Summary: Now is the time to see the Canon EOS 60D in action and assess its strengths and weaknesses. Let’s start from what, in our view, is the main shortcoming in this model. We are talking about the Auto focus Live View is used when you cannot reach the freezing point in a short time, and this could lose the right time to shoot. This factor could almost negate the advantage and flexibility that a swiveling display ensures the reflex.
Pros: Image quality, Handling, definition of the display.
Cons: Slow AF Live View mode, Post-production impractical.
Excerpt: At first blush, you’d think the EOS 60D would be more capable than the older EOS 50D. That’s only partially true. It’s got more pixels and a more sophisticated metering engine, but it lacks the metal body and has a lower maximum continuous shooting speed. Making those changes allowed Canon to lower the price a bit: the EOS 60D body can be found for less than $1,000, while the kit with the 18–135mm IS lens is about $1,200.
Pros: Excellent balance; great choice of lenses; superb video capabilities.
Summary: The 60D fits well in the gap between the Rebel series and the 7D. It offers enough features to entice anyone looking at buying a Rebel T3i or 7D to step up or down, respectively. I highly recommend the Canon 60D as a prosumer/enthusiast camera – even more so if you plan on shooting a lot of video with your next DSLR.
Summary: The 60D is probably best understood as a 'super Rebel.' It's a more comfortable, more flexible, and faster-to-use version of Canon's justly popular entry-level DSLRs. The twin dial controls, better grip, and bigger viewfinder will delight stills shooters while the articulated screen and movie control will please would-be videographers.
Pros: Excellent image quality up to ISO settings unthinkable just one camera generation ago, Extremely high detail and resolution at base ISO, good per-pixel sharpness, Very good low-light performance, with low noise levels and good retention of detail, Good ergonomics, well shaped and comfortable hand grip, Customizable user interface, In-camera raw conversion options and Creative Filters give easy creative options, Excellent LCD screen is articulated (great for videograph...
Cons: Slow AF in Live Mode reduces benefit of articulated screen for stills shooting, White balance often excessively orange under artificial light, Slight tendency to overexpose in contrasty conditions, Post-processing options oddly arranged (and don't provide access to the Ambience options), Plastic construction not as reassuring as its metal-bodied peers
Conclusion: When Canon came along at the end of 2000 with the EOS-D30 it took the market by storm, superb image quality in a digital SLR built as such from the ground up and all for $3,000. But let us not forget Nikon's contribution, before the D1 it wasn't possible to buy a D-SLR for under $5000.
Pros: Excellent resolution, lives up to the six megapixel label, Improved colour, reds are stronger other colours toned down a little, Noise free 'silky smooth' images (still has the "D30 look"), Noise very low all the way up to ISO 400, manageable noise levels at ISO 800 and 1000, Images not 'over sharpened' or damaged by visible sharpening artifacts, Unrivalled long exposure capability, no more waiting double the exposure time, Reduced shutter release LAG, Very clever 'sm...
Cons: Strange dots ('drop out' pixels) which can appear between high frequency lines, Opening the CF compartment door shuts camera down, loses any buffered images, Overall auto focus performance virtually identical to D30, Viewfinder view is smaller than 'higher end' D-SLR's (such as the EOS-1D), Not selectable colour space (stuck with sRGB), Not enough latitude of control over image processing parameters (currently only +/-1 step), White balance not fine-tunable, Image pla...
Summary: A mid-range DSLR that gets a gold star for both video and stills Dimensions 144.5×105.8×78.6mm LCD Size 3in Maximum movie resolution 1080p Megapixels 18MP Memory card type SD(HC/XC) Optical viewfinder Yes Weight 755g Zoom function during movies Yes
Conclusion: The Canon 60D has some smart features and handling is good overall, but getting the best results can take more effort than it should. Be prepared to interact with exposure compensation and auto lighting optimization settings fairly frequently.
Excerpt: Quote from the review: “The EOS 60D is a new kind of DSLR camera from Canon , blending features from the cheaper 550D / / Rebel T2i and the more expensive 7D to exactly occupy the middle ground between the two. Aimed at the well-heeled amateur with a penchant for video , the 60D is the first EOS camera to offer an articulated LCD screen , making it easier to shoot both stills and importantly video.
Summary: The Canon EOS 60D is in many ways a great camera: fast, feature-packed, and with excellent photo and video quality. Some annoying aspects of its control layout dim its shine a little, however, so try before you buy.
Pros: Very fast; articulated display; excellent video quality and options.