Canon EOS 60D hands on from Den Lennie

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Last week planet5D was at the Canon EXPO 2010 and had our hands on a Canon EOS 60D (report coming) but the shooting with them was limited at the EXPO – but Den Lennie from @thefstopacademy got to use one for 30 minutes and he's sent us this exclusive report:

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But before that – we've seen that there's a Canon EOS 60D manual available for download now.

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While everyone was running around Canon Expo in NYC last week I got my hands on a Canon EOS 60D!

Den Lennie from F-Stop Academy took a break away from editing a mammoth 39 day training film with Dan Chung of (soon to be released called DSLR Video On Assignment) to speak about DSLR Video at the International Festival of Photojournalism in Perpignon France last week.

This event has been running for 22 years and was made all the more interesting this year because of the impact of DSLR Video that all photograhers are now experiencing

“While at the event I was invited to sit in on a round table discussion with Canon Inc designers and product developers and they are really listening to the needs of film makers. I made a suggestion to have geared lenses on the L series and also to add IS to more lenses.” That story is described here


“I was also honored to be invited to participate in this discussion alongside Canon Ambassadors ; Thorsten Milse, Gary Night, Frits van Eldik, Michael Nichols(National Geographic Editor in Chief, Paolo Pellegrin (Mangnum Photo) and Ziv Zoren (Polaris) for allowing me to join them and bring the views of the DSLR Film maker to our hosts.

I also would like to thank Canon Europe for inviting me to comment.

However while there and simultaneous to all the madness going on at Canon Expo in NYC, I was able to ‘borrow' a 60D for 30 mins and shoot this hands on overview.

Hands on 60D at International festival of Photojournalism, Visa Pour L'Image from Den Lennie on Vimeo.

The Canon EOS 60D is very robust and feels very much like the 7D in the hand. The articulated screen is the big improvement but it is also very solid and not at all flimsy.

Takes All SD card types SD, SDHC, SDXC.

Same batteries as 5D Mark II and 7D.

But for timelapse you need the mini jack plug on intervalometer.

My overall impressions were very high. Same LCD screen as 550D/Rebel T2i and I believe same sensor but improved processing.

My thanks go Brian Worley at Canon Europe and Dave Newton from for shooting the video for us.

Very much looking forward to getting one. And look out for


Thanks for sending this in Den! We had very similar impressions of the Canon EOS 60D at the expo – the body is firm and not too plastic feeling and Canon has plenty of experience with articluating screens on their camcorders – so I expect the Canon EOS 60D to be a winner. Feel free to ask questions in the comments!

(Photo credit: snap from the video)

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  1. Darn, does that mean I really should wait for the 60D that go out and get the 550D? 😉
    Will be interesting to what improvements there are with respect to video (especially encoding)

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