Canon EOS 60D Review

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I have to say there was a lot of murmuring just before this model landed, plus quite a deal of heated expectation.

And, on arrival, the Canon EOS 60D didn’t disappoint.

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Canon EOS 60D Features

With a memory card, the lithium ion battery and f3.5/15-85mm review lens tacked on, the final kit weighs 1.3kg, so this gear is not for the dabbler; it’s sufficiently bulky to make getting around a fairly major exercise. With the magnesium alloy bodied EOS 60D over the shoulder, you’re definitely shootin’ — not struttin’!

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However, there are some pretty nice attractions to consider with this gear, replacing the EOS 50D and sited between EOS 550D and EOS 7D models.

The 18 megapixel CMOS has the ability to capture a maximum image size of 5184×3456 pixels and to make a 44x29cm print.
Following the Canon tradition of frightening the hell out of broadcast video camera makers (and its own video division), the EOS 60D can shoot Full HD video of 1920×1080 pixel resolution at 25/50/30/60 fps (PAL/NTSC) using MPEG4 encoding. Audio is captured with a tiny onboard mic or via a miniplug input for an external microphone.

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The turret finder is of course an optical one, so traditional shooters will enjoy precise, bright, framing and focusing; added to this, a new swing out/swing down, vari-angle 7.6cm LCD screen makes life ultra easy, thanks to Live View.

Fans of creative filters will enjoy a bundle of new ones: toy camera (read ‘Diana plastic snapper’); miniature effect; soft focus; grainy black and white. These are applied to saved images, then written to the memory card as a new image.

Continuous shooting can be made at a rate of 5.3 images/second, up to a total of 58 shots in JPEG Large/Fine quality or 16 RAW shots.

The ISO range is wide: from 100 to 6400 and a step up to ISO 12,800.

Canon EOS 60D ISO Tests

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Images above are shot at ISO 100, 400, 800 and 1600 – all showed excellent definition, accurate colour and no noise.

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Only when we reached ISO 3200 was there a sign of noise; other aspects were unaffected.

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When we reach ISO 6400 and 12,800, I consider the settings still useable, in spite of some noise and lack of definition.

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A real world shot made at ISO 12,800. Lens: f8; 1/125 second. In this magnified section, notice the noise build up.

Distortion

With the review f3.5/15-85mm lens attached there was some barrel and pincushion distortion evident at the wide/tele (respectively) ends of the zoom.

Comment

Quality: A top performer, in the colour and resolution departments.

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Why you would buy the Canon EOS 60D: you can see the benefit of a vari-angle finder on a high level DSLR yet appreciate the vast benefits of a pentaprism viewfinder; you want enormous picture control; you want to make big, big prints of top quality.

Why you wouldn’t: weight is a deterrent; you want fast lenses but don’t have a fat wallet; complexity is a major factor.

Some notes: I was a bit fazed by the rear button serving double duty as ‘movie record’ and the Live View trigger. I guess familiarity would remove this foible.

Which brings me to another comment about the number of external control points: 25 in all. Viewfinder menu options total many more.

I enjoyed the movie function in the camera; the pictures were sharp and clear with excellent colour rendition. The auto exposure worked well, as did the stabiliser. Pity the auto focus was inactive.

The situation is that, the basic body price for the EOS 60D is not in the stratosphere, so you could take on a body with kit lens and avoid burning a nasty hole in your credit card. However … remember, that the kit lenses top out at a maximum aperture of f3.5. If you hunger for a bigger aperture lens, say an f2.8, a single, mid zoom optic could cost more the body price!

However, make no mistake, this is a superior camera. Well thought out, with admirable image control features. Shooting with it was a dream … I have rarely had so much fun and captured great shots with precision. I want one!

Canon EOS 60D Specifications

Image Sensor: 18.0 million effective pixels.
Metering: Evaluative, partial, centre-weighted metering and spot.
Effective Sensor Size: 22.3×14.9mm CMOS.
A/D processing: 14-bit.
35 SLR Lens Factor: 1:6x.
Compatible lenses: Canon EF, EF-S mount.
Exposure Modes: Auto, Program AE, shutter and aperture priority, manual.
Shutter Speed: Bulb, 30 to 1/8000 second, Bulb. Flash sync: 1/250 sec.
Memory: SD/SDHC/SDXC cards; minimum Class 6 recommended for movie shooting.
Image Sizes (pixels): 5184×3456 to 640×480. Movies: 1920×1080 to 640×480 at 24/25/30/50/60fps.
Viewfinders: Eye level pentaprism, 7.6cm LCD (1.04 million pixels).
File Formats: RAW, RAW+JPEG, MPEG4.
Colour Space: Adobe RGB, sRGB.
ISO Sensitivity: Auto, 100 to 12,800.
Interface: USB 2.0, AV, HDMI mini, DC input, PC terminal, mic input.
Power: Rechargeable lithium ion battery, AC adaptor.
Dimensions: 144.5×105.8×78.6 WHDmm.
Weight: Approx. 755 g (body only).
Price: Get a price at Amazon on the Canon EOS 60D Body onlywith a 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS UD Standard Zoom Lenswith a EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens & EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Telephoto Zoom Lenswith a EF-S 18-135mm IS Lens & 75-300mm III Lens.

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Barrie Smith is an experienced writer/photographer currently published in Australian Macworld, Auscam and other magazines in Australia and overseas.

  • Kim

    How was the picture with the red leaves taken, Is it a feature on the camera?

  • Ils

    The 60d does not have a magnesium alloy body. It has a plastic shell akin to the rebels.

  • mr_rax

    One small correction: regretfully, the camera’s body is not from “magnesium alloy” as you put it, but “aluminium and polycarbonate resin”, so it is actually 100 gr lighter than the 50 D.

  • UFGrayMatter

    I currently have the 550D, but have been thinking about the 7D. I’m just ramping up with photography as a hobby…why would I choose this over the 7D or visa versa – besides price point? I also am active duty military and will be taking the camera to not so fun places – so durability is important. Thanks!

