Pros + Great image quality
+ Very nice size, weight, feel, and design
+ Large, bright viewfinder
+ Locking Mode Dial (only on the 60D)
+ Full HD Video
+ Long life battery
+ Exterior buttons and controls
+ Menus and custom functions
+ Articulating Rear LCD Scre
Cons - Slow to auto focus in video/live view mode
- The battery grip is quite expensive
Summary The three dSLRs in the Canon consumer line-up (60D, 7D, T2i) all share a number of specifications and features, a similar exposure metering system, as well as an image sensor that is very similar, and all with 18 megapixels. Due to this, the image quality and ISO performance of these three cameras will be nearly identical, and all are capable of taking high quality images. So why choose the 60D over the T2i (550D) or the 7D?Edit URL
-Exterior buttons and controls: Greater ease and control of changing camera settings as you work vs. the T2i. The 60D has nearly every control one needs on the exterior of the camera and it has the rear dial and top LCD display screen that are not on the T2i. Any other controls can be easily accessed with the Q button and menu or in the other menus on the rear LCD monitor. The top buttons of the 60D set only one setting each, so this is less complicated than the multiple-setting buttons of the 7D. Canon has removed the WB button that the 7D and 50D have, but that isn't a big deal - use the Q Menu. Another change is that the Multi-controller has been moved from the thumb joystick like the 7D and 50D and placed in the middle of the rear Quick-control dial. This doesn't change how it functions, and should just be a matter of getting used to the difference.
-Menus and custom functions: Greater control over customizing how the camera functions vs. the T2i. The 60D has many more Menu and Custom Function settings than the T2i and nearly as many as the 7D. These settings allow you to customize the operation, function, and controls of the 60D to work how you want them to, including things like exposure increments, peripheral illuminations correction for lenses (fixes dark corners) and customizing which button does what.
-Auto focus systems: The 60D shares a similar autofocus system to the T2i and the previous 50D, with 9 focus points and three auto focusing modes. However the 9 AF points of the 60D are more sensitive than those of the T2i: all are cross-type in the 60D, only the center is cross-type in the T2i. The 60D autofocus system is much less complex than the sophisticated AF system of the 7D with its 19 AF point system and its additional Zone, Spot, and Expansion focus modes - not to mention the custom settings of the 7D which will allow one to customize how the AF system works. However, if you are not an avid sports photographer, a wildlife shooter, or someone who understands, needs, and will use the elaborate features of the 7D AF system, then this shouldn't dissuade you from the 60D.
-Exposure Metering: The three cameras all share the latest 63-zone exposure metering system and 4 metering modes. That means they will all determine the exposure virtually identically and enable you to take properly exposed photos in most every situation, including difficult back-lit scenes. The size of the areas metered for Partial and Spot metering vary slightly between the cameras, but that isn't anything critical.
-ISO: Since the 60D shares a very similar sensor with the other two cameras, its ISO sensitivity and performance at high ISO settings is virtually the same. But don't take my word for it, don't be swayed by pixel peepers on forums, instead check out the camera sensor tests at dxomark to verify this.
-Continuous Shooting Speed: While the 60D can't shoot a blazing 8 frames per second like the 7D, it can shoot a respectable 5.3 fps which is generally a more useful rate, and is a higher rate than the T2i rate of 3 fps.
-Size and Weight: The 60D is larger and heavier than the T2i but smaller and lighter than the 7D. It is a very nice size, weight, feel, and design that should be comfortable for most users.
-Construction: The 60 has relatively strong construction of aluminum and polycarbonate. It is better built than the T2i but not as strong as the 7D's magnesium alloy frame. The 60D also has some amount of weather sealing - more than the T2i, less than the 7D. But for most users, including even those using the camera daily or in travel situations, the construction of the 60D is far more than good enough, strong enough, durable enough, and weather resistant enough.
-Articulating Rear LCD Screen: The 60D is the only current Canon dSLR with this handy feature. This may prove useful for videographers, as well as for setting up compositions while the camera is on a tripod, for macro use, or for using it from unusually low or high vantage points. There is also an electronic level, visible in the viewfinder, rear LCD, or top LCD.
-Viewfinder: The 60D has a large, bright viewfinder with 96% coverage of the actual resulting image, a tiny bit better than the T2i but not quite as nice as the nearly 100% view of the 7D.
-Wireless Flash: Like the 7D, the 60D incorporates wireless flash triggering. It allows you to trigger multiple off camera flashes at different output levels. The T2i does not have this feature.
-Battery: The 60D has a larger batter vs. the T2i, thus allowing longer periods of shooting before having to recharge. The 60D uses the LP-E6 battery like the 7D, which is a nice feature as this battery can often last through a full day of shooting.
-Processor: The 60D shares the same Digic 4 processor as the T2i. The 7D has dual Digic 4 processors. However, for most general or even demanding photography needs, the single processor is more than sufficient.
-Memory Card: The 60D uses the SD memory card like the T2i, not the CF card of the 7D. This doesn't affect anything except perhaps your collection of CF cards.
-Additional processing features: The 60D has added features such as the creative filters (toy camera, miniature tilt-shift effect) and internal file processing capabilities (RAW image processing, image resizing) that the other two cameras do not have. This is not critical as these operations can typically be more easily done in batches on a computer.
