60D is Canons latest addition to theirline and sits between the Digital Rebel T2i and7D in terms of both price and features. The 60D presumably is intended to eventually supersede the50Dthough the 50D is still listed as a current model on Canons web page. The60Ds features are a mix of those from the old7Dwith a few entirely new features seen for the first time on the
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An 18MP sensor with 4 channel readout. Very similar to the sensor found in the T2i and
7D, though the 7D has 8 channel readout to speed up operation.
Full HD video at the same selectable resolutions and frame rates as the Rebel T2i/7D. Manual exposure setting is possible.
There is a wind filter which can be used when recording audio along with video. The built-in mic is mono, but there is a jack for a stereo mic. There is manual
control over audio volume (64 steps), but changes cannot be made during shooting.
The AF system has the 9 points found in the Rebel T2i, but all are cross (dual axis) sensors as in the 50D. The 7D has a more advanced AF system with 19 cross type sensors.
63 zone metering as in the Rebel T2i and 7D
The viewfinder has 96% coverage (the 7D is 100%).
range is 100-6400 plus H (12800), same as the T2i and 7D.
cards like the T2i. The 7D uses CF cards.
Canon has abandoned the BP-511 battery of the 50D in favor of the LP-E6 which is used
The maximum frame rate is 5.7 frames per second (fps), between the 3.7 fps of the T2i and the 8 fps of the 7D
has a 3:2 aspect ratio and Canons current (and excellent) anti reflection
doesnt help much for conventional still photography, but it can be very useful in Live
The weathersealing is somewhere between that of the T2i and the
7D. Its not super weather sealed, and its not designed to be used in heavy rain, but it shouldnt quit if
The shutter is good for 100,000 cycles. Max speed is 1/8000s and sync is 1/250s
There is an electronic level, but only for the horizontal axis. The 7D has both
start/stop button. When not in video mode, the button starts and stops Live
The mode dial has a locking button in the center which must be pressed before rotating the dial to change modes. This makes it harder to nudge the dial and inadvertently change modes. Hopefully Canon learned their lesson with the A2, which had a similar, but notoriously fragile, mode change locking button.
The on/off switch is now directly below the mode control dial (as in the
The buffer should be good for about 58 JPEGs or 16
images. Better then the T2i, not quite as good as the
The 4 way controller used for menu selection, AF zone selection etc. is now incorporated inside the rear
Last, but certainly not least is the
60D list price of $1099 (though its now discounted to below $1000).
You can look at theEOS60D as a Rebel T2i but with a better viewfinder, better AF, higher frame rate, a tilt and swivelLCD, an electronic level, a rearQCD, a larger capacity battery and overall better ergonomics. Alternative you can look at the 60D as anEOS7D, but with a less advanced AF system, less weather sealing, a slower frame rate, no vertical electronic level, no AF microadjustment, a smallerJPEGbuffer and using anSDcard rather than CF. The primary unique feature of theEOS60D is the tilt and swivelLCDscreen.
Its notable that all threeEOSmodels (T2i, 60D and 7D) have the same size and resolution sensor (18MPAPS-C). The T2i and 60D sensors are essentially identical, while that of the 7D uses a more advanced data readout system to enable faster data download for higher frame rates.
TheEOS60D is arguably the most capable of all theEOSDSLRs when it comes to shooting video. Not only does it have anLCDthat swings out, tilts and swivels, but it also has a full set of video modes, from 1080p HD to standardVGAwith selectable frame rates:
Full HD 19201080, at either 24fps (actual 23.976) or 30fps (actual 29.97). In
mode, either 24fps (actual 23.976) or 25fps (actual 25.00)
HD 1280720, at either 60 fps (actual 59.94) or 50fps (actual 50.00)
Standard definition 640480, at either 60fps (actual 59.94) or 50 fps (actual 50.00)
Crop mode: 640480, at 60 or 50 fps crops the video image so you record with effectively about 7x the magnification youd get in other video recording sizes. This feature is shared with the current Canon
The variable-angleLCDmonitor is very useful for video applications. It can be angled to shield it from bright sunlight or adjusted for comfortably shooting overhead or floor-level shots. The monitors slightly wider 3:2 aspect ratio means a larger image during video shooting, whether in HD with its 16:9 ratio, or in standard-def mode. The high resolution display has over 1 million dot resolution.
In addition theEOS60D also has excellent audio features including:
A built-in microphone (mono), with standard 3.5mm stereo jack for external microphones
Choice of automatic or manual recording level control for sound (in manual, the user can select from a 64-step range to maintain consistent recording levels, depending on ambient conditions). Sound recording can also be disabled completely.
