Rumors regarding Canon's brand-new EOS 60D DSLR camera have been around for quite some time now (we've even posted some leaked photos here), but it seems that the company has decided to finally announce it officially, to the joy of photographers from all over the world.
Designed primarily for advanced amateurs, the EOS 60D
replaces the EOS 50D and boasts a broad array of new features that make it easier for photographers to add personal creativity to their images, many of these features being absolute “firsts” for the EOS line.
So, for example, for the first time in the history of the Canon EOS System, the new 60D camera features a large Vari-Angle 3-inch Clear View LCD screen with 1,040,000 dot/VGA resolution plus anti-reflective and smudge-resistant coatings for bright clear viewing from any angle.
Along with the adjustable LCD screen, the new EOS 60D DSLR features an 18-megapixel Canon CMOS sensor, a proprietary DIGIC 4 Imaging Processor, a 9-point Autofocus system and Canon’s exclusive iFCL Metering System (Intelligent Focus, Color, Luminance).
The new Canon DSLR can shoot full resolution still images up to 5.3-frames per second (fps), which are recorded to the photographer’s choice of SD, SDHC or new extended capacity SDXC memory cards.
The 9-point AF system on the new EOS 60D features f/5.6-sensitive cross-type focusing on all nine focusing points and, similar to the EOS 7D, the center AF point is a hybrid of standard cross-type and special diagonally-shaped “X” cross, with high-precision sensitivity for f/2.8 and larger aperture lenses.
Complementing the AF system, Canon’s iFCL metering system, identical to that on the EOS 7D and Rebel T2i, takes color information into account and includes a 63-zone dual-layer metering sensor that reads both illumination and color for consistent results in all lighting conditions, keeping exposure levels stable from shot to shot, even as the light source changes.
The EOS 60D DSLR sports a wide ISO range from 100-6400 (adjustable in 1/3-step increments from ISO 100-6400 and expandable to 12,800) allowing it to capture impressive images without flash, while still being equipped with a built-in pop-up flash for shooting in some special occasions.
Another first for the EOS system is the EOS 60D camera’s new Multi-Control Dial, which places a Multi-Controller and Set button inside the Quick Control Dial, thus streamlining camera navigation for vertical as well as horizontal shooting and enabling a cleaner camera design.
Responding to customer requests, the EOS 60D also features a locking mode dial, which makes camera operation more secure by preventing inadvertent changes to the photographer’s selected shooting mode.
Also for the first time ever in an EOS camera, the EOS 60D features in-camera processing of RAW image files, new reduced resolution image copies, and post-processing creative image filters for enhanced flexibility in digital image rendering.
Another new feature is Canon’s new image resizing function, since, after capturing full resolution or smaller JPEG images, the camera can generate lower-resolution copies using menu commands.
New lower-resolution settings include 1920 x 1280 for optimal display on HD televisions, or 720 x 480, ideal for immediate uploading to social networking and other photo sharing web sites, while the original high resolution files remain unaffected by the image resizing function.
Similar to most modern DSLRs
, the new EOS 60D features Full HD video capture at 1920 x 1080 resolution with selectable frame rates of 24p, 25p or 30p.
The new EOS 60D camera’s movie mode also includes manual controls for exposure as well as manual audio levels in 64 steps, while users can set audio levels on the rear menu screen before shooting begins.
Canon has also included an in-camera movie editing feature, allowing users to shorten a video file by clipping segments from the beginning or the end, removing unwanted portions without outside software.
The Canon EOS 60D allows for three video recording modes – Full HD and HD in a 16:9 aspect ratio and Standard Definition (SD) in a 4:3 aspect ratio, all at selectable frame rates.
The EOS 60D DSLR camera is compatible with more than 60 Canon EF and EF-S lenses and is scheduled to be delivered towards the end of September, when it will be sold in a body-only configuration at an estimated retail price of $1,099 and in a kit version with Canon’s EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS zoom lens at an estimated retail price of $1,399.
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