  • Syntax

    You made mention of a Magnesium Alloy body; the 60D is not made of Magnesium alloy, it’s PolyCarbonate Plastic. (Aka the stuff used in Guns)

    I feel the 60D is an ugly step back from the 50D; personally, I’m tired of video options in cameras, I know they’re nice for some people, but I buy a DSLR for pictures, not videos.

  • In the review: “The auto exposure worked well, as did the stabiliser. Pity the auto focus was inactive.”

    From a videographer’s perspective, this is a good thing. As I pan across a room, I prefer that the exposure be automatic to take my attention off of that aspect of shooting. But I want to be able to control the focus manually because if the focus is jumping around while panning, well, that can be very distracting. I may want the background to stay out of focus when I move from one foreground subject to another, or the reverse. And to be able to slowly bring a subject into focus adds depth to both the frame and to the viewer’s experience. How one manages focus depends on what the artistic purpose of the video is.

  • kumaren

    Hi,

    It is also smaller in size as compared to the 50D. Changing exposure mode is a bit awkward as well. Got the 60D for a week now and still testing it. I will provide more feedback later.

    cheers

  • Ed

    I am not sure I see the sense of your ISO tests since so much of what I am seeing could be affected by the lens choice? Wouldn’t you see different results using better glass?

  • Benj

    @Kim: It’s not a feature of the camera, but of the tree itself!

  • dok

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but with this 60D this is the first time a camera loses features over the previous model (50D). No more magnesium body, no more AF microadjustments. These points should have been stressed. Sorry for being rude, but since every Canon camera is awesome, a small review of a new product is quite useless. It’s the details that are important.
    Should one sell its 50D for a 60D ? How about the differences with the 7D? etc.

  • Barrie Smith

    The picture was taken of a store display.The flowers are paper. The shot was probably helped by some overhead light. Got me anyway!

  • Barrie Smith

    Better lenses would have no effect.

  • Barrie Smith

    I got my info on about the body being built from magnesium alloy from an official Canon press release.

  • jp

    i own one… i can confirm mr rax’s correction that the body is composed of aluminium and polycarbonate resin, and thankfully so! this little beast would be even heavier (with lens and additional accoutrements) otherwise. personally, if i wanted heavier, i’d have sprung for the full-frame model. also, i tend to spend my money on glass. all of that said… i ADORE my 60D! it’s responsive, accurate, colors are spot-on, photos are wonderfully sharp, function buttons are handily and intuitively placed and it didn’t send me to the poor house! i almost wish i could add a “con” to the list, even if just to balance things out… but sorry, i can’t think of a one. i bought this baby hot off the presses, mostly trusting my commitment to canon, and am so pleased yet again.

  • The turret finder is of course an optical one, so traditional shooters will enjoy precise, bright, framing and focusing;

    Read more: https://digital-photography-school.com/canon-eos-60d-review#ixzz17wDTV9lu

    Of course it’s optical. It’s an SLR camera, fool. This “overview” review is pointless amongst the many more detailed reviews already available.

  • For 50D owners, I don’t see the 60D as a worthwhile upgrade, as you lose AF microadjustment, flash sync socket, and the 60D doesn’t have a magnesium alloy body like the 50D.
    The 60D also uses SD cards, compared to the 50D’s CF cards, so if you have a collection of CF cards, you’ll need to re-invest in SD cards.
    Any remote shutter releases that you may have for a 20D/30D/40D/50D won’t work with the 60D, as the 60D has an E3 socket (2.5mm stereo socket), while the 20D/30D/40D/50D use Canon’s N3 socket.

    I think Canon are targeting the 60D as an upgrade for 450D/500D/550D users, while anyone currently using a 40D/50D is better off looking at a 7D or 5D mark II.

  • edmund

    This is a waste of money. For 100€ more you can get the 7D.
    Only thing good on this is the flipout LCD.

  • Tom

    Contrary to your review, the 60D is a great way to get cheap fast lenses. Buy an OM or Nikon adaptor and you can fit 80s Olympus or Nikon manual focus prime lenses. Because the OM series of cameras is now dead, the lenses are excellent value on eBay. You might want to fit an EF-S screen to make manual focusing easier.

  • Tom

    BTW I ‘downgraded’ from a Nikon D300 to buy mine (mainly because I needed a camera that shoots video) and I’m much happier with a lighter body, an articulating screen, and some very small and light MF lenses. It still feels pretty solid even though it doesn’t have a metal body.

  • Upgraded from 450d. 550d was not an option for me due to 18Mpx and only one raw size.

  • David

    Usually these short overview reviews annoy me.This one didn’t and I got a useful impression of the camera but I would like much more detail especially about exposure in bright high contrast light conditions – these seem to be when I finally get around to getting out with a heavy camera kit and its the precise time when my Nikon D90 gives the most exposure problems….Other reviews tend to suggest this too needs to be pulled down by 1-2 ev values.

  • It looks like Canon’s xxD series of EOS cameras has been bumped down a notch to help it fit better between the xxxD / Rebel line and the 7D. 40D and 50D users seem to be stuck in some sort of limbo now, as the “upgrade” to a 60D (and maybe anything that follows after) is actually a bit of a step down, and the price difference might just put the 7D outside an enthusiast’s budget.

    The choice to go with SD / SDHC / SDXC also shows that Canon is aiming for Rebel / xxxD users with the 60D. I’ve got a bunch of CF cards already, and I’m not particularly excited about giving them up just yet.

  • Barrie Smith

    This is the reply I received from Canon on the body composition. The original press release was in error. NMF!

    1. The body (chassis) for EOS 60D is made of Aluminium and Polycarbonate with glass fibre.

    2. The external covers are made of ABS Resin, Polycarbonate Resin, Polycarbonate Resin with conductive fibre.

  • Ron Moody

    I had an AE1 and and A1 back in the film days. My next camera was a Nikon FM and I’ve been Nikon since. My Nikon D80 was a good camera but when it came time to change, it was to my (now two month old) 60D.

