Canon EOS 60D

         

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.

The Canon EOS 60D is compatible with the full line of Canon EOS EF and EF-S optics and accepts SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards.

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It may not be a 7D or "true" 50D successor, but it's a good upgrade from the 550D/T2i.

It's not a 1Ds, and never was meant to be. It shoots full HD with more manual controls than the T2i, which is great for starting indy film makers (read: HDSLR).

It's still a stills camera, but with the integration of video lately, why complain if it still has good image quality? Having a rather limited camera may be attractive to some, but not many.

Overall, it's a T2i MkII, and I think the T2i and 60D should be respected as a different series. The 60D is just an upgraded T2i, but that isn't bad at all.

Back in my days, we didn't have MPs, AVs, HDs bah! We didn't have auto focus or viewfinders...you took a picture and prayed it came out right.  We didn't have shmemory cards either, we had to walk through the snow and wind to get to the drug store to pick up something called film cartridges.  So stop complaining as to whether to get 7D, 70D, T2i, HD, xD, DD, VDs or whatever, just fork over your money and know that you're going to get screwed later on, cuz everyone is going to end up like me...

THE NEW 60D, HAS FEATURES THAT EVEN NIKON, PENTAX, SAMSUNG, LEICA, OLYMPUS AND SONY DSLR CAMERA COMPANIES DO NOT HAVE.

CANON IS THE NUMBER ONE DSLR/DIGITAL IMAGING/MEDICAL EQUIPMENT/CUSTOMER SERVICE COMPANY THE WORLD OVER, FOR GOOD REASON.

THEY ARE THE ONLY DIGITAL IMAGING COMPANY THAT MANUFACTURES ALL OF THEIR PRODUCTS IN-HOUSE. THE OTHER COMPANIES CAN NOT MAKE THAT BOAST.

CANON IS THE CAMERA COMPANY THAT "NEVER SLEEPS".

THE CANON EOS 60D MAY NOT BE AS FAST (5.3fps) AS THE CANON 7D (8fps), HOWEVER IT IS NEXT TO THE BEST IN ITS CLASS (CANON 7D) BUT IS FAR SUPERIOR TO NIKON, PENTAX, LEICA, OLYMPUS, SAMSUNG AND SONY,MID-LEVEL- SEMI-PRO CLASS.

IT HAS SPECS THAT THE OTHERS CANNOT MATCH RIGHT NOW.

D60 is essentially, T2i features with flip-out LCD, more $.

If someone knows the answer: why can't Cannon/Nikon/Sony/Panasonic/Olympus/...make a decent hybrid between a HD camcorder and a full frame DSLR with flip-out LCD and a pop-up flash? How much will it cost? All elements have been researched, one needs to put things together.

I’ve had my Canon 60D for about a week now. I also have a Canon 40D and a Canon 5D MKII. I was going to buy a Canon 7D as a second camera, a camera with a higher pixel count, and sell my 40D. When the 60D came out I was impressed with its specifications, features, and price tag. Since the cost of the 60D was attractive I thought I’d give it a try; and I’m glad I did. While it doesn’t compare to the 5D MKII it’s no slouch either. I shoot RAW + JEPG but use RAW photo files exclusively. Color saturation, crispness, and low-light shooting is very similar to my 5D MKII. I’ve shot some video with the 60D and what I’ve shot looks very good but my main focus is still photography. I’m quite happy with the 60D and highly recommend it.

The 60D updated the 50D to bring it 'in line' with sitting between the T2i/550D and 7D in the 'current' lineup.  Which means focusing on using the same tech (Digic4 & same sensor) at the middle pricepoint.  7D is still a MUCH better stills camera for pros: micro adjustment for focus (which the 50D had unfortunately), magnesium body (which the 50D also had), faster stills shooting, significantly better AF, better HDMI out res while in video recording mode (still not 1080 iirc) and so on.

While some 50D owners see the 60D as a 'drop' and the 7D the only true step forward for them, I think the 60D is positioned well to attract new buyers for whom the T2i isn't enough (for stills) and personally I think the 60D is a considerably better video camera for people looking for that functionality.  I would only opt for the T2i now if shooting with multple cameras or on an extreme budget.

