203 of 206 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great mid-range DSLR
OK, I had a Canon EOS 400D that had served me well for nearly 3 years (and I had a 300D before that) and was looking to upgrade it, but I couldn't decide between a 550D or a much more expensive 7D. Then the 60D was launched and from the reviews I read, it filled the gap perfectly between the two. As ever, launch pricing was really toppy at over £1k but I took the plunge...
Published on 29 Dec 2010 by Lumpster
66 of 80 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars grip came off as soon as I took it out of the box
The 60D was my second dslr in the space of a couple of weeks. The 1st being a Pentax K7 that went back for refund to Jessops because of purple and green banding on pictures. I decided to spend more money and order the 60D from Amazon because I've used Canon 35mm film cameras for years with no problems.
However, I didn't shoot a single frame with the 60D because...
Published on 3 Feb 2011 by pilspics
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203 of 206 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great mid-range DSLR,
It's still fairly early days but so far, so good. The camera is a dream to use, images are razor sharp. Handling is easier than the lower spec DSLRs in Canon's range due to the fact that the 60D is a slightly bigger, bulkier machine but without this being a negative. If you are familiar with a Canon DSLR, all of the controls and features are logical and easy to use without having to trawl through the manual. The tiltable screen is a work of genius, especially the fact that you can store the screen facing into the camera for even more protection when not in use. You can also tilt the screen and take shots based on the screen view if, for example, you are taking shots with the camera held above your head to get a clear view.
I primarily use my old 28-135mm IS USM Canon lens and image quality is fantastic. I have also bought a Canon 70-300mm IS USM zoom and again it seems to produce great results. I am using Class 10 SDHC cards (whereas my previous 2 Canon DSLRs used Compact Flash) and the speed is lightning fast - I have bought a couple of the Transcend ones from Amazon and they seem to do a remarkably good job for a lot less money than the competition. Only time will tell if they prove to be reliable...
The only downside is that my camera was supplied with an old version of firmware installed (v5), which needed updating (to v8) to cure a quirk with over-exposure when using certain lensses (and the two lenses mentioned above were included in this list). I went through the whole firmware update process in a mild panic but it was a remarkably pain-free experience.
Overall, the 60D is a great mid-range camera and a worthy upgrade from my 400D. The 60D strikes the perfect balance for me in that it offers more functionality / flexibility than the 550D but without the complexity of the more advanced 7D. I am fairly loyal to Canon gear but I did look around at the Nikon equivalents before making my purchase - however, I ruled out Nikon as you just seem to get more for your money with Canon. Also worth saying that the lens/flashgun I already had are compatible with the 60D. The next step for me is properly testing out the camera's HD video capability.
69 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Canon EOS 60D,
I looked at and handled both the 7D and 60D but was undecided until the price difference made up my mind.
I opted for the 60D and can honestly say I have no regrets.The images I get from my 17-85 IS and my 70-300 IS are amazing.
Shoot in RAW and process in seconds with the camera,a great boon when out in the field.
The menu might look a bit much at first glance but with time all becomes clear.
Before I sign off,the video shooting is also top class,all in all a great bit of gear.
91 of 95 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Camera Deal + Amazons Superb Service,
This review is from: Canon EOS 60D Digital SLR Camera (Inc EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens Kit) (Electronics)After doing lots of on-line research, I decided to treat myself to this Canon 60D Kit for xmas from Amazon, I also ordered the 50mm 1.4 prime lens and a few other bits.
I've been into Photography for about 40yrs, my previous DSLR's include the 550D and Nikon D90.
There may be cheaper options on a certain auction site, if you don't mind having a grey import model, personally I value having that Canon UK warranty, and a proper UK power supply etc. already in the box.
Amazons price for a UK Stock model is very competitive indeed, and their returns policy is excellent, if only for peace of mind. The camera itself is superb, and works perfectly, it produces brilliant images, feels top quality in the hands, with a fantastic articulating high res lcd screen. What more could you ask for.