    It’s a great camera, the best camera I’ve ever owned. The exposure latitude has allowed me to capture shots I never would have made prior to this camera. The quality of the photos and HD video are amazing; shocking really.

    I hate the slow focusing. Really hate it. I don’t know if it’s endemic to the camera or if upgrading to a better lens will solve the problem. When it gets focus, it’s much sharper that the D80. There’s no comparison. The D80 was always just a bit soft.

    And I really like the fact that I can flip the screen around to protect it.

  • Barrie Smith

    Following on comments on this camera’s body construction, it gets even curiouser as this info shows:

    The early press release from Canon indicated that the camera was made from magnesium alloy.
    Later another release offered the info that the body was polycarbonate as opposed to magnesium.

    Which seems to indicate that the camera ‘could’ have landed on the market in magnesium alloy.

  • jp

    @ ron moody re: slow focus… that’d be your lens. i only have L lenses, so can’t compare there, but can tell you that my f2.8 on AF focuses nearly immediately and even my f4 is only a hair slower than that… can’t even notice the difference. spring for good glass and you won’t have any regrets on the 60D 🙂

  • LL

    Apart from the shots per second, can someone explain to me why the 7D is considered to be a far superior camera to the 60D? And, I know that with such a fast shutter speed with that comes two processors. Please help. With the limited spec comparison available on Canon.com, honestly, they didn’t seem that different. In comparison, based on release dates, the 60D is newer and that might be why spec wise it is so comparable. I’m guessing the 7D is due for an update and at that time will look superior with regard to specs?

  • I’ve had the 60D for approximately a month now. I’m still learning all the amazing features this camera has to offer! It’s been a busy month for my photography business leading up to the holidays and I can say that the 60D has exceeded my expectations in all areas. I’m looking forward to a slower paced January so I can really delve into all the features on the camera. It’s heavy, but it feels good. I’m upgrading from a T1i and I can definitely tell the difference. This camera has been compared to the Rebel series and like the Rebel, it is truly a workhorse. Love the swivel LCD screen and it’s great in low light. I’m really excited about becoming an expert with this camera. I have 3 L lenses and have used all of them with the 60D. The photos are amazing. Well worth the money to upgrade from the T1i.

  • Don Bird

    I well wait till i see some reviews on how it does in low light like concert photos small clubs with bad lighting
    and not useing flash now that well be a test bad ligthing smoke and very dark i have the 50D now and love
    it i am interested in the 60D.

  • Rhoda Spencer

    I’ve had my 60D for 2 months and love it. It was a big jump up from a G9, but it was the articulating screen that sold it for me. I do a lot of macro work, down close to the ground so that screen saves my knees and back big time!
    RAW – – the 60D can shoot in RAW – in 3 different sizes. RAW about 24mb, MRAW – abt 16mb, SRAW abt 11 mb, also can do each of these combined with a large JPEG.
    Another little feature not mentioned, and i dont know if this is standard on higher end cameras, but the Exposure compensation can be set +/-5 stops in 1/3 increments.
    Only one complaint. The manual. This user wants more than the summaries given.

  • Given that this model isn’t a great deal more expensive than the consumer-level model below it, I think the ‘I want fast lenses’ point is moot. If you can’t find an extra 400 dollars or so for this body you’re hardly the kind of person who is going to be prepared to fork out upwards of that amount every time you buy a new lens… imho

  • Can anyone give a recommendation for the best/fastest 32GB SDHC card (Class 10?) to buy for the 60D? Not something you think would work, but something you know from experience works. I’ve had no luck finding a Class 10 (under $100) that works with my HF-100 video camera, so I’m leery about buying one for the 60D (soon to arrive). The SanDisk Extreme is a little pricey, but if that’s the only choice…

  • Mark

    @II

    The 7D is considered part of their pro line with:
    1. Metal body with better dust/moisture control.
    2. Higher quality control on build and design
    3. Uses CF cards for faster writing than SD cards
    4. Larger buffer allowing for more shots in a burst
    5. Two processors as you mentioned means faster image processing and writing
    6. Two processors also means it can do more processing on an image without bogging down in buffer.

    I fully intend to wait until I can afford the 7D as the price difference is well worth the added features. However, I sure wish they offered a 7D equivalent without video! I really hate having to pay for something that I will never use!!!!

  • FON

    I am semi pro photographer for more than 40 years. I owned the 20D, the 40D and now I upgraded my 50d (yes upgraded) to the 60D. I get amused over some features folks feel are of true importance. First the change to the lighter poly over aluminum shell is not a disadvantage. Coming home from a 16 day trip from Italy, the lighter weight was a welcome advantage. Unless you are truly shooting in EXTREME conditions you don’t need the extra heavy body. ( I remember how heavy my Nikon F1 was) I have the vertical grip with 2 batteries and that is a perfect weight ratio. The 60D is still a very solid camera. The overall quality improvements are worth the switch. And yes, I’m not a big video shooter but having the ability to switch to high quality HD video is a plus. No longer have to carry another piece of equipment for that occasional video moment. Oh as for the “poor auto focus” feature, don’t get too caught up on that, using manual focus with a quality zoom lens is still the best way to capture HD Video. If you must use Auto anything than by a cheaper point and shoot or the highly rated Panasonic LX5 which has the best auto focus HD Video currently made. The higher ISO features are a big plus. I shot some images at 12800 that are incredible and would have NEVER been possible. (Does anyone remember pushing your ASA 100 film to 400?) I captured some almost complete darkness alley scenes in Naples that only the camera could detect. I also like the improved ease of use controls.The slightly lower frame burst rate of that of the 50dD is also insignificant. Let’s be real how often do you really need to capture anything faster than 5 frames per second (in RAW for that matter) Finally at last, a full articulating LCD Screen at the highest resolution on the market. Now I can really get those macro shots. I considered the higher price 7D as an upgrade but feature for feature and weighing the big increase in cost the 60D was the best choice. ok, I do admit I was bothered by the fact I had to change memory card types and I could not use my 50D Vertical Grip forcing me to buy a new one. But in the long run I used my VGrip on my 20,D, 40D and 50D so I got my useful life out of it and hey, that is what Ebay is for. As for memory cards I think the Compact Flash will be phased out of all DSLR’s in favor of the more compact SD’s. and now I only need to carry one type of card for my Point & Shoots and DSLR’s.
    Final notes, glad to see all those useless Raw & Jpeg file size option removed. Who needs the choice between all of those? Give me Raw or a few Jpegs Resolutions and that’s enough. Anyone who is serious is shooting in Raw. I use JPEG when shooting for the Internet only. Also battery life was very good on the 20,40 and 50D’s and is even better on the 60D

