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.