Canon EOS 60D Review

Introduction

The Canon x0D series has always been the flagship cropped frame APS-C model in the Canon line up of DSLR before the arrival of the Canon EOS 7D. xoD models before the 60D has always fitted in a gap that Nikon (Canon’s main rival) has no direct model to compete with, above the Nikon D90 and below the Nikon D300. With the introduction of the new EOS 60D, Canon has moved it down to directly compete with the Nikon D90. However, ironically, Nikon has moved the D90 successor, the D7000 to directly compete with the Canon EOS 50D.

In essence, the new EOS 60D although replacing the EOS 50D, is not a true direct successor to the EOS 50D. It is in fact a new line that sits above the EOS 550D, but below the EOS 7D and previous x0D. So although you will find some new features in the 60D, you will also notice that Canon has taken away some of the features previously found on the 50D.

The following is a list of new features or improvement as compared to the EOS 50D:-

  • 18 MP APS–C CMOS Sensor
  • ISO range 100 – 6,400, is expandable to 12,800
  • 1080p HD video recording with manual controls
  • Fully articulated 3.0″ LCD screen (3:2) which features 1,040,000 dots resolution
  • Up to +/-5 EV exposure compensation
  • Wireless Speedlight control
  • User-definable Auto ISO upper limit
  • In-camera raw development
  • In-camera Creative Filters
  • Subject modes with “Ambiance Selection”
  • New Multi-controller design that replaced the “joystick” style Multi-controller on the 50D
  • Reduced body weight

The following is a list of features, changes or omission (as compared with the 50D), that may or may not be considered as a downgrade:-

  • Plastic body shell
  • Uses SD cards rather CF cards
  • No flash sync socket
  • No AF micro-adjustment
  • Lower burst rate
  • Smaller burst buffer
  • Only one custom mode
  • No “joystick” style Multi-controller
  • No white balance (WB) button
  • White balance and image recording quality not displayed in the top LCD

Those who have read my previous reviews would know my review style. This will be the same type of review and is not meant to be a comprehensive technical review like those you see in dpreview.com. I will mainly concentrate on the the new or changes in features and improvement as compared to previous EOS x0D. Main main reference will of course be the 50D, but I will also be comparing it to the 7D as the 60D basically shares the same sensor as the 7D, it would be interesting to see how much one would need to give up by getting a 60d instead of 7D.

External Appearance

Previous x0D series has always been made with magnesium outer shell. The 60D is the first x0D series camera made with a plastic outer shell, plastic-over-metal construction. The 60D is also noticeably smaller than the 50D and also significantly lighter at 755g vs 822g for the 50D. One of the most significant change in body design is definitely the inclusion of a fully articulated LCD display, a first for Canon DSLR.

I will first compare the 60D to the 50D. You can click on individual images for a larger view.

Looking at the front of the cameras, you can clearly see that the 60D is significantly smaller than the 50D. As the 60D gains movie mode, you can see the holes for the built in microphone on the top right side above the EOS 60D logo.

Looking at the back of the cameras, you can see some quite significant changes in buttons and control layout. Centre to all the changes in design on the back has to be the new articulated LCD. The on/off switch is now directly behind the mode dial rather than near the bottom of the camera. The “joystick” style Multi-controller on the 50D has been replaced by an 8-way Multi-controller pad inside the Quick Control Dial.

Looking at the top of the cameras, you can see that the prism bulge on the 60D is slimmer than the one on the 50D. The mode dial on the left side is black in colour instead of silver. There is one Custom mode on the 60D rather than 2 on the 50D. The mode dial must be unlocked by pressing the button in the middle before you can turn it, making accidental mode changes much less likely to happen. The top LCD on the 60D is a bit smaller than the one on the 50D. The button in front of the LCD have also changed. One the 50D, as has been Canon’s tradition for a long time, 3 of the buttons control 6 different settings, each buttons can control 2 different settings.  On the 60D, there are 4 button controlling 4 settings, each button now only control one setting. The 2 settings which lost direct button access in the 60D are White Balance setting and Flash Exposure Compensation setting.

