I'm sure the review will generate a lot of questions when comparing to the 550D. You say that the 60D should be considered a "souped-up EOS XXXD / Rebel" but the 60D rates at 87% vs the 88% of the 550D?!
- Build quality is ranked as the same, 17/20, as the 550D. The construction materials may be the same but weather-sealing is claimed to be on a par with the 50D. In-hand the 60D feels far more substantial than the 550D.
- Image Quality is down from 19/20 to 18/20 compared to the 550D - Same rating as the 50D and 7D I know.
- Specifications are down from 18/20 for the 550D to 17/20 yet it has a host of features not found in the 550D (better AF system, 63 zone CFL, 5.3FPS, horizon level, tilting screen, etc.).
I know I'm razzing you and review weighting changes over time with progress but if the 60D is the "Super Rebel" it should rate higher, no? (I know the ratings are just a guide and adjusting for the above gives me 89/90%)
...a response to the review:
[QUOTE=dgrin]...I do take exception with their assesment of the 60D body construction. In their wrap-up of the camera they state, "... Canon's opted for the same plastic over metal construction as its entry-level models." This is, at best, a misconception.
The 60D has a cast and machined aluminum chassis with a molded, fiber-filled plastic shell to give the camera it's final form. Contrast this with the stainless steel, stamped, formed and welded chassis of the Canon entry-level bodies and the cast and machined magnesium bodies of the xxD cameras and the 60D is more similar to the xxD bodies in technology.
The weight of the 60D is 755 g (1.6 lb). Compare this to the 822 g (1.8 lb) of the 50D and the 530 g (1.17 lb) of the T2i/550D and it should now be clear that the 60D really is closer to the 50D in most aspects.
About the only thing that disappoints me about the 60D is the lack of user-available micro AF adjust. While it's likely that Canon can still micro AF adjust your lenses to the 60D, I don't understand why it's not available to the user. There is also a common complaint among early testers that the button and control feel is too "mushy" and without the distinct feedback of the previous xxD models. While neither of these things directly impacts image quality or performance, it may affect the user experience of the camera.[/QUOTE]