Spend some quality time with Canon's new HD-video-shooting prosumer camera.
Hands On: Canon EOS 60D
You don’t have to search far to find an overriding theme for Canon in 2010: high-definition video. Every new DSLR introduced by the company this year has included it, and the new EOS 60D ($1099, body only) is no exception.
While the new camera has the same video capabilities as the EOS 7D ($1,545, street, body only) and EOS Rebel T2i ($800, street, body only), the models above and below it in the lineup, it also includes a first for a Canon DSLR—a 3-inch, tilting and swiveling LCD with 1.04 million dots. This articulated screen makes it far easier to follow action during video capture and to shoot stills with the camera in unusual positions.
We spent several days shooting with a preproduction sample on a visit to Yellowstone National Park, hosted by Canon, and got a good sense of how the camera handles and what you can expect from it in day-to-day use. But because its firmware, the software built into every camera, was not yet in final form at press time, we have not been able to subject the 60D to the rigors of the Popular Photography Test Lab. We’ll update you as soon as we can get a final production sample.