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Big shooter for serious lensmen

india Updated: Jan 11, 2011 02:21 IST
Nikhil Hemrajani
Nikhil Hemrajani
Hindustan Times
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The Canon EOS 60D is a digital SLR camera aimed at enthusiast shooters who are serious about their photography.

Look and feel
Vis-à-vis its predecessor, the 50D, there’s a lot that’s been changed. Those familiar will not be pleased to know that the 60D sports a polycarbonate exterior over an aluminium chassis. The former, and for that matter higher-end Canon cameras like the 7D and 5D Mark 2, have better magnesium alloy bodies. Yet, the 60D’s build feels solid, and the camera is very light. It weighs only 675g as compared to 50D’s 730g.

The second big change comes in the form of a flip-out rotating LCD screen. This is a first among Canon SLRs. The screen packs in 1040k pixels, which is the highest in its range. The screen is sharp and offers plenty of detail when viewing photos or shooting in live mode. The rotating aspect is convenient if you’re using a tripod or taking over-the-crowd shots from non-standard angles. Controls

Button placement is a bit iffy. The menu, info, playback and Q (Quick Control) buttons are strangely sized and a bit difficult to locate when shooting in the dark.

Moreover, the joystick in its predecessor has been turned into an eight-way controller that’s integrated into the Quick Control dial. The original setup was more convenient. The mode dial on the top lets you select the shooting mode from program, shutter, aperture, manual, movie mode and so on. The dial is locked by default — press the button in the centre to be able to use it. Features

The 60D packs in 18 megapixels, sporting the same CMOS image sensor also present in its bigger brother, the 7D. That’s three more big ones compared to the 50D. There’s a nine-point autofocus system as on the 50D and a 63-zone metering system borrowed from the 7D. You can shoot in burst mode at 5.3 frames per second and record videos at a whopping 1920x1080 resolution (full HD) at 24 or 30 fps. Performance

The battery life at 1,100 shots per charge is a force to reckon with. It’s the highest in its category and transcends some higher-end models too. Image quality is very impressive as well. When shooting in RAW mode, you can go as high as ISO 3200 with minimal noise and good dynamic range in the colour and contrast departments.

Verdict
The Canon EOS 60D is a big step up from its predecessor the 50D. The 1080p video recording is a boon for amateur filmmakers. Priced at R65,295 (body only) and R85,995 with the 18-135 mm f 3.5-5.6 kit lens we tested it with, it’s well priced and a good option for those moving up from entry-level SLRs.

Rating= ****