Canon has announced their new Canon EOS 60D dSLR, a mid-priced camera offering an 18megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and articulated LCD display.
Packed into an aluminium frame with polycarbonate resin body to take the knocks, the EOS 60D shares a lot of similarities with the company’s 550D entry level model, sporting a DIGIC4 processor, 9-point AF, in-camera RAW processing and an ISO range that runs from 100-6400 in normal shooting and accelerates to 12800 in high sensitivity mode.
Its prosumer aspirations are reflected with the inclusion of a built-in Speedlite transmitter, external mic socket, top mounted LCD and a rather natty 3″ fully articulated LCD display – the first Canon SLR to offer such a feature.
The 60D also slightly improves on the 550D by offering 5.3fps shooting speeds for up to 58 shots and Full HD (1920 x 1080) movies at 30, 25 and 24fps, as well as 720p movies at 60 of 50fps.
Manual controls are available when shooting movies and the results can be viewed on your home TV thanks to the inclusion of an HDMI port.
The body only price is £1099, and there’s 18-55mm IS kit option available for £1199, available from October.
- 18 MP APS-C CMOS sensor
- Advanced creative features
- Vari-angle 7.7cm (3.0”) 3:2 ratio LCD
- Full HD movies
- 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
Find your own angle 18 MP CMOS sensor
Ideal for those who want to create large, poster-size prints – or crop images without losing any of the detail necessary for printing – EOS 60D’s 18MP CMOS sensor is outstanding in low light, and produces images with incredibly low noise.
Advanced creative features
Use your imagination to enhance your stills with a range of creative filters such as toy camera effect or soft focus. These filters can be applied to RAW and JPEG images giving you creative control after the shot has been taken. Basic+ allows you to apply a creative ambience, when shooting in the Basic modes, giving you creative control without extensive photographic knowledge
Vari-angle 7.7cm (3.0”) 3:2 Clear View LCD
Perform detailed checks on images and video or shoot unique or awkward angles with a 7.7cm (3.0”) 3:2 Clear View LCD screen, which features an ultra-high 1,040,000 dots for increased clarity. Switch to Live View mode and use real-time visual feed to help capture the best angle.
Full HD movie recording
The EOS 60D combines exceptional still shooting with the ability to shoot Full HD (1080p) video. To satisfy your creativity the EOS 60D features full manual control and selectable frame rates. You can also shoot high speed 50/60fps movies at 720P for when the action is really fast. An HDMI connection allows High Definition playback of footage and images on any HDTV. With HDMI enabled TV sets playback can be controlled using the remote control.
Canon’s DIGIC 4 processor works with the CMOS sensor to deliver 14-bit image processing, for smooth gradations and natural looking colours. DIGIC 4 also powers advanced Noise Reduction when shooting at higher ISO speeds, plus split-second start-up times and near-instant image review after shooting.
High ISO for low light
When light levels fall, the EOS 60D offers an ISO range of up to 6400 – expandable to 12800 for those environments where using flash is undesirable.
iFCL metering system
A 63-zone dual layer metering sensor analyses Focus, Colour and Luminance information, providing accurate and consistent metering.
Quick Control screen
Accessible using a dedicated button it provides easy access to commonly used functions, ensuring that you are ready to take the shot as it happens.
Create a shooting system as unique as you are
The EOS 60D is compatible with Canon’s full range of EF and EF-S lenses and EX-series Speedlites.