Looking at the memory card side, the most obvious change is the significantly smaller memory card door in the 60D, because of the change from CF to SD card. The memory card door on the 60D is actually of better quality than on the 50D. The fit is better with very little play and it is also spring loaded.  Although SD cards are very common nowadays and come in large capacity as well, the change definitely caters for Rebel/xx0D users upgrading to 60D, much more than previous x0D users, who will find their CF cards no longer usable in the 60D.

The 60D has only one rubberized flap protecting the terminals including 3.5mm stereo mike socket, HDMI socket, a combined A/V output & USB port, and remote release terminal. The 50D has 2 flaps with 5 terminals underneath. The flash sync terminal found om the 50D had been taken away in the 60D.

I will now briefly compare the 60D to the 7D.The 60D resembles the shape and look of the 7D more than the 50D. It almost looks liked a baby 7D.

The layout at the back on the 60D is obviously quite different from the 7D.

You can see the new fully articulated LCD display on the 60D in the photo below.

New BG-E9 Battery Grip

The 60D uses the LP-E6, first introduced for the 5D Mark II, instead of the BP-511A in previous x0D. The new battery necessitated the need for a new battery grip for the 60D. The previous BG-E2N battery grip is no longer usable on the 60D, unlike previous generations of xoD.

Comparing the BG-E9 (left) to the old BG-E2N (right), both grips are made of plastic material, but the choice of plastic seemed to be of a higher quality on the Bg-E9. Although you cannot see it in the photo. The BG-E9 feels more solid and better constructed when you hold it in your hands. The most significant addition must be the inclusion of and AF-ON button in the BG-E9 that is sorely missing on the BG-E2N. It has long been a point of criticism by BG-E2N users.

The BG-E9 resembles the look of the BG-E7 for the 7D much more than the BG-E2N.

The following are photos of the comparing the look of the 60D to  7D with battery grip attached. The 60D again looks very much like a baby 7D.

Top LCD Display

The top LCD display on the 60D is different from that in the 50D and previous x0D. The is no white balance and image recording quality display, unlike on previous x0D. I personally think it is an oversight to take away these 2 settings in the display, especially white balance. For more advance user, it is quite common to change white balance settings other than AWB (auto white balance). It is quite an inconvenience not to be able to see the white balance setting instantly.

Exposure Compensation

Previously, on 50D, there is only +/- 2 stops of exposure compensation. The 60D, like the 7D, offers +/- 5 stops of exposure compensation. However, as can be seen on the image above, the top LCD display only shows +/-3 stops of exposure compensation. To see full +/-5 stops of exposure compensation, you will need to go into the Expo comp./AEB setting menu (image below). It would be more convenient if Canon were to display the full +/- 5 stops on the top LCD. However, it can be argued that most users probably don’t need to set more than +/-3 stops in general usage.

Camera Menu

The camera menu laid out is similar to other recent Canon DSLR like the 50D and 7D.

Image Quality Setting

Just like the 50D and 7D, you can set jpeg and RAW quality independently. Like the 7D, Canon changed the small RAW nomenclature as on the 50D, from sRAW1 and sRAW2 to MRAW and SRAW on the 60D.

Flash Control Menu

There is a dedicated menu for both built in and external flash function settings. The 60D offers different flash modes and is also the second  EOS camera (after the 7D) to offer control of multiple flashes directly from the camera. Flash modes for in-camera flash include ETTL-II and Manual flash. Flash modes for external flash include ETTL-II, Manual flash, MULTI flash, TTL, Auto external flash and Manual external flash.

Picture Style

On the 50D and 7D, there is a dedicated button to access the Picture Style Menu. This button has been removed on the 60D. You will need to either go use the “Q” Quick Menu Button to get into the Quick Menu or the full menu to access the Picture Style settings.

White Balance Setting

Unlike the 50D, canon has decided to take away direct button access to change white balance setting. You now need to go into the menu to change white balance setting. This may not be a problem for those who uses AWB (Auto white balance) all the time, but for more advance users who may more frequently want to change white balance setting, it is more than a minor nuisance to have to go into the menu to change white balance setting.

Auto ISO

The 60D probably has the best implementation of auto ISO in any Canon EOS camera so far. The range of auto ISO setting practically allows the full range of ISO from 100 to 6400. You can also set the limit of maximum ISO to use for auto ISO.

