Canon 60D first impressions, features, video samples, and side by side with all Canon HDSLRs

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    Now that the Canon EOS 60D has been announced, everyone will want to know where it fits in the Canon HDSLR lineup as well as what this new camera brings to the party. The 60D replaces the 50D in the Canon line, but fits between the Canon Rebel T2i/550D (reviews) and the Canon EOS 7D (reviews) in the HDSLR lineup.


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    There are some really nice new features, but this is still evolution as opposed to revolution (remember the original Canon EOS 5D Mark II advertising?). While the 60D brings in goodness, it also doesn't knock our socks off – tho we realize this is the low end of the HDSLR spectrum (it has that pop-up flash so you know it can't be “pro” right ). The articulating screen is great for many situations, but I imagine that those of you using something like the z-finder will find little need for it – and it may even just get in the way.


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    The DPReview 60D story says “Construction aside, the body is noticeably smaller than the EOS 50D, and has the same plastic-over-metal construction as the EOS 550D (Rebel T2i).”

    It looks like this will be very popular as it has more features than the T2i and the 7D, but costs less than the 7D (tho the construction and feel of the larger 7D will still make it desirable). It isn't replacing either one so Canon feels like they've all still got some legs in them. And we'll see if the articulating screen migrates up into the Pro lines.

    New feature list:

    • Articulating screen with 1,040,000 pixels
    • New rear control dial (tho the DPReview 60D story  doesn't like it)
    • In camera RAW control (stills not video) – outputs JPEGs for sharing without impacting RAW image
    • In camera video edit (cropping beginning / end of video)
    • New photo filters – can create new image from filters leaving original intact
    • Live view screen can show cropping lines (1:1, 16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratios in addition to the standard 3:2 ratio)
    • locking mode dial (prevent inadvertent changes to selection)
    • image resizing function – create new image of smaller size for easy sharing
    • movie mode also includes manual controls for exposure
    • manual audio levels in 64 steps like the Canon EOS 5D Mark II
    • electronic Wind Filter for movies
    • Movie Crop mode, which allows users to achieve 7x magnification when shooting SD video

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    Videos!

    DPreview has video samples – full size

    Canon HDSLR Comparison

    So, here's the comparison table – you'll see it closely matches the Canon Rebel T2i/550D (reviews) in the table – but the table doesn't include many of the enhanced features of the 60D.

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    CRITERIA

    Canon Rebel T2i/550D

    Canon EOS 60D

    Canon EOS 7D

    Canon EOS 5D Mark II

    Canon EOS-1D MKIV

    Price (body only US$)

    $799

    $1099 (deliver end sept.)

    $1,699

    $2,499

    $4,999

    Video (1080)

    30, 25 or 24 fps

    30, 25 or 24 fps

    29.97, 25, 23.976 fps

    29.97, 25, 23.976 fps

    29.97, 25, 23.976 fps

    Video (720)

    59.94, 50 fps

    59.94, 50 fps

    59.94, 50 fps

    n/a

    59.94, 50 fps

    Video (640)

    59.94, 50 fps

    59.94, 50 fps

    59.94, 50 fps

    25, 30 fps

    59.94, 50 fps

    Video (320)

    n/a

    n/a

    n/a

    n/a

    n/a

    NTSC / PAL

    both

    both

    both

    both

    both

    Longest clip

    12 minutes

    12 minutes

    12 minutes

    12 minutes

    12 minutes

    Video autofocus

    no (does have contrast based AF)

    no (does have contrast based AF)

    no (does have contrast based AF)

    no (does have contrast based AF)

    no (does have contrast based AF)

    Microphone

    mono internal or external stereo mini plug in mic

    mono internal or external stereo mini plug in mic

    mono internal or external stereo mini plug in mic

    mono internal or external stereo mini plug in mic

    mono internal or external stereo mini plug in mic

    Articulated LCD

    no

    Yes

    no

    no

    no

    LCD Size

    3” (920,000 pixels)

    3” (1,040,000 pixels)

    3” (920,000 pixels)

    3” (920,000 pixels)

    3” (920,000 pixels)

    Time code support

    no

    no

    no

    no

    no

    Image Stabilization

    no

    no

    no

    no

    no

    Max Resolution

    5184 x 3456

    5184 x 3457

    5184 x 3456

    5616 x 3744

    4896 x 3264

    Autofocus points

    9-point AF system with one extra-sensitive cross–type point at the centre for f/2.8 or faster lenses

