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Ticks all the right boxes,
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This review is from: Canon EOS 60D Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) (Electronics)I bought this camera about two months after it was first released as I was looking to upgrade from my 50D mainly to take advantage of the new video features in the likes of the 550d and the 7d.
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.
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Initial post: 8 Dec 2010 18:50:34 GMT
An Eclectic says:
Thanks for the review I am wavering between 60D and 7D.
A tiny point, don't worry about card classes as they are minimum values. A class 2 can be faster than a class 10 you need to check the data transfer rate. It is a standard that has been corrupted by marketing men. No brand Class 10s operate at the standard but some of the big brands are three times faster but still Class 10.
I really fancy the articulated screen but I am pretty sure I will catch it on something and break it
In reply to an earlier post on 8 Dec 2010 19:00:50 GMT
Stuart Duncan says:
I was the same as you, I used to do the odd professional job which was mainly snow sports but gave up on it due to time constraints but if I was continuing that line then I would have no problem going for the 7d. Nowadays I just want a good size camera that I can take most places with me and the 60d is just that.
As you will have read on other sites the 7d has a few more better features like focus points, fps, weather proofing so it is really down to what you are going to do with it.
I have not had any problems with the focussing or fps on the 60d so don't let that put you off.
I had read up on the SD memory cards. Companies like transcend have cheap class 10 cards but I am a bit dubious of them when the sandisk cards are almost double the price. Last thing I was to happen is to loose my pictures due to a dodgy memory card.
The articulated screen is pretty solid, I was using it extensively in Paris two weeks ago and it has not slackened or anything like that. If anything it is a good that you can protect the screen by folding it in on the body. Sure you could catch it on something if you were not careful but as per most things you will be ok as long as you are sensible.
In reply to an earlier post on 25 Feb 2011 12:19:55 GMT
David Wilson says:
Once you get used to it, having an articulated screen is a boon especially for high and low angle photography. Thus the 60D is likely to be the upgrade from my 400D. I've been using Canon A series with swinging screens for years and have never managed to break one ( I dont treat my cameras like jewellery!). I have managed to break a couple of battery compartment covers.
In reply to an earlier post on 25 Feb 2011 13:40:57 GMT
Stuart Duncan says:
Yea I have been enjoying using it and is definently better for video and trying out some different angles.
I have been using the camera pretty intersively and there does not seem to be any give in the screen from when I first got it so hopefully it stays like that.
In reply to an earlier post on 7 Apr 2011 09:39:32 BDT
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Although not a DSLR, I have had and heavily used a G3 for over eight years now (recently replaced with a G12). Despite drops, knocks, children and a wife constantly twisting it the wrong way! I have never managed to damage the flip out screen yet. I appreciate the 60D's screen is slightly larger, but don't let it put you off. After using ths feature so much over the years I am amazed it's taken Canon (and others) so long to stick one on its DSLR's. Once you start to use it for ground/low/overhead shots you will not regret it. This is one of the main reasons I'm going for a 60D.
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