Nikon D80 vs D60

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by cocob, May 6, 2008.

  1. cocob

    cocob Guest

    Can any one help me out~ I've read that the D60 is a step up from the D40x
    but can't find anything on the D60 vs the D80! Which one is better?? I'm new
    to these cameras, but don't wan't to spend more money in a year or two
    because I bought a cheaper one!! thanks!
     
    cocob, May 6, 2008
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  2. cocob

    Paul Furman Guest

    The D80 has a bigger brighter viewfinder and autofocuses with more
    lenses. It's probably about to be replaced. The D60 is the replacement
    for the D50.

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    Paul Furman, May 6, 2008
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  3. cocob

    frederick Guest

    Replacement for the D40x?
    IIRC the D60 doesn't have a focus motor.
     
    frederick, May 6, 2008
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  4. The D80 is "better" in that it's much more advanced, but whether that should
    be your criterion for choosing a new camera is another question. The D60,
    like the very similar D40 and D40x, is a significantly smaller and lighter
    body than the D80, as well as being less expensive. Since you're new to this
    type of camera, it seems safe to say that anything in the D40/D40x/D60 line
    will satisfy most, and very likely all, of your needs for some time to come.
    The D80 has more features and controls than the smaller models have, but
    also probably more features and controls than you'll know what to do with.

    That said, the D80 has come down in price to a level where it's not that
    much more expensive than the D60. This of course is because the D80 has now
    been around for a couple of years while the D60 is a brand new model. It's
    very possible that you will *never* need the D80's more advanced features.
    Keep in mind that the small size and light weight of the D40-series bodies
    is a useful feature too.

    They all come down in price as new models are introduced. Don't overlook the
    original D40, which has most of what the D60 has and is now available at a
    real bargain price. Read the (rather opinionated, but still worth
    considering) views of Ken Rockwell on the D40 here before you decide:

    http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/d40.htm

    Personally I have a D40 and a D80 and I love 'em both, would not want to
    give either one up.

    Neil
     
    Neil Harrington, May 6, 2008
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  5. cocob

    cocob Guest

    Thank you so much for all your infomation. Your site is great, full of info
    to learn and will also be very useful when I get a camera.

    Kim
     
    cocob, May 7, 2008
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  6. The D40X does?
     
    Blinky the Shark, May 7, 2008
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  7. No.

    David
     
    David J Taylor, May 7, 2008
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  8. I know.
     
    Blinky the Shark, May 7, 2008
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  9. cocob

    frederick Guest

    I'm not even going to comment.
    (a silent scream is _not_ a comment)
     
    frederick, May 7, 2008
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  10. Arguable. IMO the D60 is the successor of the D40[x] but not a step up.
    The D80 is the next step up from the D40[x].
    Better as to what requirements or criteria? Even the D40 is smaller and
    lighter than the D80, therefore it must be better, right?

    D60 versus D80 is basically the difference between latest entry level
    model versus 1 1/2 year old 'enthusiasts' model. For details about how
    many features trickled down from the enthusiast to the entry level over
    those 1 1/2 years and if they are of any interest to you I suggest you
    compare those two cameras side by side on e.g. dpreview.

    jue
     
    Jürgen Exner, May 7, 2008
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  11. cocob

    G Guest

    I bought a D40 after Christmas and got a smoking deal. I considered the D80,
    but it was about twice the price over a D40.

    Each to his own but there is not much difference between the D40, D40X and
    the D60. I do not believe that the extra cost of the D40X or D60 are not
    worth the extra cost over the D40. The D80 is a "dated" DSLR and is due for
    replacement sometime mid summer and the replacement for it will no doubt
    will have some of the features of the D200 and D300.

    You can get a D40 with lens for about $400 this is a price you can get going
    with. Every one today is getting hung up on how many pixels. The D40
    (6million mp) with the 18 - 55mm Nikon lens has made great 8x10 prints. Is
    easy and fun to use.
    My opinion for what its worth.


    Arguable. IMO the D60 is the successor of the D40[x] but not a step up.
    The D80 is the next step up from the D40[x].
    Better as to what requirements or criteria? Even the D40 is smaller and
    lighter than the D80, therefore it must be better, right?

