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Canon's newest D-series DSLR— the Canon EOS 60D — features a slew of updates and improvements for shooting stills and video that should warm the cockles of the hearts of pros and serious amateurs alike.
The new Canon EOS 60D body only or Canon 60D with a kit lens features an 18-megapixel CMOS sensor that, thanks in part to its DIGIC 4 image processor, can bang out up to 58 large JPEGs (or 16 RAW files) at burst rates of up to 5.3 frames per second. In the motion-picture department, the EOS 60D is equally adept and can capture 1080p HD video at 30 fps with sound-leveling adjustments, manual focus control, expanded recording, Movie Crop recording in 640 x 480 and an external microphone port for plugging in external mics for improved sound quality.
Still-recording improvements on the EOS 60D include a new 3:2 multiple aspect ratio, in-camera RAW processing (14-bit), in-camera image resizing, an enhanced Face Detection Live mode, Auto Lighting Optimizer and Lens Peripheral Optimization. For low-light shooting, the EOS 60D has an ISO sensitively range that runs from a native 100 through 6400, and is expandable to an equivalent of ISO 12,800.
In the video department (remember when cameras only shot stills?), the Canon EOS 60D can record 1920 x 1080p Full HD video at 30 (29.97), 24 (23.976) or 25 frames per second for up to 4GB per clip. Depending on your needs, HD video can also be recorded at 1280 x 720 at 50/60 frames per second or SD/VGA at 640 x 480 (50/60 fps) with mono sound (built-in) or in stereo using optional plug-in stereo mics.
Audio input levels can be set to Auto or Manual at up to 64 levels. Wind and other external background noise can be minimized via a built-in wind filter. A Quick Control button allows for easy adjustment of image quality, white balance and other settings via a user-friendly LCD interface. Start and end points can also be designated in-camera without needing to first transfer the footage to a computer.
Something new for the EOS line is the 60D's 3" flip-out Vari-angle Clear View LCD, which contains 1,040,000-dots, and can be rotated in a number of angles to best suit your viewing needs when shooting at angles other than eye level. The EOS 60D's optical viewfinder has also been improved over previous models, and now features 96% image coverage along with a transparent LCD that enables the user to easily view exposure data, as well as an Electronic Level that enables you to correct horizontal camera tilt with ease, up to 9° in 1° increments.
Other features found on the new EOS 60D include an Enhanced iFCL 63-Zone, Dual-Layer metering system, 9-point (f/2.8 cross-type) Autofocus system, and for studio and outdoor fill-flash shooters, a top flash sync speed of 1/250th of a second. There's also a wide selection of shooting and Scene modes including Grainy Black & White, Toy Camera Effect, Soft Focus and Miniature Effect, which emulates the look of an off-axis-shift lens.