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Canon launches EOS 60D DSLR

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Control, power, creativity – Canon empowers photographers to take the next step with the new EOS 60D

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland; 26th August 2010 - Canon today announces the latest addition to its world-famous EOS series of Digital SLR (DSLR) cameras – the new EOS 60D. Replacing the EOS 50D, the EOS 60D is designed for photographers who want to take their skills to the next level, offering high performance, a series of creative features, a Vari-angle LCD screen and enhanced ergonomics – empowering photography enthusiasts to capture outstanding stills and Full High Definition (HD) video for unique, creative results.

High speed, high resolution
With an 18 Megapixel APS-C sensor, the EOS 60D offers high levels of detail and a magnification of 1.6x the focal length of the lens to capture poster-size images in a variety of aspect ratios (1:1, 16:9, 4:3 in addition to the standard 3:2 dimension). Canon’s powerful DIGIC 4 technology rapidly processes image information captured from the CMOS sensor’s four-channel output, providing outstanding colour reproduction, as well as high-speed shooting at 5.3fps in bursts of 58 full-resolution JPEGs.

A standard ISO range of 100-6400 is extendable to 12800, providing smooth images with minimal noise in low light conditions. A 9-point, all cross-type autofocus (AF) system also provides swift and accurate focusing, with an extra-sensitive centre point for lenses faster than f/2.8, allowing photographers to artistically employ a shallow depth of field during portraiture or for more atmospheric shooting.

The EOS 60D features Canon’s iFCL metering system, first introduced with the acclaimed EOS 7D, with a 63-zone Dual-Layer sensor. Information on subject location is gathered from the Auto Focus system, and is combined with colour and luminance readings for consistent accurate exposures whatever the situation. The Integrated Speedlite transmitter also provides in-camera control of multiple EX flash units for more creative lighting.

Shoot from all angles
A new 7.7cm (3.0”) Vari-angle wide LCD monitor features a 3:2 aspect ratio and a 1,040k dot resolution, providing added flexibility and allowing photographers to view their images in incredible detail. The Vari-angle wide LCD helps frame shots from difficult angles, and can be positioned with Live View enabled to achieve the desired composition if shooting isn’t possible using the viewfinder. The ability to capture wildlife portraits, overhead shots or ground-level photography is instantly enhanced, and the surface of the screen features an anti-reflective, water-repellent coating to protect the screen allows easy viewing in bright light and from a variety of angles.

Empowering creativity
A new Basic + function makes it easy for photographers to add their own creative touch to images without worrying about changing settings. Photographers can add ambiance to a scene by shooting according to lighting and scene type, with Portrait, Landscape, Close-Up, Sport, Night Snapshot or Creative AUTO modes all available. Different effects can be achieved by shooting with Basic + enhancements such as Daylight, Cloudy or Sunset or pre-set Picture Styles including Vivid, Soft, Warm or Monochrome.

Designed to provide power for those who wish to extend their creative vision, the EOS 60D features a host of new functions that help capture better images and in-camera effects to add an extra dimension. The powerful DIGIC 4 processor supports in-camera RAW image processing, allowing photographers to edit settings such as brightness, contrast, white balance or correct distortion or chromatic aberration. The edited image can then be resaved as a JPEG, ready to be printed or uploaded to a PC or the web.

For photographers who want to add post-production effects to their images without the need for expensive software, the EOS 60D also features a range of new creative filters that can be applied in-camera. Filters including Grainy B/W, Soft Focus, Toy Camera Effect and Miniature Effect provide images with a different feel, allowing photographers to create a themed collection - using Grainy B/W to give images a reportage style, for example – or easily smooth skin tone in portraits with Soft Focus.

EOS Movies: Full HD video with complete control
Offering photographers the freedom to go beyond stills, the EOS 60D captures 1920x1080p HD video with a variety of user-selectable frame rates, including 30, 25 and 24fps, as well as 720p video at 60 and 50fps. Movie Crop mode is also available, recording with the central 640x480 pixel area of the sensor to create an effective magnification of approximately seven times the focal length of the lens.

