My thoughts on the new Canon EOS 60D & Canon L lenses
UPDATE October 4, 2010: 60D now shipping!
Surprisingly, the Canon 60D is already in stock and shipping from Amazon.com – quite a bit earlier than expected! If history tells us any lesson, it might sell out soon as the T2i initially sold out after only 2 days, and it took them months before retailers had any significant supply of the camera again.
As most of you might have heard by now, Canon has announced the EOS 60D, the successor to – you guessed it – its 50D model.
At $1.100 body-only, it’s positioned between the entry-level T2i/550D and the 7D and picks the “best of both worlds” regarding its features.
Like all new Canon DSLR models, it shoots beautiful 1080p video, and it is to be expected that it is the exact same quality that the 7D and the T2i/550D deliver. The CMOS sensor has the same size and resolution (APS-C with 18 MP) – I in fact think it’s the exact same sensor as in those two, because I doubt that Canon would expensively develop a new sensor for one model alone (why should they).
New features relevant for DSLR video shooters
Now we finally have a Canon DSLR that has an articulated screen, which might be much more significant than you think. Ever since I started shooting with Canon DSLRs, I have missed a way to quickly get those low- and high-angle shots that I need. With the 60D, this just became a whole lot easier.
The second feature that is a real improvement over the other lower-priced DSLR models is the possibility to disable automatic gain control for audio. Now you can set your levels just like on a 5D Mark II. There is absolutely no reason why Canon doesn’t introduce this feature with a firmware update to all their other video DSLRs, other than marketing. Come on, Canon! Give us automatic gain control on your other DSLRs as well – it’s essential if you want to use the mic-in port with something like a Rode VideoMic (which is, by the way, quite good for what it costs).
As DPreview reports, it isn’t a “real successor” to the 50D as they changed several things about the camera body. They repositioned the entire model as its body is now “less professional” as before: It used to be made of metal, now it’s plastic (though better than the T2i/550D), and it became slightly smaller altogether.
It features several things that people are missing from the T2i/550D: A second wheel for aperture adjustment (on the T2i/550D, a separate button has to be pressed while turning the wheel on the top of the camera, which is quite cumbersome at times), and a small LCD on top displaying key information. This is even more useful with the articulated screen as you can switch off all the insertions on the coloured LCD to judge the image and still be able to see your settings. This is a huge improvement over the T2i/550D. (Check out my original review of the T2i/550D including the test short “February” here.)
Who is this camera for?
Every DSLR video shooter who doesn’t like the sometimes flimsy handling of the T2i/550D, but doesn’t want to spend twice as much money for the 7D, which delivers the same image quality, has just gotten one more option. The 60D’s articulated screen and the manual gain control are improvements even over the more expensive 7D, while the 7D is still the one of the most robust DSLRs with its magnesium alloy body and weather-proofing.
It’s a tough call that just got a bit tougher 🙂
The Canon EOS 60D is already available for pre-order at Amazon.com. The T2i/550D sold out very quickly and they are still in short supply – so I hope they learned from their past mistakes and produce more of those puppies!
Canon’s new EF lenses (L series)
Little attention has been given to Canon’s introduction of series of new EF lenses (L series – the best they make).
With the EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS, the EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II and the very interesting EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye these introductions are at the very wide and long ends of the lens spectrum, respectively. Can’t wait to get a chance to try these.
Head over to Rob Galbraith’s blog for a detailed rundown of these lenses and more.
Canon EOS 60D introduction – OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE
Cool thanks for the info. Geez that lens looks great!
There seems to be a growing spectrum of usability and fucntion growing in the V-DSLR arena. While I’m stoked for Sony’s VX10 to come out, I feel like the D60 gives me 90% of what I miss when shooting on my 5Dm2. If they would just make something with a dedicated audio levels wheel, I would be set for life 🙂
Canon has to give the 7D/550D a firmware update now for manuel gain control! Also to lure people away from Magic Latern, which is now also available on the 550D. I don’t think that they like they’re camera’s being hacked mainly for the AGC disable which they can easily solve themselves, especially now that a consumer camera has it, not just the higher classed 5DMKII.
What has dissapointed me is the UK pricing. $1400 apparently translates to £1400 for the 18-135 kit. Outrageous!
For this price point the 60D is not gonna to sell good in € land… The 60D is going for €1150, I can get a 7D for as low as €1210… I’d rather pay the extra €60 and get the 7D!
Agreed! I’ll be interested to see what Nikon’s D7000 looks like in terms of features and price
I am still anxious to know about K-Temp WB.
