Now, are we happy to see the postman today! Here come our Canon 60D from BorrowLenses (all smiles).
When it comes to DSLR cameras, we highly recommend Canon. We have been wanting to setup a review section on cameras. Here an intro to start off this new section.
Canon 60D Review
Despite its name, the 60D is most definitely the Rebel T2i’s big brother, rather than the successor to the 50D. This is a completely different beast.
The most obvious differences are that it’s smaller than the 50D and is now made from a plastic shell, instead of a magnesium body. If you placed the Rebel T2i, the 60D, and the 7D side by side, you’d notice that the 60D is exactly halfway between the size of the other two models. The 60D is also Canon’s first DSLR camera to feature a flip-out LCD screen, allowing you to view shots from different angles. This is particularly useful in video mode, as it means you no longer have to hold the camera out at arm’s length.
It’s a bold step by Canon, but has it paid off?
- Swiveling monitor
- Excellent image quality
- Great high ISO performance
- Slow AF in video mode
- Awkward mode dial
- No continuous video AF
We’ve come to expect follow-on cameras to generally out-do the camera they’re replacing features-wise, and the 60D follows suit in most cases compared to the 50D. Sensor resolution is up and an HD video capability exists where none did before. The 3.0-inch LCD monitor is movable and viewfinder coverage is improved, albeit only 1% and only to 96% overall. A host of in-camera editing menus for both still and movie captures allow a lot of processing without resorting to a computer and external software.
Canon seem to be trying to carve out a new niche with the 60D. It has some clever features, such as a pivoting LCD, in-camera editing and rating facilities, wireless flash control, and full HD movie capture. But getting the best results takes a little more effort than it should, which could be a problem, considering that Canon is now aiming this camera at enthusiastic amateurs.
At least its image quality is really good and, considering that the camera is now made with a plastic shell, it still feels robust and well put together. If Canon would just lower the price by $150 or so, then I’d say this was an ideal upgrade to those users with a Rebel camera.
A quick note on BorrowLenses, we must say this is the best place to get hold of different photography gears, especially when you are on the move or on vacation. Their service is superb and they are available in many cities for pick up and drop off. Best of all, the prices are reasonable.
And of course, besides the Canon 60D, BorrowLenses offers a wide range of equipment from Nikon, Sony, Pentax, Olympus and Leica. There is photography, video, and lighting equipment available. You can rent whatever you need for a reasonable price. There is also used gear for sale. That is a great way to add to your arsenal, or even get your first DSLR without spending full price.