As a friendly reminder, the 60D test unit I used was not at full-production level. Don't use the sample images in this article as a determination of final image quality output from the 60D. All images were recorded as fine JPEGs.
I used the camera with 24mm f/1.4L II USM prime, 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM telephoto zoom, and 17-40mm f/4L USM wide zoom lenses. The 60D has a 1.6x crop factor, so my 70-200mm lens effectively became a 112-320mm. Tracking down an Elk having a bite to eat in a clearing, that bit of reach came in handy.
I was very happy with images at default metering and auto white balance settings. Under cloudy skies, colors started looking washed out, so I switched into cloudy white balance for some shots of the bison across a river. The green grass was restored to a more vibrant hue, maybe slightly too much, and detail in the darkest shadow areas is a bit lost. However, auto focus system did a wonderful job picking out my subject each time.
To the 60D's credit, a rain cloud passed over soon after I captured the shot above and put the camera's weather sealings to the test. It wasn't exposed to the elements for very long, but it survived our little shower without a problem.
True to Canon form, the camera captured reds vividly. In images of the bacteria plates near Yellowstone's boling Paint Pots, the reds are captured in a pleasing way that's appropriate for the scene.
I shot these images in the Standard profile mode and moved to Neutral for the second day of shooting. Looking back on all of my images, the Neutral setting did the best job of capturing images most faithfully with the best level of sharpness.
Taking into account my nit-picking, the 60D seems a worthy successor to the 50D. On almost every occasion, the 60D did what I wanted it to do. The flip-out LCD is a great benefit to a photographer looking for a little more versatility, and anyone who has tried to record video at ground-level will appreciate the tilting screen.
The 60D shows every promise of being a worthy successor to the 50D. Is it worth selling your 50D on Craigslist for a slick new 60D? That might end up depending on how important high-res video capture is to you. The jury is still out, but for now it seems a tantalizing proposition.
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