  • Dave

    Memory card for 60 D – around $70 on ebay, very good write up and works well with my camera

    Team Group 32GB 32G SD SDHC Class 10 Memory Card Extreme Fast

  • I am not a professional photographer, but I am a very serious self-study. I completely agree with everything Jon had to say.

    I bought the Aputure Timer Remote Controller AP-TR1C and the Apurture Wireless Remote AP-WR1C and I am very pleased with both of them. I got them at a significantly reduced price over the same Canon products.

    I was recently asked to video a funeral. A 16GB card just isn’t big enough for a full hour. I lost a few precious minutes changing cards. The graveside internment really needed three cameras rolling. Despite what some professional photographers have to say about a 32GB card, I’m going to get two of them.

    The camera’s performance is all I expected of it. The indoor photos in full Auto are not disappointing even when a bright window was behind the subject. I even turned the camera over to a novice for a few minutes. Every shot is a keeper.

    And with all that shooting, the one battery still had better than 50% power left.

  • essaarcee

    I am planning to buy a canon 60D. But apart from it’s pros n cons, I recently learnt that the rubber peeling issue for 60D. Seems like there have been quite a few cases of the rubber grip peelig off within just few months of people buying it.
    I feel kinda concerned knowing that…thinking even it happens within 1yr of warranty and get it fixed free of charge…i would expect canon to do a better job to start with for a simple thing like that. and assuming the body will last longer than that…if peeling happens after 1 yr, i would hate that.

    What would be you opinion on this fact? Why do you think the grip is not so nicely done like other bodies like rebel series or 7d etc ?

  • fon

    essaarcee

    I would not be too concerned about the grip. I’ve been shooting with my 60D extensively for months and no signs of any grip peeling. Also, if Canon knows this to be a problem I’m pretty certain they will tale care of it. I’ve been a Canon customer for more than 30 years and they have always stood by their products!
    You will love this camera, I am certain.

  • Hal Mitchell

    I had a problem with the grip on what was probably an early production run of the 60D. I sent it off to Canon here in Canada and when it was returned it was like holding a new camera. The grip which had felt soft and a bit spongey now was as tight and firm as my 20D. Kudos to Canon for doing such a fine repair. As well they replaced the rear grip, cleaned the sensor and the focusing screen.

  • I upgrade to the 60D from a 20D, I have really enjoyed the 60D and it offers a lot of advantages over the older cameras. I especially like the tilt/swivel screen.

  • Don

    I do alot of concert photography and i love what the 60D can do in low light also i do landscape & nature photography i have no complants with this camera .I have been a freelance photogrhper for over 20 years i have used the 20 40 50D i liked all of them the 60Dis every bit as good and better what you lose is no big deal for the money cant beat it 7D in opion is not worth the money between the 2 buy the 60D and spend some money on lens you get the best of both worlds no reson to spend the extra mony on the 7D BUY good lens lens are where its at.
    Pace Don

  • Donna

    I have a canon 50d. Wanting to upgrade & can’t decide on a canon 7d the I’m not a pro by any means but I love photography mostly outdoors just looking for advice. Not meaning to waste your time. Thank you, Donna

  • Marco

    @donna — Not sure what you mean by outdoors, but I recently upgraded from the XSi to a 7D and would not have settled for the 60D at all. I shoot mostly wildlife and always try for “action” shots. The 7D with its large buffer and two processors will shoot about thirty or more continuous shots at 8 frames per second even though I shoot RAW+JPG !!!!! And the auto-focus is incredible. For a little bit more you get a pro quality camera with great performance that really works for me. On the other hand if I only shot landscapes or pictures of still items, I should have stuck with the XSi but I don’t. The 7D feels so much better in my hand as well. It is really built strong.

  • Jeremiah

    I was considering the 60D and the 7D, but eventually settled on the 60D, without regrets, considering the following factors:

    Speed – If the difference between 5.3 frames per second (60D) and 8 frames per second (7D) makes a difference to you, the 7D makes sense. I personally rarely ever shoot in high speed burst mode, but it largely depends on what kinds of photography subjects interest you personally. 5.3 is still very fast, but not ideal if you are regularly trying to capture fast sports or motion (e.g. dance), where the faster you can capture, the better.

    Autofocus – The 7D has a better quality auto-focus system. It is faster and allows more customization than what the 60D allows. This was the most compelling attraction of the 7D for me, but at the end of the day, the 60D attached to a USM lens is still a speedy performer. I suffer very few out-of-focus images.

    Viewfinder – The 60D’s viewfinder show only 97%, as opposed to the 7D’s 100%, and so there is a risk that errant detail will enter the 3% of the captured image that you can’t see through the 60D’s viewfinder. But you know how to crop an image, don’t you?

    Articulating screen – I thought this would be a novelty and that I would only use it for shooting video, but this has much more utility for capturing unique perspectives (high or low) than I originally thought. I use it much more than I thought I would. I also really like the fact that I can fold the screen into the body when I am shooting through the viewfinder.

    Build quality – The 7D is said to have superior weather sealing, but it is hardly like the 60D lacks sealing. If you photograph a lot in challenging environmental conditions, the 7D is likely a better choice. You hear alot of complaining from 7D fanboy gearheads about the 60D build quality but most of this is misguided in my view. Yes, there is more plastic in the 60D body, but it is an excellent piece of engineering and very strong and, furthermore, lighter than the 7D. My only minor complaint is that the multi-direction controller on the back is probably not as robust as the 7D’s “joystick.”

