The Nikon D60 is a great choice you don't need a high-end digital SLR but you're keen to trade up from a compact camera phone and capture more professional-looking photographs without starting a run on a bank.

Nikon's newest budget digital SLR replaces the barely-a-year-old Nikon D40x, also a 10Mp model, slotting in between the entry-level Nikon D40 and the enthusiast targeted Nikon D80 in its range.

The Nikon D60 addresses, in part, its predecessors' omissions. The former lack of any type of mechanism to prevent dust intruding when swapping lenses has been corrected with a unique airflow system that channels dirt away from the sensor – the bit that, like a frame of film, collects light – and then vibrates it free of any undesirables that do settle.

Nikon's rivals and its own pricier models have long had their variants, but the Nikon D60 is the first time the company has included said feature in a 'starter' dSLR.

In common with Canon, Nikon hasn't to date included any mechanical form of image stabilisation to prevent blurred images resulting from hand wobble when shooting at maximum zoom or in low light without flash. Nikon prefers you to invest in a stabilised lens instead – it has one of the biggest accessory ranges on the market – and that's the case with the Nikon D60, although it has for the first time introduced a kit option that includes a Vibration Reduction (VR) zoom for just £30 more than the standard 18-55mm lens.

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