New Canon 60D

Canon officially announced their new DSLR, the Canon 60D. An advanced consumer camera for those ready to take their photo skills to a new level. Click here to read the official press release from Canon. Read below for a summary.

Canon 60D

These are some of the new features:

  • Flexible 3-inch LCD screen with 1,040,000 dot/VGA resolution.
  • Multi-Control Dial with Set button inside the Quick Control Dial.
  • In-camera RAW image post-processing. Some of the settings tha you can change are: resizing images, Picture Style, White Balance (WB), Color Space, High-ISO Noise Reduction, Peripheral Illumination Correction, linear distortion correction and chromatic aberration correction.
  • New creative image filters like Soft Focus Effect, Grainy Black and White filter and Miniature Effect filter.

Other interesting features:

  • 18-megapixel Canon APS-C CMOS sensor.
  • Full resolution still images up to 5.3-frames per second.
  • ISO range from 100-6400 (adjustable in 1/3-step increments from ISO 100-6400 and expandable to 12,800).
  • Pop-up flash with a built-in Integrated Speedlite Transmitter for control of up to two groups of off-camera EOS Speedlites.
  • Full HD at 1920 x 1080 in selectable frame rates of 24p (23.976), 25p, or 30p (29.97); 720p HD recording at 50p or 60p (59.94) and SD video at frame rates of 50p or 60p (59.94).
  • Movie Crop mode allows users to achieve 7x magnification when shooting SD video. Canon’s Movie Crop mode crops the image directly from the CMOS sensor at full SD resolution to preserve image quality and still provide additional telephoto power.
  • In the video mode, manual controls for exposure as well as manually adjustable audio levels.

Canon 60D

The Price

A body-only configuration has an estimated retail price of $1,099. A kit version with Canon’s EF-S 18-135mm zoom will be around $1,399. It is supposed to be in the US by the end of September 2010.

My Opinion

The Canon 60D seems to be the camera for DSLR advanced consumer photographers that already have some experience with older and less advanced Canon models (Rebels, 20D, 30D, 40D and 50D).

While affordable, the 60D offers useful semi-professional settings like the 18MP sensor and the HD video capabilities with variable frame rates. Personally, the in-camera RAW image post-processing is one of the most interesting features for advanced amateur photographers looking forward to speed up their work-flow. The flexible LCD screen is a valuable gimmicky that most photographers and videographers will find useful when shooting at odd angles. The built-in Integrated Speedlite Transmitter to control external flashes will be a great advantage for macro and wedding photographers.

For HDSLR filmmakers this could be the new camera to get since it offers most of the manual controls that we’ve been looking for, most importantly the adjustable audio levels. The value of the in-camera video editing feature is yet to be determined.

Finally, the 60D doesn’t seem to be as rugged as the 7D and its slower shooting burst mode (5.3 vs. 8fps) may be an concern for wildlife and action photographers.

Enjoy it!

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