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Great mid-range DSLR,
This review is from: Canon EOS 60D Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) (Electronics)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 just before Christmas 2010 and bought the 60D (with the 18-55 IS kit lens) for a great price of £799.
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.
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Initial post: 16 Jan 2011 12:09:22 GMT
Last edited by the author on 16 Jan 2011 12:11:31 GMT
Mr. D. WALTERS says:
I'm still using my 400D had it four years now i like the sound of the 60D i was thinking of upgrading myself to the 7D, now i'm not so sure, let me know how you get on with bird images if you would.
I have the same lenses as you apart from a great little TAMRON 90MM FOR MACRO its pretty good but i'm looking to upgrade with a faster fps model which also has a higher ISO mode, so thanks for the tips on the 60D
In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jan 2011 13:21:41 GMT
Hi, I am not a wildlife photographer so can't comment directly other than to say that I am really pleased with the 60D and the quality of images that it produces across a range of topics / conditions. I'd read some detailed reviews of the 7D closely before buying (e.g. www.dpreview.com), if I were you. The big differences that I picked up between the 60D and the 7D were:
1) the 7D's sensor exposes cheaper lenses - so if you have the same lenses as me (and not the higher quality L glass) that could be an issue
2) the complexity of the 7D - it takes time to master and get the set up right, whereas the 60D gives the better balance of being easy to use out-of-the-box but with plenty of tricks up its sleeve to cater for the more advanced photographer over time
3) its bulk - the 7D is considerably bigger and heavier than the 60D (which itself is bigger / heavier than the 550D)
4) cost - unless you want higher "frames per second" shot rate or the industrial build quality, I am not entirely convinced what your extra £300ish is getting you with the 7D
5) age - I have always worked on the principle of buying the latest kit once the prices have come down from launch levels. The 7D is a year older than the 60D and, as far as I see it, the 60D encompasses the best bits of the 7D and then adds a couple of extra useful features such as....
6) the 7D doesn't have the tilting LCD screen that the 60D has
7) the 7D uses CompactFlash (which will mean that as a 400D user you will already have memory that you can re-use with the 7D) whilst the 60D takes SD cards
It's probably a case of "horses for courses" but I'm pleased with my choice of the 60D and can't recommend it highly enough.
If it helps, I PX'd my 400D in a local camera shop in York (York Camera Mart) and got £150 that I put towards the cost of a 70-300 IS lens (£399) - they said that they had a long list of 2nd hand buyers wanting 400Ds so you shouldn't have any problem finding a buyer for it if you do decide to upgrade.
In reply to an earlier post on 14 Feb 2011 13:17:59 GMT
Keith Nield says:
Mr Walters, you may wish to consider the Canon 600D which seems to have many of the features of the 60D
In reply to an earlier post on 6 Mar 2011 21:49:10 GMT
I think your point 1 is a little misleading, the 550D, 600D, 60D and 7D all have the same sensor.
Posted on 9 Mar 2011 18:07:41 GMT
Mr. N. Williamson says:
Can I ask you did you buy the camera through Pro Camera Direct?
In reply to an earlier post on 17 Mar 2011 17:42:40 GMT
No, Warehouse Express - great price, good service and free next day courier delivery. Also genuine UK stock.
In reply to an earlier post on 17 Mar 2011 17:43:57 GMT
OK, whilst the cameras all have the same sensors, the 7D has 2 processors which I believe makes it much faster and more sensitive than the 550D / 600D / 60D.
Posted on 12 Aug 2011 16:30:01 BDT
C. Midlane says:
Have you tested the video capability fully with the transcend sd cards? There are a few reports of problems with certain models and wasn't sure if these were affected. I'm hopefulyl buying a 60d to replace my 400d in the next month or so!
Thanks for the great posts!
In reply to an earlier post on 16 Aug 2011 17:31:11 BDT
Thanks for a very informative review of the 60D back in December, 2010. At that time you had not used the video feature - are you able to comment now please/ Is it fairly easy to use, does it offer zooming? I use a 17-85 f4-5.6 IS USM Canon lens - would this give me reasonable results? Many thanks.
Posted on 21 Jul 2012 09:01:11 BDT
Amit Ray says:
I need some advice. I was comparing the 600d and 60d, and almost decided to get the 60d for the faster shutter speed, cross-type focus points, longer lasting battery and its premium feel. I didn't mind the price difference coz it's not a recurring expense, and the camera would last me for years.
Then I discovered that the 650d is out. And priced almost the same as 60d. So now it's a battle on specs and features between 650d and 60d. The 650d has so much going on in terms of features (e.g. Digic5 processor, touchscreen quick access to various settings, touch to focus/shoot, direct switching to video instead of messing with the mode dial, faster ISO, stereo sound recording, motion JPEG option) Apart from the slightly faster burst speed (5.3fps vs 5fps), longer lasting battery, and posh-er feel of the body, is there much reason to go for the 60d now that the 650d is available?
Any advice would be helpful and appreciated. Thanks all.