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Big shooter for the serious photogs

An update to the Canon EOS 50D, the 60D is power-packed but not without its share of problems

india Updated: Jan 04, 2011 14:52 IST
Nikhil Hemrajani
Nikhil Hemrajani
Hindustan Times

The Canon EOS 60D is a digital SLR camera aimed at enthusiast shooters who are serious about their photography. You should be looking at this camera if you’re interested in taking up photography as a side career or if you want frame-worthy results.

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 675 g as compared to 50D’s 730 g. It’s comfortable to hold and the rubberised surfaces offer reliable grip.

CameraThe 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. Yet another interesting change comes in the form of SD card compatibility. Canon has done away with the bulkier CompactFlash memory cards. Pop an SD/ SDHC/ SDXC card into the designated slot located on the hand grip and you’re good to go.

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 will let you select the shooting mode from program, shutter, aperture, manual, movie mode and so on. The dial is locked by default — you have to press the button in the centre to be able to use it.

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. The last bit is really the icing on the cake. There are three kit lenses to choose from, or you can buy just the body if you already own Canon EF and EF-S lenses.

This shooter pleases on most fronts. 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. Video quality is great even in low light.

The few areas where the 60D takes a hit are the plastic body and the inconveniently sized buttons. The loss of the joystick is not fun! Finally, the 18-135 mm kit lens that we tested the camera with suffers from a bit of purple fringing and soft focus around the edges. So invest in a good L series lens if you want the best quality possible.

What we like
Excellent battery life
SD card support
Good image quality

What we don’t
Slow AF in Live Mode
Plastic body
Iffy buttons, no joystick

The Canon EOS 60D is definitely a big step up from its predecessor the 50D. It has excellent battery life and gives great results regardless of the lighting conditions. The 1080p video recording is a boon for amateur filmmakers. Priced at Rs 65,295 (body only) and Rs 85,995 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 SLR

First Published: Jan 04, 2011 13:01 IST

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