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Canon 60D review

Dennis Hissink
Photokina report
Sunday 29th, August 2010
Posted by: Dennis Hissink

Photokina 2010 review - That a Canon EOS 60D was coming was no longer a surprise to the attentive reader. The many rumors, despite Canon Europe’s very strict embargo rules, are only increasing in size, and make the moment of introduction less and less attractive. This time, the Canon 60D rumors seemed to be coming from the United States and Asia. The Canon 60D, moreover, is worth the trouble to have a look at. I had the opportunity to get to know the Canon 60D DSLR camera at a presentation made by Canon Netherlands. My first impression as a photographer was that you get ‘a whole lot of camera’ in your hands. The EOS 50D is history, and the Canon 60D is taking over.

Canon EOS 60D

Canon 60D review
It is notable that the Canon 60D camera has a more compact format. Additionally, the body’s material is not made of magnesium, but polycarbonate on an aluminum chassis. The weight has decreased by about 70 grams. You can almost speak of a entry-level DSLR camera, although the specifications are too serious for that. The Canon 60D fills the gap between the EOS 7D and the 550D, a digital SLR camera for the enthusiastic photographer that wants a bit more than pure simplicity.

Canon EOS 60D

Review Canon 60D
The Canon 60D now also supports video recordings, a feature that was not present in the 50D. Full HD video with 30, 25 and 24 fps are specifications that you can seriously get something out of as an emerging videographer. The vari-angle display that folds out sideways is very handy. It is ideal for shooting video, or photos, from a difficult angle. The display is of high quality and has a special coating which prevents visible fingerprints, and is water resistant. The display’s resolution is a high 1.040.000 dots, and delivers a beautiful representation. Moreover, the display’s image ratio is now 3:2, while the 50D had a 4:3 ratio.

Canon EOS 60D

Canon EOS 60D digital SLR camera
The new Canon 60D camera has lost a bit of its image speed for action photography. Its predecessor achieved a good 6.3 frames per second, but the Canon 60D has to make do with only 5.3 frames per second. This is still quite a respectable image speed and in my opinion it is more than enough for this type of camera. Another of the 60D’s improvements is the form of light metering. The 63-zone Dual Layer (iFCL) metering sensor offers a light metering that has become even more accurate, and the metering is determined by an analysis of color, luminance and focus information.

Canon EOS 60D

Canon 60D review
The first impression that I had of the Canon 60D, from the relatively short amount of time that I had it in my hands, left me with a positive impression, in terms of it being easy to handle. Despite its more compact format and lighter weight, the Canon 60D weighs more than expected. But that leaves one with the impression that it is very solid, and it is comfortable to handle. Some ergonomic details have been changed, but you will have to get used to that if you are an experienced EOS photographer. Those that are just starting out with this brand will not have any trouble at all. In practice, it will be a question of getting used to it, but it is expected that you will quickly be able to find many functions and control elements blindly.

Canon EOS 60D

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