- Swiveling monitor
- Excellent image quality
- Great high ISO performance
- Slow AF in video mode
- Awkward mode dial
- No continuous video AF
Great image quality and high ISO performance leave us with a very favorable impression of the 60D. A swiveling LCD and 1080 HD video sweeten the deal.
Announced in late August 2010 as the replacement for the 50D and “designed primarily for advanced amateurs,” the Canon EOS 60D DSLR offers a modest resolution increase to 18 megapixels over the old camera’s 15.1 as well as a 1080 HD video capability where none existed before.
There’s a 3.0-inch movable monitor (first time on any Canon DSLR), and some features that will sound familiar to 50D owners, namely a Digic 4 processor and 9 point AF system. The native ISO range now covers the 100-6400 sensitivities (expandable to 12800) versus 100-3200, expandable to 12800 in the 50D. Exposure metering features an “enhanced” iFCL (intelligent focus, color and luminance) system utilizing a 63 zone dual layer sensor we first encountered in the 7D.
The 60D features a fairly wide-ranging suite of in-camera image processing tools, including a RAW file menu that contains picture style, white balance, color space, high-ISO noise reduction, peripheral illumination, linear distortion and chromatic aberration correction tools that can be used to generate JPEGs without affecting the original RAW data. The camera also allows in-camera re-sizing of JPEG images without impacting the original image. Also included are creative image filters familiar to Powershot compact digital users, another first for a Canon DSLR.
The 60D replaces the 50D, but the first things 50D owners moving into the new camera will be replacing are their CF cards with the SD/SDHC/SDXC memory media required by the 60D. Also a memory is the magnesium body of the 50D; the 60D features a composite body that saves about 2 ounces of weight over its predecessor. The 60D is available as a body only or in ‘kit’ form matched with Canon’s stabilized EFS 18-135mm zoom lens (as was our review unit). Here’s the view at each end of that focal range:
Canon includes an eyecup, camera strap, Li-ion battery pack and charger, USB and stereo AV cables, instruction manual and CD-ROM software with each camera.
The 60D is the first Canon prosumer class DSLR to get a video component, but still images are the bread-and-butter of any DSLR – let’s see what the 60D brings to the table.