Thursday, August 26, 2010

Canon 60D Announced!

The Canon 60D has finally been announced. And it's a humdinger!

It has an articulated LCD!!! And a sensible one, too, not like the D5000's piece o' shit.

It has a slightly smaller, PLASTIC body (compared to the 40D/50D/7D). I prefer metal. I like metal. I lust for metal.

It has no AF micro-adjustment.

It has a 96% coverage viewfinder (compared to 95% in the 40D/50D and 100% in the 7D).

It does away with the joystick. (But it has a 4-way controller inset within the rear control wheel.)

It has no multi-flash support.

It uses SD cards instead of CF.

It has a slightly slower frame rate, 5.3 fps.

It has the same metering system and movie mode as the 7D.

It has the same sensor as the T2i. And the same 9-point AF system as the 40D. (Just as well -- I think the 7D's 19-point AF is too complicated.)

It's only slightly ($300) more expensive than the T2i, the top-end Rebel. In fact, think of the 60D as a Super Rebel.


I'm glad I didn't buy the 50D. The 7D is the natural upgrade path. The 60D is pretty much a dumbed-down 50D. Canon have repositioned the xxD line away from 'semi-pro' and toward the high-end consumer segment.

My guess is that the 60D will be more comfortable to hold than the Rebels, but not as comfortable as my 40D. Let's see if I'm right...

2 comments:

  1. Why upgrade from 40D to 60D?

    - high ISO
    - movie mode
    - articulated screen

    Why choose 60D over T2i?

    - more comfortable grip
    - pentaprism viewfinder
    - ergonomics - rear control wheel, top LCD
    - better AF - 9 cross-type points
    - faster frame rate
    - articulated screen
    - wireless flash controller

    Why choose 7D over 60D?

    - 8 fps
    - 19 cross-type point AF
    - 100% coverage viewfinder
    - magnesium alloy body
    - AF micro-adjustment

    The *only* thing I really miss in the 40D is high ISO performance. As good as the 7D/60D are in this regard, they're not good enough. So I shall wait for the next generation of DSLR that will have truly wonderful high ISO...

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  2. well said richi ... i got ma first camera canon 60 D wid canon 18-200 lens

    lookin for some online basic training material ..

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