I would gladly go for the Nikon D60 if not for it's paltry 3-point autofocus. The Nikon's grip feels better than the 450D. Apart from the narrow grip on the 450D though, it trumps the Nikon in terms of features.
So why not go for an A300? Or a D80?
My point is this: The D60 would be considered Nikon's advanced entry-level camera, if there is such a category. The targetted buyer is probably a first-time DSLR owner. There is no doubt that in terms of features, it loses out to its siblings (D80, D300, D3). BUT would the first-timer really feel the effect of this difference in specs? I would guess that 90-95% of D40/D60 owners don't find the camera limiting their skills in any way, until some time down the road when the upgrading bug hits them.
Yes, a 3-point Autofocus would not matter to someone just starting out but I'm sure after awhile, when the user gets more experienced, he/ she might find it lacking. Especially if you wanna focus at say maybe the top right hand corner of the frame or something like that. Actually I've tried out the D40x which is largely similar to the D60 bar the eye-sensor below the viewfinder, anti-dust facilities and accelerometer. My conclusion: 3-point Autofocus would not lead to poor results but with more AF points (say, 9 points on the 450D), it'll be easier to get your desired result in focus.
Last edited by MarkTan89; 17th June 2008 at 11:43 AM.
for entry level camera, if iso is your concern, your best bet would be the canon 450d... i seen a review of this 2 bodies in a mag... the canon 450d high iso rocks... shooting at same iso the d60 seems to be noisy & loss of definations.
of cos there are many other things to compare...
my 2 cents.
imo, apart from the noise level, the nikon d60 has better ergonomics and color saturation. and needless to say, less pricey than the 450d.
but well, to each his own. =]
Fella at John 3:16 was pretty dismissive of the D60 when I asked him whether it was worth considering. Said it was a toy...his comment, not mine, so dont shoot the messenger.
Me pursuading my gf to take up photography.
Looking to get a D60 for her. Small and light package for her to jump from her previous PnS.
( of course if somehow my deviant plan to bring her into my hobby fails, it is not too massive an investment )
Experience and reviews are two things you can get. But at the end of the day, you gotta pick the one YOU like. Head down to a nearby camera shop and try them out. Take sample pictures around the shop and compare which one feels sharper, more comfortable or something. About your question on focus speed, it depends more on the lens you buy. Eg. A sigma 28-300 and tamron 17-55(crect me if im wrng abt e range) the tamron is much faster. (:
about focusing, you can actually use AI-focus and frame the subject to whichever position you want.
Last edited by andrewant; 18th June 2008 at 12:53 PM.
As for 1000D .. I am Nikon user would not want to introduce a new system and duplicate on lenses. But from the specs of it, it looks like a great camera!
user-friendliness, solid feel, fast response...
Most consumer-cam users are simply in awe when they see how fast the DSLR focuses and snaps. Plus the nice and solid shutter sound it's a winner!
They will tend to take similar shots to the ones they used to take with their PnS/Prosumers, so stuff like super-fast focusing of moving objects are lower-down on the priority list.
The quality of a photo taken by these 2 cameras at the exact same, dimly lit spot.. would we be able to tell the different when we develop it into a 4R size photo?
Just curious on how bad the noise level is for D60 because i somehow dislike using flash most of the time.
hate noise go for canon, 1000d and 400d still not bad.
low budget can opt for a 2nd hand 400d instead.
noise is better controlled in cmos sensors than ccd.
the 12mp 450d surely got more noise than 10mp 1000d or 400d.
for more samples go to pixel-peeper.com or dcresource.com where you can pixel peep the noise issues.