Canon EOS 60D DSLR Camera

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79% Silver Award
The 60D improves on its predecessor even at the pixel level - all around image quality is a step forward in just about every respect.”

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Key Features

  • 18MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • 5.3 frames per second continuous shooting
  • 1080p HD video recording with manual controls
  • 3.0 inch articulated Clear View LCD with 1,040,000 dots
  • 9-point AF system (all cross-type)
  • Wireless flash control

Product Description

The Canon EOS 60D sits squarely between the Rebel series of entry-level DSLRs and Canon's fleet of semi-pro and pro models with an 18MP APS-C sensor. The articulated 3.0-inch LCD is a standout feature, and a welcome one for tripod and video shooters. The high ISO performance produced by the 60D is leaps and bounds ahead of previous generation DSLRs like the 50D it replaced. Borrowing the 7D's excellent sensor, it brings semi-pro features into a camera body that's lighter and more compact. It's a no-brainer for the Rebel owner looking to upgrade, as enthusiasts will enjoy its top-notch image quality.


Body type
Body type Mid-size SLR
Max resolution 5184 x 3456
Other resolutions 5184 x 2912, 4608 x 3456, 3456 x 3456, 3456 x 2304, 3456 x 1944, 3072 x 2304, 2592 x 1456, 2592 x 1728, 2304 x 1728, 2304 x 2304, 1920 x 1280, 1920 x 1080, 1728 x 1728, 1696 x 1280, 1280 x 1280, 720 x 480, 720 x 400, 640 x 480, 480 x 480
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 18 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 19 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Digic 4
ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, (12800 with boost)
White balance presets 6
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, Normal
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoom No
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 9
Lens mount Canon EF/EF-S
Focal length multiplier 1.6×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fully articulated
Screen size 3
Screen dots 1,040,000
Touch screen No
Screen type Clear View TFT color LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 96%
Viewfinder magnification 0.95×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash Yes (Pop-up)
Flash range 13.00 m
External flash Yes (Hot-shoe, Wireless plus Sync connector)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye
Continuous drive 5.3 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, remote)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
  • Partial
Exposure compensation ±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±3 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes (3 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps), 1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (59.94, 50 fps)
Format H.264
Microphone Mono
Speaker Mono
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage included None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (HDMI mini)
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected
Remote control Yes (Optional)
Environmentally sealed Yes (Water and Dust resistant)
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Lithium-Ion LP-E6 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 1100
Weight (inc. batteries) 755 g (1.66 lb / 26.63 oz)
Dimensions 145 x 106 x 79 mm (5.71 x 4.17 x 3.11)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes (by USB cable and PC)
GPS None


DPReview Conclusion

Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category at the time of review.

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Silver Award
Silver Award
79 %
Overall Score

The 60D is probably best understood as a 'super Rebel.' It's a more comfortable, more flexible, and faster-to-use version of Canon's justly popular entry-level DSLRs. The twin dial controls, better grip, and bigger viewfinder will delight stills shooters while the articulated screen and movie control will please would-be videographers.

Good For

Enthusiast photographers beginning to outgrow their first DSLR. Videographers wanting control over their footage.

Not So Good For

User Reviews

4.51698 out of 5 stars
  • dcperspective, Jan 24, 2013 GMT:
    Love this thing !!!!!

    The articulating screen on this thing simply changes SLR photography. Opens new perspectives in so many ways.

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  • Nick FM, Jan 1, 2013 GMT:
    Canon 60d Review

    This camera works well for may people, but it depends on what you want to shoot. If you are looking to get a camera for moving subjects than the 7d will work better. If you are looking for a camera for landscapes and studio work than you could use the cheaper T3i or T2i. This camera is a weird mix of those two cameras. Where this camera really excels is for videos and photos. If you just want to take videos you can do the same thing with the T3i, but this camera is best at both. When you add ...

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  • Toebak, Jun 10, 2012 GMT:
    Canon 60D

    This is my second DSLR from Canon I bought. I had to choose between a 60D and A 7D, and I went for the 60D. And I have no regrets about that. Mainly because the specification were not that too different and the price tag, made me choose the 60D. I love the weight of the body, compared to my 550D. Also the top display comes in very handy because i use my camea to make nightshots. The posibility to take photograph at 5 pics a second is great, specialy when working with kids or pets. The menu ...

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  • 60D, May 27, 2012 GMT:
    Is it good enough?

    My first foray into DSLR and it's a great do anything photo/video camera. After much review reading and considering my short term needs for a good video camera I chose the 60D. On reflection there are better alternatives for video and since then I've bought a 2nd hand Sony HDR FX7 for video. The 60D is now mostly for stills and time lapse though I do think if I'd bought the Sony first I might have picked up a Nikon D???? or FUJI X100 for stills. I like the fact that Nikon have been using ...

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  • EOS 60D Body
  • Lens kit includes EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens OR EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens
  • Eyecup Eb
  • Wide Strap EW-EOS 60D
  • USB Interface Cable IFC-130U
  • Stereo AV cable AVC-DC400ST
  • Battery Pack LP-E6
  • Battery Charger LC-E6
  • EOS Digital Solution Disc and Instruction Manuals
  • "Great Photography is Easy" Booklet and "Do More with Macro" Booklet

Warranty Information

"Canon U.S.A., Inc. and Canon Canada Inc. (collectively "Canon") warrant to the original end‐user purchaser, when delivered in new condition in its original container, that the Product will be free from defects in materials and workmanship under normal use and service for a period of one (1) year from the date of original purchase. Product returned to a Canon repair facility and proven to be defective upon inspection will, at Canon’s sole discretion and without charge, be (a) repaired utilizing new, remanufactured, repaired and/or recycled parts; (b) exchanged for a new Product or; (c) exchanged for a refurbished Product, as determined by the Canon repair facility. Warranty exchange or replacement does not extend the original warranty period of the Product. "

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