See our first look, and read our thoughts on the Canon EOS 60D

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The Canon EOS 60D takes over the reins from the high-performing, mid-level, EOS 50D, adding HD video and a vari-angle screen to the mix. It uses the same 18MP CMOS sensor that features in the EOS 550D but adds the low pass filter from the EOS 7D.

On the top-plate the mode dial now features a lock to avoid accidental movement and the buttons are now single function rather than dial to simplify operation. The inbuilt flash also now includes a wireless flash transmitter for up to two groups of Speedlites (as opposed to three on the 7D). On the rear, the Canon EOS 60D is the first Canon EOS to feature a vari-angle bracket for the screen, which is the same 3in 1040k-dot LCD seen on the 550D. Weatherproofing has also been improved on this model from the 50D, but not quite to the level of the 5D or 7D. The d-pad now takes prime place on the rear of the camera, combining the role of the joystick and the rotating wheel, which makes accessing functions easier when using the vertical grip.

The Canon EOS 60D uses SD cards as opposed to CF cards, allowing it to take full advantage of the upcoming SDXC high-capacity cards and EyeFi cards. An electronic level features on the LCD screen or as part of the exposure compensation bar through the viewfinder to allow you to easily level your camera. In the menu there is also a range of creative effects for you to use on your photos and even in-camera Raw processing. Movies can be shot in 1080p HD quality, at 24, 25 or 50fps, and features manual control and a mic input socket.

Canon EOS 60D price and availability

The EOS 60D will be available from early October, priced £1,099 (body only).

Our thoughts

This is a much-needed replacement for what was the last in Canon’s DSLR range to be replaced. Though some may see its extension in functionality and the non-metal body as a dumbing down of the model, it in fact just extends its appeal and offers a lot of benefits for the higher-end user. The Canon EOS 60D sits comfortably in the range, offering clear distinctions between the 550D and 7D that bookend it. The vari-angle LCD is a welcome addition and has managed to be added without compromising either the screen size or resolution.

David Parry of Canon UK demonstrates a pre-production Canon EOS 60D to WDC’s Mat Gallagher, and highlights the key new features.

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