Canon 60D

Canon EOS 60D is the successor of Canon 50D which features an improved APS-C sized 18.0 Megapixel CMOS sensor for tremendous images, a new DIGIC 4 Image Processor for finer detail and excellent color reproduction, and improved ISO capabilities from 100 – 6400 (expandable to 12800), A Vari-angle 3.0-inch Clear View LCD (1,040,000 dots) monitor, 5.3 fps continuous shooting, a number of new in-camera creative options and filters, plus HDMI output for viewing images on an HDTV. The camera measures Approx. 5.69 x 4.17 x 3.09 in./144.5 x 105.8 x 78.6mm and weighs approx. 675g / 23.8 oz (body only).

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Our Review

Features & Design

Like the rumors that have been circulating, the Canon EOS 60D was launched to replace 50D with a better improvement. The camera body is made of plastic outer section but feels strong enough and comfortable when in the palm of the hand. Because this camera is made for photographers who are experienced enough then the control buttons it has been quite a bit more complicated but still intuitive. 60D using the new button layout coupled with the four-way control button on the back.


Canon EOS 60D also offers multi-control dial that lets you operate the menu and adjust camera settings with a simple way. It can be said that the feature is able to replace the function of the Set button simply by pressing the Quick Control button. Besides the addition of the button layout and intuitive controls, this camera also features another mainstay of the 3-inch LCD screen that can be rotated to vary angle that allows users to take pictures of various angel. The screen is equipped with Clear View features that makes it brighter and sharper.

The new feature is quite interesting is the ability that allows users to record 1080p high-definition video with frame rate options that can be customized. The camera’s viewfinder has also been improved to better levels so enough to help you in the field include Creative Filter that lets you use an image effect like toy effect, miniature, black and white, and soft focus.


Overall, the Canon EOS 60D has a design that is comfortable to use with intuitive controls for experienced photographers. And features that have made this camera feels really been far better than previous models to take pictures and record video with better quality of course even in low light conditions. Plus this camera is slightly lighter than the EOS 50D which is only 755 grams including the battery and memory card make you more comfortable and do not get tired when holding it.

Performance & Image Quality

Canon EOS 60D has a better performance than the EOS 50D. 60D only takes 0.3 seconds to shoot the first image and has a lag time of approximately 0.4 seconds when shooting continuously JPEG and RAW files. While shutter lag only takes about 0.1 seconds. It was a performance that proved to be faster than the Canon EOS 550D which became one of its competitors.

Sample photos: Program, 1/200, f10, ISO 100, 24-105mm at 24mm (38mm equiv) (credit: Cameralabs)

Sample photos: Program, 1/200, f10, ISO 100, 24-105mm at 24mm (38mm equiv) (credit: Cameralabs)

And like the Canon cameras generally, the 60D is capable of producing stunning image quality. JPEG files seem to have accurate color with little opportunity to oversaturate. Thanks to the powerful DIGIC 4 processor that provides great job to handle image noise, this camera is able to produce clean images at high ISO settings up to ISO6400 even up to ISO 12,800 setting. While production White Balance is excellent and on par with the price of the camera itself. So it can be concluded the Canon EOS 60D is capable of producing an excellent picture that you deserve at a price you pay.

Canon EOS 60D lets you be a novice videographer by providing video recording features. You can record 1920 x 1080 Full HD video at frame rates can be selected manually as you want. Video recording is also supported by a manual control that lets you adjust the exposure automatically or manually when recording video. There is also a wind filter which can be used to provide clear sound to video, HDMI output, and allows you to use an external microphone. From the test results, the video quality is very good as the video quality produced by the Canon EOS 7D.

Should I buy the camera?

Canon EOS 60D is suitable for an experienced photographer who is looking for a camera to make a video. In other words, this camera is suitable for you who want to be a videographer. In addition, the image quality is also very good and is supported by a wide range of creative filters and manual modes that further improve your photographic skills.