Creative Filters

The 60D is the first EOS camera to offer this post shot processing option. There are four filters and can be applied to either RAW or JPEG. The four options are Grainy Black and White, Soft Focus, Toy Camera and Miniature. These filters maybe useful to those who do not do post-processing on a computer.

RAW Conversion Option

The 60D allows you to process RAW into JPEG images in-camera. You can apply various settings or preset during RAW conversion. The options include:- Brightness, White Balance, Picture Style, Auto Lighting Optimizer, High ISO speed noise reduction, Peripheral illumination correction, Distortion correction and Chromatic aberration correction.

Again, these options maybe useful to those who do not perform post-processing on a computer or maybe useful when you do not have easy access to a computer but allows you to perform some basic RAW conversion for output directly in camera.

AF Microadjustment (lack of)

Unlike the 50D, the 60D does NOT have AF microadjustment. It can be argued that most people will probably seldom or never need to use this feature. However, this feature should be all in software only and Canon should already have done all the codes and programming on previous EOS cameras like the 50D and 7D. I think it would add very little to the cost of manufacturing the 60D to keep this feature. I believe Canon took away this feature as a means to artificially further differentiate the 60D from the higher end 7D.

Other Features

There are a few features that has not changed from the 50D, like Live View, Auto Lighting Optimizer, Peripheral Illumination, Hightone Priority, High ISO Noise Reduction, Camera User Setting and My Menu. All these features work in similar manner as in previous Canon EOS cameras like the 50D and 5D Mark II. I will not go into them in details. You can read my 5D Mark II review and 50D review if you want to know more about these features.

Movie Mode

60D is the first camera in the x0D line to have movie mode. Movie mode can be started by turning mode dial to the Movie mode position. Starting and stopping movie recording is accomplished by pressing a dedicated button right of the viewfinder. The movie mode in 60D is very similar to that on the 7D otherwise. Full manual control for shutter speed, aperture and ISO is available if you shoot in M mode. The fully articulated LCD display of course will be very useful in movie mode.

The 60D supports the following resolution:- 1080p30, 1080p25, 1080p24, 720p60, 720p50, 480p60, 480p50.

In addition, the 60D supports a “crop 480p mode”,  which basically crop out the centre 640×480 pixels from the 18Mp sensor to obtain the 480p video. It hence gives a roughly 7x focal length multiplication effect. For example, if you are using a 100mm lens to shoot a crop 480p mode, you will get a field of view equivalent to using a 700mm lens on a full frame 35mm camera.

I have shot some short movies in 1080p and I would say the quality is similar to that on the 7D.

Viewfinder

The viewfinder in the 60D is similar to the one on the 50D. It will be a nice upgrade for xx0D users, a brighter and larger viewfinder, but for 40D or 50D users, it makes practically no difference.

You can see a full set of info in the viewfinder including shutter speed, aperture value, ISO, +/-EV value, buffer size, battery info and a few other settings info and warning.

Continuous Shooting Performance

Canon officially quoted a continuous shooting rate of 5.3fps, with 58 JPEG and 16 RAW images, compared to 6.3fps, 90 JEPG and 16 RAW for the 50D. The decrease the shooting frame rate and buffer is probably due to the larger file size output from the 18MP sensor and the change to SD card. Even the fastest Class 10 SD cards is not nearly as fast as the fast CF cards.

I tested the continuous shooting performance of the 60D with a 16G Sandisk Extreme SDHC card. I managed to shoot 74 to 75 JPEG before the camera slowed down. With RAW, the 60D managed 16 to 17 shots before it slowed. Although not as good as the 50D, the continuous shooting performance for the 60D is still good.

Autofocus

The 60D uses the same autofocus as the 50D (and the 50D basically used the same autofocus system as the 40). So in effect, Canon has not changed the autofocus in the x0D series since the 40D.

I would say I really don’t have much complaint about the autofocus for the 60D and it is perfectly adequate for this class of camera.

Test Photos – Large/fine JPEG

All the samples posted are Large/Fine JPEG with High ISO speed noise reduction set at 0:Standard.

You can click on the following links for full resolution JPEG samples from ISO 100 to 12800.

