Successor to the 50D, Canon has launched the EOS 60 D DSLR camera. This camera is sandwiched between the high-end EOS 7D and the EOS 550 D.
The 60D functions with an 18 Megapixel, PAS-C sized CMOS sensor that offers 1.6x magnification. The camera comes with the Digic 4 processor and affords 5.3 fps burst rate. The camera’s processor is noticeably faster image processing along with faster start-up time and image review times. The camera also has better noise reduction in high-ISO images than older EOS cameras. The pixel count has also been increased and so it shoots around 58 full-sized JEPG files and 16 RAW files.
This camera shares a few similarities with the 7D as well as the 550 D models. The camera offers a choice of 24, 25 or 30 fps. It also shoots Full HD video clips at 50 or 60 fps and 720p or even VGA resolution videos. Another new feature of the 60D is that if you choose to shoot a standard definition video, the camera has a function called “Movie Crop” that allows the camera to handle the magnification accordingly. This feature is most effective when telephoto videos are to be shot. The camera also has in-camera editing that allows the user to shorten a video clip from beginning to end. The camera also offers manual sound recording level in 64 steps to ensure that the audio track meets the visual quality. The camera uses the same dust-removal technology as the previous models, where the sensor is shaken briefly at high frequencies to dislodge any dust particles from its surface. The camera also has internal Dust Delete Data feature that has been adapted from the 50D.
Design, Display and Handling:
The Canon EOS 60D measures 5.7 x 4.2 x 3.1 inches and weighs 755 grams. The camera supports SD, SDHC and SDXC cards and has a dedicated card slot. The camera has VF with 0.95x magnification and its eye point is 22mm. As far as the display goes, the EOS 60D comes with a 3.0 inch 1040k dot-articulating screen. It is definitely an advantage to have an articulating screen to get a hold of those tricky shots. The display provides 100% coverage and has 160 degree viewing angle with Dual anti-reflection. The camera has a control dial with multi-way controller and SET button that replaces the use of a joystick. The camera combines the live view and movie record button that can be controlled with the right thumb. The camera has SD, SDHC and SDXC card support. Under the rubberized flap on this camera are various connection ports. The ports include, 3.5 mm stereo mic socket, HDMI socket, A/V output and USB port.
The 60D operates on the new LP-E6 Lithium-ion battery pack. The battery provides 13Eh capacity and communicates more detailed status information to the camera.
18-200 IS Lens Kit:
Out of the various options available for the EOS 60 D is the 18-200 mm IS Lens. The lens is pretty good for composing some of the most spectacular shots and videos.
The 60D makes a great DSLR and is worth the money.