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Canon 60D vs canon 7D; review and comparison

Updated on May 12, 2012

The announcement by canon in 2011 that they were going to release canon 60D triggered plenty of expectations. Truly there were a number of surprises regarding the specifications and features of the new product as people who are already familiar with the canon range of products find the camera easier to operate.

But it also came with some setbacks that made 70D more interesting and superior. There are a number of elements that differentiate canon 7D vs 60D in terms of physical features like grip, screen, storage and burst speed and more. This will help you make a decision if you want to purchase one of them and you're not sure which one to pick.

Let's start our canon 7D vs 60D comparison from the physical appearance and look. The 60D camera is made of a mixture of polycarbonate resin, ABS resin and electromagnetic interference shielding conductive fiber, which makes the body of the camera tough. But in spite of that 7D is still more solid than 60D. It has a swiveling LCD that makes it a little bit thicker from the lens mount to the LCD.

The 7D has a compact body that makes it tough and resistant to water and dust. The grip of 60D is small, and that make is easy to hold when trying to take a photograph. It has two indentations; one is inside the grip and the other one is made specifically to accommodate the middle finger for easy grip. The grip on the 7D however is bigger, also with an indentation for the middle finger. The 7D also has in front of the grip an infrared sensor that allow for a remote release.

Generally there is hardly any difference in canon 7D vs 60D, but canon has moved it from the bottom right to the upper left as both models advance. Although the record button and live view has remain in the same place. Canon also added unlock button under the power switch and integrated 8-way joystick to economize space.

In terms of pricing the 60D is worth more than a thousand dollars, but if you prefer the 7D then you should be ready to spend about 400 dollars more. Both cameras worth the money you're paying, including the 400 dollars you're paying for the extra features you'll benefit from the 7D.

In terms of LCD screen and video quality 7D has an advantage because of the three custom position features on the dial called C1, C2 and C3. This feature is excellent because it gives you the chance to easily create settings you can use frequently. But the 60D has a vari-angle LCD screen that makes it difficult for photographers to operate since they have to flip it and swing it out before they can use it.

But once you get used to the feature, using it becomes very easy. When it comes to burst speed and storage both cameras share the spoils. The 60D has better storage because it uses SD card, but 7D shoots a faster burst speed performing about 8 frames per second.

Another superior feature in the 7D worth mentioning has to do with the autofocus system. While 60D has just 9 setups, 7D has as much as 19 autofocus points that are designed to detect horizontal and virtual features so that better accuracy can be achieved across the frame.

And in terms of image quality and noise both cameras are good but 7D gets to the finish line few moments earlier than 60D. Most people who have used canon 7D vs 60D confess that 7D produces less color noise and luminance in particular setting.


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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Great assessment. I have the 7D and I absolutely love it!