I am a Nikon shooter, and I absolutely LOVE the Canon 60D. There. I said it.
With its new in-camera processing, vari-angle LCD screen, Full HD 1920×1080 video at 30, 25 or 24 fps, you can’t go wrong. And don’t forget its electronic level, which is really helpful when shooting landscapes and large groups.
Using in-camera processing, you can edit the exposure, saturation, contrast, and more on your images without even taking the card out of the camera! This works for both jpeg and RAW. Furthermore, using its star-rating system, you can rate your images so when you import them into your photo-editing software, such as Lightroom, you can already have your favorites sorted out.
Now, you can’t talk about the 60D without talking about its video capabilities. It is the first in its class to have video capture. It can shoot up to 60 fps. If you’re shooting in Full HD, it will shoot 30 fps.
It does NOT have autofocus when shooting video. However, if it did have autofocus for video, I’m not convinced it’d make for better video. When the camera is switched to LiveView (it has to be on LiveView in order to shoot video), the autofocus is sluggish. When you manually focus, you can be faster and more precise. Furthermore, at this point in time, the focus motors in these cameras are loud enough for the mic to pick up. So manual focus is quieter, faster, and more precise than autofocus would be.
The autofocus for still photography on this camera, however, is better than the Rebel T3i’s. This is due to its 9-point crosstype autofocus system. The crosstype points detect horizontal and vertical lines, allowing for better, more precise focus.
Another new, useful feature on the 60D is the manual audio control. This gives you better control over the audio than the 7D, for instance, which only has automatic audio capture. The 60D also has wind filters which useful for shooting outside.
A more fun feature on the camera is the use of “creative filters.” My favorite is the “miniature effect” which is fun to use when shooting objects or buildings from far up. It gives the effect of a tilt shift lens. Some of the other filters are grainy b&w, toy camera, and soft focus. (Below are some
This is an example of the miniature effect. Better when used on objects or buildings from high up. (This is straight from the camera, no post-processing)
One of the toy camera filters. (again, straight out of camera, no post-processing)
- “Grainy B&W” (once again, this is straight out of the camera without any post-processing)
The body of the camera is a little different than its predecessors. To me, it’s easier to use. The placement of the buttons on the Canon cameras have never made much sense to me. The 60D has been completely rearranged to where you can use your right hand to press the majority of the buttons. Also, the back dial and the D-pad are now integrated, which again, makes a lot more sense than having two controllers in different places. The body of the camera is a little lighter than the rest in its series due to its polycarbonate shell (it does have an aluminum frame, however).
One of my favorite updates on the body of the camera (as can be seen in the below picture) is the four buttons along the top of the LCD screen. They match up to corresponding settings. (The ISO button is directly above the ISO setting on the top panel screen).
Another cool feature is its aspect ratio simulation. Let’s say you’re shooting an image that you know will be used for a 5×5 print. When in live view, you can set your aspect ratio for whatever size you need, in this case we would use a 1:1 aspect ratio. Red crop lines will appear on the live view screen. You can also set the aspect ratio to 16:9 and 4:3; the camera will automatically shoot with a 3:2 aspect ratio. When shooting in jpeg, your images will be saved with the crop. When shooting in RAW, the files will be saved as 3:2 but will be tagged with crop lines and can be viewed with Canon’s digital photo professional software. This is really a nice feature, especially when shooting with a particular print size in mind.
So, to answer my first question: What’s not to love? Well, not much. This camera is super fast, super smart, and really fun to use. I do have one complaint, however. Canon has removed the option to make lens AF microadjustments to compensate for lenses that aren’t tuned just right. This doesn’t seem to turn too many people away from the 60D, however. I mean, really, how many photographers do you know that sync their lenses? I think this is also Canon’s way of making the camera more user-friendly for entry-level users. Canon has made the 60D more appealing for professionals as well since they’ve added the capability of the pop-up to control external flashes wirelessly. One other complaint is its polycarbonate shell. When I get this level of camera, or anything beyond entry-level really, I’d like a heavy-duty body. They’ve made the 60D fairly light. Even though it still has the aluminum frame, it still feels light, plastic, and almost like a toy. Other than those two complaints, I really REALLY love this camera. Too bad all my lenses are Nikkor…