the 60D’s seems to be the interesting model in Canons line up It combines some of the best elements of the T2i and 7D in an updated and redesigned body.
The photo quality is excellent overall. It delivers relatively clean JPEGs up through ISO 800. You can spot some noise in shadows at that level that’s not there in ISO 400 images, but there’s little detail degradation.
At around ISO 3,200, hot pixels start to appear as part of the 60D’s noise You can process them away if you shoot raw. However you lose a fair bit of shadow detail, which the JPEGs seem to attempt to preserve, in pursuit of cleaner images.
Video capture on the 60D acquits itself very well. Motion looks smooth I did see some moire, however. At its highest quality, it seems to deliver an average bit rate of roughly 44Mbps. It offers the set of frame rates and manual exposure controls that have made Canon’s DSLR’s a must in the Florida tourism community, Though the built-in microphone is mono, it sounds surprisingly good, and there’s a wind filter along with the same sound controls as the 5D Mark II, Canon added support for the highlight-tone priority option in movie shooting as well.
There’s a card performance indicator that it will pop up during movie shooting with buffer status if necessary, and if your card isn’t fast enough it will simply stop.
Use In The Theme Parks
I was constantly asked what camera it was as It looks very professional with its petal on the lens, battery pack and my speedlite on the top, it takes stunning pictures even just by free hand with no tri-pod, while walking the theme parks the weight does take some getting used to, to hold or have round your neck so bear that in mind when in the sun.
Having had this camera as my main shooter during my visits and weddings I have shot, I love this Camera and would recommend it to anyone that wants great photos but can’t afford the 7D price tag, it’s a great inbetween on the base DSLR and the Top end.
A full day shooting with only one battery will last but as your battery gets older you will find you will need a spare or even the battery pack to hold 2.
It feels very robust in hand, it doesn’t feel week in any areas or plastic, the only issue we came across is the turn wheel on the top as you have to push a button down to turn the jog wheel it can be very fiddly depending on the size of your fingers.
18MP APS-C CMOS sensor
ISO 100-6400 (expandable to 12,800)
5.3 fps continuous shooting
1080p HD video recording with manual controls
SD / SDHC / SDXC storage
In-camera raw development
Subject modes with ‘Ambience Selection’ (Standard, Vivid, Soft, Warm, Intense, Cool, Brighter, Darker and Monochrome)
In-camera Creative Filters (special effects)
Fully articulated 3.0″ screen (3:2)
Higher resolution sensor (17.9MP vs. 15.1MP)
Accepts SD, rather than CF memory cards
No flash sync socket
Wireless Speedlight control
Support for optional infra-red remote release
Articulated 3:2 high resolution LCD screen
Plastic body shell (8% weight saving)
Standard ISO range extends to 6400, rather than 3200
User-definable Auto ISO upper limit
HD video recording 1080 p30/25/24 or 720p60/50 plus cropped 640 x 480 movie mode
New features: in-camera raw conversion, ambience settings, creative filters, more JPEG options
No joystick, no multi-flash support, simplified top plate & info panel, only one Custom mode, no AF micro-adjust
Slightly reduced customization options
Redesigned control layout with slightly fewer buttons
Lower burst rate