The 18-135mm lens in this kit is not top of the range, however, it produces some very good results especially once stopped down a little, and IMO it may be a touch sharper than the much older USM 17-85mm lens. The glass in the 18-135 is not too bad at all, and you have that extra range, albeit at the loss of the USM, so a matter of personal choice.
It's also a nice walkabout lens giving you decent range yet still retaining the option for those wider shots, build quality also appears a little better than the cheaper 18-55mm. It appears to focus quicker, and seems a little quieter than the 18-55mm kit lens..JMO
Those that can afford it may appreciate the extra quality by choosing the 15-85mm lens, but I don't think you will be disappointed by the images this kit produces. I would also recommend the purchase of the 50mm 1.8 or 1.4, you will be blown away by the IQ that can be achieved with both these prime lens, as ultimately any camera is only as good as the lens you put on it.
I can highly recommend this item from Amazon 9.5/10
Why Amazon? Well besides the reasons I've already mentioned above, if you have a issue, you can call them on their free support number, or email them and in my experience they will always endevour to resolve any issue one may have, without any hassle. IOW, as big as they are, Amazon is aware the customer has choices to shop elswhere, and will go that extra mile to secure your custom, and their customer service is first class. This is a company that deserves to succeed. Thank you Amazon!.
I would however like to see Amazon.. pack expensive items such as DSLR camera etc, a little better. Just plonking them inside a larger box with a small amount of crushed paper for cushioning is not really enough. They still move about a lot in the box, so, a little extra care in this area would be assuring from a customers point of view anyway, with most items it does'nt matter, but with expensive fragile kit like this, having the item not rolling around in the box would be appreciated.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My first DSLR,Canon EOS 550D Digital SLR Camera (inc 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens Kit) about 6 weeks ago and that was the first time I got to use an SLR of any kind. I very quickly decided I wanted my own.
I was going to just buy another 550D as it worked so well, and I'd not recommend against the 550D for a first time purchase either, it's quite a bit cheaper (about £200 at time of writing) and a great camera which uses the same sensor. So why did I spend the extra money? First a few general comments. I can only really compare to the 550D as that is the only other DSLR I've played with.
The 60D is a bit heavier then the 550D but not too heavy and has a reassuring feel, appears to have good build quality and a well thought out design. If you are new to DSLR's (like me) then there are quite a few buttons to de-mystify but not much reading is required before most of it makes sense. I particularly like the Q-menu (Quick menu) as it allows you to quickly change the settings in the summary screen without having to go into menus to find them, the Q-menu button turns the summary display into an edit mode and most common settings are then accessible. The 60D also sports an additional LCD summary display on top of the camera that I quickly came to appreciate. When I selected this model over the 550D I do not consider this a great feature, but now I've used it I consider it a nice bonus.
The right hand grip is quite large and comfortable in my hand with the shutter position feeling natural. (I'm not sure anyone would have a problem, but if you have small hands you may find the 550D easier to hold, migth be worth trying them both for feel)
The flip out screen is of good quality and construction, I mostly keep it turned in while I shoot to keep the screen clean and power use down, the 60D lacks the proximity sensor of the 550D which switches the screen off when you put the camera to your face.
The view through the viewfinder is good with useful information displayed. I really like the burst frame remaining count now I've figured out what it is (It tells you how many more frames you can take in continuous mode before the buffer fills up)
The autofocus seems to be very good although it is also lens dependant.
This is a comfortable, sturdy feeling camera that seems to put useful controls in sensible places. The picture quality is great with vibtrant colours. The large pixel counts means that you can crop the images quite a lot and still have a enough detail for a good photo.
Ok, so why did I go for the 60D rather than another 550D?
The main reason was the frame rate. The 60D's 5.2 frames per second (in RAW mode) compared to the 550D's 3.7 seemed like a worthy upgrade, and I think it was. The 60D also has a larger buffer, allowing 14 frames to be taken in quick succession. (The manual says 16 but my display always says 14, I think perhaps the manual is allowing for 2 frames to be written to the memory card before the buffer fills)
The viewfinder. The 60D has a larger viewfinder and uses a pentaprism instead of a pentamirror, this is supposed to allow more light into the viewfinder, I'm not sure how much difference it makes but the viewfinder is certainly an improvement on the 550D's.