Full manual control in Movie mode allows photographers to employ their own exposure and focus settings and take advantage of the effects achieved from Canon’s wide range of EF lenses. An external stereo microphone terminal and the ability to adjust sound recording level ensures the audio track recorded matches the visual quality of the video, capturing broadcast-quality sound.

For those who want to share images with friends and family, an integrated HDMI port is compatible with Consumer Electronics Control (HDMI-CEC), allowing video and images to be viewed on any compatible HD-ready TV and controlled via the TV remote.

Designed for flexibility
The EOS 60D features a completely redesigned body, combining an ergonomically enhanced, curved shape with a new button layout to make it quick and comfortable for photographers to change settings. Frequently used camera controls are grouped together for easy access, while the Quick Control Dial, Multi-controller and SET button have all been merged into one Multi Control Dial, enabling photographers to operate menus and enter settings quickly using their thumb. The mode dial also features a lock button, preventing unintentional changes to settings mid-shoot.

A dedicated Quick Control access button allows photographers to instantly reach the most common shooting settings and playback controls. Customising the functions of a number of buttons is also possible, allowing photographers to tailor the camera to suit their individual needs. To help achieve landscapes with perfectly level horizons, a horizontal Electronic Level can be displayed in the viewfinder or in Live View to assist composition and remove any potential need for post-production correction.

The EOS 60D is one of the latest Canon models to support high-capacity SDXC memory cards, providing up to 2TB of available space, allowing photographers to keep shooting HD video and full resolution RAW and JPEG stills without changing cards. For better management of larger image libraries on the camera, EOS 60D photographers can add a rating of 1 to 5 to their favourite images, allowing them to be easily located and viewed on-screen. Once transferred from the camera to a PC, the tags can also be viewed using a number of image editing and management programs, including Canon’s DPP software.

Share the moment
For photographers who want to transfer content wirelessly, the EOS 60D includes Eye-Fi connected functions. The EOS 60D features a dedicated Eye-Fi section in the User Interface allowing WiFi functionality to be turned off when not required to save battery life

EOS 60D features at a glance:
18 MP APS-C CMOS sensor
Advanced creative features with Basic +
Vari-angle 7.7cm (3.0”) 3:2 ratio LCD
Full HD movies with manual control
DIGIC 4
ISO 100-6400, H:12800
5.3fps shooting for up to 58 JPEGs
9-point cross type AF System
iFCL metering with 63-zone Dual-layer Sensor
Integrated Speedlite transmitter
In-camera RAW processing


Pricing and Availability
• The EOS 60D body only is available from October priced £1099.99 / €1309.99 RRP inc VAT
• The EOS 60D EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS is available from October priced £1199.99 / €1429.99 RRP inc VAT
• The EOS 60D EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS is available from October priced £1399.99 / €1669.99 RRP inc VAT
• The EOS 60D EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM is available from October priced £1999.99 / €2379.99 RRP inc VAT
• The EOS 60D EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM is available from October priced £1449.99 / €1789.99 RRP inc VAT


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Dont see big diffrences bewteen the 7D and 60D.
Shame that the burst speed is only 5,3 now...

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Yeah, also don't see much difference with my T2i except for faster burst speed. I was afraid the 60D might make me regret buying a T2i, but it really isn't. Nothing game-changing like the S95 fixing the back wheel from spinning wildly by itself :)

Thanks for the info once again!

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It does look like it picked up quite a few 7D features. The metering system and built in flash controller. So they didn't give it an AF upgrade? At least I can't remember if the 50D has the f/2.8 sensor in middle. I wouldn't expect them to put the 7D AF in there, but thought they might do a bit more still. The slight drop in shooting rate is in line with the MP difference assuming they use the same processor.

Feels very much to me they're targeting the D90 replacement level with its more consumer friendly features. The price better drop quickly from RRP after launch cos that is right in 7D territory.

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What about the articulated screen? That's a major new feature and a first for a Canon DSLR. Ultimately though it's about repositioning the xxD line. After the 7D came out, the next xxD would have to fit between it and the next model down, the 550D / T2i, and the 60D does that exactly.