Video Reviews

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Canon 60D Sample Photos

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User Manual

Canon 60D User Manual (PDF)

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Canon 60D Specifications

Digital, single-lens reflex, AF/AE camera with built-in flash

Recording Media
SD/SDHC/SDXC card, via external media (USB v.2.0 hard drive, or via Wireless LAN (Eye-Fi card*))

*Canon cameras are not guaranteed to support Eye-Fi card functions, including wireless transfer. In case of an issue with the Eye-Fi card, please consult with the card manufacturer. The use of Eye-Fi cards may not be approved in all regions, or from one region to another, please contact the card manufacturer for status of approval in the country/region of use.

Image Format
0.88 x 0.59 in. / 22.3 x 14.9mm (APS-C size)

Compatible Lenses
Canon EF lenses (including EF-S lenses)
(35mm-equivalent focal length is approx. 1.6x the lens focal length)

Lens Mount
Canon EF mount

High-sensitivity, high-resolution, large single-plate CMOS sensor

Effective pixels: Approx. 18.0 Megapixels: 5200 (H) x 3462 (V) pixels

Total Pixels
Total pixels: Approx. 19.0 Megapixels: 5432 (H) x 3492 (V) pixels

Aspect Ratio
3:2 (Horizontal: Vertical)

Color Filter System
RGB primary color filters

Low Pass Filter
Fixed position in front of the CMOS sensor

Dust Deletion Feature
1. Self Cleaning Sensor Unit
2. Dust Delete Data appended to the captured image
3. Manual cleaning of sensor

Recording Format
Design rule for Camera File System 2.0 and Exif 2.3

File Size
1. Large/Fine: Approx. 17.90 Megapixels (5184 x 3456)
2. Medium/Fine: Approx. 8.00 Megapixels (3456 x 2304)
3. Small 1/Normal: Approx. 4.50 Megapixels (2592 x 1728)
4. Small 2/Fine: Approx. 2.50 Megapixels (1920 x 1280)
5. Small 3/Fine: Approx. 0.35 Megapixels (720 x 480)
6. RAW: Approx. 17.90 Megapixels (5184 x 3456)
7. M-RAW: Approx. 10.10 Megapixels (3888 x 2592)
8. S-RAW: Approx. 4.50 Megapixels (2592 x 1728)

Exact file sizes depend on the subject, ISO speed, Picture Style, etc.

Recording Functions
With the WFT-E3A attached, image recording to the CF card and to the USB external media connected to the WFT-E3A will be possible as follows:
(1) Standard
(2) Automatic switching of recording media
(3) Separate recordings according to image-recording quality
(4) Recording images having the same size

Backup Recording

File Numbering
Consecutive numbering, auto reset, manual reset.

RAW + JPEG Simultaneous Recording
Provided (sRAW+JPEG also possible)

Color Space
sRGB, Adobe RGB

Picture Style
Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Def. 1-3

Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten Light, White Fluorescent Light, Flash, Custom, Color Temperature setting

Auto White Balance
Auto white balance with the image sensor

Color Temperature Compensation
White balance correction: ±9 stops in full-stop increments
White balance bracketing: ±3 stops in full-stop increments
Blue/amber direction or magenta/green direction possible

Color Temperature Information Transmission

Eye-level pentaprism

Vertical/Horizontal approx. 96%

Approx. 0.95x (-1m-1 with 50mm lens at infinity) / 27.0° angle of view

Eye Point
Approx. 22mm (At -1m-1 from eyepiece lens center)

Eye Point
Approx. 22mm (At -1m-1 from eyepiece lens center)

Dioptric Adjustment Correction
-3.0 to +1.0m-1 (diopter)

Focusing Screen
Interchangeable (Ef-D: Grid lines, Ef-S: Point of focus, Ef-A standard focusing screen provided)

Quick-return half mirror (transmission: reflection ratio of 40:60)