Built-in Wind Filter (selectable in sound recording menu, when in video mode). The filter can easily be switched on or off (default setting is off)
Exposure control can be either manual or fully automatic (where the camera choosesISO, aperture and shutter speed). In manual mode you can choose shutter speed and aperture and the camera will selectISO, or you can set all three parameters (shutter, aperture andISO) manually. Shutter speeds range from 1/30s (at 24 or 30fps) or 1/60s (at 50 or 60 fps) to a maximum of 1/4000s.
TheEOS60D also has an in-camera movie editing feature, allowing users to shorten a video file by clipping segments from the beginning or the end, removing unwanted portions of video without the need for downloading to a PC and using video editing software.
The built in electronic level of theEOS60D can be set to display an artificial horizon type display on theLCDwhich shows when the camera is level with an accuracy of about 1 degree. This can be used before (but not during) shooting to setup the camera.
Heres a sample HD video shot with anEOS60D.
TheEOS60D has the typical small built in flash that all the non-professional CanonEOSDSLRs have, The guide number is 43/13 (ISO100, in feet/meters) and it covers the area of view of a 17mm lens (on theAPS-C frame). However in addition to its function of providing flash illumination it has a second function which may be of more interest to more advanced photographers. The pop-up flash of theEOS60D can control multiple external speedlites (as long as they have wireless slave capability, like the 430EX II and 580EX II). The built in flash acts as a master controller by emitting a series of brief coded optical pulses which send information to external speedlites telling them when to flash and how much flash power to use.
The degree of flash control is quite extensive. The built in flash can control a single external speedlite or multiple external speedlites. The speedlites can be arranged in three groups (A, B and C) and each group can contain multiple speedlites. All the speedlites in all three groups can be fired at once if a large amount of flash power is required. The A and B groups can also be controlled independently to provide different flash fill ratios (all slave flashes in the same group are set to the same fill ratio). The built in flash can also be set to fire along with the external speedlites if desired.
A outputs 8X more light than B (a three-stop difference)
A outputs 4X more light than B (a two-stop difference)
A outputs 2X more light than B (a one-stop difference)
B outputs 2X more light than A (a one-stop difference)
B outputs 4X more light than A (a two-stop difference)
B outputs 8X more light than A (a three-stop difference)
The external speedlites can also be set to fire using manual flash power settings or to use flash exposure compensation. Again different settings can be used for groups A and B.
Four different channels are available for speedlite control. This allows up to 4 different photographers to control 4 sets of external speedlites in the same studio without interfering with each other. Note that the wireless control is optical and not radio, so each of the slave units must be able to see the master controller (in this case the built in flash on theEOS60D). They can sometimes see via a reflection indoors, but outdoors they need the optical sensor on the slave unit turned towards the controller, and its always to good idea to do that anyway for maximum range and reliability. The sensor is on the front of the external speedlites, but all compatible speedlites have heads which tilt and swivel, so although the body of the external speedlite may be facing theEOS60D controller, the flash head can be pointed in any direction.
TheEOS60D has a built in single axis electronic horizontal level. There are two readout modes. The first is reached by pressing the INFO button twice, and this displays a horizontal level on the rearLCD. The level looks something like a bank indicator on a aircraft. When the camera is level the horizontal line is green. When the camera is tilted, the line is red and the angle corresponds to the tilt angle. The resolution is 1 degree.
The second display mode is activated by setting a custom function which assigns level display to the SET button. Then, when the SET button is pressed there is a display in the viewfinder that indicates tilt. It uses the exposure level display. When the camera is level, a singleLEDsegment is lit in the center of the scale. As the camera is tilted additional segments light up showing the direction and amount of tilt. One additional lit segment corresponds to 1 additional degree of tilt.
The level display in the viewfinder cant be displayed at the same time as the normal display. That means if you level the camera with your eye to the viewfinder watching the level display and then 1/2 press the shutter to get exposure and focus, the display switches from level display to the normal metering mode.
The CanonEOS60D allows the user to processRAWfiles in the camera rather than using a PC and CanonsDPP(Digital Photo Professional) software. While the processing range isnt as extensive as that found inDPPit still allows quite a lot of image adjustment. The following functions are available:
Adjust overall brightness, in 1/3-stop increments
Choose Color Space (sRGB or Adobe 1998
recording quality (resolution, and choice of Fine/Normal compression)
Apply Lens Peripheral Illumination Correction (vignetting correction)
The processedRAWfile is saved back on the memory card as a newJPEG, but of course the originalRAWfile is not changed.