The flip out screen. Not a massive deal as the screen it's is the same as the 550D's, but a couple of times with the 550D it's been hard to get down to either the viewfinder or the screen for a low shot and a swivel screen would have been a big help.
This didn't really influence my buying decision in the end, but it's worth noting that the 60D has wireless master control for the Canon Speedlight flashes. I bought a Speedlight 430EX II for the 550D and so I can now remotely control it. A controller costs about £150 to buy so getting it thrown in to the camera is a nice bonus. I'm not sure how much use I'll get out of this feature yet as I've not yet experimented with it other than to see if it works.
In summary, I think the 60D is worth the additional cost over the 550D for the added features, however the 550D is a very good camera using the same sensor and technology, if price is an issue then the 550D is a very good purchase and you won't be disappointed. If you can spare the extra money then the 60D has some nice bonuses that justify the extra cost.
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic camera,
This review is from: Canon EOS 60D Digital SLR Camera including EF-S 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II and EF-S 55-250mm IS II Lens Kit (Electronics)I bought this camera about 2 months ago after spending time with a fuji hS 20 exr which is a very good bridging camera but like all compacts and bridging cameras the sensor size is the only thing that lets them down, but the canon 60 d is in another universe, it is vey versatile. It has the same quality as a 7d but with more options, it has the same sensor, you can use the same lenses, the 60d uses sd cards, (unlike the 7d) the tilt screen and display is very good, bright and clear.
The kit lenses are a good first set of lenses and very capable of capturing good quality pictures. I enjoy macro photography so I have also invested in a canon 60 and 100mm macro lenses that double up as very good portrait lenses, they are very very good. Please be aware that any DSLR camera is only as good as the glass on the front of the camera. Few people can spend lots of money on lenses, so look on the web for reviews and only get the lenses you want.
There is an option in live view ( taking photo's using the screen instead of the view finder) to zoom in to the subject/ scene by x5 and x10 time to get awesome clarity, try it is very good.
The ease of use is very good and it has all the point and shoot options as well as the professional modes, it takes RAW and JPEG shots and you can process the RAW photos in camera ! The battery lasts for about 1200 shots depending if you use the live view or view finder, more than enough for a days shooting.
This camera is not as heavy as the 7d but is not flimsy in any way, very good build quality. Hope this helps people with their choice Canon EOS 60D Digital SLR Camera including EF-S 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II and EF-S 55-250mm IS II Lens Kit
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Canon 60d,
This review is from: Canon EOS 60D Digital SLR Camera including EF-S 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II and EF-S 55-250mm IS II Lens Kit (Electronics)The 60D is a very good camera, I have had many Canon cameras over 35 years and this has to rate as one of the best that I have used.
I have been a keen photographer for 45years and this camera is in my opinion top class for specification, ease of use and value. I am looking forward to many happy hours taking pictures with it and whilst I am writing this review I would like to say thanks to Amazon for your prompt delivery and service.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent quality - UK model received,
I purchased this diretly from Amazon (not through a marketplace seller) in December 2011 and received a full UK/EU version with Canon 1 year warranty. It has a uk plug (although a 2 pin adapter is provided for european customers) and the manual is in english. I bought the body only version without a kit lens. The camera is fantastic!! I've upgraded from a 400d and the low light performance on this even without flash is amazing. It will easily obtain images that I just couldn't get before (handheld). The colours are brilliant, sharp and crisp and the photos are all round better quality. Autofocus is much better too. I highly recommend it. It also isn't too heavy so you can carry it round for a few hours on a shoot quite comfortably (unlike the 7d which is much heavier)
All round excellence - especially when teamed with the 50mm f/1.8 II lens (purchased separately)
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superior camera,
This review is from: Canon EOS 60D Digital SLR Camera including EF-S 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens Kit (Electronics)Moving up from Canon 350D type camera, this one is a significant step up. The ability to use high ISO and still get decent photos is a plus. It synchronises flash up to 1/250 sec - good for freezing action indoors. Feels a bit heavier but much more versatile. Expensive, but good.
