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Canon 60D vs Canon T2i

Updated on February 14, 2011

Compare Canon 60D vs T2i

Another digital SLR comparison? This time it's Canon 60D vs T2i (aka 550D).

A New Wrinkle in Camera Upgrades

You might be quite interested in looking at the Canon 60D vs Rebel T2i, trying to think like a camera manufacturer. Here's the point. How do we get this new camera to NOT look like the ones we already have on the market?

The second question is even more important. How do we keep this new release from being in direct competition with cameras that are already selling really well?

The answer is not an easy one, and I am sure the Canon executive team spent some sleepless nights trying to come up with answers.

Canon has done something different with the development and release of the 60D. The name "Canon 60D" really belongs to a model that is an upgrade of the Canon 50D, but the 60D does not fit that spot. Since this is truly NOT an upgrade in the strictest sense when you think about the definition of upgrade.

It does, however, fit in that spot when all features are considered. Looking at the current models, the Canon T2i and the Canon 7D have settled into their targeted market niches extremely well. This is evidenced by the immense popularity that they both have enjoyed over the past year.

Taking into consideration the additional price of the 60D, it is of particular note that it shares the same 18mp sensor and body construction as the Rebel T2i, yet there are some features that actually increase the worth of the newer DSLR.

Canon 60D vs T2i - Side-by-side

Canon 60D vs Canon T2i - The 60D is larger, making it look a bit more professional.
Canon 60D vs Canon T2i - The 60D is larger, making it look a bit more professional.
Canon 60D has a new articulating LCD screen!
Canon 60D has a new articulating LCD screen!

Canon 60D vs Canon T2i

Just wanted to mention here that video is not one of those added benefits, because the T2i also has great video quality. However, Canon has plainly made video a priority in their new DSLRs. In fact, all three digital SLR cameras in the entry level to semi-pro categories have the same high quality video capabilities. The one thing that the 60D has in its favor is an improved capacity to control audio input during video capture.

Other additions that appear to put the 60D into a category all its own include an articulating LCD panel. There are no other Canon DSLR cameras that can claim this feature. It is a real plus when capturing video and for shooting from unusual positions like really low to the ground or above the head.

Continuous image capture is yet another plus for the 60D vs T2i. The 60D has a frame rate of 5.3 fps vs 3.7 fps in the Rebel. This is significant when shooting things like sports.

Are you one who has difficulty getting your photos straight? If so, the new electronic level in the viewfinder of the 60D will make your photographic life complete.

Both the Rebel T2i and the 60D have 9 point auto focus control. However, there is now cross-type auto focus for each of the 9 points in the 60D, while the T2i has only one cross-type auto focus point. Another plus for the new kid on the block.

There is another kind of "techy" addition to the 60D. It is "in-camera RAW image processing." Essentially, this allows photographers to edit RAW images inside the camera as if it is being edited right on a computer. It comes with all essential features such as adjusting brightness, contrast, white balance, correcting distortion or chromatic aberration. The edited image can then be saved as JPEG for further processing. In camera raw processing could effectively give your photos a more professional look if you wanted to show them on some type of TV or Computer monitor before you get them on your own computer to do your normal post-processing.

The Final Canon 60D vs Canon Rebel T2i Comparison

The Canon Rebel T2i is extremely popular right now, especially among photographers who are seeking an entry level digital SLR camera. The T2i produces awesome images because it shares the same image sensor as the much more advanced Canon 7D. Plus it has some other excellent features. In fact, the Canon Rebel T2i is among the top 5 best sellers at the online stores. This is one purchase where you are guaranteed a win.

The Canon 60D, in comparison, may end up being in the same entry level category, since semi-pros might be put off by the "hybridization" of the new model, the more durable magnesium body construction (available in the 50D) being just one example.There is also an improved auto-ISO function which allows changing ISO settings very quickly and easily. And, oh yes, the wireless flash control, which is new as well. Of course, this does require the additional purchase of an external flash. Some very nice features indeed.

There is still more to compare in the Canon 60D vs Canon T2i camera issue. Are you still on the fence? There is a side-by-side-by-side comparison (including the 7D) at

Canon Rebel T2i vs Canon 60D

Canon 60D vs T2i sample images

This is a sample image from the 60D posted at www.DPReview.
This is a sample image from the 60D posted at www.DPReview. | Source
This is a sample image from the Rebel T2i posted at www.DPReview.
This is a sample image from the Rebel T2i posted at www.DPReview. | Source


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      thewayeyeseeit 4 years ago from Woodstock, GA

      Thanks Jan, the 60d has been a really well-liked camera in spite of the reservations about its construction when it was first released. Without any research to go on at this point, I think you are right about the quality comparison, but only for smaller photo files. Medium format cameras are an animal of a different breed when it gets to the larger pictures.

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      JanMaklak 4 years ago from Canada

      Well written and informative. I own a 60D and love it. For another article I would love to see a comparison of quality between a 18mp crop sensor over a medium format of 30mp or more. I really don't know if there is that much difference to the naked eye or is there.

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      thewayeyeseeit 7 years ago from Woodstock, GA

      Ultimate Hubber - I guess you are right. But there is plenty of press and discussion about the new 60D and how well it fits into its Canon niche.

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      Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago

      Good to see a canon vs. canon comparison. It is usually Nikon vs. Canon.