The 60D (which I have had for a week) offers much the T2i lacks, such as native ISO options, actual white balance in color temp (very useful), better AF, remote flash functionality (for studio shots), a much more durable composite body with extensive sealing (the main reason I originally wanted the 7D over the T2i/550D), the manual audio controls and of course the articulating LCD.  There's a bit more if you compare the menus to the T2i in your local Worst Buy, but the increased size & more 'solid' feel to the fully sealed body is immediately apparent.  This was important to me as I need something that will stand up to some Winter use here in the NW usa...

BroadstreetStudios wrote:

The 60D updated the 50D to bring it 'in line' with sitting between the T2i/550D and 7D in the 'current' lineup.  Which means focusing on using the same tech (Digic4 & same sensor) at the middle pricepoint.  7D is still a MUCH better stills camera for pros: micro adjustment for focus (which the 50D had unfortunately), magnesium body (which the 50D also had), faster stills shooting, significantly better AF, better HDMI out res while in video recording mode (still not 1080 iirc) and so on.

While some 50D owners see the 60D as a 'drop' and the 7D the only true step forward for them, I think the 60D is positioned well to attract new buyers for whom the T2i isn't enough (for stills) and personally I think the 60D is a considerably better video camera for people looking for that functionality.  I would only opt for the T2i now if shooting with multple cameras or on an extreme budget.

The 60D (which I have had for a week) offers much the T2i lacks, such as native ISO options, actual white balance in color temp (very useful), better AF, remote flash functionality (for studio shots), a much more durable composite body with extensive sealing (the main reason I originally wanted the 7D over the T2i/550D), the manual audio controls and of course the articulating LCD.  There's a bit more if you compare the menus to the T2i in your local Worst Buy, but the increased size & more 'solid' feel to the fully sealed body is immediately apparent.  This was important to me as I need something that will stand up to some Winter use here in the NW usa...

I AGREE WHOLE HEARTED WITH YOUR COMMENT. YOU ARE AN EDUCATED PERSON, WHO UNDERSTANDS THE SPECS OF CANON'S DSLR EOS LINES. THE COMPLAINERS ON THIS SITE ARE COMPARING APPLES AND ORANGES. THESE EOS DSLRS ALL HAVE DIFFERENCES,FOR GOOD REASONS.

Hi all:

I'm a pro shooter here (mostly video), so here are my thoughts.

If you have the cash, get the 5D Mark II.  If you don't need full frame, then your choices are the 7D, 60D, and T2i.  I own with all of them (except for the 60D, of course).  Here is my take:

Buy the 60D.  The manual audio allows you to record (with proper mics, etc), high-quality audio directly onto the card.  Post production is a breeze.  With the 7D and T2i, you have to do dual audio, and sync using software like Pluraleyes.  If you do not know what you're doing (and even if you do), you will want to kill yourselves.  

If sync'ing is not an issue with you, get the T2i over the 7D.  The image is the same.  Yes, the 7D has weather sealed, etc. but it's not worth double the price.

So, for video shooters (can't speak to pro photo as I only get paid for video), the order of purchase is:

1.  5D Mark II

2.  60D

3.  T2i

4.  7D.

My two cents.

Any one have any idea if the screen when just in a normal display position like the rest of the Canon DSLR and not swung out, has a proximity sensor so the screen shuts off when you have your eye to the veiw finder or its hanging from your neck like most of the DSLR's do now? From what I've been looking I can't see one.

About D60´s lack of AF microadjustment tool...herd in other blogs an sites people are complaining and Canon answering back that if they want this feature people should buy the 7D.

What exactly is AF microadjustment, and if you think it is really neccesary

Anonymous wrote:

About D60´s lack of AF microadjustment tool...herd in other blogs an sites people are complaining and Canon answering back that if they want this feature people should buy the 7D.

What exactly is AF microadjustment, and if you think it is really neccesary

AF microadjustment was left off for a few reasons. Mainly because it is rarely ever used. Unless you know how to use it correctly, you will end up with bad photos. Most pros don't use it and never will. AF Microadjustment is used to 'fine tune' your lens to the body. I use 'L' lenses and my professional portraits are perfectly fine without it.