ISO 100

ISO 200

ISO 400

ISO 800

ISO 1600

ISO 3200

ISO 6400

ISO 12800

Test Photos (RAW)

All RAW files from ISO 100 to 12800 were converted to TIFF with Canon Digital Photo Professional and then converted to JPEG with Photoshop CS5. No further post-processing was done.

ISO 100

ISO 200

ISO 400

ISO 800

ISO 1600

ISO 3200

ISO 6400

ISO 12800

Comparison with 50D

The obvious choice for comparison of image quality would be the 50D, the immediate predecessor to 60D.

I have made 2 sets of comparison. The first set with 50D files up-sized to match 60D resolution. The second set with 60D files down-sized to match 50D resolution. A Canon EF 50mm f1.4 USM lens was used on both cameras and set at f8. The cameras were mounted on tripod with mirror lock-up on and shot with self timer.

So let’s start with the first set. The 50D images were up-sized to match 60D resolution. The 60D crops are on the left and 50D crops on the right. Both cameras were focused on the eye of the teddy bear and I used Live View and zoom to maximum to check and make sure focus was right on both cameras before shooting.

ISO 100

ISO 200

ISO 400

ISO 800

ISO 1600

ISO 3200

ISO 6400

ISO 12800

For the next set of 100% crops, the 60D images were down-sized to match 50D resolution. The 60D crops are on the left side and 50D crops on the right side.

ISO 100

ISO 200

ISO 400

ISO 800

ISO 1600

ISO 3200

ISO 6400

ISO 12800

I cannot see too much difference between the 2 camera at low to moderate ISO levels, but from ISO 3200 onwards, the 60D seems to manage to pull ahead of the 50D, with lower noise level while retaining a bit more detail. The advantage seemed to be more as ISO went up higher. I would say 60D images are quite usable up to ISO 6400. On the 50D, I would be reluctant to use ISO 6400 unless absolutely necessary.

Comparison with 7D

The 60D basically shares the same sensor as the 7D, so let’s find out if the image quality is comparable at different ISO. Again, the 60D crops on the left and 7D crops on the right.

ISO 100

ISO 200

ISO 400

ISO 800

ISO 1600

ISO 3200

ISO 6400

ISO 12800

The image quality between the 60D and 7D are really very close as expected. There is not really much to choose between theses 2 cameras as far as image quality alone is concerned.

Conclusion

It is obvious right from the beginning that the 60D is a new class of camera in the Canon line up of DSLR and not really a direct replacement for the 50D. Compared with the 50D, it does offer some new features, but some features previously on the 50D were also taken away at the same time. Purely on image quality alone, it is certainly a step above the 50D, but is also comparable with the much more expensive 7D. But the same can be said with the cheaper and lower end 550D as well. Since the 550D basically shares the same sensor with the 60D and 7D, the 60D offers no advantage over the cheaper 550D.

The 60D offers a set of very nice feature upgrade over the 550D and for x0D users looking to upgrade to a higher end camera, the 60D is a sensible and compelling choice, which is market that Canon is obviously aiming the 60D at.

However, whether the 60D makes a good upgrade for previous x0D users is a more difficult question to answer. For older x0D users like the 20D and 30D, the 60D does offer many feature upgrade with a higher resolution sensor that also offer better image quality at high ISO. If you can live with a smaller, plastic outer shell body (though a very high quality plastic body shell), then I think it is still a good and viable upgrade option. It is also selling at a price that is significantly cheaper than previous x0D and that will certainly ease the pain of upgrade.

For 50D users, it poses the most difficult question. Although the 60D image quality is a bit better than the 50D, especially at high ISO and it also offers movie mode, which the 50D does not have. The 60D also have some significant features missing compared to the 50D. 50D users looking for a real upgrade may look at the 7D instead, but the problem is that the 7D is significantly more expensive than the 50D, and maybe out of the budget of quite a few 50D users. I really have no answer for 50D users. I think their choices and options for upgrade within the Canon DSLR product tree will continue to be rather difficult for the foreseeable future.