    Compact Flash memory versus SD – The 60D uses SD memory which is slower, but only by a hair. A decent class SD memory card is more than fast enough to capture 1080P video on the 60D. More importantly, SD memory is considerably cheaper and more widely available.

    Image quality – The 60D and the 7D share the same imaging sensor and image processing logic. Equipped with the same lens, they will capture (pretty much) exactly the same scene/image.

    Cost – The bottom line is that 60D produces the same image quality at considerably cheaper cost than the 7D. After you play with your SLR for a while, you begin to hunker for extra cash to buy nicer and nicer lenses: by choosing the 60D, you can opt to invest more of your disposable income in better quality (and, notably, faster) lenses. I managed to buy my 60D with the very good EF-S 15-85mm IS USM lens for the same price as a 7D body alone.

    In summary, I am really enjoying this camera. It fits nicely with my inclination to explore digital SLR photography after a many year hiatus from shooting with my film SLR. Ergonomics and interface are excellent, and the price/performance ratio is excellent.

  • ram

    I think Canon 60D is best camera in mid size camera range. I have used other brands like nikon d7000 in comparison i found that nikon also good in quality of pictures but it is little slower than canon 60D while focusing that may lead to miss your precious movement of capturing.

  • Mohammad

    Hello to everyone, hope you are all fine and doing well … actually am confused i was going to buy 550D and then i realized 60D (btw i dun care about the moveable screen but i knw that 60D has more than that) …. and i am reading other people’s posts and comparing for more than month … i dun knw so please help me with that ! ?

  • Okoji

    Hi All,

    I am having issues with my canon 60d. The LCD screen is always a dark. It is very hard to focus with that as the image is not not well viewed/seen.

    I am able to take a picture while looking through the viewfinder, and the image shows up on the LCD. But, why does the screen stay dark until I review an image?

    Can someone help me with solution?

    Thanks for your help

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  • Mohammad January 14, 2012 10:05 pm

    Hello to everyone, hope you are all fine and doing well ... actually am confused i was going to buy 550D and then i realized 60D (btw i dun care about the moveable screen but i knw that 60D has more than that) .... and i am reading other people's posts and comparing for more than month ... i dun knw so please help me with that ! ?

  • ram November 22, 2011 06:21 pm

    I think Canon 60D is best camera in mid size camera range. I have used other brands like nikon d7000 in comparison i found that nikon also good in quality of pictures but it is little slower than canon 60D while focusing that may lead to miss your precious movement of capturing.

  • Jeremiah October 20, 2011 07:09 am

    I was considering the 60D and the 7D, but eventually settled on the 60D, without regrets, considering the following factors:

    Speed – If the difference between 5.3 frames per second (60D) and 8 frames per second (7D) makes a difference to you, the 7D makes sense. I personally rarely ever shoot in high speed burst mode, but it largely depends on what kinds of photography subjects interest you personally. 5.3 is still very fast, but not ideal if you are regularly trying to capture fast sports or motion (e.g. dance), where the faster you can capture, the better.

    Autofocus – The 7D has a better quality auto-focus system. It is faster and allows more customization than what the 60D allows. This was the most compelling attraction of the 7D for me, but at the end of the day, the 60D attached to a USM lens is still a speedy performer. I suffer very few out-of-focus images.

    Viewfinder – The 60D’s viewfinder show only 97%, as opposed to the 7D’s 100%, and so there is a risk that errant detail will enter the 3% of the captured image that you can’t see through the 60D’s viewfinder. But you know how to crop an image, don’t you?

    Articulating screen – I thought this would be a novelty and that I would only use it for shooting video, but this has much more utility for capturing unique perspectives (high or low) than I originally thought. I use it much more than I thought I would. I also really like the fact that I can fold the screen into the body when I am shooting through the viewfinder.

    Build quality – The 7D is said to have superior weather sealing, but it is hardly like the 60D lacks sealing. If you photograph a lot in challenging environmental conditions, the 7D is likely a better choice. You hear alot of complaining from 7D fanboy gearheads about the 60D build quality but most of this is misguided in my view. Yes, there is more plastic in the 60D body, but it is an excellent piece of engineering and very strong and, furthermore, lighter than the 7D. My only minor complaint is that the multi-direction controller on the back is probably not as robust as the 7D’s “joystick.”

    Compact Flash memory versus SD – The 60D uses SD memory which is slower, but only by a hair. A decent class SD memory card is more than fast enough to capture 1080P video on the 60D. More importantly, SD memory is considerably cheaper and more widely available.

    Image quality – The 60D and the 7D share the same imaging sensor and image processing logic. Equipped with the same lens, they will capture (pretty much) exactly the same scene/image.

    Cost – The bottom line is that 60D produces the same image quality at considerably cheaper cost than the 7D. After you play with your SLR for a while, you begin to hunker for extra cash to buy nicer and nicer lenses: by choosing the 60D, you can opt to invest more of your disposable income in better quality (and, notably, faster) lenses. I managed to buy my 60D with the very good EF-S 15-85mm IS USM lens for the same price as a 7D body alone.

    In summary, I am really enjoying this camera. It fits nicely with my inclination to explore digital SLR photography after a many year hiatus from shooting with my film SLR. Ergonomics and interface are excellent, and the price/performance ratio is excellent.

  • Marco September 23, 2011 12:46 pm

    @donna -- Not sure what you mean by outdoors, but I recently upgraded from the XSi to a 7D and would not have settled for the 60D at all. I shoot mostly wildlife and always try for "action" shots. The 7D with its large buffer and two processors will shoot about thirty or more continuous shots at 8 frames per second even though I shoot RAW+JPG !!!!! And the auto-focus is incredible. For a little bit more you get a pro quality camera with great performance that really works for me. On the other hand if I only shot landscapes or pictures of still items, I should have stuck with the XSi but I don't. The 7D feels so much better in my hand as well. It is really built strong.