    9-point AF system with one extra-sensitive cross–type point at the centre for f/2.8 or faster lenses

    19 cross-type af points

    9 point

    TTL-AREA-SIR with 45-point CMOS sensor

    Raw stills support

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes – includes sRAW1 and sRAW2

    Yes – includes sRAW1 and sRAW 2

    Yes – includes sRAW1 and sRAW 3

    AE Lock

    Manual: AE lock button

    • Auto: One Shot AF with evaluative metering

    • Manual: AE lock button

    • Auto: One Shot AF with evaluative metering

    • Manual: AE lock button

    • Auto: One Shot AF with evaluative metering

    • Manual: AE lock button

    • Auto: One Shot AF with evaluative metering

    • Manual: AE lock button

    ISO Range

    Auto, 100-6400 in 1-stop increments (12800 expandable)

    ISO 100-3200 (expandable to 12,800)

    Auto (100-3200), 100-6400 (in 1/3-stop or whole stop increments) ISO can be expanded to H: 12800 

    100-6400 (high ISO up to 25600) (low ISO – 50)

    100 – 12800 in 1/3 or 1 stops, 50, 25600, 51200 and 102400 with boost

    Maximum frames per sec

    3.7

    5.3

    8

    3.9

    10

    MicroAdjustment for lenses

    n/a

    n/a

    • Adjust all lenses by same amount (effectively body adjustment)

    • Adjust up to 20 lenses individually

    • Adjust all lenses by same amount (effectively body adjustment)

    • Adjust up to 20 lenses individually

    • Adjust all lenses by same amount (effectively body adjustment)

    • Adjust up to 20 lenses individually

    Metering

    63 zone SPC

    63 zone SPC

    63 Zone Full Color Metering

    Evaluative (35-segment)

    63 area, partial, spot (center, AF point, multi-spot), center-weighted average

    Sensor size

    AP-C (1.6 factor)

    AP-C (1.6 factor)

    AP-C (1.6 factor)

    Full Frame

    APS-H (1.3 factor)

    Sensor mp rating

    18mp

    18mp

    18mp

    21.1mp

    16mp

    Processor

    Digic IV

    Digic IV

    Dual Digic IV

    Digic IV

    Dual DIGIC IV

    Lens mounts

    Canon EOS EF, EF-S mount

    Canon EOS EF, EF-S mount

    Canon EOS EF, EF-S mount

    Canon EOS EF only

    Canon EOS EF only

    Weather Resistant

    no

    no

    equivalent to the legendary EOS–1N

    yes

    Weatherproof

    Memory card

    SD/SDHC/SDXC

    SD/SDHC/SDXC

    CF

    CF

    SD and CF both – can select stills go on CF and video on SD (or combination)

    Popup Flash

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    No

    No

    Weight (with battery)

    520g (1.2lb)

    755g (1.6 lb)

    860 g 

    810g (1.8lb)

    1230 g (2.7 lb)

    Battery

    LP-E8

    LP-E6

    LP-E6

    LP-E6 New Smart Technology 

    LP-E4

    Battery Grip

    BG-E8

    BG-E9

    BG-E7

    BG-E6

    Built in

    Custom Functions

    n/a

    n/a

    3 sets of memorized settings

    3 sets of memorized settings

    n/a

    Automatic sensor cleaning

    yes

    yes

    yes

    yes

    yes

    (Photo credit: snap from the Canon PR)

    Zeiss Cinema Lenses

    Comments

    1. camil

      Canon EOS 5D Mark II work only with two formats, Video (1080) like in your chart and the second one is Video (640) 25 fps for PAL and 30 for NTSC. Video (720) is n/a.

    2. george socka

      If you look at the other sample video on YouTube, the two guys and the girl interviewer, the light from the flashes look different. It is as if the scan of the sensor starts in the middle and works its way outward, better than the other cmos cameras where a whole half frame is white.

      Or am I imagining that

      there is a lot of motion in the first clip, and now rolling frame lines wither. Magic? A rolling shutter solution? Fixed in post?

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        planetMitch

        Ah, but indeed the T2i does… from the Canon website:

        “Video can be captured at a number of resolutions and frame rates for numerous applications. It can capture 1920 x 1080 Full HD video at frame rates of 24 (23.976), 25 or 30 (29.97) frames per second, for up to 4GB per clip. “

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