With it's entry level price and it's semi-advanced feature set, the Nikon D60 attracts a lot of interest from the listeners of The Digital Photography Show. The D60 replaces the D40 and the D40D as the gateway drug to Nikon's more advanced DSLRs.
Is it any good? I could have told you "yes" just based on Nikon's reputation and history, but Pop Photo goes into a lot more detail in the review that you can find here.
I'd say that the D60 isn't for the advanced enthusiast. It's not compatible with all of Nikon's lenses, the noise control isn't great, the pop-up flash doesn't work as a wireless commander (which is an advantage Nikon's higher-end models have over all Canons), and it only has a three autofocus points, which is paltry but today's standards. But this isn't a camera for the serious hobbyist or semi-pro. It's for beginners, and Pop Photo says it will serve them well:
But its intended audience -- first-time DSLR owners -- will be thrilled when they see how much faster and more capable this camera is than any digital compact. Its menu controls are extensive, though you can leave them in a simple mode, selecting up to four colored backgrounds, and saving custom settings for different photographers. Plus, as on the D40x, all functions can be demonstrated with the help of thumbnail photos on the LCD.
In all, for those ready to make the leap from a compact to a DSLR, the D60 is a great place to land.
I'd probably recommend anyone except for the beginner who really has no plans to grow as a photographer - and I'm thinking grandparent here - to spring for an extra $100-$150 for the Nikon D80. That camera offers you more headroom.
I hear from listeners all the time - and I'd put myself in this category, too - who bought the camera for pictures of the kids, and then wound up getting into digital photography with much more passion - and higher goals - than they anticipated.
Plus, even the things that those parents want from their DSRL's - like the ability to take pictures of their kids at soccer games - would be much better served by the D80's 11 focusing points than the D60's frugal three. That's just trifling. At a $750 list price with the kit lens, the D60 isn't that cheap.