Canon EOS 60D Camera Review
60D Features and Specs

Front View of Canon EOS 60D Camera

Selling like hot cakes, the Canon EOS 60D is still surprisingly popular today despite its release in late 2010.  Don't confuse it with the Canon D60 which has now been obsolete for a decade.  


CanonCameraGeek's Top Features of the Canon D60:

18.0 Megapixel Sensor

3.0 Vari-Angle LCD Screen

1080 HD Video


5.3 Frames per Second

1/8000 second shutter

Focus + Exposure Metering


Size and Weight

Lower Price (since release)

Lens Compatibility 


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1/8000 second

60D - Sensor

The 18 megapixel sensor translates to high quality and low noise.  Excellent detail at the low ISO Settings and very good detail at high ISO (low light) levels.

Canon 60D APS-C CMOS SensorCanon 60D APS-C 18MP CMOS Sensor

LCD VariAngle Screen

Tilt and Swivel VariAngle LCD Screen on Canon EOS 60D

The screen is fully articulated, swings out and can be positioned for low and high angle stills and videos.


Canon 60D HD 1080 Video

Very good quality. Stereo audio capable. Auto-focus modes can be changed when shooting video.  

Shooting video with both stereo capabilities and focus control give you a chance to produce both emotional and powerful video.

The EOS 60D is very versatile for stills and video.


Multiple Frame Shooting

Over 5 frames per second gives you a camera that is suitable for sports photography.  Capabilities of only 3 frames per second would appear to be fast enough, but in reality come up short.

A few years ago 5 frames per second was left to the expensive, high end DSLR cameras.


Shutter Speed

If you have an interest in freezing motion of extremely fast moving subjects subjects, want to capture anything in a fraction of a second, or do some motion photography, you can go from 30 seconds to 1/8000 of a second.  

That's just as fast as my $3500 Canon 5D Mark III.  Here are some great photos with slow and super fast shutter speeds that the 60D is capable of taking:  https://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/camera-shutter-speed.htm


60D Focus and Metering Systems

Focus is 9 point cross-type and exposure meter is TTL, full aperture with 63 zones.  The focus has 4 modes; Manual, AI, AI Servo and One Shot.  Both the exposure and focusing mechanisms are quite sophisticated and work well.


Size and Weight

Larger than the T2i, T3, T3i, and T4i series of cameras, yet smaller and lighter than the metal DSLRs like the Canon 5D Mark III and 7D.   It is a nice in-between in terms of its size and weight.


Price

When it was first released by Canon the suggested retail price was about $1100. Since Canon has released the Canon 4Ti  (It's actually the Canon T4i) the price has dropped to less than $800.  That's a pretty good price for this much camera.

There also has been quite a lot written about the Canon T3i - Canon 60D comparison.  There are more thoughts on that topic here:  Canon T3i vs 60D.


Lens Compatibility

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EF-S 18-135mm lens

The Canon EOS 60D will accept Ef and EF-S lenses.  If you already a Canon shooter, any of your lenses built for 1.6x sensors as well as full-frames sensors will work perfectly with the 60D.

The Control dial is positioned right next to the LCD screen and is one of my favorite features on this type of camera.  It's big, easy to use and a quick way to make specific adjustments.

You still have all of the Canon Camera Accessories available when you stick with a brand like Canon. One of the best  Canon 60D accessories to consider is a Canon Speedlite.


Here are some close-up photos of the Canon 60D:

Photo of Canon EOS 60D Control Dial
Canon EOS 60D Hot Shoe
Canon EOS 60D LCD Panel
Canon EOS 60D Mode Dial
Canon EOS 60D Terminals

If you want to get up close and personal with the Canon EOS 60D here is a page of large photos of the Canon 60D Body and it's buttons and dials.


Top view of 60D

Top View of Canon EOS 60D Camera

View of Back of 60D

Canon EOS 60D LCD screen

CANON EOS 60D ADVANTAGES

It is the opinion of this Canon 60D Review that it's a camera well worth considering.  It's quite true that the Canon EOS 60D was a puzzling follow-up to the 50D, but that shouldn't disqualify it as a viable candidate as a good camera to claim as your own. Now that it's older you can get a great bargain for one.

Here are a few of the pluses of the Canon EOS 60D vs. 50D

  1. Almost 20% more pixels with higher native ISO sensitivity
  2. Better battery, the LP-E6 which also goes in the 7D and 5d Mark II and has higher capacity.
  3. More information is displayed in the viewfinder.
  4. Built-in remote flash control
  5. List price is about 40% cheaper
  6. Tilt and swivel LCD -  I love this
  7. HD Movie capture, 1080p (30/24fps)
  8. Five-stop exposure override, instead of just two-stop


More Related Canon EOS 60D Articles:

If you do a lot of people photography, you also may want to consider which of the Canon lenses is the best portrait lens for your 60D.

You can double your battery capacity and enjoy better access to camera control functions when shooting vertically by using a Canon 60D Battery GripAnother interesting debate for Canon users is the Canon 50D vs 60D battle.

Before you go crazy in exploring comparisons and accessories, you might want to start with learning the basics with these thoughts on Canon 60D Tips.


Where to buy your 60D

Prices are great now that the 70D, 80D, and 90D have been released. There are not that many more left.



Keep shooting your Canon.

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