I think it is a pity that Canon decided to leave out some features from the 60D like white balance display in the top LCD, direct button access to white balance setting and AF microadjustment just to name a few. I think most of these feature would add very little or no cost manufacturing the 60D and will definitely make the 60D is even nicer camera to use. I believe that the decision to leave out these features is purely an artificial mean to separate the 60D from the higher end 7D.

Overall, I still think the 60D is a very good camera and fits in very well in the new segment of market that Canon is aiming it at. If the budget is right for you, I have no hesitation in recommending the 60D.


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27 thoughts on “Canon EOS 60D Review

  1. roland, hi. what lense would you suggest for 60D?

    here are my situations:
    1. i’m a newbie (this will be my first dslr)
    2. i’ll be using it for traveling and casual photography (not professional or business)
    3. i wish to get a better lense rather than standard lenses offered by canon such as
    a. EF-S 18-55mm
    b. EF-S 18-135mm
    c. EF-S 18-200mm
    4. i need better lense but (don’t need lenses that are extrememly expensive)

    thats all for now, hope to get some tips from you!

    many thanks

      • Dear roland,

        hi, it’s great to hear from you.

        i understand it’ll be easier for you if i can provide a budget. however it’s equally difficult for me to mention a price range as i’m totally unsure about lenses the prices.

        would it helps if we make some assumptions:
        1. let’s say there are 3 categories of lenses namely standard, deluxe & superior.
        (standard is the cheaper category)
        2. i guess it’ll be good for me to get a lense under “standard” category for start.
        3. which lense do you think offers best value under “standard” category for 60D
        (best value in terms of price and quality)
        4. otherwise, maybe a lense below US$1,500.

        my apology for the trouble. your help will be most appreciated.

        many thanks again.

        • Hi Kito,

          With a budget of as much as US$1,500 for a lens to go with the 60D, then the obvious choice would be the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM. It is a lens with very good optical quality that will serve well as a general purpose zoom on the 60D.

  2. Hi,

    I’ve been using the 450D for over 2 years and I am planning to upgrade.
    I primarily do street photography, portraits and occasionally shoot landscapes.

    Would you recommend I upgrade to the 550D + maybe an L series lens or the 60D with kit lens (18-55)?

    • Hi Nikhil,

      There are pros and cons with going either route. By the way, what lens are you currently using with the 450D? Why would you need to get the 60D with kit lens? You must already have a lens already and it can’t be anything worse the the 18-55mm kit lens.

      Anyway, the 550D should give similar image quality as the 60D. So purely on image quality there is no advantage with getting the 60D. But the 60D is ergonomically a better camera and has numerous features and functions that the 550D does not have. All that makes that 60D a nicer camera to use than the 550D.

      Of course getting the 550D will leave you with more budget to get a better lens. It’s all a matter of trade off and compromise. How you weigh the pros and cons is very personal, something only you can decide for yourself.

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  4. Hi roland,

    I am planning to buy a canon 60D in Hong Kong at your recommended place, just wondering how much will the total price of the 60D body together with lenses kit and the battery grip in HK dollar? will it be cheaper to buy the lenses separately instead of together with the body?

    this would be the first dslr camera that i am going to own, so should i just stick with the basic lenses and don’t bother using other lenses until i am used to the camera?

    thanks again for your informative blogs btw, its been an informative and joyful reading for me :)

  5. Before I continue reading your detailed review- will be getting some munchies, drinks and ice cream =)

    From what I’ve read so far, this is a pretty good. I will be linking this on my blog. Thanks for all the time you put in to this.

  6. First of all thanks for this amazing, helpful review Roland. I will visit Hong Kong in march 2011 and want to buy my first DSLR and hope to use it for a very very long time. I have always thought that 550D would be good choice to start for me but after checking your “street prices” I noticed that maybe 60D would be nice to think as well. There is only 2.000 HKD between two bodies. So it will be no problem for my budget.

    I will %80 use my camera for portrait shots like weddings, friend meetings etc.. I never shot macro or zoom shots like birds, animals etc…

    So I will plan to buy DSLR only with body and additionally 18-55mm for daily usage and Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II for night portraits. What would you recommend? 550D or 60D for a new starter to DSLR world? Kind regards. Emre

    • Hi Emre,

      There is no doubt that the 60D is a nicer camera to use than the 550D, of course the image quality between the 2 would be the same. It is really a matter of preference which one to choose. Cheaper 550D, not as nice to use or pay more for 60D and a nicer camera to use.