    D60 versus D80 is basically the difference between latest entry level
    model versus 1 1/2 year old 'enthusiasts' model. For details about how
    many features trickled down from the enthusiast to the entry level over
    those 1 1/2 years and if they are of any interest to you I suggest you
    compare those two cameras side by side on e.g. dpreview.

    jue
     
    G, May 7, 2008
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  12. I faced the same decision a year ago and went with the D80 because of
    the separate status LCD, the build-in focus motor, but most of all
    because the smaller D40 did not fit my hands. I always had a finger left
    that I couldn't place anywhere. Sounds stupid but if it doesn't feel
    right then it is not going to work for you.
    Agree. But it's still a great camera :)

    jue
     
    Jürgen Exner, May 7, 2008
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  13. cocob

    JT's Ghost Guest

    <shrugs> One man's silent scream, is another mans chuckle...


    - JT
    usually learns more by listening (reading), instead of talking (posting).
     
    JT's Ghost, May 7, 2008
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  14. cocob

    Guest Guest

    the d40/d40x/d60 and d50 all have one control wheel and the rest have
    two. it's only really an issue with manual exposure. otherwise, the
    wheel controls the function that's not being automatically adjusted by
    the camera.
     
    Guest, May 7, 2008
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  15. On 06-May-08 20:26:36, Neil Harrington said
    A feature I wanted (that I didn't think was unreasonable) was seperate
    controls for shutter speed and aperture, a lot of these cameras use the
    same control and you hold down a "qualifier" button to access the other
    function. I hate that, so the D80 with a decent viewfinder and a build
    quality that doesn't feel cheap was a good choice for me.

    I've not got hold of a D60 yet so these comments apply more to the D40x
    and the Canon and Pentax equivalents.

    All the best,
    Angus Manwaring. (for e-mail remove ANTISPEM)

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    Angus Manwaring, May 7, 2008
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  16. You're very welcome, Kim. You've probably noticed that Ken Rockwell's site
    has his own user guides for some of these cameras that you can download for
    free.

    Also, you can find user guides (not the factory-supplied manuals) on Amazon
    which are excellent. For most Nikon cameras of this type there are books by
    David Busch or Simon Stafford which I recommend highly. Busch's books
    (titled Digital Field Guide for the specific model) are probably best for
    the beginner, partly because they have better illustrations, in full color
    on coated stock. Stafford's books (in the Magic Lantern Guide series) have
    only B&W illustrations, but are generally more technically informative.

    I always buy both, a Busch book and a Stafford book for each Nikon DSLR
    model I own. They're only $13 or so each on Amazon and well worth it. They
    won't have books for the D60 (or any brand new model) right away; it usually
    takes a few months for them to come out. The camera of course comes with a
    very thorough printed manual in the box (also you can download a manual
    directly from Nikon USA), but you will find a book by Busch or Stafford a
    lot more readable.

    Neil
     
    Neil Harrington, May 8, 2008
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  17. The D40x doesn't but the D50 does, which was his point. A "replacement for
    the D50" would reasonably be expected to have an in-body AF motor.

    I think the "D60" desigination is unfortunate and misleading for this
    reason; it does seem to suggest a model between the D50 and the D70/D70s,
    which it obviously is not.

    Neil
     
    Neil Harrington, May 8, 2008
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  18. cocob

    Alienjones Guest

    Depending on who you talk to, either the D60 is a excellent investment
    or you waste your money.

    The issue for people with older (non digital era) lenses is that the
    lack of a focus mother limits which lenses they can use.

    For someone like me who jumped from Canon to Nikon and had to buy
    lenses, it's a non issue. Side by Side with a 20D the Nikon produces
    technically better images with truer colours and more easily controlled
    noise.

    Compared to a D300 it's a bit of a toy but then the price difference is
    substantial too. The D80 has been around for a long time in model years
    but still it's up there with the best of them.

    If you are going to buy lenses, definitely go for the D60. If you
    already have lenses, either D80 or set your sights higher.

    An interesting issue with the D60 is that DxO Optics Pro... The RAW
    developer that fixes sensor and lens faults during development, has no
    modules for it. For me that means more expensive lens choice.

    Douglas
    At home.
     
    Alienjones, May 8, 2008
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  19. Yeah, it is kinda stuck in there in the middle.

    But I was only reacting to the implication that the D60 isn't a
    replacement for the D40X because it (the D60) has in-lens IS (in the two
    lines before my sort of rhetorical question).
     
    Blinky the Shark, May 8, 2008
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  20. cocob

    Focus Guest

    Not one Nikon body has any IS. The lenses have VR.
    Everyone is guessing about the upgrade, but nobody understands: it's just a
    new camera!
    If a new model car comes out, nobody wonders what model it replaces. Same
    here: it's like a D40x, but with some newer stuff. That's all.
     
    Focus, May 8, 2008
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