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Canon EOS 60D Announced

The DSLR market is really hotting up at the moment with Sony's new range having just been announced, new models from Nikon just around the corner, and there's been plenty of competition from all these new mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. Adding to the clamour today Canon has announced the latest addition to its mid-level SLR range.

The Canon EOS 60D packs in an 18megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, a DIGIC 4 processor, a 9-point AF system, integrated speedlite transmitter, in-camera RAW processing, and most importantly a 3.0in fully articulated LCD display - the first Canon SLR to do so. This lot gives you up to 5.3fps shooting speeds for up to 58 shots, an ISO range or 100-12,800, and Full HD video recording.

Like previous X0D models, the 60D is a step up from entry level SLRs so has features such as a top mounted LCD and control dial on the back for quickly changing settings. However, thanks to the new even higher range Canon 7D being more affordable than previous XD models, the price gap the 60D would normally have slotted into is no longer there. As such the 60D has been aimed a bit lower, making it less a direct upgrade for the 50D but instead a new step-up model for photographers looking for something with more power than a 550D. In particular, whereas the 50D has a metal body, the 60D is plastic and it also has a few more 'user-friendly' auto modes.

All told, it seems like a solid if slightly underwhelming upgrade compared to the headline grabbing features of Sony's latest models but of course, it will largely depend on what your needs are. You can pick one up in September for £1,099 body only or £ 1,499 (RRPs) with the 17-85mm kit lens.

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snaxo

August 26, 2010, 3:16 pm

Pretty underwhelmed. Although I'm sure you'll soon be able to obtain one for less than the RRP, currently if you shop around you can get a 7D for approx £200 more than this.


I wouldn't think twice.

Jmac

August 26, 2010, 3:49 pm

Kind of a weird price point IMO. While the articulated LCD is nice, it's in the "nice to have" rather than the "killer feature" category for me. Given you can pick up a 7D body only for LESS than the RRP of the 60D if you shop around, I know which way I'd go, and I think the majority of savvy consumers will be the same.





Sure you'll be able to get a 60D below RRP, and it's probably unfair to judge before we see some reviews, but I'd still sacrifice the articulated screen and pay what will likely be a small premium for the superior build quality (weather sealing; alloy body), 8fps shooting, quicker processing (dual versus single Digic 4 chips), 19 point AF (versus 9 point on the 60D) and likely better image quality of the 7D.

Geoff Richards

August 26, 2010, 4:34 pm

The RRP of the 7D on release was £1,699 and it has since dropped to £1,100 to £1,200 street price.





The out-going 50D is around £700 on the street (do people even say that any more, when they're really referring to the cheapest online price?!). So it is reasonable to assume that the 60D will drop to around £900 within a few months, putting it slap-bang in the middle between the £600-odd quid 550D and the £1,200 quid 7D.





Of course, we await Cliff Smith's review once we have a sample, but given that a 7D is *double* the price of a 550D, we'll have to see if the 60D has carved out some worthy middle ground.

Greg17b

August 26, 2010, 5:58 pm

People could do far worse in looking at a good 2nd hand 40D. Superior to the 50D in many aspects, and easily available for under £400 now.

99tollap

August 26, 2010, 6:40 pm

@Greg





Absolutely!

snaxo

August 26, 2010, 9:23 pm

Great camera the 40D. Loved mine. I have a 7D now which is unequivocally better - but you guys are bang on - a second hand 40D represents one of the best bargains in the Digital SLR world.

Jmac

August 26, 2010, 9:32 pm

@Geoff - you can have a 7D body only for £1,010 inc VAT now from (not sure if I'm allowed to give the site, but I'm sure you'll moderate it out if not) digitalrev.com, or order it brand new ex VAT on eBay for under £900 and take your chances with (erm, I mean fully declare it to) customs. On that basis I'd say £800 is the sweet spot at which the price delta between 60D and 7D makes the 60D attractive.

Money

August 27, 2010, 9:27 am

I am not sure if this new 60D as well build as it's its predecessors, according to Canon, the body is build mainly with a plastic body shell. But I really do like the 3 inch articulate screen, the Integrated Speedlite transmitter, and the In-camera RAW processing. I can't wait until Cliff do a full review on this new camera.


You guys are right about the old Canon 40D, it is a dependable workhorse and I still kept mine.

SRS

August 27, 2010, 2:32 pm

I think Canon's hand model has a small wart developing by their thumbnail. Just saying.

Reeder

September 10, 2010, 11:54 pm

Currently a 50D owner, past shoots, have been pleasant, i am tempted to upgrading to the EOS 60D, i first heard of the release from http://www.eos-60d.com and then came upon your site here, only stickler for me, is that fact Canon, has decided to not increase the time limit of video recording (grrrr!) still @ 11 minutes max, and i personally attend many live events, and like to shoot videos also, the fact only one camera wont allow me too is my only con upon upgrading, HOWever! Being a Canon loyalist, i most certainly go for the upgrade, and like the kit they offer also the body and lens kit a 18-135mm EF IS lens, for a bundled price of $1399, is not bad, so Canon KUDOS i say.


thanks and happy shooting!

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