Photokina 2010: Canon EOS 60D
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The Canon 60D is Canon's latest mid-level digital SLR, and it replaces the successful EOS 50D model.
This 18Mp digital SLR is positioned in between Canon's mid/entry-level EOS 550D and the high-end EOS 7D models.
All three cameras offer 18Mp resolutions, letting you enlarge your prints or digitally crop and edit your shots to a great degree.
However, there's a significant price difference between the three models, so it's worth considering the differences between them.
Like the 7D and 550D models, the EOS 60D can shoot full-HD video at 1080p resolution. It can capture full HD video at 24 frames per second (fps). The 60D can also capture video at 30 and 25fps at 1080p resolution.
For playing back clips in slow motion however, users may want to reduce the video resolution to 720p at which the camera is able to manage 60 or 50fps.
Canon EOS 60D hands-on First Look video review from Photokina 2010
Watch our hands-on video comparison of the Canon EOS 60D, Canon EOS 550D, and Canon EOS 7D digital SLRs:
The EOS 60D is powered by the company's DIGIC 4 processor, allowing it to capture 5.3 JPEG images per second at full resolution. This is slower than the EOS 7D's eight frames per second capture, though faster than the 3.7fps capture of the 550D model..
Adjustable LCD on the Canon 60D
The new Canon 60D has a 3-inch, hinged LCD that can be angled to allow users to compose shots on the screen using the Live View feature from a number of awkward angles. The screen's dot resolution measures 1,040k which should result in a very crisp representation of what the camera is seeing.
Canon describes the screen as being both anti-reflective and water-resistant. A rotatable screen can be a handy feature, though they may not appeal to all users - particularly those who tend to shoot through the viewfinder only.
The Canon 60D has a 1.6x crop factor. This means that when it's fitted with a lens offering a focal length of 100mm, the magnification will actually measure 160mm. The high-powered 60D has a regular ISO sensitivity between 100 and 6,400, however this can be extended to 12,800 with a reduced resolution. The 60D's autofocus system has 9 cross-type autofocus points.
Art filters on the Canon 60D
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In an unexpected move from Canon, the 60D features a variety of in-built filters to give users' photographs a particular effect. Grainy, Soft Focus, Miniature and Toy Camera are among the filters listed. There are also a number of customisable features that will allow users quick access to some of their more frequently used settings.
For a mid-level model aimed at hands-on photographers, it's a little unusual to see art filters such as these - they tend to be included on entry-level models to let newer DSLR users experiment with fun settings. The EOS 7D, in comparison, doesn't even feature any scene modes, trusting its users to use full manual controls instead.
SDXC memory card compatible
Moving and still images can be saved to an SD memory card and the 60D can recognise the new SDXC format, which has the potential to allow for up to 2TB of storage. Users can rate their photographs saved on the cards from one to five for quicker reviewing of their favourite shots.
The Canon EOS 7D, by comparison, records to the more expensive, and faster, compact flash memory card format.
Canon EOS 60D pricing and kit lens configurations
The Canon EOS 60D will launch in October and will be available as body-only, or with the following kit lenses:
- Canon EOS 60D body only - £1,100
- Canon EOS 60D with 18-55mm (f/3.5-5.6) - £1,200
- Canon EOS 60D with 18-135mm (f/3.5-5.6) - £1,400
- Canon EOS 60D with ultrasonic 17-55mm (f/2.8) - £2,000
- Canon EOS 60D with ultrasonic 17-85mm (f/4-5.6) - £1,450
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