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Canon EOS 60D review
Mark Peters : September 6th 2010 - 13:20 CET
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CanonCanon 60D 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 EOS 60D, moreover, is worth the trouble to have a look at. I had the opportunity to get to know the Canon EOS 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 EOS 60D is taking over.

Canon EOS 60D review

Canon EOS 60D review
It is notable that the Canon EOS 60D 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 EOS 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 60D review

Canon 60D review
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.

EOS 60D review

Canon EOS 60D photography
The Canon EOS 60D 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 first impression
The first impression that I had of the Canon EOS 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 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 test

The Canon EOS 60D support SDXC memory
It took a little while, but the SDXC memory card is making headway. Canon, together with Panasonic, was one of the first to have its products support SDXC memory, and that is also the case for the Canon EOS 60D DSLR camera. SD and SDHC cards were already supported and with SDXC support a (theoretical) storage capacity of 2TB is possible. At the moment, 48 and 64GB SDXC flash memory cards are available and it is expected that this capacity will be doubled annually to a maximum of 2TB.

Canon EOS 60D review

Canon EOS 60D digital SLR camera
An area where the Canon 60D is very extensive is the image processing inside the camera. RAW conversion is now also possible and creative filters are extensive. The image format of shots that are saved in JPEG can be changed, but the Canon EOS 60D also offers the possibility of accurately determining what the consequences are for certain image processing. The Canon EOS 60D camera shows that image processing in the camera is increasingly important, and also offers more possibilities and functions.

Canon EOS 60d review

Canon EOS 60D review & photo gallery
We hope to receive a Canon 60D test camera soon, after which we will subject this new EOS DSLR camera to a full and detailed Canon 60D review. Additionally, we will also publish a high-resolution photo gallery.

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