Overview of Canon EOS 60D DSLR Camera
Currently, the range of cameras manufactured by Canon has been classified into four distinct levels. While the Rebel T2i is considered as an amateur camera, the 7D is targeted at semi-pros. Meanwhile, certainly many professional customers are looking for advanced models such as the 1DS Mark III or 5D Mark II.
However, enthusiastic amateurs often find it difficult to find a model that is more advanced than cameras for beginners but have lower cost than those high-end models.
The Canon EOS 60D DSLR can fill this gap. The size of the 60D even fits firmly in-between the Canon 7D and the Rebel T2i. Therefore, you should not consider this camera as the next generation of the 40/50D range, but it should be more like a “Super Rebel”.
Summary of the Canon EOS 60D DSLR Camera
- The 18 MP resolution uses the CMOS sensor
- The ISO settings range from 100 to 6400, which can be expandable to 12800, in 0.3 or 1.0 EV increments
- There is a 9 AF points focusing system
- The HD movie mode is supported
- The flash is a built-in popup unite
- The 3-inch LCD Screen has a 1,040,000-pixel resolution
- The camera uses a LiIon LP-E6 rechargeable battery
- The dimensions are 5.71 x 4.17 x 3.11 in. (145 x 106 x 79 mm)
- The weight is 26.63 oz. (755 g) (with the battery and memory card included)
- The maximum image size is 5184 x 3456 pixels at maximum with the image formats: RAW and JPEG.
- The resolution is up to 18 megapixels
- The image quality is even good with higher ISO settings
- Full HD movie mode is supported
- Flip-out LCD is a nice screen
- Some controls are fiddly
- It has a plastic body
- The price is a little high
Detail Review of the Canon EOS 60D Camera
Regardless of the name, the Canon EOS 60D is most definitely the big brother of the T2i model more than to be the next generation of the 50D, which is a completely different beast.
With the smaller size and the plastic shell instead of a magnesium body, this 50D is obviously different. If you compare the size of the Rebel T2i, the 60D, and the 7D, you will see that the size of the 60D is half of the other two cameras. And the flip-out LCD screen has been offered with this camera for the first time, which allows you to view photos with different angles. And with this screen, you also don’t have to keep the camera arm’s length, which is pretty useful for recoding movies.
It is noticeable improvement by Canon, but is there anything paid off?
Well, the answer is both yes and no. The camera may be appealing to those who want to make an upgrade from the Rebel range. But, in my perspective, the price is a little higher than with the 7D. The price difference isn’t wide enough. If at the present I wanted to upgrade from a Rebel camera, I shall certainly spend extra $300 for the 7D mode.
While the comfortable hand grip remains the same with the EOS 50D, Canon manufacturer has vastly revised a lot of its controls. Users of the Rebel series cameras will be far more at home here than existing 50D users.
While the “Q” button is a nice feature, this helps users able to directly navigate to the Q Menu screen in which the important shooting parameters are listed. Unfortunately, you will find the rest of the controls somewhat fiddly at the present. No joystick control is included any longer, you will just see an inner dial within the rear control dial. Obviously, this is to save the cost of manufacturing.
There are fewer buttons with the Canon 50D in general. Consequently, fewer functions are assigned to the available buttons. For example, you will see all of the buttons on the top row of the camera to be single functions. The Canon has customized some of the buttons. But don’t worry because you can easily get access to the changes through the Q button if you need.
SD Cards and HD Movie Mode
The full HD movie mode (1920×1080 pixels) is supported with this 60D, similar to its big brother (the 7D). And you can make use of the full manual controls. You can easily set the shutter speed as well as the aperture and exert far more control over your movies as well. In addition, the external stereo microphone terminal is a nice feature and you also can make adjustments on the sound recording levels.
The 60D is the first camera produced by Canon to use SD cards, as contrary to CF cards. You can use many kinds of SD cards with this camera, including SDXC memory cards in which the space is up to 2TB. The important thing is that photographers can make a storage of both still images and video without have to change memory cards.
The built-in popup flash is a nice advantage with the 60D which plays the role of a dedicated Speedlite transmitter. The camera flashes can be wirelessly controlled off through being operated as a trigger light.
You can have photos of higher image quality when you set higher ISOs, which are slightly less noisy than with the Rebel T2i. Similar to the 7D, the photos shot with the 60D tend to be overexposed in contrasty circumstance because it often exposes for the shadows. To obtain the best results, you should select the RAW format.
Like the photos shot with the Rebel, you will see a difference shooting in RAW to shooting in JPEG. But the accuracy of the color reproduction and the great performance in most lighting conditions will satisfy you.
Canon has included some nice features with the 60D, which tends to be attempting to penetrate a new niche. Those features include the pivoting LCD, in-camera editing and rating facilities, the full HD video mode and the wireless flash control as well. But it will cost you some effort to have the best results with this camera. That’s why this product of Canon is now targeted at enthusiastic amateurs.
At least, you can have images of good quality with this camera. With a plastic shell, the camera is well put together and brings the robust feel. If the price is lowered by $150 or so, you should upgrade this model for the old Rebel cameras.