Conclusion: It's amazing that with all the thought in design that go into so many of Canon's products it would seem that very little has been put into this one. This camera is suppose to specialized in night sky photography, yet it's ISO range is still in the 1990's. I'm sorry I just don't understand it.
Summary: One may want to get a used T2i and have it modified to remove the IR filter... it would be a much less expensive way to go and get better results. This does "OK" for daytime shots but the color and white balance is off some, I can tell the difference. Maybe with an IR filter on the lens would return colors to natural, haven't tried that yet.
Summary: It's not the capabilities of the camera that didn't sit well - it was the confusion in the description(s) about them. When I opened the box there was a little paper on top that said NOT to use this camera for "normal pictures" because of the enhanced red in the sensor would negatively affect them. My goal had been to use this camera for both astrophotography and regular pictures, but this new info was a deal-killer, especially for the price.
Summary: OK, I should preface this by saying that I am an astro imager with 20 years of experience and quite a few published images and have extensive experience with real astronomical CCD cameras. I figured I would give this a try as I already have a higher-end Canon DSLR for regular photos and lots of Canon lenses.
Summary: Since I'm already familiar with Canon DSLRs, I was able to get the camera up and running in no time. Taking this to a dark site and using a 20mm prime lens, I was able to get a wonderful, long exposure, night sky panorama in the very first image that I shot. Thanks Canon, for supporting all of us night sky lovers!
Conclusion: I have now been using the Canon 60Da for about six months for astrophotography. I, frankly, was amazed at the quality of the photos this thing creates. Using Adobe Lightroom 4 to process, I have captured far better quality singly shot photos with the 60Da than I was able to do with my similarly priced electro-cooled CCD with filter wheel. Better, the noise level is low enough that Lightroom 4 can completely remove any noise without darks! It gets better...
Pros: good battery life, quiet, Nice features/settings, Quick Start-up time, excellent image quality, Superior build quality, Bright LCD, Solid Operation, Lightweight/Portable, Simple controls/menu, easy to use, excellent ha sensitivity
Summary: Very happy with this camera. It was purchased for a friend who is learning Astro-photography via distance education in the UK. He is really impressed with it. Prompt delivery and great packaging.
Conclusion: I have had my new Canon 60 D since June of 2012. Have shot close to 600 pictures with a couple of lenses that I own. One of them is a EFS 18-200 mm. I am really enjoying this new camera of mine, makes my pictures look great. I consider myself an intermediate photographer. This camera allows a great deal of flexability in my shooting style. It has alot of great settings to chose from as well. I love the 5.3 fps for quick rapid shots.
Pros: good battery life, Nice features/settings, Quick Start-up time, excellent image quality, Superior build quality, Solid Operation, Simple controls/menu, easy to use, great choices for lenses
Conclusion: I have been using this camera for about 5 months now, I like to shoot portraits, but I use it for events and street photography, its really easy to use and I can hardly think of a con to this camera, I once used it for a wedding and the video was amazing. It's worth the investment.
Pros: good battery life, quiet, Quick Start-up time, excellent image quality, Bright LCD, Solid Operation, Simple controls/menu, easy to use