I bought the 7D over the 5mk11 because I didn't want to have to carry around my 580 flash just in case there was a need for a fill. I still prefer the Elan e's eyeball focus, but the 7d is better there than the Rebel . The 7d weighs more and is fatiguing, but for the first time in digital, my success (in capturing subject expression, etc.) yield is better than the ElanE. Usually, if my arm is getting tired, my subjects are, too. I do tripod as much as possible. I prefer the CF cards over SD, still, except for pocket camera, but am impressed with frame rate into SD with 60d. I think the 7d video is excellent for artistic type shooting (just think ... you only need one set of quality lenses). Rare to go past 4G with that type shooting, anyway. Nothing compares. Use my SONY AVCHD for the other stuff. 

I'm just wondering how many commentors bashing the present-day video capture abilities of DSLRs think nothing about taking 'great' pictures with their cell phones?

http://www.neocamera.com/feature_compare_weather_sealed_dslr.html

From what I have researched is that the 60D is NOT weather sealed. 

For the money the 7D is well worth it. It is truly weather sealed.

My 30D got a little drop of rain in it and I had to pay big time for it to be fixed.

My XH A1 HDDV came with a weather hood and is water resistant but not weather sealed.

I live in the Pacific Northwest so there is a lot of rain.

I am an avid Canon user except for their printers.

Thank goodness I  bought the 50D. I wouldn't consider sacrificing the frames per second when shooting stills for a feature I don't even want.  Moves like this one could make me reget being invested in the Canon line.

In my opinion, I think the 60D is a good choice for a beginner, it has all the good stuff for a reasonable price. There is something that the writer forgot to mention, which is the integrated speedlite transmitter, which I think is a plus over the 550D.

Canon seems to be intent on making a mess of things.  First the 7D changed the viewfinder so folks that used the eyepiece extender, as many of us with glasses do, found it useless.  Now the 60 comes along and they apparently have abandoned the CF cards - STUPID STUPID STUPID.  Until they get their act together I am sticking with 50D and 40D because what they are adding is not making up for what they are messing up.  If I want a movie camera I have one, I don't need a half a__ still camera that doesn't do anything well.

I just began my search for a DSLR camera in the last couple of weeks. I had almost chosen the T2i (550D) but just discovered this 60D info. My old camera had the articulated screen which I LOVE! Thus I was also considering the Nikon D5000.  I have read the differences between the T2i listed above. So, now my issue is deciding: Is this 60D worth the extra money over the T2i?? Oh, the decisions!!

sticking with my 50D-for now. Next camera I want full frame.

I was just in BH New York store 2 days ago and the pro-salesman looked me straight in the eyes and swore that he knew nothing about the 60d rumours being true or false, that was only 2 days before this press release. He knew everything about Canon so I doubt if he didnt knoww if the 60d was coming out or not? Just an observation that B&H are out to clear stock and not give the "best" advice everytime??? I went for the 50d which i will love and cherish but not be taking any high def video on.

Does anyone know of the weatherability  of the 60D as compared to the 7D?

The 7D is somewhat water resistant and the specs for the 60D mention nothing of this. I live in the Pac NW and it rains a lot.

Thanks

im sure glad i can learn all about the 7D and 5DMII on the 60D page.

I wouldn't buy this camera for the simple reason it uses SD cards. I have a fortune in CF cards for my other canons. Not gonna deal w/ 2 cards.

You gotta be kidding!!!!!!!

Sell your Canon & get a real camera!

                             NIKON

Is the CMOS a 1 :1 capture or does it have the 1 : 6 crop.

 I am a pro with six national hunting magazine covers in August and September. I shoot a 50d, a Mark 7, and a Mark IV.  My 7D is much faster shooting than the 50, but neither is comparable in speed to my Mark 4.   I wish Canon would continue upgrading the picture taking capability and quality and forget the video. If you want video buy a video camera.

Deerphotos

  I think,new Sony Action camera for $650 with new Autofocus system for photo and video way better camera then Canon 60D.

I'm also disappointed with the 60D.I held on to my gripped 40D through the release of the 50D and it looks like I will hold on to it a while longer.I shoot mainly outdoors so my sites are still set on a 5D MkII / 7D combo in order to get the benefits of both sensor sizes.

Hope to get the 5D first and add the 7D later. Meanwhile I'm stilll happy with my 40D.  

For how long do we still have to wait for todays tech in this professional cameras ... like the option to connect the camera to the Internet through WiFi or 3G cards and have a built in automatic ability to attach GPS coordinates to my pictuers.