      • My only concern about giving that price difference is the speed. I know that cont. shooting speeds are different and 60D is surely better with 5.3 fps rather than 550D’s 3.7 fps. But, I tend to shot people with shot-to-shot style, I mean hard to tell on written but very very frequently repeating pressing to shutter button (not holding down the shutter button which is excatly “cont. shooting”). Of course we assume using same equipments (I mean fast SD card and fast lens) Do you think 60D is the right decision rather than 550D in terms of this shooting type? I hope I succeeded to tell my obsession. Regards.

        • Hi Emre,

          If you don’t keep your finger on the shutter release and shooting in continuous shooting mode, you are unlikely to be able to shoot as fast as 3.7 fps anyway. So the continuous shooting frame rate should not be of your concern for your type of shooting. Only you can make the final choice yourself, but my guess is that you will be happier with the 60D. If you get the 550D instead, you may end up forever thinking that the 550D is too slow and 60D may have been faster and a better choice.

          • :) You are so right Roland, but I always care about professionals’ opinions like you so I will consider your comment in Hong Kong store while giving the buying decision. I start to think If 600D can change my mind after your comment because it has got very-angle LCD as well like 60D. Let’s see. Thanks for your appreciated help and this great site.

  7. hi!

    I think regarding to your test pictures that the 60d produce less colour and sharpness than both the 50d and the 7d…. is it just me or what?

    im standing in thought of maybe upgrade my 1000d to any new camerahouse (in the canon family)

    but after reading miles of reviews have I some thoughts left that I ask you guys to help me with.

    As far as I knoew, the 1000d shares the typical same sensor as the 60d,50,550,450 w.m
    And, the only real thing i the lack of high iso and better autofokus.

    but with my sigma 30mm 1,4 i get quite good pics in low light with the 1,4 aparture without going over 800 iso. and well, sometimes the camera struggle to cath the fokus, but after some new positions it works off well.

    So the thing is, will it be that big difference with an 60d or an 50d compared to my 1000d, if we astick to the high iso and the autofokus, for as long as I know, this is the big difference between the cameras. I dont mention the meeter, the moviepossibility, the size (why so bad with a more lightweight camera), the weatersafe house (why keeping the camera still photing in rain weater), and so on.

    is there just a “hunting of new things” going one, will I be Sooo happy with a more expensive house. By the way, I compared the 5d, and the 450 d with the results of my 1000d and my sigma, the 5d with the 1,2 L lins were striking good :) but in my eyes, it were not miles away from my pictures. the 450 with the same sigma procuced even worse pictures than mine. But it was a bried test done by me :)

    sorry for taking your time. and sorry for my bad english.
    and thanks to anybody by giving your opinion!

    // Gustav

    • Hi Gustav,

      In my humble opinion, there really is not much difference in image quality between the 60D and 7D at all ISO and 60D and 50D at lower ISO. But the images I posted are for the readers to judge for themselves, so you can always make your own decision as to which is better.

      Actually, the 1000D does not share the same sensor with 60D, 50D, 550D, 500D or 450D. The 1000D probably shares the same sensor with 40D and 400D.

      You have to understand image quality is not necessarily directly related to the image sensor though. The newer and more expensive cameras like the 600D, 60D or 7D may not produce significantly better image than the 1000D especially at low ISO. They should give better image quality at higher ISO though.

      Of course there are many other reasons for choosing a newer, higher end camera over the 1000D, like better build quality, better autofocus, faster continuous shooting rate, larger buffer etc, etc. Depending on what kind of photography you do, these features may or may not be important for you and also may or may not allow you to take better photos.

      If you sole criteria is image quality at low ISO, then upgrading to these newer and more expensive cameras may not give you the improvement that you want.

  8. Hi Roland , I just stumbled on your sight while I was looking for info on the canon 60d I’m looking at buying . This will be my first dslr and just wish if you can give me some advice on the lens. I was basically looking at the kit lens but cant really decide if I should go for the 18-135mm IS or the 18-55IS + 55-250 IS . Would you help me with some pros and cons of having either? thanks

    • HI John,

      It all depends on what you are going to shoot mainly. The 18-135mm is a fine one lens “walk around” solution and should be good for many type of photography, and of course the benefit is that you only need to carry one lens and will not need to change lenses.

