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.

Specs

Body type
Body type Mid-size SLR
Sensor
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
Image
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
Autofocus
  • 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
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage included None
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (HDMI mini)
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected
Remote control Yes (Optional)
Physical
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

Reviews

DPReview Conclusion

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

Score Breakdown
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Build quality
Ergonomics & handling
Features
Metering & focus accuracy
Image quality (raw)
Image quality (jpeg)
Low light / high ISO performance
Viewfinder / screen rating
Performance
Movie / video mode
Value
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

Demanding users who need the greater speed, sophistication and durability of a semi-pro grade camera.

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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Questions & Answers

QUESTION

What is the best walk around lens for the 60D?
Eleana asked
1 year ago

ANSWERS

I use the 15-85 as my walkaround lens. I was suprised at just how sharp this little lens is. Wide enough in any situation and longer than most lenses of it's class. Good for just about anything around town. Continue Reading

Don Richardson answered
1 year ago

I actually have 2 walkaround lenses, depending on the stuff I want to shoot (and mostly, I leave home with just that one lens): Sigma 17-70 2.8 - 4.0 for landscape, nature and (almost) macro; Canon 70-300 L for wildlife and also (almost) macro (if the object is not too tiny). And as a fast "backup lens", I just bought the PowerShot G15 ... ;-) Cheers, Kurt Continue Reading

DarthVader answered
1 year ago

Not trying to be funny but what is "best" for one person might well not be "best" for someone else. It really depends on what sort of shots you like to take? How much of an image quality hit are you willing to take as a compremise of just using one lens? How much money are you willing to spend? Not critisising here, I can totally understand the desire to just use one lens sometimes because you don't have the time to change lenses or you want to travel as light as possible. But what is an acceptable compremise to you or I might be totally unacceptable to someone else. As for one lens solutions there are a couple of options like the 18-200 or maybe the 55-250. But is the IQ hit of the 18-200 too much for you? Or is the 55 of the 55-250 too long for you at the short end? There is the older canon 28-300 lens? Supposed to be pretty good but is it too heavy for you as a walkaround? If you only like to shoot at the wider end of things and are on a budget, the 18-55 II kit lens isn't a bad ... Continue Reading

crazybadger answered
1 year ago

QUESTION

Why is the EOS M being discussed in this Forum?

THE eos M is not a powershot and certainly not a P&S it's much better than that. DP review should designate a Forum just for the EOSM. I have been testing it with my EF lenses such as 70-200F4, 40mm pancake,100 macro, 15-85 and it has been such fun to use with the Adapter. I find I can hold the cameras and lenses steadier than with the 60D. IQ is on a par with my 60D and the only downside is no EVF and of course the slow autofocus which I'm told is no worse than the 650D. I'm sure when I have been using it for a longer period I will find a way round the focus issue. I'm loving it!

katy C. asked
1 year ago

ANSWERS

I agree with Marco. DPReview probably should have foreseen this - as posting our images in this forum will annoy both EOS M users and PS users. Continue Reading

Lk400 answered
1 year ago

It's not an SLR either, so it's a bit homeless at the moment. lol. Continue Reading

amosf answered
1 year ago

All the other mirrorless compacts have their own forums. It's going to start to irritate people to see all these EOS-M threads opening up in the PowerShot forum. Should start to get out of hand in just a few more days as people start posting their work here. LOL! Remember also that the EOS-M is the FIRST of a new generation of Canon Mirrorless cameras so there's eventually going to be a need for an exclusive forum. Continue Reading

Marco Nero answered
1 year ago

QUESTION

5D mk i in 2014, cheap FF or bad idea?

Dear all, I would love to hear your perspective on the following matter: I've wanted to buy a good (digital) camera for years, but I'm a student so I'm on a limited budget. The original 5D is relatively cheap nowadays, it's tempting to buy one. Full-frame seems to offer advantages that no cropped sensor camera can offer. The ability to get great photos in low light (the 5D still triumphs all non-full frame camera's on DxOmark's charts). Easy bokeh. And wide-angle shots, no crop! Am I being overly optimistic about this? How smart is buying a 5D in 2014? Here are some of my thoughts: As far as I can tell, the drawbacks aren't that bad. A CF card instead of SD card. It doesn't have a a pop-up flash. Viewing pictures back on-camera is a tad slow. Most likely I won't have any warranty, as I will be buying second hand. Not that many megapixels (I don't really care about this one). Slow AF (how slow, does anyone know how it compares to a, for example, 60D?). Some things I like about the 5D ...

Bart - asked
6 months ago

ANSWERS

Bart, I think the idea of getting an original 5D as a stepping stone to full-frame photography is brilliant. I have recommended this to some student friends of mine. It takes absolutely brilliant images and the control of depth-of-field and wide angle capability are features that cropped-snsor cameras just can't match. I've seen these cameras for $400 to $500 on E-bay. It's amazing that this technology is can be had for the price of a decent point-and-shoot. The things I dislike about my 5D are  the somewhat narrow dynamic range and the propensity for dust on the sensor (so frequent cleaning required). Other than that, it will make beautiful images. Continue Reading

John Bohland answered
6 months ago

I completely agree.  I purchased a used 5d last year, I use it more now than my 7d.  Other than the issues noted above - lack of Windows drivers, and no MFA would be the only negatives I would add.  None of the negatives would prevent me from making the same decision right now.  It's a great low cost way to get the FF perspective! Continue Reading

Atoche answered
6 months ago

The 5D1 was always a great camera.  Needs a little more sensor cleaning possibly than newer cameras, but not a huge issue. If you're buying a second hand one, (well it would have to be second hand...) make sure you buy a CR2016 button battery (about £1.50) for the internal clock battery.  By now it would possibly be past it's best.  Easy to swap out and will keep the camera working for many more years. I had two 5D1's before selling one.  The other sits in a cupboard waiting for someone to buy it off me.  (REALLY need to learn how to sell things on eBay...) Continue Reading

leecamera answered
6 months ago

WHAT'S IN THE BOX?

  • 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

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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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