PROS / The APS-C sensor is great for auto focus needs. This camera also records 1080p video.
CONS / The 60D has a shutter life of just 100,000 images.
VERDICT / Continuous shooting is slower on this camera than it is on other cameras, but overall, the Canon EOS 60D takes quick, detailed pictures and records excellent quality video.
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The Canon EOS 60D is the latest model in a long line of mid-level professional DSLRs. While it's similar in aesthetics and features to its predecessors, there are some significant upgrades. The most significant change Canon added is the jump from the 50D's 15.1MP (megapixels) to the 60D's 18MP and improved battery life. The 60D fills the gap between consumer level cameras and professional-level cameras, but don’t let that deter you, as the 60D has plenty of features to entice you if you are into anything from landscape to action photography.
Its small 18 MP 22.3 x 14.9mm sensor is a nice upgrade over the 15.1 MP sensor on the previous model. This APS-C CMOS sensor is much cheaper than a full-frame sensor. Furthermore, it gives you a range advantage and is easier to auto focus. The ISO ranges from 100 to 1,600, with the option to extend that all the way up to 12,800, which will give you some noise. This is lower than other professional DSLRs, but great for low-light shooting.
One downside is the speed of the 60D. The 60D shoots up to 5.3 images per second if the lighting is correct. This is slower than many other professional cameras, so if you shoot fast-moving subjects, such as athletes, you may want to pass on this professional DSLR camera.
The Canon EOS 60D shoots high-definition video, including 1080p and 720p, at frame rates of 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p and 24p. This is no surprise, since Canon has emerged as the leader of video-enabled DSLRs.
The DIGIC 4 Chip in this professional DSLR camera allows for some new features in the camera, including face detection in the Live View mode, an Auto Lighting Optimizer, high-ISO noise reduction and variable megapixel sizes as low as .35 MP (regular) and 4.5 MP (RAW).
The Canon EOS 60D is built with a 3-inch LCD monitor. The monitor contains Live View technology that allows you to use the LCD screen to compose an image with a similar view to the one you'd see when looking through your camera's viewfinder. The LCD screen features a smudge-resistant coating, and is simple to navigate; we easily found the settings and shooting options we needed to create professional photos.
The new creative auto setting debuting in the Canon EOS 60D professional DSLR camera most notably allows you to brighten and darken the exposure, and there's another option to blur or sharpen the background. There are also several creative filters, such a Toy Camera and Miniature, if you want to mess around with those instead of using a computer program.
Several shooting modes are available on this professional DSLR camera that will enable you to perfect your captured images. Manual focus and auto-focus are included, along with metering modes with an image sensor. We were pleased to see a grid display and a silent shooting option. These features allow you to capture images during a play or performance without causing a distraction.
The Canon EOS 60D professional DSLR camera has seen its battery life extended. You can take up to 1,600 images (with a flash) and 1,100 images (without a flash) with a single battery charge. One drawback to the camera is the shutter life of just 100,000 images. This is an estimate offered by Canon professionals and you may never shoot that many images the whole time you have the camera, but it is still fewer than other cameras in our lineup.
Canon has several help and support options, including a FAQs section, user guide, a Resources and Learning page and a one-year warranty. The resources page has both video and written tutorials to help you with your camera and shooting techniques.
The EOS 60D from Canon has some great features and custom settings that allow you to take low-light pictures due to the broad ISO range. This camera captures crisp detail and color, as well. You can also use the 60D to take 1080p video, and you have the ability to add an external mic for better sound. The camera is slower than the best digital SLR cameras, but for the price, this camera is a great entry point into professional photography.