The Canon EOS 60D DSLR may be on every amateur photographer's wish list with its 18 megapixel CMOS sensor, DIGIC 4 image processor, HD video recording and more for $1300 with a lens. Kevin Pereira and Sara Underwood review the 60D to help make those holiday shopping decisions.
What You Need To Know
The Canon 60D measures about 6" across and weighs 1.5 lb without the lens.
There's a molded grip on the end to make it easier to carry.
The DSLR can get a bit heavy and has a rotating LCD.
For the most part, beginner photographers will find the DLSR easy to use.
The scroll wheel makes menus easy to navigate.
The dedicated buttons like "Delete" and "Live View" are really helpful.
It looks intimidating but you'll get used to it fast.
Features include creative art filters and continuous shooting, which all work well.
Filers include black and white, miniature and toy camera, which can be applied in-camera so you can try out a bunch of different effects without losing the original.
The continuous shooting is about 5.3 fps which is actually a little slower than comparable cameras but it does the job.
Recently, people have been using these cameras to shoot TV and film, which means the quality is good enough.
The DLSR record 1920x1080 video at 30 fps and the quality is spectacular.
Colors are extremely vibrant and there's very little digital noise.
It would have been nice to have in-body image stabilization but if you put this on a tripod, you'll have yourself a high quality video camera.
One thing about recording video is that there's no continuous auto focus and it'll take a while to focus by holding down the shutter button.
The picture quality is even better than the video quality.
These are some of the best normal light photos we've seen this year.
The focus and exposure are almost perfect and color accuracy/saturation is exactly what you want them to be.
Low light photos are also very good: they don’t blur easily and Canon's image sensor is fantastic at exposure, even in little to no light.
The flash also exposes evenly.
$1,000 for just the body.
$1,300 for the body and the lens.
This is one of the best cameras we've tested this year and is definitely worth the price.