I actually have this things now built in to my low price Nokia phone ... so the Know-How-To-Do-It is already there ... Why not implement it???

Why should I need to drag my valued pictures out of my very expensive "high tech" Canon camera to my computer's hard disk, then connect my computer to internet using 3G or WiFi and from there at last upload my pictures to where I want them to go ...?

Tell me it aint so...This "new" camera only shoots on SD cards????? WT*, I have 20+ CF cards for all my other DSLR's -  I would like dual slot...but if I wanted a plastic body and SD I'd by the "T" series Rebel - Very Disappointed

It seems that the memory card format is now SD changed from CF which is for 40D, 50D, 5D, 7D. This is a real inconvenience for those of us who already have and intend to continue using any of the the above Canon models or higher.

Canon should not only think of new buyers but also of the interests of their existing Canon users who may be upgrading or expanding their Canon camera portfolio.

 would the 60D fit in Aquatica A5D housing ?

I really just want a high quality Fast 25MB digital Camera with out paying extra for Video....I am not interested in Video. I want to be able to afford a 25 MB Digital Camera.

Articulating screen came out with the point and shoot G1 which was produced in 2002 and was copied by Nikon,

The only improvement that I see in this Camera is the flip out screen . Canon has missed the boat on this for a long time. Who needs video in a camera made for stills ? If I want to shoot videos , I'll buy a video camera thats made to shoot videos. Not some awkward thing that dosen't do the job. Why dosen't Canon see that they need to produce a full frame 12 meagapixel  low noise high iso sensor camera that will work in low light. Who needs 21 megapixels? Until then I'll stick with my old 5D and 40D. at least they use the same battery and Memory. I'd bolt from Canon and buy a Nikon D700 or something like it if I didn't have so much $ tied up in Canon glass.

So, to all existing 30D, 40D, and 50D users, both the 60D and the 7D have some frustrating structural changes. The 60D uses SD cards instead of CF cards and a new battery (the LP-E6 compared to the BP-511A in the older xxD bodies). The 7D uses the same LP-E6 battery. These changes alone may be enough to stop me from getting either one at least for a while. I've invested a fair amount in official Canon brand accessories and I shoot with a 40D and 50D for weddings at the moment. Buying a 60D or a 7D means not having interchangeable gear in the bag or having to buy three or four batteries (I have five or six total between the two bodies today)...

I like the idea of HD video, but not enough to pay through the nose for it while having to sacrifice some of the investment I've already made. Buying up from 10D to 20D and then to 30D and so forth was close to a no-brainer for our studio. Moving to the 60D or 7D suddenly introduces changes that prevent the no-brainer rule from applying.

Some might say that if you're paying $1000-$1500 for the body, then the added costs of the peripherals should simply be part of the expectation. I do not agree. Every investment I make in the business needs to have a return on that investment that is calculable. So, adding the accessory items to the price of the cameras may prove to be too much out of pocket to make this worthwhile.

My request would be to retrofit the 7D to use the BP-511A batteries. They are excellent LI-Ion batteries with great battery life and doing this would make the 7D a no-brainer for me. The use of SD in the 60D makes it a no-brainer of a different sort for me... It's a no-brainer that I will not be getting the 60D.

Great discussion out here, folks (except a few less-than-professional posts).

I am not one into the video thing, but if I were, I would buy a digital video camera to record my video not a digital still camera.  I just don't get it.  First, put the technology into a still camera that does just that and it would rock.  I don't remember anyone wanting a 35mm video camera when 35mm was popular.  Besides, digital video cameras are very compact and with greater zooms than still cameras. 

CANON EOS 60D IS MAY REPLACE A HD CAMCORDER.

EXT MIC AND MANUAL ADJUSTMENT OF VOLUME IS AN ADDED ADVANTAGE FOR QUALITY RECORDING.

If I was really interested in a hybrid type still and HD video camera, the new sony A??, seems to have the most innovation with rapid focus, fixed mirror technology, etc. However, I can't buy a new camera every 8 to 12 months.... still just making due with my ancient and obsolete 40D

Greg

All of these new features and reasonable prices are nice, but I would love to see a camera that would communicate with my 580 EX II flashes.  It's frustrating to see Nikon with a very effective flash Commander, and not have something equal or superior from Canon.  I guess I'll be sticking with my Pocket Wizards for awhile.