If you shootJPEGimages you can make resized copies in the camera. For example if you shoot the originalJPEGas a 5184 3456 image, you can make a resized copy in any of the following sizes:
The copy can be any size which is smaller than the originally shotJPEG. You can also select any image quality lower than or equal to that of the original
Photographers can also apply special effect filters toRAWandJPEGimages in the camera and save the results as a newJPEGfile. The following special effects can be applied:
This creates a B&W copy of an original color
file, and digitally adds noise for a grainy effect; contrast can be adjusted over a 3-step range)
This provides a soft focus look which can be effective with, fer example, portraits and certain types of landscapes. It is adjustable over a 3-step range
This is a special effect, designed to mimic the look of images created by some toy film cameras. It utilizes heavy vignetting, and users choice of natural color or a bluish-green or yellow-amber tint
This mimics the effect of using a tilt-shift lens with reverse or negative tilt, for extremely narrow zone of focus. Users can choose to have the zone of sharpness be horizontal or vertical and the zone of sharpness can be moved across the photograph)
TheEOS60D inherits the AF system of theEOS50D (andEOS40D). It has 9 AF zones in a diamond pattern, with each AF sensor being sensitive to both horizontal and vertical features (cross sensors). The pattern is the same as that of theEOST2i AF system, but on the T2i all the AF sensors except the central one are only linear sensors. TheEOS7D has a much improved AF system with with 19 high-precision, cross-type AF sensors and more advanced selection features.
As far as I could tell, the AF performance seems similar to that of theEOS50D, which is pretty good under most normal circumstances.
Handling theEOS60D was a familiar experience with the typical CanonDSLRuser interface. The menus have changed from the 50D and the control buttons have a different layout, but thats just a matter of getting used to them. Once you become familiar with them you may find them easier to use than was the case with the 50D. Video is particularly easy to shoot since theres a dedicated mode, a dedicated start/stop button and a tilt and swivelLCDwhich makes aiming the camera much easier than using a fixedLCDon the rear of the camera. at the time of this review theEOS60D is the onlyDSLRin the CanonEOSseries with a tilt-swivelLCD(but I dont expect that to be the case forever!).
In actual use I found the user interface worked well and I could quickly get at almost any function I needed with one button push and a menu selection (often using the Quick Control Button).
The image quality looks very much like the image quality of theEOS7D (andEOST2i). This is pretty much what youd expect since they all use the same basic sensor. There may be very slight sensor differences between the cameras, but nothing that appears to affect image quality to any appreciable extent. Theres no reason why the resolution should be any different from that of the T2i and 7D, given that the sensor size, pixel size and pixel spacing is the same for all three cameras
Noise performance is good and not significantly different from that of theEOS7D and Digital Rebel T2i. The same applies to dynamic range andISOsensitivity, with all three camera turning in roughly the same performance.
I would not be surprised if theEOS60D displaces theEOS5D MkII as the camera of choice for impoverished videographers since it offers pretty much the same video features, but with a tilt and swivelLCDand all at significantly less than 1/2 the cost of the 5D MkII (around $1000 vs. around $2500). However potential video shooters should be aware of the limitations imposed by the lack of any focus tracking in the 60D or any otherEOSDSLR and in fact allDSLRcameras other than the newer Sony models with a fixed mirror. The lack of focus tracking means that if you have a subject which is moving towards or away from the camera you have a few options, none of which is ideal.
You can try to manually follow focus, but thats not at all easy and its virtually impossible to accurately judge focus on a smallLCDscreen. You can also try to exploit the largeDOFof small apertures, but of course thats not always possible in dim light and may not be the look you want (with the background in focus). Even if it is possible it may require the use of highISOsettings and the resulting drop in image quality. You can also achieve largeDOFby using a wideangle lens, but again this may not be quite what you want especially for sports and smilar distant action. Contrast detection AF is available at any time while shooting video, but its slow (several seconds) and may overshoot before locking in. Obviously this is far from ideal on a moving target! You can also use phase detection AF, but that requires the reflex mirror to drop, blanking out the video while the AF takes place. Even if you do get focus this way, the subject is still moving and so may quickly go out of focus again.
Professional videographers can deal with these issues andEOSDSLRs have been used to shoot some very impressive videos. However for the casual amateur videographer who wants shots of children running, motor racing or sports, its not really a point and shoot operation. Its more like Point and Shoot and hope theDOFis large or try to adjust focus somehow.