-Lack of AF Microadjustment: Many are disappointed that the 60D does not include the ability to micro-adjust the focus so that each lens is completely accurate. However, if you have a focus issue, send your camera and/ or lenses to Canon while under warranty and ask them to calibrate them. The 7D has this feature, the T2i does not.
-Locking Mode Dial: This is a new feature for a Canon dSLR that keeps the Mode dial from accidentally rotating. A nice touch only on the 60D.
-Full HD Video: And of course the 60D has full HD video, just like the other two cameras.
-A Note to Strobists: The 60D does not have a PC sync flash socket to plug in PC sync cords. The 7D has this, the T2i does not.
The 60D is an excellent camera for those wanting to upgrade from the Rebel line, for the advanced dSLR user who wishes to take advantage of all the features and customizations options of the 60D, and for the first-time dSLR buyer who is knowledgeable of camera controls or eager to learn. Its size, durability, and features will suit those who wish to use it for both general use and for travel, and its image quality and performance is exceptional for a camera at this price.
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Pros - Easy to use
- Rugged and Heavier than a Rebel
- Articulating LCD screen
- Excellent image quality (same sensor and resolution as the 7D)
- Dual dials for easier control and less menu fiddling
- Wireless flash control (2 flashes)
- Good in low light
Cons - No AF adjustment options (previous models did)
- Lack of metal body (although the plastic is strong)
- Lower FPS than competition (5.3 fps)
- RAW files unreadable by older editing programs (requires Photoshop 5)
- Not as advanced as the competition
Summary I bought this camera as an upgrade to my Rebel XSi and although I love it to pieces, when I look at it compared to the 7D and Nikon's newest mid range monster, the Nikon D7000 I feel a bit slighted.
Although it has the same sensor and resolution as the Canon EOS 7D, performs well in low light and feels bulky and heavy like its semi-pro brothers, it is made of plastic (albeit hard, tough plastic) and lacks some features and customization as previous XXD models. No AF adjustment is a big turn off to users of the Canon 50D who were looking forward to upgrading, and the lower 5.3 fps continuous shooting feels like a step back from previous models as well.
The Canon 60D does have some great features, however and it is these reasons why I bought it over the 7D. It feels big and bulky like its bigger brother, has a great articulating LCD screen and it has a top screen with individual controls for making quick adjustments without going to the LCD screen, which makes life a little easier. The camera is fast, the shutter is quicker and quieter than my old Rebel. Low light performance is very good with excellent performance at 800 ISO, very good at 1600 ISO, and good at 3200 ISO with little "obvious" noise. After 3200 it gets pretty noisy.
The 60 has some great features, such as wireless flash control (for up to 2 external speedlights), and the ability to put custom functions in your "my menu" without having to fuble through the Custom Functions menus every time you need to change a setting.
The 60D sports EXCELLENT HD 1080P video, and if you have a faster SD card (mine is 100X which pros say is slow but I've never had any lag) the video goes as high as 30fps on 1080P and even higher when you reduce the resolution.
Overall it is an excellent camera for shmucks like me who want something more advanced than a Rebel, but I stress this: If budget is of no concern and you want a strong, sturdy camera that looks, feels and acts pro with all the pro features you could want, go with the 7D. It has DUAL processors, 8fps continuous shooting, a metal body and AF adjustment. And with Nikon's new D7000 with a metal body and loads of neat features for a mere couple hundred bucks more, you might go that route as well.
If you are a Rebel upgrader who wants "pro" like quality and function without the "pro" price, then the 60D might just be your ticket.
Pros Handling, features, image quality, bundled software, high ISO noise levels, flash sender built in, 1080 HD video, highlight tone priority, tilt and swivel screen, Canon reputation, built-in flash.
Cons No built-in Interval timer (Time Lapse), poor kit lens (17-85 EFS), no GPS tagging
Summary My last SLR was the Canon AE-1 - 35mm film. A superb camera with a quality feel and great image quality. The 60D takes me back 20 years to that time.
My last digital camera was the Sony DSC-R1. A truly magestic pro-sumer camera with a lens to die for. But quite short on features. The 60D seems to combine the mechanical and reliability features of the AE-1 and the digital perfection of my Sony.
I was sorely tempted by the A55, and loved the feature set. But please, do not buy the A55 on-line, as I found it very small in my hand. Several of my fingers did not know where to go, so small was the grip.
I love the dynamic range of the images the 60D produces and the features that expand on that, with the Highlight Tone Priority and Auto Lighting Optimiser, the images have great quality in all lighting situations.
The kit lens (17-85mm) is mediocre at best, but the Digital Photo Professional, bundled with the camera, has excellent aberration correctioanl features. It retrurns very high quality images - especially from RAW. I recommend buying the body only and spending some money on quality glass.
I love this camera, but my experience with quality DSLRs is limited. Value for money is fantastic. You will see some of my images on Flickr (Raggiebag).
"A Great Camera"on by mikedidi46
Pros Build Quality, Fast Focusing, Image Quality, Ease of Use
Cons could use better weather proofing
Summary I have had my 60D for over 4 months and it was an upgrade from my Canon rebel. I love this camera, it takes great photo's and also great video's. I find that it is very easy to use, understand and is great on very bright days or in low light. I have told friends about this camera and let them use it for a day. They are also impressed.
Pros handles great
Cons bad Dial to change mods
Summary love it n buy it
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