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Canon EOS 60D review

Is the 60D a successor to the 50D or big brother to the Canon 550D?

Our Verdict

For

  • Pivoting LCD
  • In camera editing
  • Wireless flash control
  • Good image quality
  • Good video quality
  • Solid feeling build

Against

  • Use of plastic on body
  • Price
  • Some fiddly controls

It's only natural to view the Canon 60D as a replacement for the semi-pro EOS 50D.

As well as following on in typical numerical sequence, Canon also pronounced the EOS 50D obsolete at the same time as launching the new camera.

Indeed, the Canon 50D was certainly showing its age, being outclassed even in many respects even by the more novice-friendly EOS 550D, including sensor resolution and the ability to shoot movie clips.

Canon EOS 60D review

Sure enough, the Canon 60D boasts a host of new goodies including an 18MP sensor, 1080p HD movie capture with a choice of frame rates and Canon's new iFCL metering system.

And while the 3:2 aspect ratio LCD has the same 1,040k pixel resolution as on the Canon 550D, this time it comes with full pivoting facilities - a first for any Canon D-SLR.

On top of that, you get an extra stop in the standard sensitivity range, compared with the 50D, offering an upper limit of ISO 6400 (ISO 12800 in expanded mode).

Canon eos 60d

In other ways, the Canon 60D inherits quite a lot from its 50D predecessor. You get the same 9-point autofocus system and DIGIC 4 image processor, making it look a bit of a poor relation compared with the Canon 7D, which has a more generous 19-point AF system and dual DIGIC 4 processors.

And while the 7D is something of a speed freak, offering continuous shooting at up to 8fps (frames per second), the Canon 60D is slower even than the EOS 50D, dropping from 6.3fps to 5.3fps.

Another crucial change in the 60D's design is that, whereas the 50D had a magnesium alloy body that was as tough as old boots, in keeping with its semi-pro aspirations, the 60D has a plastic shell. Couple this with the switch to SecureDigital rather than CompactFlash memory, and the Canon 60D starts to look more like an up-market consumer camera than a semi-pro contender.

Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital SLR Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution18 Megapixel
USBYes
Wide AngleNo
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyEOS
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom5x
Digital ZoomNo
Brand NameCanon
FeaturesLive View, Face Detection, Aperture Priority, Manual White Balance, Manual Control
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsQuickTime MOV
Viewfinder TypeSLR
Weight (Approximate)755 g
Minimum Focus Distance350 mm
Maximum Image Resolution5184 x 3456
Maximum Frame Rate60 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Camera Resolution19 Megapixel
HDMIYes
Camera AssemblyBody with Lens Kit
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Height105.8 mm
Width144.5 mm
Depth78.6 mm
Autofocus Points9
Focal Length17 mm to 85 mm (Lens 1)
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product Model60D
Product NameEOS 60D Digital SLR Camera
Product LineEOS
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number4460B054AA
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.canon.co.uk
Marketing Information

Discover your creative side with the EOS 60D. Express yourself by producing stunning stills or Full HD Movies using the vari-angle LCD screen and the advanced creative features. Ideal for those who want to create large, poster-size prints - or crop images without losing any of the detail necessary for printing - EOS 60D's 18MP CMOS sensor is outstanding in low light, and produces images with incredibly low noise.

Battery Life1100 Shot
Package Contents
  • EOS 60D Digital SLR Camera
  • EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens
  • LP-E6 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
Display Resolution1040000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year