Form and function combine in this enthusiast’s DSLR
The Bottom Line
Choosing an advanced DSLR is never easy. If you’re already a Canon shooter and wondering whether to upgrade to the 60D, it makes plenty of sense to do so. It surpasses the 50D in most areas, while adding video capture and an articulated screen. If you’re trying to choose between the 60D and the D7000, as we said in the Nikon’s test, we give the edge to Canon. It has higher resolution, one stop better noise control (and more resolving power to sacrifice if you opt for heavier noise reduction), and can focus in dimmer light than the Nikon. Case closed.
IMAGING: 18MP effective APS-C sized CMOS sensor captures images at 5184x3456 pixels each, with 14 bits/color in RAW.
STORAGE: SD/SDHC/SDXC stores JPEG, CR2 RAW, and RAW+JPEG files.
BURST RATE: Full-sized JPEGs (Fine mode) up to 58 shots at 5.3 fps; RAW, up to 16 shots at 5.3 fps.
AF SYSTEM: TTL phase detection with 9 illuminated focus points (all cross-type); single-shot, continuous with Predictive AI Servo tracking. Tested sensitivity down to EV –2 (at ISO 100, f/1.4).
SHUTTER SPEEDS: 1/8000 to 30 sec, plus B (1/3-EV increments); 100,000-cycle rating.
METERING: 63-zone TTL metering, evaluative, partial (6.5% of finder), centerweighted, and spot (2.8% of finder), EV 1–20 (ISO 100, f/1.4).
VIDEO: Records at up to 1920x1080 at 30fps; or 1280x720 at 60fps in MPEG 4 H.264 MOV format; built-in mono microphone, stereo minijack input.
ISO RANGE: ISO 100–6,400; expands to ISO 12,800 (in 1/3-EV increments).
FLASH: Built-in pop-up with E-TTL II autoflash and wireless triggering of optional flash units, GN 43 (ISO 100, feet), covers the field of view of a 17mm lens; flash sync to 1/250 sec.
VIEWFINDER: Fixed eye-level pentaprism. LCD: 3-inch articulated TFT with 1.04 million-dot resolution.
OUTPUT: Hi-Speed USB 2.0, composite video.
BATTERY: Rechargeable LP-E6 Li-ion, CIPA rating 1100 shots.
SIZE/WEIGHT: 5.7x4.2x3.1 in., 1.7 lb with an SD card and battery.
STREET PRICE: $1,100, body only; $1,400, with 18-135mm lens.