I once asked a buddy, who was an "Outdoor Writer", why an N8008 instead of an F4. The IRS would have gone for it .... "I can loose a N8008 and still only be at about half what an F4 is worth." I don't know how many he lost, but he probably was right. I really wanted one of those, way back when, too, but the N6006 was more than enough. Clearly a "consumer" camera, but capable. The N4004 was, OTOH, what you've suggested the D60 is - "beginner's". Everything I needed was there, and not a lot of it was hard to find (the N6006 is a little too "computerized" for some people, and that includes me, even though I've been in the computer field for over 40 years now). It was just a PITA to use the N4004 if I wanted to go manual....
The D60, OTOH, strikes me as the N6006 of the digitals at the time - everything is there, it's easy to use, and (finally) it's not overly computerized in terms of finding that stuff.
What's frosting me (albeit not all that much - I should have seen that coming, and maybe spent the extra few bucks) is that a simple variation on wide-open metering, namely "the aperture is not going to change from now" plus automatic or manual shutter speed selection (manual being "match needle") should have been very simple to implement. Wide open metering, with the attendant need to stop down as the shutter is depressed, is a whole lot more complicated. SO, a simple "this isn't a CPU lens" decision when entering Aperture Preferred mode makes the shooting aperture whatever's there right now. If you want to stop it down (or up), the metering system could easily comply without knowing what setting is actually in use.
(Haven't had my morning tea yet - seems like in auto mode the camera will actually do a final check when the lens stops down, before letting the shutter fire, if something changes. That's kind of what I'm looking for - pick a shutter speed at the current aperture, whatever that is - just a little earlier so I can play with the shutter speed to match a needle.)
Oh well.... The current financial setup here (working on a bankruptcy) is going to keep me from buying another camera for a while, so I'll live with it. I did try some guessing - works adequately in good 1-over lighting, and indoor sports is about the only time you'd want a 500mm Cad in much less lighting. (Which I don't do anyway.) I do get to see the donuts in the viewfinder, too, sometimes - new experience. I've never had a Cad before.... Spiratone was about giving those long glass teles away back in the 70's.
I do like the camera, at least.... Kind of a family joke. A cousin of mine's a working professional, and showed up here one day to take pictures of family members. Sort of a vacation thing. Josh turned up with an early digital built around the F-series (can't recall the model) that was worth a good $10,000. I really wanted that thing! My $350 Casio wasn't even close. I waited.... Not that the D60 is anywhere close either, but at well under $1,000, it was close enough for me!