D60 or D3000..new D-SLR user confused...

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  1. Bresine

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    Hi, sorry if this is a re-post of a common question. Im planning on buying my first D-SLR within days. Ive done about 2 months of reviewing different D-SLR's. My choice will be between the D60-or the D3000. Im a bit confused however on the major differences. Ive compared the spec sheets between the two models and I see no major differences other than the 3inch LCD display on the D3000. Can anyone please help me make a good purchase?...I like to shoot all kinds of photography.

    side note: one thing i read on the spec sheet for the D3000 is "no Black and White Optimize Image options"....does this indicate the D3000 does not have a BW photo option?

    apologize for my lack of knowledge, just getting started. Thanks for any advice!!
     
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    The main difference is 11 point autofocus (D3000) vs 3 point autofocus (D60).

    I've used a D40 and D60 but not the D3000. I'd base it on cost myself... I personally use the center focus point 90% of the time so it doesn't really matter to me how many I have (I have a D90 with 11).

    The D3000 has an easy to understand menu system.

    I guess if it came down to a $50 difference I'd pick the D3000.
     
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    The 11-point Autofocus with Focus Tracking makes the choice between the D3000 and the D60 an easy choice--go for the camera with the more sophisticated autofocusing system. The D60 is going to be EOL'd very soon,and there's always a benefit to buying a new model instead of one approaching the end of its life.
     
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    My biggest issue with my D60 is ISO performance over 400. I'd look into how the 3000 performs at ISO 800 and above.
     
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    Should be the same (same sensor).

    That said, I was always happy with my D60 even at 800 ISO.

    As far as the B&W thing goes, you can always convert to that after the shot is taken in post processing using even basic free software such as Google's Picasa.
     
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    +1 ^^^^^^

    The High ISO NR menu selection works great.

    I do all my B&W conversions in Photoshop.
     
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    You can edit in camera to B&W and it works quite well....
     
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    The D3000 looses the eye sensor and the accelerometer that the D60 has. If the price difference is 50$ then its a no brainier-the choice would be D3000, other wise if the difference is like 150$(as i have seen online)-then the decision becomes a bit murkier.
     
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    Hey everyone, thanks so much for the feedback! I went ahead and purchased a Nikon D3000 last night...I just couldn't hold out any longer!

    So far I can't put it down! Its an awesome D-SLR...and much to my surprise very user friendly for a first time user. It's GUIDE option on the unusually large toggle wheel is a useful tool for a new user. I had the chance to use the D60 for about a week and Im more impressed overall with the D3000. ....and the 3inch LCD screen aint too shabby either!

    Thanks for helping guys, will update some pics once I get snappin..
     
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    oh and if anyone was curious just for kicks...

    I paid $599 total for the D3000. The D60 was on sale for $549.99...so I went for the D3000 as recommended.

    many thanks
     
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    Perfect, congrats!
     
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    Dao No longer a newbie, moving up!

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