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Canon EOS 60D  (Source: Canon)

The Cam in Black  (Source: Canon)
D60 will replace the 50D in the Canon line

Canon has announced the newest addition to its line of D-SLR cameras with the official unveiling of the EOS 60D today. The new camera has many features that will make it appealing to photographers that want to be able to shoot high-resolution still shots and HD video with one camera.

The 60D is replacing the 50D in the line according to Canon and offers a new variable angle LCD that tilts and swivels. That variable angle is a nice feature to have when the user is shooting in Live View mode from the 3-inch LCD. The 60D has an 18-megapixel APS-C image sensor and uses the Canon DIGIC 4 image processor. 

Bursts can be shot with the new 60D at up to 5.3 frames per second for 58 shots in full resolution. The ISO range for the camera is 100 to 6400 and is extendable to 12800. The autofocus system uses nine points and it has the iFCL metering system from the EOS 7D. The 60D offers a number of scene modes and automatic settings in addition to the full manual shooting modes in still and movie modes.

Canon's director of consumer imaging product sales Shunichi Morinaga said, “EOS has set the benchmark for high-performance digital photography at all levels from consumer cameras through to advanced professional equipment. The new EOS 60D offers a host of new features to enable photographers to take their creativity forward, no matter what their level of experience or expertise, making it the perfect model for those looking to upgrade their DSLR.”

DPReview
 got its hands on the new camera for a preview. The publication says that the 60D is aimed at the enthusiast photographer rather than the semipro shooter and figures rather than looking at the 60D as a direct replacement to the 50D, the new 60D is more of a “super Rebel” camera. The 60D is a bit smaller than the 50D and the new camera loses the magnesium alloy body the 50D offered.

The HD movies can be recorded in 1080p at 20/25/24 frames per second and 720p movies can be recorded at 60/50 frames per second. The 60D also has in camera RAW conversion. The 60D measures 5.7" x 4.2" x 3.1" and weighs 1.6 pounds. The 60D will sell for $1,099 for the body only and in kit form with an 18-135mm lens it will sell for $1,399.

Canon isn’t the only camera firm unveiling new D-SLR cameras this month. Nikon offered up the new D3100 last week and Sony introduced four new models as well.





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Super Rebel, or 7D downgrade?
By vapore0n on 8/26/2010 10:35:17 AM , Rating: 2
I think the 6D is more of a gimped 7D. At least its cheaper.

I like the new smaller size, lighter weight, and the moving screen is very useful as I had a G6 with that option.
Id buy it if it had micro adjustments.




RE: Super Rebel, or 7D downgrade?
By Omega215D on 8/26/2010 10:40:17 AM , Rating: 2
I usually go for Canon cameras and I have the SD990, S90 and G11.

I never invested in a DSLR because of the size as I always love having my camera with me. Then I saw the new Sony NEX3 which is supposed to be a slim DSLR camera but I've never cared for the image quality of Sony cameras. Hopefully Canon would make something along those lines.


RE: Super Rebel, or 7D downgrade?
By Goty on 8/26/2010 10:51:58 AM , Rating: 2
Have you tried the Olympus Pen? It's a great little DSLR and you could basically fit it in a pocket with a pancake lens on it. My only gripe with it is the lack of a physical viewfinder, but you really can't expect one in a camera that size.

@ The OP

I, too, am a fan or articulating screens. I normally don't like using the LCD as a viewfinder, but it does make some of those really awkward shots easier.


RE: Super Rebel, or 7D downgrade?
By Goty on 8/26/2010 10:52:15 AM , Rating: 2
Have you tried the Olympus Pen? It's a great little DSLR and you could basically fit it in a pocket with a pancake lens on it. My only gripe with it is the lack of a physical viewfinder, but you really can't expect one in a camera that size.

@ The OP

I, too, am a fan or articulating screens. I normally don't like using the LCD as a viewfinder, but it does make some of those really awkward shots easier.


RE: Super Rebel, or 7D downgrade?
By Proxes on 8/26/2010 10:56:37 AM , Rating: 2
The 60D is a totally different camera than the 7D. The 7D is a new camera line created last year and the 60D is part of a product line that started back in 2000 with the D30 then on to the 10D, 20D, etc.

I'd almost say the 7D is Canon trying out a whole new focusing and metering system. The 60D uses the 7D metering but not the focus system.

The new articulated screen is interesting. Either Canon shooters will love or hate it. They changed the ergonomics of the line a lot to accommodate it. Never felt that I needed one.

The joystick is gone which is a big deal for a lot of shooters, including me.


RE: Super Rebel, or 7D downgrade?
By jconan on 9/19/2010 3:13:58 PM , Rating: 2
however there hasn't been any announcement of a 6D yet...


New lenses also announced....
By slashbinslashbash on 8/26/2010 6:53:16 PM , Rating: 2
Canon also announced new lenses today, for those who might care.

EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS (yes, the 70-300 is now an "L"... bizarre)
EF 8-15 f/4L Fisheye (FF corner to corner coverage at 15mm, full circular FF at 8mm)
EF 300mm f/2.8 IS II
EF 400mm f/2.8 IS II
EF 1.4x Teleconverter III
EF 2x Teconverter III




RE: New lenses also announced....
By pbrain on 8/27/2010 1:11:33 AM , Rating: 2
this certainly doesn't help my lens cravings.

point of note, the 300mm and 400mm are both "L" glass.


RE: New lenses also announced....
By pbrain on 8/27/2010 1:14:02 AM , Rating: 2
500mm and 600mm f/4L flavors have also been announced


Plastic body = fail
By DukeN on 8/26/2010 1:41:14 PM , Rating: 2
Shame they lost the magnesium body on this one. Can't wait for these to get flexy after a bit of years/couple of years.




RE: Plastic body = fail
By jconan on 9/19/2010 3:16:45 PM , Rating: 2
maybe they'll release another version 60D mark ii but with a metal body after receiving feedback and complaints from users...


Not an upgrade from 50D
By teko on 8/26/2010 1:53:58 PM , Rating: 2
I think Canon should've named it 600D instead. It's more appropriate. People will just think 60 > 50, but in reality, this seems like a small downgrade from 50D.

The swivel screen does look nice, and it's a pretty hi-res LCD, unlike the D5000.

And no more magnesium alloy body. Is this suppose to use nice grade plastic, or same like the low-end Rebel line (I don't like the plastic feel of those Rebels).




RE: Not an upgrade from 50D
By vapore0n on 8/26/2010 4:41:29 PM , Rating: 2
This

dpreview has a nice comparison of the 60D, 50D, and 7D. Both 60D and 7D were almost alike. Few differences in favor of the 7D (higher price tag too)


Super Rebel, or 7D downgrade?
By vapore0n on 8/26/2010 10:36:39 AM , Rating: 2
I think the 6D is more of a gimped 7D. At least its cheaper.

I like the new smaller size, lighter weight, and the moving screen is very useful as I had a G6 with that option.
Id buy it if it had micro adjustments.




Mistake on the top line...
By ApfDaMan on 8/26/2010 10:56:55 AM , Rating: 2
says D60 replaces 50D rather than 60D.




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