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A Review of the Canon 60D Camera

Updated on March 15, 2015
Canon designed the 60D camera to appeal to a broad user base.
Canon designed the 60D camera to appeal to a broad user base. | Source

Canon's 60D camera is the latest in the X0D series of high quality cameras with a great deal to offer photographers of any skill level. Enthusiasts and professional photographers alike will be delighted with the powerful features and quality results the 60D has to offer, and for novices and those with a casual interest, the simplicity and ease of use of this camera will certainly be appreciated. The 60D is a model worthy of serious consideration for anyone in the market for a quality digital camera that boasts superior features and produces superior photographs.

Canon EOS 60D 18 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS UD Lens
Canon EOS 60D 18 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS UD Lens

The Canon 60D camera is available with multiple lens types, making it a useful option for a variety of different purposes.

 

Overview

The 60D is loaded with high-end features and specs. These include a top panel LCD, a convenient and easy-to-use rear control dial and superior burst rate when compared to other models in the same price range. The camera’s 18 megapixel resolution is more than ample for photographers interested in creating professional, detailed and high quality photographs, even when blown up into large posters. Finally, the addiction of full high definition movie capture give the 60D the means to capture more than just still photos, providing superior flexibility for all types of situation.

The Canon 60D can take sharp, detailed photos, even from a distance.
The Canon 60D can take sharp, detailed photos, even from a distance. | Source

Mobile Editing

An additional feature that may be of interest to some photographers is the built-in color variations that can be applied to each shot when using the camera in scene modes. This means you will not necessarily have to wait until you can upload your photos to a computer to begin editing them. Previews of the different "Ambiances" can be applied and displayed on screen during a shoot, ensuring that you are able to create just the right effect for any shot you take. This allows you to make adjustments on the fly during a shoot as necessary, instead of finding out after your shoot ends while you are evaluating the pictures on your home computer that you should have used a different strategy or technique. In addition, with file conversion from raw files into the jpeg format being possible right from the camera itself, file transfer and uploads to your computer have never been easier.

Resolution

The 60D’s resolution is able to offer exceptional results, ensuring that any shots taken can be enlarged without any resulting loss of quality. Amateurs and enthusiasts who need to enlarge a shot will have more than enough resolution to provide any size they need. For semi-professional and professional photographers who may be considering the 60D as a backup camera, the 18 megapixel resolution will ensure they do not suffer any issues of quality when enlarging their work.

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Continuous Shooting

Capturing the perfect shot when seconds count can be a real challenge, especially when your equipment is not up to the task. Continuous shooting speeds that are equal to the task of capturing all the action can be essential when photographing a dynamic scene. The 60D’s ability to shoot continuously at speeds of 5.3 frames per second will be perfect for sporting events, nature shoots and any other photo opportunities where you only have an instant to capture the perfect shot.

HD Video

Camera models that are limited to still photography alone could result in a number of missed opportunities as well. The 60D’s 1080p HD video recording with manual controls ensures that you have more flexibility and an expanded range of shooting options.

The 60D's price range makes it a competitive option even for photographers with a critical eye.
The 60D's price range makes it a competitive option even for photographers with a critical eye. | Source

Filtering Options

Subject modes in the “Ambiance Selection” feature include such options as Standard, Vivid, Warm, Soft, Intense, Brighter, Darker and Monochrome. Not only do these real time effects and filtering options allow you to begin editing your shots as soon as you have take them, as was discussed earlier, but they also give you the means to create just the effect you are searching for while on location.

Viewscreen

Previewing your photos and video on the fully articulated three-inch 3:2 viewscreen will leave nothing to chance. High resolution preview images will ensure that you are satisfied with your photographs during each shoot.

The thee-inch screen on the 60D makes it easy to ensure that you have taken the perfect shot
The thee-inch screen on the 60D makes it easy to ensure that you have taken the perfect shot | Source

Conclusions

The Canon 60D offers a full range of high quality features in a lightweight package, perfect for enthusiasts who are in need of a solid digital camera, or semi-professionals who need a backup or secondary camera that offers the right balance of portability, low cost and superior performance. Lightweight, easy to use and offering the quality results that can only be found with a Canon product, this is a model with something to offer any photographer. Superior performance and the adaptability for any photo shoot can all be possible with the Canon 60D.

The 60D is a solid option, with features and pricing that fall between the 550D and the 7D, and boasting a few capabilities not found elsewhere in Canon's X0D line. Depending on the retailer, this camera generally sells for just under $1,000. Photographers from novices to professionals who are in search of a cost effective but still powerful device loaded with features may find that the 60D is exactly what they need. The balance of high quality performance with ease of use is what makes this model such a successful entry into the market.

Have you tried the Canon 60D camera? What was your opinion of it?

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