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The Canon EOS 60D vs. the Canon EOS 7D

The Canon EOS 60D vs. the Canon EOS 7D

Written by Ron Risman, Cameratown.

The new Canon EOS 60D, announced today by Canon, replaces the aging EOS 50D.  It's price sits between the Rebel T2i and the EOS 7D as does its feature set.  While the EOS 60D has a few new features that will attract both still and video shooters alike, it also has a few omissions that helps to keep the EOS 7D relevant.

Here is a list of feature differences between the EOS 60D and the EOS 7D

  • The EOS 60D features the first articulating (vari-angle) LCD display ever in a Canon SLR camera.  This allows users to more easily capture high/low angle shots or video.  The 3.0" display feature 1,040,000 pixels.  The EOS 7D's LCD offers 940k pixels and is non-articulating.  The extra pixels on the 60D are due to an aspect ratio change and not related to increased sharpness.

  • The EOS 60D features the same fast 1/250th second flash-sync speed as the 7D, a nice addition for strobist enthusiasts.

  • The EOS 60D features manual audio levels, a function only made available in the EOS 5D Mark II (via firmware update).  This might mean that we'll see it added to the EOS 7D in the near future via a firmware update.

  • The EOS 60D features a slower 5.6fps continuous burst frame rate, down from the 6.3fps of the older 50D and 8fps of the EOS 7D, but faster than the 3.7fps of the lower-priced Rebel T2i.

  • The EOS 60D uses SDHC/SDXC memory cards vs. the CompactFlash cards used in the 7D and 5D Mark II.  

  • The EOS 60D uses the LP-E6 Smart Li-Ion battery used in the EOS 7D and 5D Mark II, which makes it very suitable as a backup body for either of these cameras.

  • The EOS 60D lacks the Lens AF Microadjustment, a function that allowed users to adjust for slight alignment issues with a lens' auto focus system. 

  • The EOS 60D offers a built-in mono microphone and an aux. stereo microphone input. 

  • Unlike the Rebel T2i the EOS 60D allows the user to dial in a kelvin temperature along with white balance presets

  • The EOS 60D features a built-in Speedlite transmitter allowing the camera to trigger other compatible Speedlite flash units.  However, the 60D cannot control other EX flash units through its pop-up flash. This feature helps when line-of-sight is not available.

  • Viewfinder coverage is 96% with the EOS 60D, compared with 100% with the EOS 7D.

  • The EOS 60D has a built-in wind cut filter, a feature found in the EOS 7D but not in the EOS 5D Mark II. The wind cut filter reduces audio frequences below 100Hz

  • When recording video the EOS 60D does not allow the user of Aperture Priority or Shutter Priority modes. Only Program Auto or Full Manual are available.    Settings cannot be altered once recording starts.

  • The EOS 60D is the first Canon DSLR to feature Creative Filters, allowing the photographer to add a toy camera look, tilt-shift (miniature) look, soft focus, and grainy B&W effects to an image.

  • The EOS 60D does not feature a Func. button or a dedicated Picture Styles button, but does add a new 8-way joystick compared to the 4-way controller on the 7D and 5D Mark II.

  • The EOS 60D allow users to give a STAR rating to images, making easier to find images by filtering on this criteria.

  • The EOS 60D allows for some post-processing to be added to the in-camera RAW file.  Auto Lighting Optimizer, White Balance correction, Noise Reduction, and Picture Styles are available.

Overall, the EOS 60D is looking like a great video enabled DSLR for those that can't stretch their budget to the EOS 7D. While it lacks the magnesium body of the 7D it does offer some new tricks of its own, while losing a few at the same time. 

The EOS 60D will ship in September at $1099 (Body only) and $1399 (with 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens). Amazon.com is now taking pre-orders and will ship it free as soon as it becomes available.

EOS 60D Videos

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