Canon’s fast-shooting mid-range consumer DSLR finally sees its upgrade today in the form of the EOS 60D. It boasts a smaller form factor, a vari-angle LCd screen and, of course, full HD video. The 60D will be available from October, priced £1099.99 body only.
Sample video taken with the 60D:
United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland;
26th August 2010 – Canon today announces the latest addition to
its world-famous EOS series of Digital SLR (DSLR) cameras – thenew
EOS 60D. Replacing the EOS 50D, the EOS 60D is designed for photographers
who want to take their skills to the next level, offering high performance, a
series of creative features, a Vari-angle LCD screen and enhanced ergonomics –
empowering photography enthusiasts to capture outstanding stills and Full High
Definition (HD) video for unique, creative results.
High speed, high resolution
With an 18 Megapixel APS-C sensor, the EOS 60D offers high levels
of detail and a magnification of 1.6x the focal length of the lens to capture
poster-size images in a variety of aspect ratios (1:1, 16:9, 4:3 in
addition to the standard 3:2 dimension). Canon’s powerful DIGIC 4 technology
rapidly processes image information captured from the CMOS sensor’s four-channel
output, providing outstanding colour reproduction, as well as high-speed
shooting at 5.3fps in bursts of 58 full-resolution JPEGs.
A standard ISO range of 100-6400 is extendable to 12800,
providing smooth images with minimal noise in low light conditions. A 9-point,
all cross-type autofocus (AF) system also provides swift and accurate focusing,
with an extra-sensitive centre point for lenses faster than f/2.8, allowing
photographers to artistically employ a shallow depth of field during portraiture
or for more atmospheric shooting.
EOS 60D features Canon’s iFCL metering system, first introduced with the
acclaimed EOS 7D, with a 63-zone Dual-Layer sensor. Information on subject
location is gathered from the Auto Focus system, and is combined with colour and
luminance readings for consistent accurate exposures whatever the situation. The
Integrated Speedlite transmitter also provides in-camera control of multiple EX
flash units for more creative lighting.
Shoot from all angles
new 7.7cm (3.0″) Vari-angle wide LCD monitor features a 3:2 aspect ratio and a
1,040k dot resolution, providing added flexibility and allowing photographers to
view their images in incredible detail. The Vari-angle wide LCD helps frame
shots from difficult angles, and can be positioned with Live View enabled to
achieve the desired composition if shooting isn’t possible using the viewfinder.
The ability to capture wildlife portraits, overhead shots or ground-level
photography is instantly enhanced, and the surface of the screen features an
anti-reflective, water-repellent coating to protect the screen allows easy
viewing in bright light and from a variety of angles.
A new Basic + function makes it easy for photographers to add their
own creative touch to images without worrying about changing settings.
Photographers can add ambiance to a scene by shooting according to lighting and
scene type, with Portrait, Landscape, Close-Up, Sport, Night Snapshot or
Creative AUTO modes all available. Different effects can be achieved by shooting
with Basic + enhancements such as Daylight, Cloudy or Sunset or pre-set Picture
Styles including Vivid, Soft, Warm or Monochrome.
Designed to provide power for those who wish to extend their
creative vision, the EOS 60D features a host of new functions that help capture
better images and in-camera effects to add an extra dimension. The powerful
DIGIC 4 processor supports in-camera RAW image processing, allowing
photographers to edit settings such as brightness, contrast, white balance or
correct distortion or chromatic aberration. The edited image can then be resaved
as a JPEG, ready to be printed or uploaded to a PC or the web.
For photographers who want to add
post-production effects to their images without the need for expensive software,
the EOS 60D also features a range of new creative filters that can be applied
in-camera. Filters including Grainy B/W, Soft Focus, Toy Camera Effect and
Miniature Effect provide images with a different feel, allowing photographers to
create a themed collection – using Grainy B/W to give images a reportage style,
for example – or easily smooth skin tone in portraits with Soft Focus.
EOS Movies: Full HD video with
the freedom to go beyond stills, the EOS 60D captures 1920x1080p HD video with a
variety of user-selectable frame rates, including 30, 25 and 24fps, as well as
720p video at 60 and 50fps. Movie Crop mode is also available, recording with
the central 640×480 pixel area of the sensor to create an effective
magnification of approximately seven times the focal length of the lens.
Full manual control in Movie mode
allows photographers to employ their own exposure and focus settings and take
advantage of the effects achieved from Canon’s wide range of EF lenses. An
external stereo microphone terminal and the ability to adjust sound recording
level ensures the audio track recorded matches the visual quality of the video,
capturing broadcast-quality sound.
those who want to share images with friends and family, an integrated HDMI port
is compatible with Consumer Electronics Control (HDMI-CEC), allowing video and
images to be viewed on any compatible HD-ready TV and controlled via the TV
Designed for flexibility
The EOS 60D features a completely
redesigned body, combining an ergonomically enhanced, curved shape with a new
button layout to make it quick and comfortable for photographers to change
settings. Frequently used camera controls are grouped together for easy access,
while the Quick Control Dial, Multi-controller and SET button have all been
merged into one Multi Control Dial, enabling photographers to operate menus and
enter settings quickly using their thumb. The mode dial also features a lock
button, preventing unintentional changes to settings mid-shoot.
A dedicated Quick Control access button allows
photographers to instantly reach the most common shooting settings and playback
controls. Customising the functions of a number of buttons is also possible,
allowing photographers to tailor the camera to suit their individual needs. To
help achieve landscapes with perfectly level horizons, a horizontal Electronic
Level can be displayed in the viewfinder or in Live View to assist composition
and remove any potential need for post-production correction.
The EOS 60D is one of the latest Canon models
to support high-capacity SDXC memory cards, providing up to 2TB of available
space, allowing photographers to keep shooting HD video and full resolution RAW
and JPEG stills without changing cards. For better management of larger image
libraries on the camera, EOS 60D photographers can add a rating of 1 to 5 to
their favourite images, allowing them to be easily located and viewed on-screen.
Once transferred from the camera to a PC, the tags can also be viewed using a
number of image editing and management programs, including Canon’s DPP
For photographers who want to
transfer content wirelessly, the EOS 60D includes Eye-Fi connected functions.
The EOS 60D features a dedicated Eye-Fi section in the User Interface allowing
WiFi functionality to be turned off when not required to save battery
EOS 60D features at a
18 MP APS-C CMOS sensor
Advanced creative features with Basic +
Vari-angle 7.7cm (3.0″) 3:2 ratio LCD
Full HD movies with manual control
5.3fps shooting for up to
9-point cross type AF
iFCL metering with 63-zone
In-camera RAW processing