  • Donna September 23, 2011 12:30 pm

    I have a canon 50d. Wanting to upgrade & can't decide on a canon 7d the I'm not a pro by any means but I love photography mostly outdoors just looking for advice. Not meaning to waste your time. Thank you, Donna

  • Don August 9, 2011 05:58 am

    I do alot of concert photography and i love what the 60D can do in low light also i do landscape & nature photography i have no complants with this camera .I have been a freelance photogrhper for over 20 years i have used the 20 40 50D i liked all of them the 60Dis every bit as good and better what you lose is no big deal for the money cant beat it 7D in opion is not worth the money between the 2 buy the 60D and spend some money on lens you get the best of both worlds no reson to spend the extra mony on the 7D BUY good lens lens are where its at.
    Pace Don

  • Luke July 18, 2011 10:04 am

    I upgrade to the 60D from a 20D, I have really enjoyed the 60D and it offers a lot of advantages over the older cameras. I especially like the tilt/swivel screen.

  • Hal Mitchell June 19, 2011 01:19 pm

    I had a problem with the grip on what was probably an early production run of the 60D. I sent it off to Canon here in Canada and when it was returned it was like holding a new camera. The grip which had felt soft and a bit spongey now was as tight and firm as my 20D. Kudos to Canon for doing such a fine repair. As well they replaced the rear grip, cleaned the sensor and the focusing screen.

  • fon April 9, 2011 01:35 am

    essaarcee

    I would not be too concerned about the grip. I've been shooting with my 60D extensively for months and no signs of any grip peeling. Also, if Canon knows this to be a problem I'm pretty certain they will tale care of it. I've been a Canon customer for more than 30 years and they have always stood by their products!
    You will love this camera, I am certain.

  • essaarcee April 8, 2011 03:24 am

    I am planning to buy a canon 60D. But apart from it's pros n cons, I recently learnt that the rubber peeling issue for 60D. Seems like there have been quite a few cases of the rubber grip peelig off within just few months of people buying it.
    I feel kinda concerned knowing that...thinking even it happens within 1yr of warranty and get it fixed free of charge...i would expect canon to do a better job to start with for a simple thing like that. and assuming the body will last longer than that...if peeling happens after 1 yr, i would hate that.

    What would be you opinion on this fact? Why do you think the grip is not so nicely done like other bodies like rebel series or 7d etc ?

  • John R. Carter, Sr. January 13, 2011 05:19 pm

    I am not a professional photographer, but I am a very serious self-study. I completely agree with everything Jon had to say.

    I bought the Aputure Timer Remote Controller AP-TR1C and the Apurture Wireless Remote AP-WR1C and I am very pleased with both of them. I got them at a significantly reduced price over the same Canon products.

    I was recently asked to video a funeral. A 16GB card just isn't big enough for a full hour. I lost a few precious minutes changing cards. The graveside internment really needed three cameras rolling. Despite what some professional photographers have to say about a 32GB card, I'm going to get two of them.

    The camera's performance is all I expected of it. The indoor photos in full Auto are not disappointing even when a bright window was behind the subject. I even turned the camera over to a novice for a few minutes. Every shot is a keeper.

    And with all that shooting, the one battery still had better than 50% power left.

  • Dave January 11, 2011 12:21 am

    Memory card for 60 D - around $70 on ebay, very good write up and works well with my camera

    Team Group 32GB 32G SD SDHC Class 10 Memory Card Extreme Fast

  • FON January 2, 2011 11:17 pm

    I am semi pro photographer for more than 40 years. I owned the 20D, the 40D and now I upgraded my 50d (yes upgraded) to the 60D. I get amused over some features folks feel are of true importance. First the change to the lighter poly over aluminum shell is not a disadvantage. Coming home from a 16 day trip from Italy, the lighter weight was a welcome advantage. Unless you are truly shooting in EXTREME conditions you don't need the extra heavy body. ( I remember how heavy my Nikon F1 was) I have the vertical grip with 2 batteries and that is a perfect weight ratio. The 60D is still a very solid camera. The overall quality improvements are worth the switch. And yes, I'm not a big video shooter but having the ability to switch to high quality HD video is a plus. No longer have to carry another piece of equipment for that occasional video moment. Oh as for the "poor auto focus" feature, don't get too caught up on that, using manual focus with a quality zoom lens is still the best way to capture HD Video. If you must use Auto anything than by a cheaper point and shoot or the highly rated Panasonic LX5 which has the best auto focus HD Video currently made. The higher ISO features are a big plus. I shot some images at 12800 that are incredible and would have NEVER been possible. (Does anyone remember pushing your ASA 100 film to 400?) I captured some almost complete darkness alley scenes in Naples that only the camera could detect. I also like the improved ease of use controls.The slightly lower frame burst rate of that of the 50dD is also insignificant. Let's be real how often do you really need to capture anything faster than 5 frames per second (in RAW for that matter) Finally at last, a full articulating LCD Screen at the highest resolution on the market. Now I can really get those macro shots. I considered the higher price 7D as an upgrade but feature for feature and weighing the big increase in cost the 60D was the best choice. ok, I do admit I was bothered by the fact I had to change memory card types and I could not use my 50D Vertical Grip forcing me to buy a new one. But in the long run I used my VGrip on my 20,D, 40D and 50D so I got my useful life out of it and hey, that is what Ebay is for. As for memory cards I think the Compact Flash will be phased out of all DSLR's in favor of the more compact SD's. and now I only need to carry one type of card for my Point & Shoots and DSLR's.
    Final notes, glad to see all those useless Raw & Jpeg file size option removed. Who needs the choice between all of those? Give me Raw or a few Jpegs Resolutions and that's enough. Anyone who is serious is shooting in Raw. I use JPEG when shooting for the Internet only. Also battery life was very good on the 20,40 and 50D's and is even better on the 60D

  • Mark December 20, 2010 03:32 pm

    @II

    The 7D is considered part of their pro line with:
    1. Metal body with better dust/moisture control.
    2. Higher quality control on build and design
    3. Uses CF cards for faster writing than SD cards
    4. Larger buffer allowing for more shots in a burst
    5. Two processors as you mentioned means faster image processing and writing
    6. Two processors also means it can do more processing on an image without bogging down in buffer.