49 of 53 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ticks all the right boxes,
While the 60d is essentially a downgrade of the 50d I found that is still had all of the features I was looking for. The camera is a good size, has fast fps and takes great video.
I was initially a bit hesitant about buying an SLR with a moveable screen but having recently come back from Paris on holiday I can say that for taking pictures it is a great help. Just flip the screen out, hold the camera out in front of you and take a picture of you and the misses. No more having to flag down a stranger and explain to them how to work the camera. Although you will need to make sure that you are looking at the lens instead of the screen when the picture is taking as I took a few where we seem to be looking somewhere else.
For video it is great as well as you can move the camera into some interesting angles or oven hold it above everyone if you're in a crowd. Similarly you can angle the screen should the sun be shining although I never had any problem with glare etc but I have found though that the camera strap gets in the way of the screen when it is flipped out.
I know there are a lot of people out there moaning about this camera using SD cards. I personally quite liked the fact, my compact camera uses SD cards and my macbook and imac all have a built in SD card reader so it saves my from having to buy two different types of cards and to carry around a card reader. I have used class 6 cards in this camera with no problem but many suggest to use the faster class 10.
The new locking mode dial I thought was a bit strange at first as I have never accidentally changed mode but it is something that you just get used to.
The buttons on the camera do feel different from the likes of the 50d where you got a solid click but on the 60d it is a sort of mushy feel.
Picture quality is excellent but I am not one of those guys that pixel peeps but I have had great pictures up to ISO 3200. Similarly the video quality is excellent and after the small learning curve of shooting videos on manual I am getting great results. For those of you using macs and iMovie you can just port the videos straight in without have to do any converting.
The other feature I have liked is the remote flash feature. I used to have a set of pocketwizards but due to this new feature I have been able to sell these. Sure the distance is nowhere near that of PW but for occasional portrait shoots I have found it to work very well.
I have given this 4 stars as I think there will never be a perfect camera for everyone but this does tick a lot of the boxes for me.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Like it? I love it, but...,
Build quality is also great - go to a camera shop and handle this alongside the 600d - the difference in quality of the camera from a build point of view is very apparent. The rear dial is great and the whole thing is pretty intuitive, if sometimes the choice of functions with buttons is a little odd.
I've been snapping away at the Tour de France, shooting at 200mm between heads and over shoulders and panning to pick up fast moving cyclists and had no problem getting some great shots in the bag - landscapes and candid street shots also work well.
So why not 5 stars, well:
- the lay out and selection of the buttons doesn't really fit with what I'd like - this may be my familiarity with the 400d, but one thing which really gripes is the lack of an AE +/- button - probably the one I used most in normal shooting in Aperture Priority. I'll probably swap one of the buttons on the top plate for it though so no major harm done. The 60d is highly customisable so you can fix most gripes if you need to [edit - thanks to a comment by R. Mills, I now know you can very easily alter exposure compensation nonetheless - see bottom of review]..
- focus in live view is really very slow with a lot of hunting. I'm not in all seriousness sure it's useable except for static subjects. I have used it with landscapes and it did a good job, but forget about candid street photography unless you turn off auto focus. This is an area Canon ought to have done better in by now.
- no auto-focus in video mode. Just a case of learning better manual focus skills really, but a bit of a pain. Plus side, no auto-focus noise in your videos, which when they're sharp, look and sound great straight out of the can.
All in all I love this camera, excited to be using it, think it will help me get better at photography, and don't regret the purchase at all. For an upgrade it's well worth it. If you're looking for free and easy video shooting without the need to learn a load of new technique, you'll be disappointed, if you're after a great stills camera which can give you almost professional level video (with some work), you might just be delighted.
Late addition - you can in fact easily change exposure compensation by half depressing the shutter button and rotating the rear dial. Had I the option I might go for 4 1/2 stars...
On the down side, I've not found noise control to be quite as good as I'd hoped.
3 months into ownership I would still say the 60d is miles better than any other camera I've used and I'm still loving the feel of the camera, it's great build quality, the speed of focus when not in live view and the general quality of the images I get from the camera...
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