      The 2 lenses solution you listed have the main advantage of having a longer reach at the telephoto end, but you really have to ask yourself whether you really need the long tele end or not. How often will you need to use it? If you are only going to use it once or twice a year at hte most, then it’s probably best to get the one lens solution. But if you need to use tele a lot, then of course the 2 lens solution will be the better choice.

  9. Great review. Is there a hotshoe adapter that can be used for studio flash sync since they took away the flash sync terminal???

  10. Hi Roland,

    Your blogs inspired me to pursue photography as a regular hobby.

    I’m now using company issued Canon EOS 450D with kit lenses efs 18-55mm and efs 55-250mm and 430EX II for work. So when I travel to HK this June, my plan is to get my own Canon DLSR set at Echo and meet Mr. Yip in person.

    Based on my budget, I’m keen on getting the 60D body and ef 24-70mm f/2.8L lens. I also wanted to get the 7D instead of the 60D, but the latter’s vari-angle LCD looks fun.

    Should I stick with the 60D or decide to get the 7D? how about the 24-70mm? would it work great with cropped sensors?

    Also please suggest accessories for my combo.

    Best.

    • Hi Rocez,

      Whether to get the 60D or 7D depends on what kind of photography you are going to do and your budget of course. The 7D is quite a bit more expensive than the 60D. They basically share the same sensor, so essentially, their image quality will be very similar. So why pay for the 7D? The 7D obviously has more features and is a better built camera than the 60D. The 7D has full metal construction and better environmental seals. It has significantly faster continuous shooting rate and a better and more advance autofocus system. It has a bigger 100% viewfinder. There are more custom functions as well. Overall, the 7D will make a better camera for action, sports and wildlife photography. For shooting still subjects and landscape, it probably would not make much difference shooting with the 60D. Which one to choose is really a very personal decision that only you can decide for yourself.

      As the lens choice, and I have said it many times before, lenses like the 24-70mm is really NOT a good choice as a general purpose zoom for cropped frame camera like the 60D or 7D. The 24-70mm when fitted on the 60D or 7D will have a FOV (field of view) equivalent to a 38.4-112mm lens on a full frame camera. This is rather awkward zoom range IMHO as 38.4mm is really not wide enough on a general purpose zoom. The 24-70mm is really designed for use on a full frame camera. If you want a good zoom lens to go with either 60D or 7D, then the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM will be a much better choice.

      Accessories is difficult to suggest for you especially when I know practically nothing about you. You have to tell me at least what kind of photography you are going to do.

  11. Hi Roland,

    Thanks for the reply.

    As a hobby, I’m mostly into travel photography. At work, I’m basically forced to shoot events and group photos, haha. So in June, after HK, I’ll proceed to Hanoi and Ninh Binh in Vietnam to test my new DLSR combo.

    Based on your advise, I think I’ll get the efs 17-55mm f/2.8, instead, and maybe also practice taking videos with the eos 60D.

    Best.

  12. The 60Ds ability to use the off camera flash (with compatible 430 EXII or 580 EXII flashes) and having the better cross type focus sensors is worth the upgrade over the 550D (T2i). I had the T2i and then upgraded to the 60. Love the off camera flash wirelessly without having to spend a lot on radio poppers or extra gear.

  13. A most interesting and detailed review which I enjoyed – thank you. I have a 20D & 40D and am in the process of updating and have considered going FF or the 7D route – however having just purchased the 15-85 I’m sticking with APS-C for at least another 12 months. The lack of audio controls on the 7D is a real turn off and the (many) posts regarding wayward AF on the 7D doesn’t help. I NEVER buy a camera when brand new and would advise others to follow my example – the costs come down, the ravers go away and people like you post decent reviews rather than simply bashing Nikon or Canon dependant on who’s just brought out a new camera. The promise to go wireless flash control (both 60D & 7D but not the 5D2) is another big attraction – I can’t wait to play. Once again – thank you.

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