Tuesday, January 29, 2008

New Nikon D60 DSLR is officially announced

No more a rumor the Nikon D60 is now an official member of Nikon's DSLR product line-up!

Meet the Nikon D60 DSLR
The Nikon D60 joins the Nikon D40 and Nikon D40X in the first tier of Nikon DSLRs. It uses a 10mp 1.5X DX CCD sensor with a 12-bit A/D converter. It expects a focus motor on the lens, just like the D40 and D40x, something that some Nikonians are upset about.

It supports 12-bit uncompressed NEF RAW files, along with RAW + basic JPEG, and obviously JPEG. The CAM350 module is doing the auto focusing magic, and the 3D color matrix metering II does the metering magic. ISO goes up to 1600 (3200 extended).

It has a 2.5" LCD (230k dots), EN-EL9 LiIon battery, SDHC memory cards, hot-shoe and the other usual features you would expect from a DSLR at this segment.

Speaking of which, the price is set $750 with the 18-55 DX VR lens and the kit is expected to ship around February 2008. The European price appears to be similar, but in euros instead of dollars. You read right, it will ship with a kit lens that has a VR (vibration reduction) feature.

Web coverage of the D60 announcement

  • Brief hands-on preview at dpreview, with a side-by-side visual comparison with the D40X
  • Announcement at dpreview
  • Announcement of the new Nikons at the Adorama News Desk
  • Let's Go Digital has a review (!) but I'm not sure if it's a spec-sheet review, a brief preview, or a real review. We'll look into this later on
  • DC resource
  • Ken Rockwell has his take on the Nikon D60. Rockwell has some very interesting recommendations on Nikon DSLR purchases at the bottom of his post. Be sure to check it out!
  • Gizmodo showcases the stop-motion feature
  • Photoxels ha posted their D60 fact sheet
  • Crunchgear points to the Eye Fi featurette on the D60.
  • The DSLR Blog talks pricing and so does Crave
  • Some D60 coverage on hot new social bookmarking site Mixx.com
  • NikonWatch covers the new Nikons as well

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