Pros Very solid in the hand. Feels much better to hold than the Rebel series cameras. I love all the extra controls you get with it, though I'm still learning my way around. Even on straight auto, it takes much better low light photos than my canon S90. Th
Cons More complicated than I'm used too, though I was expecting a learning curve. My girlfriend says I look like a dork walking around with a dSLR, but says she still likes me anyway, so I guess it can't be that bad.
Summary Fun camera and feels great in the hand. I can't wait to learn more about photography.
"AMAZING pictures!"on by Kozlov8
Pros -Amazing pictures
Cons -Movie problems
-Relatively hard to use
Summary Okay, so this camera honestly takes amazing pictures. The 18mb is definitely a big plus.
My friends told me this is a GREAT video camera at all. I'm sure it is, though every time I try, it gives me a message, "This movie recording has automatically stopped." I tried to get the problem fixed with no avail. Also, some of the buttons are confusing and hard to use, and the manual doesn't explain them too much; expects you to know them.
But overall this camera is good for pictures (from my experience), and I would recommend this camera to anyone.
Pros Excellent design
Light Weight Body (compared to the Nikon D90)
Flip out and actuating screen (similar to the previous Powershot S# series)
Great video quality
Cons No PC Sync port, unlike the earlier 50D that it replaces (Yet a professional series camera?)
Video recording can be a con, seeing as it's a Digital camera, not a video camera.
Dumbed down features, like "blurry or sharp" menu
Summary Great camera overall. Would I recommend it, yes. To an avid photographer or hobbyist, maybe. Well, the hobbyist I would, but not the avid photographer, as most will use a off camera mounted flash.
I know that for myself, that is a big selling feature. Although I only have a Rebel XS personally, I have opted to purchase a hotshoe PC-Sync port, but again, that uses up the Hotshoe, and I must then use the PC port only, and cannot have a remote flash.
But that's personal preference.
As for the video quality, well, it's 1080P HD video, and lets face it, that is what everyone wants today.
I don't like seeing reviews of Digital SLR Cameras that get negative marks off because of "lack of video" because it's a still camera. If you want a video camera, get a video camera. There are more attachments that you can then use, such as a spot-light, or boom mic.
Agreed, it can be an asset at time, as I have used the video feature on my old S5 IS camera, and found it to be a nice addon. But, whenever I have my JVC handycam around, then I use that for any video recording, because the sound and video is just that much better.
All in all, I would rate this a Very Good to Excellent camera, but would lean more towards Very-Good, as a replacement to the 50D truly should have a PC-Sync port.
Until next time.
Pros 24p Video, Articulating Screen excellent for self portraits and weird angles, Manual exposure & Manual focus & Manual white balance during movies means a LOT of creative control.
Cons Slightly noisy at ISO6400, Live view autofocus is SLOW, Movies are generally better with manual focus as the autofocus during movie mode is cumbersome.
Summary The Canon 60D has found a home in our production studio not only for photos but for videography as well.
It has just about every feature we need - enough autofocus points, continuous drive, exposure compensation, ISO up to 6400 for low light, excellent video at 24p, and most importantly the articulating LCD screen.
The articulating screen is incredibly useful if you are setting up self portrait type shots or getting into weird and creative angles (such as taking a picture from the ground or shooting video while holding the camera overhead). At the time of purchase, this was the only Canon we knew of that had the articulating screen. It was completely worth it.
Live view mode (LCD) is very useful for composing the shots, although the autofocus is slow in this mode. AFAIK, Live view mode is mandatory during video shooting. Sometimes to prepare for a video take, I focus in Viewfinder mode (autofocus is fast in this mode) and then switch to manual focus to prevent any changes. Of course, the most creativity can be had using your lens manual focus ring during video.
For those interested, we shot a Canon 60D Sample Video at f1.8 to show what the camera can do with a narrow depth of field.
Pros screen, image quality, burst speed, buffer, battery life, and IQ are great for a Rebel
Cons too bulky for even a SuperRebel; out-resolves my lenses at most apertures
Summary I might be the personification of the intended market for the 60D: a Rebel user (in my case the XT) looking to take the next step in amateur photography. My primary uses include mostly outdoor landscapes and wildlife; little/no studio and indoor use. I almost exclusively use a 2-lens kit chosen for portability and high IQ at f/5.6-f/8: the Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS, and the Canon 70-300 f/4-5.6 IS.
After taking my first 2000 frames, I am generally giddy about the camera, and look forward to years of terrific photos (and some nice videos) from this device. The huge screen, burst rate, buffer, and high-ISO IQ have markedly improved my pictures. I'm particularly impressed with the battery life (still on my first charge after 2000 images). I highly recommend the 60D as the ultimate Rebel step-up if you can handle the size and weight (it might even be worth getting in better shape so that you can travel, hike, ski, and cycle with this wonderful piece of technology). Only the very best glass is a match for this sensor!
There are many comprehensive reviews of this camera that I will not try to duplicate (I was very happy with the collection of reviews and other resources at northlight-images.co.uk). I only wish to make two points that are sometimes buried in other reviews.
First, it was insulting for Canon to leave out the AF Microadjust feature, especially since it is only a software characteristic (no hardware change necessary). Though I won't often use the very-fast lenses that most benefit from this feature (making very small camera adjustments to account for minor lens front- or back-focus), it would have been nice to know that I could rent a long/fast lens for a safari or bear viewing trip, and be absolutely sure that I could achieve perfect focus on my camera body. I hope Canon comes through with a firmware update to add this capability to the 60D.
Second, though this body is small and light when compared to a professional model, it is heavier and bulkier than I want (I was perhaps spoiled by the XT). I realize that I have an incongruent set of expectations: Rebel price, small/light, but pro SLR IQ and features. Though "prosumer" owners of the 50D and 7D rely use their cameras' bulk and weight for publicity, the 60D is a squarely "consumer" camera. I value the ability to blend into a crowd, to hike or cycle with my camera, and to fit my camera into my carry-on luggage. Thanks to Canon for the lighter/cheaper plastic body; keep up the work to make your top consumer camera lighter and smaller. Save the magnesium for people who get paid to lift it.
Definitely worth buying a new camera holster, hefting the extra weight, and buying lots more SD cards to use the fantastic screen and sensor in the backcountry.
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