Viewfinder Information
AF information (AF points and focus confirmation light), Exposure information (Shutter speed, aperture, ISO speed (always displayed), AE lock, exposure level, Spot metering circle, exposure warning), Flash information (Flash ready, flash exposure compensation, high-speed sync, FE lock, red-eye reduction light), Image information (Highlight tone priority (D+), Monochrome shooting, maximum burst (2-digit display), white balance correction, card information), Electronic level (Horizontal only), Battery check

Depth Of Field Preview
Enabled with depth-of-field preview button

TTL-CT-SIR AF-dedicated CMOS sensor

AF Points
9 (Cross-type, Center AF point with dual cross sensor for f/2.8)

AF Working Range
EV 0-20 (at 73°F/23°C with EF 50mm f/1.4 USM lens, ISO 100)

Focusing Modes
Autofocus, One-Shot AF, Predictive AI Servo AF, AI Focus AF, Manual focusing (MF)

AF Point Selection
Automatic selection, manual selection

Selected AF Point Display
Superimposed in viewfinder and indicated on LCD panel

AF Assist Beam
Small series of flashes fired by built-in flash
Effective range: Approx. 13.1 ft./4.0m at center, approx. 11.5 ft./3.5m at periphery*.

Metering Modes
Max. aperture TTL metering with 63-zone SPC with the following selectable modes:

* Evaluative metering (linkable to all AF points)
* Partial metering (approx. 6.5% of viewfinder at center)
* Spot metering (approx. 2.8% of viewfinder at center)
* Center-Weighted average metering

Metering Range
EV 0-20 (at 73°F/23°C with EF 50mm f/1.4 USM lens, ISO 100)

Exposure Control Systems
Program AE (Shiftable), Shutter-priority AE (Safety shift possible), Aperture-priority AE (Safety shift possible), Manual exposure, Bulb, Full Auto, Flash Off, Creative Auto, Programmed Image Control modes (Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Night Portrait), E-TTL II Autoflash Program AE (Evaluative metering, Averaged metering)

ISO Speed Range
ISO 100 – 6400 (in 1/3-stop or whole-stop increments)
– ISO 12800 can be enabled with a Custom Function.
– With [Highlight tone priority], the ISO speed range will be automatically set within 200-6400.

1. In Creative Zone modes, the maximum settable ISO speed (400-6400) will vary within the automatic ISO speed range.
2. If overexposure would occur with fill flash, ISO 100 will be the lowest set.
3. In the (P) and Basic Zone modes (except Night Portrait), bounce flash will be set automatically within ISO 400-1600 (or maximum ISO speed limit).

Exposure Compensation
Manual: ±5 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
AEB: ±3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
* Indicated up to ±3 stops on the LCD panel and in the viewfinder.

AE Lock
1. Auto AE lock – In the One-Shot AF mode with evaluative metering, AE lock takes effect when focus is achieved.
2. Manual AE lock – With AE lock button. (AE lock is updated each time you press the button.) Enabled in all metering modes.

Vertical-travel, mechanical, focal-plane shutter with all speeds electronically-controlled 1/8000 to 1/60 sec., X-sync at 1/250 sec.
1/8000 to 30 sec., bulb (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode) Soft-touch electromagnetic release 10-sec. or 2-sec. delay (self-timer/remote control) For Remote Switch RS-60E3

Vertical-travel, mechanical, focal-plane shutter with all speeds electronically-controlled

Shutter Speeds
1/8000 to 1/60 sec., X-sync at 1/250 sec.
1/8000 to 30 sec., bulb (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode)

Shutter Release
Soft-touch electromagnetic release

Self Timer
10-sec. or 2-sec. delay (self-timer/remote control)

Remote Control
For Remote Switch RS-60E3

Auto pop-up, retractable, built-in flash in the pentaprism

Guide Number
43/13 (ISO 100, in feet/meters)

Recycling Time
Approx. 3 sec.

