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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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

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