Spend some quality time with Canon's new HD-video-shooting prosumer camera.
The 60D beats the T2i in power supply, too. Its LP-E6 rechargeable Li-ion battery (the same type used in the 7D and 5D Mark II) gives you more than double the number of shots as the T2i’s battery. Canon says that the 60D will shoot up to 1,100 images (half with flash) if you use solely the optical viewfinder, or 320 with live view. The T2i musters only 440 or 180 shots, respectively. In our time with a preproduction model, we were able to shoot for an entire day in Yellowstone—doing a healthy amount of live-view shooting and video capture—without running out of battery power.
And we also felt a little safer carrying the 60D when it started to drizzle. While it doesn’t have the more extensive weathersealing of the 7D, it does have more protection against the elements than the T2i. The modest amount of rain that fell on our preproduction sample didn’t cause any problems, but if you’re planning to shoot in wet weather, a rain cover would still be a good idea.
All three of those EOS models offer video capture of 1080p at 30 fps or 24 fps, and 720p at up to 60 fps, recorded as MOV files using the H.264 codec. The footage we shot with the 60D looked quite nice and on a par with what we saw from the T2i. The two cameras also share the same 63-point iFCL metering system, which combines focus, color, and luminance information to help determine the proper exposure. The color information can help prevent certain hues from being blown out or underexposed. As on the 7D, the metering sensor has two layers, one sensitive to red and green, the other to blue and green. This design prevents oversensitivity to red, which Canon says has led to overexposure with cameras using a single-layer metering sensor.