I asked the same thing few weeks ago.. And u will have most telling u to get a D80.. But I got myself a D60, from my ex.. so no choice.. haha.. both produces very good photos.
If u r just starting out, maybe a D60.. however, alot of pple have commented that it is too small, but for those who graduate from PNS, this machine is bigger than any we have held!!
Another point to note is D60 does not have a internal focusing motor, so if auto-focusing is a must, u can only use a limited variety of lenses, mainly AF-S lenses and sigma's HSM and tamrons' Dii lenses. These are new lenses with internal focusing motors that will auto-focus on D60.
D80 will have a larger range to choose from for autofocusing lenses.
D60 lighter, d80 bulkier
Have been told that D60 produces better images maybe due to the new imaging software.
so how now? U choose.. haha
u gotta think if u wanna 'upgrade' to a better set in future too, if u get a D60 most probably u'll wanna upgrade in 1 or 2 years time to a better model that wont limit yr use of lenses and stuff. i will definitely say D80
actually its not true u can only use AF-S lenses with D60, it should be u can only auto-focus with nikon AF-S lenses, sigma HSM, tamron Dii lenses. else a d60 can actually use more type of lenses then a d80.. http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/compatibility-lens.htm
have a look at the lens compatibility chart above u will see that D80 cannot use Pre-AI lenses (u dont normally see much of them anyway).