Canon certainly seems to have produced another winner in theEOS60D. Its a very useful update of the 50D, adding more pixels, HD video, a tilt and swivelLCDand lots of other small refinements. My only complaint is that I think Id rather have had CF card storage than SD card, simply because I already have a large collection of CF cards that I use in my other CanonDSLRbodies. The main advantage of SD cards over CF cards is that there are no pins in the socket to bend. In that regard they may be a more robust solution in the hands of consumers. The currently available SD cards arent as fast as the fastest CF cards at the moment, but the 60D doesnt need an ultra fast card.SDclass 6 is recommended (and probably required for shooting longer 1080p HD video sequences). When I shot with theEOS60D I used an 8GB Kingston class 6 card and I had no problem with 1080p HD video. Transcend 8GB class 6SDHCcards can be found for as little as around $20 each, so even if, like me, you have a collection of CF cards, buying a few newSDHCcards wont break the bank.
My collection of BP-511/512 batteries is also getting less useful! No currentDSLRnow uses that battery size. If you dont mind using 3rd party batteries from China, you can get spare LP-E6 batteries for around $8 each, so as with the SD memory cards, buying a few spare batteries isnt a big expense (unless you insist on genuine Canon batteries which currently sell for $65-$70 each).
Its interesting to note that all of CanonsAPS-C DSLRs now have much the same sensor and display much the same image quality. They are differentiated by features, not by basic image quality. This is exactly the same situation that existed before digital cameras came along. They all used the same film and so had the same image quality!
The tilt and swivelLCDalso looks like a winner and Id expect to see it as a feature on many future DSLRs from Canon. The only possible downside to it is that under heavy use it might make the camera less durable. You could drop anEOS1D series body with no serious consequences, but if theLCDwas folded out and you dropped it the wrong way Im not so sure it would survive intact. Id certainly expect a tilt and swivelLCDon theEOS7D MkII and theEOS5D MkIII, if and when they are released!
Are there any downsides to the 60D when compared with the 50D? Well, there are a few. The 60D has lost the AF microadjustment of the 50D and it no longer has a PC flash socket. However I suspect that not many owners of the 50D really use either of those features (though they are certainly nice to have and are used by some). The multi-axis controller in theQCDis arguably less easy to use than the separate joystick of the 50D. Inside the camera there is more plastic and less metal, though again that might be something the majority of users dont really care about. Im sure that for the typical customer the addition of HD video and a tilt and swivelLCDmore than make up for the losses from the 50D. For 50D owners looking for a total upgrade, theres always theEOS7D, which is coming down in price now.
The body of theEOS60D is plastic, whereas that of the 50D was metal alloy (as is the body of theEOS7D). While this seems to worry some people, Im not sure why. The Digital Rebel cameras have always had plastic bodies and they have proven to be very durable. For the average photographer theres really not a significant downside to a body designed to be built from an engineering grade durable plastic.
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60D, EF 18-135/3.5-5.6 IS lens, 135mm, 1/100s @ f/5.6
6400. This shot was taken indoors and shows the high
capability of the 60D. The shot is slightly blurred because 1/100s wasnt quite fast enough to freeze the action. With a faster lens it would probably have been sharper, but the ability to shoot at
6400 when necessary is well demonstrated here. [Shot at the International Motorcycle Show at the Javits Center in
60D, EF 10-22/3.5-4.5 lens, 14mm 1/30s @ f/4
1000. Another indoor shot but under slightly brighter lighting and with a static subject. [Shot at the International Motorcycle Show at the Javits Center in
EOs 60D, EF 18-135/3.5-5.6 IS lens. 67mm 1/125s @ f/5.6
6400. Another example of where the ability to shoot fairly clean images at
6400 saved the day. [Shot at the International Motorcycle Show at the Javits Center in
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You said that the EOS 60D has a tilt and swivel LCD. This
doesnt help much for conventional still photography I beg to disagree – it would be wonderful for macro work where the camera needs to be a few inches off of the ground. My arthritis does not let me get down that low and I cannot get the closeups I want.
People seem used to shooting 5-6 off the ground. This is a sure way to cut your creativity. A higher / lower perspective is refreshing. You actually stop & look at the images, because they are unusual.
This is the photojournalistss creed. MAKE THEM LOOK AT THE PICTURES!!!!!
Isnt this the object of all photographers? The tiltable LCD is a great idea.
Like the PC Socket, ( not having one-a problem) You dont have to use it, but its nice to have. After all, there are alot of shooters that have battery packs / off camera flashes, that need hot shoe adapters to use their flashes.
I had not seen this review prior to buying the 60D last month. I was actually shopping for another 40D as a backup and side kick with different lens. Could not find any new 40Ds so went with the 60D. Used it for a VIP Event a week ago, worked well, some images seemed a bit soft so I was trying to change the sensor nine point focus to center point focus but there doesnt appear to be a option for changing this function? Overall very happy with this camera so far.
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