Canon EOS 60D DSLR Review

60D

Bottom Line:

This midrange DSLR offers many creative image processing features for the amateur DSLR user. It’s one of the few DSLRs to have a swivel LCD screen for viewing at different angles. However, shorter movie recording max times may limit this camera’s potential for producing films.

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The Specs:

  •  1. The Sensor
    • Effective pixels: Approx. 18.0 megapixels: 5200 (H) x 3462 (V) pixels
    • Sensor Type: 0.88 x 0.59 in. / 22.3 x 14.9mm (APS-C size)
    • CMOS sensor
    • DIGIC 4 Processor
  • 2. Compatible Lenses
    • Canon EF Lenses  (including EF-S lenses)
  • 3. Autofocus
    • 9 (Cross-type, Center AF point with dual cross sensor for f/2.8)
    • Focusing Modes: Autofocus, One-Shot AF, Predictive AI Servo AF, AI Focus AF, Manual focusing (MF)
    • AF Assist Beam: Small series of flashes emitted by built in flash
  • 4. Video Features
    • MOV (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 compression)
    • Recording Size and (frame rate in parenthesis):
      • 1920 x 1080 (30 fps / 25 fps / 24 fps)
      • 1280 x 720 (60 fps / 50 fps)
      • 640 x 480 (60 fps / 50 fps)
      • Crop 640 x 480 (60 fps / 50 fps)
    • Maximum File Size per Video Clip: 4 GB
    • Maximum Length of Continuous Video Recording: 12 minutes at 1920 x 1080 and 1280×720, or approx 24 minutes at 640 x 480
  • 5. Image Features
    • Still Image: JPEG, RAW (14-bit Canon Original)
    • RAW + JPEG simultaneous recording possible
    • (1) Large/Fine: Approx. 17.90 Megapixels (5184 x 3456)
      (2) Medium/Fine: Approx. 8.00 Megapixels (3456 x 2304)
      (3) Small 1/Normal: Approx. 4.50 Megapixels (2592 x 1728)
      (4) Small 2/Fine: Approx. 2.50 Megapixels (1920 x 1280)
      (5) Small 3/Fine: Approx. 0.35 Megapixels (720 x 480)
      (6) RAW: Approx. 17.90 Megapixels (5184 x 3456)
      (7) M-RAW: Approx. 10.10 Megapixels (3888 x 2592)
      (8) S-RAW: Approx. 4.50 Megapixels (2592 x 1728)
  • 6. Performance
    • Continuous Shooting Speed
      • High-speed: Maximum 5.3 shots/sec.
      • Low-speed: Maximum 3 shots/sec.
    • Start up time: Approx. 0.1 sec
  • 7. Exposure Control
    • Program AE (Shiftable), Shutter-priority AE (Safety shift possible), Aperture-priority AE (Safety shift possible), Manual exposure, Bulb, Full Auto, Flash Off, Creative Auto, Programmed Image Control modes (Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Night Portrait), E-TTL II Autoflash Program AE (Evaluative metering, Averaged metering)
    • ISO 100-6400 (in 1/3-stop or 1-stop increments)
      ISO 12800 with custom function
    • 1/8000 to 30 sec., bulb, X-sync at 1/250 sec.
    • Picture Styles: Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Def. 1-3
    • White Balance Settings: Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten Light, White Fluorescent Light, Flash, Custom, Color Temperature setting
    • Color Temperature Compensation
  • 8. Interface
    • 3.0 inch TFT color, liquid-crystal monitor, approx 100% coverage, Approx 160º viewing angle
    • 7 levels of manual LCD brightness adjustments
    • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
    • Video Out Terminal:
      • (1) Video OUT terminal: NTSC/PAL selectable
      • (2) HDMI mini OUT terminal: Type C
    • Highlight alert with single image display
  • 9. Power
    • One Battery Pack LP-E6
    • AC power optional  with the AC Adapter Kit ACK-E6
    • Battery Grip BG-E9 optional to hold two battery packs or 6 AA
    • Battery life with viewfinder shooting: 1100 shots at 23ºC/73ºF or 1000 shots at 0ºC/32ºF
    • Battery life with live view shooting: 320 shots at 23ºC/73ºF or 280 shots at 0ºC/32ºF
    • Battery life of movie shooting: Approx 2 hr. at  23ºC/73ºF or 1 hr 40 mins at 0ºC/32ºF
  • 10. Body
    • SD/SDHC/SDXC card compatible
    • Viewfinder coverage: Vertical/Horizontal approx. 96%
    • Dimensions: 5.69 x 4.17 x 3.09 in./144.5 x 105.8 x 78.6mm
    • Weight: Approx. 755g / 26.6 oz (CIPA) – 675g / 23.8 oz (body only)

Canon EOS 60D Performance Review:

The 60D video review below walks you through the layout of the camera buttons and some test shots.

Video review highlights:

  • At 3200 ISO the details start to degrade from the images.
  • Metering and autofocusing work well. Most images were exposed properly.
  • Burst mode is not impressive
  • Has a range of in camera photo processing options (adding filters, etc)
  • Battery life is sufficient for a full day of shooting images.
  • Comparable to the Nikon D7000.

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