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60D or 7D?,
This review is from: Canon EOS 60D Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) (discontinued by manufacturer) (Camera)
This is probably the question most people will be asking does one get a 60D or a 7D?
It was certainly the question I found asking myself for a good while I had it in my head you'd have to be an idiot to go for the 60D just look at all the things the 7D does!... I'm a photography student and had been using a pre owned canon dos 1000D for 2 years which was starting to break down on me more and more regularly so an upgrade was in need.
Anyway I looked at my dilemma between the 7D and 60D like this and I asked myself the following question and I very strongly suggest you do the same "would I need all of the 7D's features that the 60D hadn't?"
The simple and blunt answer for me was... No
I wasn't going to need 8 frames per second shooting nor would I require an autofocus system that had 19 autofocus points 9 is plenty anything more and I feel the viewfinder gets a bit cluttered and as much as weather sealing is nice I tend to treat my equipment with great care and I doubt I were going to be shooting in harsh climates the 7D is more of a sports or action photographers kind of camera both the 60D and 7D also utilise the same sensor meaning there is no difference in image quality.
The 60D had plenty features that I would use and liked the sound of so my mind was immediately made up and I got the 60D and I can tell you that I am very pleased with my choice. If like me you owned a camera body like the 1000D or anything in the xxxD series of EOS cameras the 60D is a real pleasure to hold; it feels durable and is great to shoot with. I was quite surprised with the greater control of noise at higher ISO's I rarely used ISO 800 and above on my 1000D noise was just too noticeable for me with the 60 I often find myself now using higher ISO's to get that perfect shot. The LCD screen is fantastic at first I thought I wouldn't use the tilt swivel screen much but I found myself more and more using it to get images in all sorts of unusual positions and getting some great images I find it incredibly useful particularly when I have the camera mounted on a low level tripod facing upwards towards a ceiling or sky this means I don't physically have to get under the camera or guess when adjusting its position this can save quite a bit of time. Anyway I would strongly recommend this camera to anyone wishing to upgrade from any canon xxxxD or xxxD model it does a great job and shall hopefully serve me for a good few years at least until I upgrade to a full frame camera.
One more small thing with the £300'ish you save on this camera body you can out towards a rather nice lens! I myself decided to get the canon 85mm f/1.8 USM which I am also very pleased with both the lens and camera body came roughly to the same price of a 7D which I was very pleased about.