    I fully intend to wait until I can afford the 7D as the price difference is well worth the added features. However, I sure wish they offered a 7D equivalent without video! I really hate having to pay for something that I will never use!!!!

  • John R. Carter, Sr. December 20, 2010 03:30 am

    Can anyone give a recommendation for the best/fastest 32GB SDHC card (Class 10?) to buy for the 60D? Not something you think would work, but something you know from experience works. I've had no luck finding a Class 10 (under $100) that works with my HF-100 video camera, so I'm leery about buying one for the 60D (soon to arrive). The SanDisk Extreme is a little pricey, but if that's the only choice...

  • Pete December 18, 2010 06:15 am

    Given that this model isn't a great deal more expensive than the consumer-level model below it, I think the 'I want fast lenses' point is moot. If you can't find an extra 400 dollars or so for this body you're hardly the kind of person who is going to be prepared to fork out upwards of that amount every time you buy a new lens... imho

  • Rhoda Spencer December 17, 2010 01:07 pm

    I've had my 60D for 2 months and love it. It was a big jump up from a G9, but it was the articulating screen that sold it for me. I do a lot of macro work, down close to the ground so that screen saves my knees and back big time!
    RAW - - the 60D can shoot in RAW - in 3 different sizes. RAW about 24mb, MRAW - abt 16mb, SRAW abt 11 mb, also can do each of these combined with a large JPEG.
    Another little feature not mentioned, and i dont know if this is standard on higher end cameras, but the Exposure compensation can be set +/-5 stops in 1/3 increments.
    Only one complaint. The manual. This user wants more than the summaries given.

  • Don Bird December 17, 2010 06:38 am

    I well wait till i see some reviews on how it does in low light like concert photos small clubs with bad lighting
    and not useing flash now that well be a test bad ligthing smoke and very dark i have the 50D now and love
    it i am interested in the 60D.

  • Tammy December 17, 2010 04:40 am

    I've had the 60D for approximately a month now. I'm still learning all the amazing features this camera has to offer! It's been a busy month for my photography business leading up to the holidays and I can say that the 60D has exceeded my expectations in all areas. I'm looking forward to a slower paced January so I can really delve into all the features on the camera. It's heavy, but it feels good. I'm upgrading from a T1i and I can definitely tell the difference. This camera has been compared to the Rebel series and like the Rebel, it is truly a workhorse. Love the swivel LCD screen and it's great in low light. I'm really excited about becoming an expert with this camera. I have 3 L lenses and have used all of them with the 60D. The photos are amazing. Well worth the money to upgrade from the T1i.

  • LL December 17, 2010 04:37 am

    Apart from the shots per second, can someone explain to me why the 7D is considered to be a far superior camera to the 60D? And, I know that with such a fast shutter speed with that comes two processors. Please help. With the limited spec comparison available on Canon.com, honestly, they didn't seem that different. In comparison, based on release dates, the 60D is newer and that might be why spec wise it is so comparable. I'm guessing the 7D is due for an update and at that time will look superior with regard to specs?

  • jp December 16, 2010 11:04 am

    @ ron moody re: slow focus... that'd be your lens. i only have L lenses, so can't compare there, but can tell you that my f2.8 on AF focuses nearly immediately and even my f4 is only a hair slower than that... can't even notice the difference. spring for good glass and you won't have any regrets on the 60D :-)

  • Barrie Smith December 16, 2010 08:29 am

    Following on comments on this camera's body construction, it gets even curiouser as this info shows:

    The early press release from Canon indicated that the camera was made from magnesium alloy.
    Later another release offered the info that the body was polycarbonate as opposed to magnesium.

    Which seems to indicate that the camera 'could' have landed on the market in magnesium alloy.

  • Ron Moody December 15, 2010 04:10 pm

    I had an AE1 and and A1 back in the film days. My next camera was a Nikon FM and I've been Nikon since. My Nikon D80 was a good camera but when it came time to change, it was to my (now two month old) 60D.

    It's a great camera, the best camera I've ever owned. The exposure latitude has allowed me to capture shots I never would have made prior to this camera. The quality of the photos and HD video are amazing; shocking really.

    I hate the slow focusing. Really hate it. I don't know if it's endemic to the camera or if upgrading to a better lens will solve the problem. When it gets focus, it's much sharper that the D80. There's no comparison. The D80 was always just a bit soft.

    And I really like the fact that I can flip the screen around to protect it.

  • Barrie Smith December 15, 2010 06:43 am

    This is the reply I received from Canon on the body composition. The original press release was in error. NMF!

    1. The body (chassis) for EOS 60D is made of Aluminium and Polycarbonate with glass fibre.

    2. The external covers are made of ABS Resin, Polycarbonate Resin, Polycarbonate Resin with conductive fibre.

  • Luis Garcia December 14, 2010 09:26 pm

    It looks like Canon's xxD series of EOS cameras has been bumped down a notch to help it fit better between the xxxD / Rebel line and the 7D. 40D and 50D users seem to be stuck in some sort of limbo now, as the "upgrade" to a 60D (and maybe anything that follows after) is actually a bit of a step down, and the price difference might just put the 7D outside an enthusiast's budget.

    The choice to go with SD / SDHC / SDXC also shows that Canon is aiming for Rebel / xxxD users with the 60D. I've got a bunch of CF cards already, and I'm not particularly excited about giving them up just yet.

  • David December 14, 2010 06:30 am

    Usually these short overview reviews annoy me.This one didn't and I got a useful impression of the camera but I would like much more detail especially about exposure in bright high contrast light conditions - these seem to be when I finally get around to getting out with a heavy camera kit and its the precise time when my Nikon D90 gives the most exposure problems....Other reviews tend to suggest this too needs to be pulled down by 1-2 ev values.

