Canon EOS 60D review

Is the 60D a successor to the 50D or big brother to the Canon 550D?

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Far be it for us to be snobbish about plastic, we'd never expect to see a modern Formula 1 race car built out of cast iron. Technically speaking, the 60D is built on an aluminium chassis and has a shell that's made of polycarbonate resin strengthened with glass fibre, so it should prove reasonably tough.

It's just that, compared with cameras like the Canon 7D and 50D, or the Nikon D90 and D300s, the Canon 60D really does feel a bit plasticky, more like Canon's line of budget cameras including the EOS 450D, EOS 500D and EOS 550D. The only plus point is that it shaves 67g off the bodyweight of the 50D.

Dials, buttons and switches feel mostly of good quality but some are a little fiddly. For example, the main on/off switch is on the edge of the main shooting mode dial, so it would be easy to switch shooting modes accidentally when turning the camera on or off. Presumably for this reason, Canon has added a locking button to the top of the mode dial, so you need to press this down with one finger while rotating the dial with your thumb and another finger.

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One thing that sets the Canon 60D apart from cheaper Canon DSLRs is that it features the time-honoured top-plate LCD. Again, however, this has been downsized from the 50D's secondary LCD and no longer includes quality mode or white balance information. You gain an extra control button along the front edge of the top LCD, making four in all, but they're not Canon's usual dual-mode buttons and have only one action each, comprising AF, Drive, ISO and Metering modes. An extra button activates the top LCD's illumination.

Ultimately, the EOS 60D's plastic build doesn't impair handling and the camera feels solid and comfortable in use. Ergonomics are good and rubberised areas on the hand grip, back plate and left hand side of the camera add non-slip confidence.

Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital SLR Camera with Lens
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution18 Megapixel
Wide AngleNo
Product FamilyEOS
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom5x
Digital ZoomNo
Brand NameCanon
FeaturesLive View, Face Detection, Aperture Priority, Manual White Balance, Manual Control
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsQuickTime MOV
Viewfinder TypeSLR
Weight (Approximate)755 g
Maximum Image Resolution5184 x 3456
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height105.8 mm
Width144.5 mm
Depth78.6 mm
Focal Length17 mm to 85 mm (Lens 1)
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product Model60D
Product NameEOS 60D Digital SLR Camera
Product LineEOS
Exposure Control
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Program AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number4460B054AA
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Discover your creative side with the EOS 60D. Express yourself by producing stunning stills or Full HD Movies using the vari-angle LCD screen and the advanced creative features. Ideal for those who want to create large, poster-size prints - or crop images without losing any of the detail necessary for printing - EOS 60D's 18MP CMOS sensor is outstanding in low light, and produces images with incredibly low noise.

Package Contents
  • EOS 60D Digital SLR Camera
  • EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens
  • LP-E6 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
Limited Warranty1 Year