
10 megapixel DX format CCD (1.5x FOV crop)
Nikon EXPEED processing 'concept' (as per D300, D3)
3D Color Matrix Metering II, 420 pixel sensor
Multi-CAM530 three area AF sensor
New Image sensor cleaning system
Eye sensor (turns off LCD display)
ISO sensitivity range 100 - 1600 plus HI 1 (3200 equiv.)
3.0 fps continuous shooting*, unlimited in JPEG
No status LCD, LCD monitor based status / settings screens (now rotates)
Help suggestions on LCD monitor (eg. scene too dark, try using flash)
Large 2.5" 230,000 pixel LCD monitor
Short shutter lag and viewfinder blackout
Support for SDHC (SD cards over 2 GB in capacity)
......
Very compact, light body
Improved menu user interface
EN-EL9 Lithium-Ion battery (7.2V, 1000 mAh)
New stabilized AF-S DX 18-55 mm kit lens
......

I guess I'm kind of prejudice toward my D40x for now but that "Eye Sensor" option would be really cool to have!
03/20/2008 11:47:31 AM · #4
Eye sensor- hasn't Minolta had that on all their film bodies since like... the early 90s? I know my brother's Minolta Maxxum film body has it... If only I could remember the model. A pointless but neat feature; a half press of the shutter does the same function.
03/20/2008 12:12:14 PM · #5
Originally posted by Anti-Martyr:

Eye sensor- hasn't Minolta had that on all their film bodies since like... the early 90s? I know my brother's Minolta Maxxum film body has it... If only I could remember the model. A pointless but neat feature; a half press of the shutter does the same function.


Why would a film body have an LCD?
03/20/2008 03:34:37 PM · #6
Originally posted by Anti-Martyr:

Eye sensor- hasn't Minolta had that on all their film bodies since like... the early 90s? I know my brother's Minolta Maxxum film body has it... If only I could remember the model.

Never mind the film body but are you talking about the eye sensor for the focus field TTL? This "eye sensor" is refering to the similar technology that the iPhone uses. When you put the phone to your ear it senses your "head" and shuts off the screen (also very cool)!

Originally posted by Anti-Martyr:

A pointless but neat feature; a half press of the shutter does the same function.

Except when one is using manual focus at night or in a low-light situation/room. It would then be VERY usefull.

Message edited by author 2008-03-20 15:35:54.
03/20/2008 04:03:08 PM · #7
Looking carefully at new Dslrs -may finally upgrade- I did notice there was no DOF preview. I wonder how important that is for Dslr users, since I very much missed having it on my film slr once I had borrowed one that had it.
03/26/2008 11:43:39 PM · #8
Well I've had it for a few hours now and like it pretty well. I previously had a D200 so I'm comparing it with that. It's much more basic but for someone getting their first SLR I'd say it's excellent. Very simple to use but it still has plenty of advanced features. I'm sure I'll hang onto it even when I get a D300 because I think it'll be a much better carry-with-me-everywhere snapshot camera. It's got everything I need for day to day hobby shots :)

Edit: Oh, and the eye / tilt sensor on the LCD is pretty cool ;)

Message edited by author 2008-03-26 23:44:19.
03/27/2008 09:41:31 AM · #9
Originally posted by tnun:

Looking carefully at new Dslrs -may finally upgrade- I did notice there was no DOF preview. I wonder how important that is for Dslr users, since I very much missed having it on my film slr once I had borrowed one that had it.


I almost never use it... When I do it's to check if an object too close to my lens to focus will come out in focus or not. If that makes sense.
03/27/2008 10:20:41 AM · #10
On my Rebel Xt, I find that the viewfinder is so dim that using the DOF preview with the lens stopped down makes it virtually impossible to distinguish anything. Plus, the viewfinder is really on the small side, making it hard to fine-tune focus even with the lens wide open...
03/27/2008 10:36:17 AM · #11
Originally posted by The_Dentist:

On my Rebel Xt, I find that the viewfinder is so dim that using the DOF preview with the lens stopped down makes it virtually impossible to distinguish anything. Plus, the viewfinder is really on the small side, making it hard to fine-tune focus even with the lens wide open...


Most of the newer DSLRs have brighter viewfinders than the Rebel XT (or my D70, I'm not just picking on Canon). I haven't tried the D60, but I'd assume it's brighter too.

I almost never use DOF preview either, but when I do use it, it's because I really need it. YMMV.
03/27/2008 10:38:38 AM · #12
I rarely use it as well but if I really needed it I could always shoot a test picture and then zoom in on review to truly what is and isn't in focus. Probably more accurate that way anyway.
03/29/2008 07:47:05 PM · #13
Belated thanks on the DOF opinions.
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