For those of you shooting video...Is there any reason I'm not noticing why someone would buy the 7d over this new 60D? Anything the 7D has that the 60D doesn't?

So far the 60D is a winner in my boat! (Sorry for those of you that own a 7D maybe Canon will come out with some firmware that will make your camera better for the extra $700 you spent... but at least it's still a cool camera!)

As far as the T2i goes.. I'd much rather pay the extra to have the 60D solely for the fact that it has a dial on the back you can control exposure with... where with the T2i you have to control exposure by fumbling through an on screen menu.  I don't have the time to mess around when I'm shooting live events like weddings... "um could you do that again, I've got to adjust my exposure..."  And the fact that the 60D has the flip out screen makes it sweet to get those cool angles without having to break your back on low shots or get on stilts for the shots up high just to see how your framing is.  It helps take the guess work out.

Good work Canon... I applaud you!  The 60D is a winner!!!  Keep em' comin!!!

Curious how this camera plus the new Nikon 3100 will impact the market place.The only thing this new Canon has over the t2i as other have mentioned is movable high resolution screen. The Nikon on the other hand is more revolutionary in concept with its full time auto focusing system on its video features. We will have to wait to see how it works but if it does work as good as other focusing system on video cameras only that will impact hard on the market place .

The 60D seems to have some interesting new features such as the flip out screen and in camera RAW processing and image resizing, but for me generally this model has nothing new of real substance from a video perspective.

If Canon were serious, the would have bought out full time autofocus off the sensor for video. This feature to me, is literally one of the biggest short comings of all the HDSLR's on the market. Of course the frame rates, manual exposure and manual audio controls are great to have but these inclusions are really no brainers anyway.

Nikon  have wised up with their new D3100 entry level and in my view have guzzumped Canon by miles. AN entry level HDSLR with autofocus in video mode should have been included right from the start in 2008.

Hopefully AF off the sensor will be included in more upcoming models like the 1DS MKIV & 5D MKIII.

My wish list for an HDSLR,

Full Time AF off the sensor for video with face tracking,

Interlaced 60i/50i (what good is 60P/50P for video editing?)

Less compression for video or RAW video options off the sensor (there is a lot lost once h264 is applied which is why on a Mac the files need to get converted to pro res)

XLR mic inputs

HD output from the HDMI during recording for external monitors

Higher ISO, 105,000 like the 1DMKIV

SDI output with HD/SD and embedded audio.

Yes I know I'm basically asking for an ENG camera that looks like an SLR but with the beautiful look of a full frame sensor and amazing Canon glass, why not dream of the possibilities.

No PC Socket  No Use !

I am going to buy a 60D on Saturday.  I won't need to carry both a video camera and also a DSLR.  Good job Canon!!!!!!

I'm a 7D owner who was so impressed with the camera at work that I bought another one for home use. I shoot only stills. For me, the flip-out LCD viewfinder is the only advantage that is offered by the 60D. I had a flip-out on a Canon G2 many years ago, and it's terrific for ground-level shots of mushrooms and ants, or overhead shots above a crowd. I wish the 7D had it too.

If I had to decide right now between the 7D and 60D, I'd still take the 7D. I've shot thousands of shots both for work and home, and it never fails. It's a bit heavy, but that makes it rugged for that time it drops (and that will happen sooner or later.) If you are serious about your photography and can do without the swing-out LCD, go for the 7D.

The 60D is all well and good and gives us anotrher choice in the ever expanding DSLR line... but here I must digress and mention that I am salivating heavily in anticipation of Canons version of a mirrorless "EVIL" camera.  I know there are those that say it won't happen but I fail to see how Canon cannot follow the lead of Sony etc... with their own version, hopefully with an adapter to use EOS lenses !

I also agree with Dennis, below; either it's a still camera or a video camera.  A quality Still camera is what I would prefer; I have point and shoot that do great video, but I do like the Live View feature for studio work.  Canon, bring out a pro full frame camera (such as the 5D Mkll) without the video and keep the price under $2K.

When are they going to fix the 1DMK4 for manual audio/no-AGC and continuous autofocus during video???

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