Beyond the 550D / T2i, you're getting the articulated screen, upper display, better controls, pentaprism viewfinder, faster shooting etc. Think of it as a step-up from the entry-level models.

Those looking for a semi-pro upgrade should go for the 7D.


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I agree popo, it is a more consumer friendly camera.
They bumped up the ladder the 50D with the porosumer in mind, scarifying the burst shooting for more pixel count, adding the video and the articulated LCD, and bringing some superior features from 7D. It has to be seen if the new multi function controls are better; this seems to be one of the major changes. Personally I don't quite get along with the joystick button in my 50D (I seldom manage to move it in the right direction), so I won't cry over its demise. On the other hand I'm not sure either if the new system is better, putting too many functions in a control is as bad as making too many buttons. I didn't understand if 60D retained the live view AF button or inherited the solution of the 7D, which I consider much better( that also could fix the fact that in live view the remote cannot engage the AF on the 50D).

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That makes my mind up for me. It'll be the 7d with 18-135 IS. I'll add more lenses as finances permit.


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Unless Canon have seriously beefed up the contrast AF, the articulated screen will be of limited usefulness for hand held stills.

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This is my first post here at this forum. I have a 550D and I'm quite happy with it. I got the 550D/18-135 kit for a very good price here in Norway. The new D60 has not been an issue for me, mostly because I did not know about it at the time I bought my 550D. Anyway, the new releases from Canon is not very interresting for me except the new 70-300 zoom lens (L class) I'm very excited about performance of this lens.

@SteevG: The 18-135 is not a very good lens. If I knew then what I know now, I would be the proud owner of a EF 15-85 lense instead of the 18-135. You should avoid the 18-135 since the only useful settings for this lens is f8/f9.


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The 50D has 9 cross frame sensors, with F/2,8 at center. I dont know if all the cross types are F/2,8 though.

Where is the 7D better than the 60D? I dont see very much difrences why the 7D should be better...

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Without having seen a 60D in person yet, I have mixed feelings about the swivel-screen. I don't like how it seems you HAVE to put it off-center to use it, it feels like the 60D is now a camcorder with the length of a dSLR. I'm sure the HD-DSLR film-makers with shoulder rigs will be happy though, you can use a shoulder-rig on your right shoulder and not need an LCD screen to see what you're filming.

Since my left eye is dominant, it would be interesting while taking photos, but for a shoulder rig, I'm not sure which of my two eyes would be closest to the screen; I think it would be my right, which wouldn't be good for me.

If you had the option to use it flipped in or flipped out, that would be great, or to flip it for self-photos/videos, but it seems like it has a 90 degrees up/down swivel only, which is not as versatile as it could be. The Sony swivel-screens seem better.

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You can do self portraits:

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The vast majority of camcorders have the screen off-axis and not many people have complained which makes me think most people are OK with it or it's not that much big of a deal for them.


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Its also plastic instead of magnesium alloy... which blows!

I dont really like the LCD on top

and the loss of the joystick

5,3FPS.... its slower than the previous versions, (40D / 50D) what a shame...

The flippidy floppy screen is more of a consumer thing than a prosumer.

Its placed at the High End I guess, but it looks more like an Amature-Advanced camera instead...

Im a bit disappointed with the results.

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Ruben, it's easier for me to list where the 60D is "better" than 7D as that list is much shorter than the other way around.
Swivel LCD screen
Eye-fi control built in
In camera raw processing
Effect modes
Probably better video operation but I've not looked at the detail there.

No AF micro-adjust on the 60D is a deal breaker for me. The switch to SD card, while understandable for a lower level camera, is also a big negative for me.

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the 50D has Micro AF ajust?!
Why did Canon remove it? To make the jump 60D-7D bigger?
SD isnt a big suprise to me, SD is much cheaper and everyone can use it.
Almost any camera has SD, only a few have CF. And if you are anywhere and want to show the photos on a pc...Most cardreaders (small ones) cant read CF cards, but I expected it to stay with CF though.

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