The Canon EOS 60D Review

The new Canon EOS 60D, created with the aim of replacing the 50D, has been released to the general public.

The device consists of an enormous 18-megapixel effective resolution from an APS-C sized sensor offering Canon’s standard magnification factor of 1.6x whichever lens is attached, while the company’s regulation issue Digic 4 processor affords burst speed of 5.3 frames per second.

Controls

The EOS 60D features a tilt and swivel LCD, 3-inches in size and with a life-like display when in Live View mode, with compliments of its 1.04-million dot resolution. The inclusion of an angle adjustable screen is the first for the Canon EOS range of cameras. The angle adjustable screen is especially useful when shooting Full HD video.

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As with the majority of Canon’s monitors, it is presented with a 3:2 aspect ratio, rather than the normal 4:3 or even 16:9. With a body-only weight of 755g, the camera is equipped with a comfortable handgrip.

Canon’s Live View should first be enabled through the menu system, but once activated it can be implemented with a press of a button, located to the right of the optical viewfinder. Once the button is clicked, the user will hear the camera’s mirror audibly flipping out of the way before the Live View kicks into action. When filming video, this will also double up as the record button.

The EOS 60D’s response times are lightning fast. By switching on the on/off button the camera will be ready to shoot, even before the user can find the shutter release button with a finger. With a half press users can determine focus and exposure and with a full press the shutter is fired with a loud ‘clunk’ noise.

In order to adjust still photo settings, the user will still get the usual array of command dials, sundry function buttons and rear scroll wheel. The scroll wheel is generally faster than tabbing through options and could be a time-saver for many users.

A large LCD window to the right of the top plate allows key selections, such as drive mode, metering and ISO speed, which can be adjusted instantly. Adjusting an option simply requires a joint button press and twist of the scroll wheel at the back of the camera, instead of the command dial situated at the front.

Features

A mid-range model of the Canon EOS 60D’s standard light sensitivity range of ISO 100-6400 is expendable. In this case that is up to ISO 12800 for conditions where light is low.

An expected feature is the Canon’s ability to shoot JPEG files on its own or combine it with optimum quality Raw shooting, to which the camera normal applies no processing. There is, however, the ability to process a Raw file in-camera too, which normally requires specialist software.

Time-saving features have been on the agenda when this device was developed. A simple press of the enigmatic ‘Q’ button to the right of the LCD brings up a ‘Quick Control’ toolbar on the left hand side of the screen. A Basic+ mode allows users to apply creative settings when shooting in the Basic modes, without the need of extensive photographic experience.

The device also offers an array of useful digital filters, which include toy camera, grainy black and white and soft focus. These effects can be applied to both RAW and JPEG images.

Picture Quality

As with any DLSR, the picture quality will depend on the amount of money a user spends on the type of lens for the camera. The same applies to the EOS 60D.

On a standard lens, in standard picture control settings we were impressed with the natural yet beautiful color tones the Canon EOS 60D delivered. The AF system continuously proved to be fast and accurate.

Setbacks

The camera performed great and we were unable to point to any faults.

We do, however, have one problem with the EOS 60D camera and it is its price. We strongly believe that the price tag associated with the camera will place it out of reach of a large number of consumers.

Price

The Canon EOS 60D currently retails for around £800 for the body only.

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