  • Alex_sydney December 14, 2010 05:46 am

    Upgraded from 450d. 550d was not an option for me due to 18Mpx and only one raw size.

  • Tom December 14, 2010 05:21 am

    BTW I 'downgraded' from a Nikon D300 to buy mine (mainly because I needed a camera that shoots video) and I'm much happier with a lighter body, an articulating screen, and some very small and light MF lenses. It still feels pretty solid even though it doesn't have a metal body.

  • Tom December 14, 2010 05:17 am

    Contrary to your review, the 60D is a great way to get cheap fast lenses. Buy an OM or Nikon adaptor and you can fit 80s Olympus or Nikon manual focus prime lenses. Because the OM series of cameras is now dead, the lenses are excellent value on eBay. You might want to fit an EF-S screen to make manual focusing easier.

  • edmund December 13, 2010 11:19 pm

    This is a waste of money. For 100€ more you can get the 7D.
    Only thing good on this is the flipout LCD.

  • Martin December 13, 2010 10:00 am

    For 50D owners, I don't see the 60D as a worthwhile upgrade, as you lose AF microadjustment, flash sync socket, and the 60D doesn't have a magnesium alloy body like the 50D.
    The 60D also uses SD cards, compared to the 50D's CF cards, so if you have a collection of CF cards, you'll need to re-invest in SD cards.
    Any remote shutter releases that you may have for a 20D/30D/40D/50D won't work with the 60D, as the 60D has an E3 socket (2.5mm stereo socket), while the 20D/30D/40D/50D use Canon's N3 socket.

    I think Canon are targeting the 60D as an upgrade for 450D/500D/550D users, while anyone currently using a 40D/50D is better off looking at a 7D or 5D mark II.

  • Nick Bedford December 13, 2010 08:11 am

    The turret finder is of course an optical one, so traditional shooters will enjoy precise, bright, framing and focusing;

    Read more: https://digital-photography-school.com/canon-eos-60d-review#ixzz17wDTV9lu

    Of course it's optical. It's an SLR camera, fool. This "overview" review is pointless amongst the many more detailed reviews already available.

  • jp December 13, 2010 07:57 am

    i own one... i can confirm mr rax's correction that the body is composed of aluminium and polycarbonate resin, and thankfully so! this little beast would be even heavier (with lens and additional accoutrements) otherwise. personally, if i wanted heavier, i'd have sprung for the full-frame model. also, i tend to spend my money on glass. all of that said... i ADORE my 60D! it's responsive, accurate, colors are spot-on, photos are wonderfully sharp, function buttons are handily and intuitively placed and it didn't send me to the poor house! i almost wish i could add a "con" to the list, even if just to balance things out... but sorry, i can't think of a one. i bought this baby hot off the presses, mostly trusting my commitment to canon, and am so pleased yet again.

  • Barrie Smith December 13, 2010 07:03 am

    I got my info on about the body being built from magnesium alloy from an official Canon press release.

  • Barrie Smith December 13, 2010 07:01 am

    Better lenses would have no effect.

  • Barrie Smith December 13, 2010 07:00 am

    The picture was taken of a store display.The flowers are paper. The shot was probably helped by some overhead light. Got me anyway!

  • dok December 13, 2010 06:55 am

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but with this 60D this is the first time a camera loses features over the previous model (50D). No more magnesium body, no more AF microadjustments. These points should have been stressed. Sorry for being rude, but since every Canon camera is awesome, a small review of a new product is quite useless. It's the details that are important.
    Should one sell its 50D for a 60D ? How about the differences with the 7D? etc.

  • Benj December 13, 2010 05:27 am

    @Kim: It's not a feature of the camera, but of the tree itself!

  • Ed December 13, 2010 04:35 am

    I am not sure I see the sense of your ISO tests since so much of what I am seeing could be affected by the lens choice? Wouldn’t you see different results using better glass?

  • kumaren December 13, 2010 03:17 am

    Hi,

    It is also smaller in size as compared to the 50D. Changing exposure mode is a bit awkward as well. Got the 60D for a week now and still testing it. I will provide more feedback later.

    cheers

  • John R. Carter, Sr. December 13, 2010 03:14 am

    In the review: "The auto exposure worked well, as did the stabiliser. Pity the auto focus was inactive."

    From a videographer's perspective, this is a good thing. As I pan across a room, I prefer that the exposure be automatic to take my attention off of that aspect of shooting. But I want to be able to control the focus manually because if the focus is jumping around while panning, well, that can be very distracting. I may want the background to stay out of focus when I move from one foreground subject to another, or the reverse. And to be able to slowly bring a subject into focus adds depth to both the frame and to the viewer's experience. How one manages focus depends on what the artistic purpose of the video is.

  • Syntax December 13, 2010 02:38 am

    You made mention of a Magnesium Alloy body; the 60D is not made of Magnesium alloy, it's PolyCarbonate Plastic. (Aka the stuff used in Guns)

    I feel the 60D is an ugly step back from the 50D; personally, I'm tired of video options in cameras, I know they're nice for some people, but I buy a DSLR for pictures, not videos.

  • UFGrayMatter December 13, 2010 01:54 am

    I currently have the 550D, but have been thinking about the 7D. I'm just ramping up with photography as a hobby...why would I choose this over the 7D or visa versa - besides price point? I also am active duty military and will be taking the camera to not so fun places - so durability is important. Thanks!

  • mr_rax December 13, 2010 01:34 am

    One small correction: regretfully, the camera's body is not from "magnesium alloy" as you put it, but "aluminium and polycarbonate resin", so it is actually 100 gr lighter than the 50 D.

  • Ils December 13, 2010 01:22 am

    The 60d does not have a magnesium alloy body. It has a plastic shell akin to the rebels.

  • Kim December 13, 2010 01:18 am

    How was the picture with the red leaves taken, Is it a feature on the camera?

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