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Excellent Migration from Apprenticeship!,
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This review is from: Nikon D60 Digital SLR Camera - Black (AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6G VR) (Electronics)
D Jones of Aylesbury's very thorough review covers most of the bases, but I must add my commendation for this nicely-built, well-featured DSLR from Nikon that I have owned for a few months now.
The Quick Settings menu is a good place to start, as you can use that like a central directory of the logical and intuitive menus available whilst becoming accustomed to the full features of this compact model. Yes, it's similar to others in the D-40 et al range, but lighter than many of the competition - the start up and shutter response is great, and the lens kit version has the option to use the VR feature or not - usually not, as its use is quite clearly recommended for a limited set of circumstances.
I'm a very happy convert after my apprenticeship on Canon and Olympus compacts, not to mention my old 'steam' 35mm SLR, and as an entry-level (plus a bit, I'd say) DSLR, can recommend it to the full five stars.
The ML-L3 remote shutter release is a worthwhile addition if you use a tripod, and with Amazon's 'arrives-before-you-ordered-it' delivery speeds, well OK, remarkably rapid, that's icing on the cake.
Further thoughts: one tip that'll make better photos is to take charge of the camera's settings, even for `snaps'.
Leave the vibration reduction (VR) off and try either shutter or aperture-priority (`S' or `A' on the mode select dial respectively), rather than the fully automatic or programmed modes. The manual focus is fast with the Nikkor lenses, and easy to get wrong initially, but once accustomed to that, the viewfinder on-focus indicator is instinctive and accurate.
Under most circumstances, the sensitivity or ISO - the old film speed rating - can be set to anything from 100 to 600 for outstanding results. Even at the very sensitive ISO 1600 equivalent, it's fairly good in all but the lowest light conditions. Then, even professional level DSLRs would struggle.
To get very lifelike colour, use the white balance correction manually, depending on prevailing conditions. The auto white balance is not one of the D-60's strong points. Left to its own devices will result in indifferent tones to your pictures, and a lot of bleached-out skies or other detail.
If it's sunny, set it to `Direct sunlight'; if it's cloudy, `Overcast', and so on. The effect on the colour and quality is dramatic, and worth the effort. It only takes seconds in the `Quick settings' menu.
The more I use this camera, the more I like it. It's compact and light compared to the competition, and I've had little inclination or need to call on Photoshop since acquiring it!