Flash Ready Indicator
Flash-ready icon lights in viewfinder

Flash Coverage
Up to 17mm focal length (equivalent to approx. 28mm in 135 format)

FE Lock

Flash Exposure Compensation
Up to ±3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments

Zooming to Match Focal Length

Flash Metering
E-TTL II autoflash

Flash Exposure Compensation
±3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments

FE Lock

External Flash Settings
Flash function settings, Flash C.Fn settings

PC Terminal

Shooting Modes
(1) Live View shooting
(2) Remote Live View shooting (with a personal computer installed with EOS Utility)

Autofocus (One-Shot AF)
1. Live mode – One-point, contrast AF. Switching to another AF point possible.
2. Face Detection Live mode – Face Detection, Contrast AF. Face selectable.
3. Quick mode – Nine-point, phase-difference AF, same as normal shooting.

Manual focus – Magnify the image by 5x or 10x and focus manually.

Metering Modes
Real-time Evaluative metering with the image sensor

Metering Range
EV 0-20 (at 73°F/23°C with EF 50mm f/1.4 USM lens, ISO 100)
* AE lock possible.
* The active metering time can be changed.

Magnified View
By 5x or 10x at AF point position

Grid Display
Provided (Two-type grid displays)

Silent Shooting
Provided (Mode 1 and Mode 2)

TFT color, liquid-crystal monitor

Monitor Size
Wide 3.0-inch (Screen aspect ratio of 3:2)

Approx. 100%
Viewing angle: Approx. 160°

Brightness Control
7 levels provided

One Battery Pack LP-E6
AC power can be supplied via AC Adapter Kit ACK-E6
With Battery Grip BG-E9 attached, two battery packs (LP-E6) can be used. Six AA-size batteries can be used.

Battery Check

Power Saving
Provided. Power turns off after 1, 2, 4, 8, 15 or 30 min.

Date/Time Battery
Built-in secondary battery
When fully-charged, the date/time can be maintained for about three months.

Start-up Time
Approx. 0.1 sec. (Based on CIPA testing standards)

Dimensions (W x H x D)
Approx. 5.69 x 4.17 x 3.09 in./144.5 x 105.8 x 78.6mm

755g / 26.6 oz (CIPA)
675g / 23.8 oz (body only)


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6 Responses to “Canon 60D”

  1. stonee says:

    Canon 60D is an hd camcorder. Does the camcorder support VGA (640×480) video? If I want to update it to my myspace, what tool is necessary? Do I need an hd video converter on windows or mac for it (I don’t which os will support it, maybe two), I’v purchased an ifunia hd video converter for my iphone 4, which can easily convert between popular HD video formats and down-convert HD videos to SD (Standard-Definition) videos.

  2. D90 fanboy says:

    As a nikon user this latest release/update from Canon is one big ****-up from them. Canon users are flabbergasted themselves how on earth Canon did them such a low blow, that nobody can not comprehend WHY Canon did this diservice to their loyal fanatics including a nikon user , me. But you know what people, I’m still buying this crappy camera as a backup to my D90! I dont mind having two system, So I’m first in line to buy this camera.

  3. Zsolt Huszar says:

    Nice camera features.I love canon camera it is one of the best digital camera in the market. It is really worth your money.

  4. mikusa says:

    D90 fanboy said:
    As a nikon user this latest release/update from Canon is one big ****-up from them … I’m still buying this crappy camera as a backup to my D90! … I’m first in line to buy this camera.

    That doesn’t make much sense.

  5. Steve says:

    Nikons are great cameras and excellent in every way…just that Canons are better.Its really that simple.

  6. esther says:

    I have just bought one not long ago! Love it~ but I exchanged it once becz the previous one I got has problem with the cd monitor..I guess becoz I twisted it too much? Anyway, I haven’t got any problem with it yet other than that…love how it performs so far~ ^^

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