Like the D40x the, auto focus on the D60 uses the Multi-CAM 530 AF module, which offers three AF points and utilises the lens AF motors, rather than a camera body AF drive. This limits the lenses you can use, with only AF-S and AF-I lenses offering full compatibility. Other Nikon F-Mount lenses can be used but will lose some functionality and only work in manual focus mode.
The camera’s exposure system uses the same 3D Colour Matrix Metering II, as used on the professional models. This can be used for most general-purpose photography, while trickier shots may benefit from the centre-weighted or spot metering options also available.
In terms of exposure modes, the camera offers the standard Manual, Aperture Priority AE and Shutter Priority AE and Program modes. This is all backed up with an Auto mode and a collection of scene modes.
Images are recorded as JPEG or Raw files, with a choice of quality settings, as well as a Raw+JPEG option, with the JPEG saved in the Basic setting. The camera offers a continuous drive mode with a burst of 3fps, over 100 JPEGs, which is impressive considering the 10MP sensor and subsequent larger file sizes that have to be transferred from camera to card.
Nikon has taken a new approach to the camera’s interface. Gone is the grey LCD on the top plate. Instead shooting information is displayed on the 2.5″ LCD on the camera back. This new screen has a clear new font and features a diagram of the aperture, which reduces or enlarges depending on the f-stop chosen. I think this is a nifty feature and great for educating people about a basic photographic function.
The interface can also be customised to your own tastes, either using the Nikon wallpapers supplied, or you can set one of your own images as a background. To preserve battery power, and also to eliminate annoying glare, the LCD switches off when your eye is at the viewfinder, courtesy of a proximity sensor below the viewfinder.