Did I miss it from the spec?
hm… swivel LCD is number one reason, and no AGC would be big 2nd reason to get this one.. you wanna race who gets this first? You beat me to 550D T2i last time by hair, LOL!
Thanks for great insight, Nino!
Great article. I got more specifics on the updated specs and features here than a host of photography forums. I’m looking forward to testing it out when stores get the demos.
Now I’d really like my 550D to have this articulated screen 😉 could be quite useful at low angle shots
you forgot to mention the new 500mm and 600mm lenses
I can’t see how the articulated screen ends up being an advantage when shooting video. Sure, you can see the SCREEN on low/high angle shots, but can you see the quality of FOCUS? Even if there is a different “sticky” frame coming out from the Zacuto folks that will allow Z-finder to attach, I still think it will be difficult for something like a Z-finder to attach to the angled frame w/out the frame moving due to the weight some Z-finder. In the end game it would seem as though we gain flexibility as the expense of sharp focus, no? Is there something I’m missing or not thinking through rightly??
I think the 60D will be a good secondary camera for most of us 5dmkII shooters … swivel screen, different frame rates, APS-C size CMOS sensor, etc. and price point (vs. 7d)
Throw a top-handle on this bad-boy and run with it … can you say dog-cam or cat-cam-haha.
Thanks for our thoughts, Nino. Will you be doing a review?? 🙂
It’ll be interesting to see what Nikon’s D7000 will be like, as they’ll definitely up the ante in terms of video performance to keep up with Canon. I’m really hoping for 50/60fps but I’m not too optimistic at the same time.
Would you recommend this over the 550D for someone starting out on HDSLR film making? I would assume yes..
Which one is better for video: the 60D or the D7000? Looks like the 60D is still the winner, although the D7000 is clearly the better camera for stills..
That’s such a bummer! I just ordered a 35/1.8 for my Nikon D70 too…
How likely are firmware upgrades to the D7000 à la 5Dii to include 25/50/60p video? Pretty slim eh?
I think I’ll get it anyway..the 60D seems quite underwhelming in comparison and 1080p/24 seems like it would look really nice anyway..no?
So Nino, if money was not the main problem, what would you buy, Canon 7D or Canon 60D?
What are the advantages in each of them, in your opinion?
I accidentally burned my 550D LCD screen by letting the low-sun shine through a viewfinder, which Canon replaced, along with my EF-S 18-135. So now I have a brand new T2i/550D in the box. I really want the swivel-screen on the 60D, but I’m not sure if the camera is actually as good as the T2i. In your opinion is it a step in a better direction?
Well, I finally got my sweaty paws on a 60D and I’m very impressed! The camera gets a pretty unjustified bashing on the web and I think it’s undeserved. For me it’s the way to go, love it!
Hay Nino. i’m a huge fan of 60D and i’m also working on it. this is my Short movies and test reviews on Canon 60D.
WHAT IS THE MEANING OF HER – Short Film
CLOSURE & INCEPTION
Ceylon Motor Show 2010 – Highlights
Two Days Out – (A Pointless Short)
Freedom – (Canon EOS 60D – First shout out)
Time to Dream – (Canon EOS 60D – Cine Color Correction Test)
Canon 60D – Most wanted 5 tests review
Canon EF S 18-135mm Kit Lens IS Test Review
Hope you guys can enjoy them and cheers . .
Good info there, thanks. What about the HDMI output? Is it full HD like with 7D? Is it clean? If yes I will seriously consider this model for video.
I just got my canon 60D and I want to buy a good but cheap lens since I am a student and I can’t afford an expensive one. I want a good lens which takes clear pictures, portraits etc. My limit is 400/450 dollars.
Do you have any suggestions?
I agree with Nino. The Sigma 30/1.4 is fantastic. An alternative would be the Tamron 17-50/2.8..you sacrifice two stops of speed but get a bit of zoom range…however, that gorgeous DoF is so much easier to achieve with apertures wider than 2.8.
I’ve had the 30/1.4 as my only lens on the 60D for about 6 months now and it’s been great.
I’m pretty eager to buy my first camera, but can’t decide on which one to get – and (all though it’s and older blog) this seams like a good place to ask.
The main purpose of the camera will be to shoot short films, and I really want (near) professional picture quality. I’m mostly considering the 60D or the 5Dm2. My concerns between the two are mostly about the price, full frame, flip out screen and the possibility to shoot slow motion
– and does any of them have better sound?
Any thoughts about which one to get and which lens(es) is good for all around filmning (shoots fictions, so I need a bit of a range)?
Hope to get a good tip 🙂