Canon EOS 60D

Released August, 2010
New: EOS 70D (Aug, 2013)
  • 17.9 MP
  • APS-C 22.3 x 14.9 mm CMOS
  • 3" LCD
Image quality is very good for both stills and HD movie capture.
by TechRadar (Mar, 2011)
9 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Canon EOS 60D

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

EOS 60D
9.6
D7000
10.0
Nikon D90
10.0
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

EOS 60D
5.7
D7000
8.2
Nikon D90
5.9
focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

EOS 60D
10.0
D7000
10.0
Nikon D90
10.0
continuous shooting

Reviews

What do the experts think?

EOS 60D
9.2
D7000
9.1
Nikon D90
9.5
Reviews from canonwatch.com, techradar.com, reviews.cnet.com, photographyblog.com and 3 more

9

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

EOS 60D
9.0
D7000
9.3
Nikon D90
9.3

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Canon EOS 60D

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

EOS 60D
813 ISO
D7000
1,167 ISO
Nikon D90
977 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

EOS 60D
2,800 LPH
D7000
2,000 LPH
EOS 7D
2,000 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

EOS 60D
253 ms
EOS 7D
131 ms
Nikon D90
208 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

EOS 60D
63 ms
EOS 100D
76 ms
Rebel T4i
74 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

EOS 60D
400 ms
Rebel T4i
700 ms
EOS 700D
700 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

EOS 60D
5.3 fps
EOS 7D
8 fps
EOS 1300D
3 fps

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Canon EOS 60D


7.9
In general the handling of the 60D was a pretty positive experience - it has a larger grip than the Rebel/XXOD series, making it fit more comfortably in the hand for long periods of shooting.

9.0
We'd still recommend paying the extra cash, though, principally for the 60D's excellent vari-angle screen, better viewfinder, secondary LCD screen and control dial, speedier burst shooting, more refined movie mode, and much more intuitive control layout and handling.

8.1
It's still fast enough for anyone who's not shooting fast-moving pro sports or land-speed-record wildlife.

8.0
Obviously, being able to swivel the screen will be a big help to many photographers, especially those focusing on macro, wildlife and action, and it's surprising that it's taken Canon so long to introduce it on a DSLR body.

Overall

8.4 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Video

Motion looks smooth, and I couldn't even force it to exhibit any rolling shutter.
by c|net (Jan, 2011)
When you do a lot of jumping back and forth between still and video, having to constantly rotate the dial back and forth almost completely around gets foot-stompingly frustrating.
by c|net (Jan, 2011)
Current 50D owners looking to upgrade may miss that camera's more durable metal body shell, slightly faster burst shooting, more intuitive joystick control, PC sync socket and support for Compact Flash cards - they'd be better advised to look at the 7D - but for the rest of us, especially those interested in video, the 60D is a compelling addition to the Canon EOS range.
by Photography Blog (Oct, 2010)

Screen

It's not too big a deal because the Canon 60D makes the most of Canon's excellent Quick Control menu, displayed on the main LCD.
by TechRadar (Mar, 2011)
For high contrast scenes, however, even when multiple focus points lock on to bright and dark areas in the shot, the 60D often seems to expose for the shadows, making the overall shot far too bright and requiring -1EV or more of exposure compensation.
by TechRadar (Mar, 2011)
One thing that sets the Canon 60D apart from cheaper Canon DSLRs is that it features the time-honoured top-plate LCD.
by TechRadar (Mar, 2011)

Lens

An extra bonus is that the central AF point is extra-sensitive to take advantage of fast f/2.8 lenses.
by TechRadar (Mar, 2011)
This is fine for novices, but awkward for experienced photographers who want to be able to adjust a combination of exposure, shutter speed or aperture quickly.
by Photography Blog (Oct, 2010)

Focus

You get the same 9-point autofocus system and DIGIC 4 image processor, making it look a bit of a poor relation compared with the Canon 7D, which has a more generous 19-point AF system and dual DIGIC 4 processors.
by TechRadar (Mar, 2011)
You only get 9 AF points as opposed to the Canon 7D's 19, and the maximum continuous shooting speed is slower at 5.3 frames per second compared to the Canon 7D's 8.
by TechRadar (Mar, 2011)

Photography

A first for Canon DSLRs, the Canon 60D enables you to edit photos in-camera, as well as adding a few creative effects and, better still, you can process RAW images and convert them to JPEGs.
by TechRadar (Mar, 2011)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type CMOS
Megapixels 17.9 MP
Resolution 5184 x 3456
Size APS-C
Area 22.3 x 14.9 mm
Crop factor 1.6x
Pixel size 18.5 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 6,400 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 6,400 ISO to 12,800 ISO
Codecs
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes
Tested vertical resolution 2,800 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,800 LPH

focus system

Type Phase detection
Focus points 9
Cross type focus points 9
Supports continuous No

shutter

Min 30 s
Max 1/8000 s

form factor

Size 145 x 106 x 79 mm
Thickness 79 mm
Weight 755 g
Is weather sealed No

features

Is a smart camera No
Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR No
WiFi None
Automatic panorama No
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization None

video

Video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
Shoots video in 24p Yes
Shoots high speed video No
External mic jack 3.5mm
Autofocus while shooting video None

display

Type LCD
Size 3"
Resolution 1,040 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen Yes
Supports live view Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Pentaprism
Coverage 96%
Magnification 0.95x
Viewfinder size 0.59x

performance

Max continuous shooting 5.3 fps
Battery life 1,100 photos
Continuous shooting 5.3 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 253 ms
Shutter lag 63 ms
Startup delay 400 ms
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