It’s official – about ten minutes ago I got the word from the horses’ mouth directly (a.k.a. Canon), that the new 60D is hot off the presses!  Rather than spout all the technical details, (which the rest of the blogosphere will do in short order), here’s the ones I like the most and why:

The Vari-Angle Clear View LCD Screen

Just the other day over on Camera Dojo, I was lamenting with Kerry Garrison about how the LCD’s in Canon EOS bodies didn’t have the resolution.  In addition to having the tilting LCD for a variable angle of view (great for low angle shots when you just can’t get down that low), the LCD is a whopping 1,040,000 dot/VGA resolution!  To me that’s huge, and a long time overdue!

Video Improvements:

This is just insane.  Video HD used to be defined by the 1280×760 standard.  No Longer.  The 60D has a whopping 1920 x 1080 resolution for its video, as well as the ability to adjust it from frame rates of 24p, 25p or 30p!  the fact that the camera retains EF-S compatibility for lenses tells me it’s still  a crop sensor format, so to capture that kind of HD video is just plain HUGE!  For those that want to go after high speed footage, a downgrade to Standard Definition will result in frame rates upwards of 50p or 60p.  Not to the 1000’s yet, but this is an SLR after all, so significant nonetheless!

Bye Bye Compact Flash

With the 60D, Canon seems to be embracing the SD format media cards, because CF is no longer an option.  SD, SDHC and SDXC are all natively compatible to capture the 18 MP images.  It makes sense because the SD format is producing higher memory cards than their CF counterparts, and the extra capacity is really going to be needed for all this HD video!

Canon Commander Mode

To quote the Press Release: “The EOS 60D’s pop-up flash features a built-in Integrated Speedlite Transmitter for control of up to two groups of off-camera EOS Speedlites without the need for an external transmitter, providing an economical solution for multi-flash shoots.”  If you listened to the podcast two days ago, this was my only other lament.  Built in flash control similar to Nikon’s “Commander Mode”.   Finally!

Price

Yeah, it’s only $1099 – basically, making it affordable for most folks, myself included!

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Upshot – yeah, I need to get one (but not until the end of Sept it seems).  And of course, here’s the requisite images:

60D Front

60D Back

60D Top

60D - Vari-Angle LCD

60D Vari Angle LCD 2

Whaddya think?  Do you want the 60D?  Is it worth it?  My say is YAY, but let’s hear from the reading audience.  What say y’all?

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Oh yeah, and here’s the full press release

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13 thoughts on “The 60D Cometh! New Canon Gear!

  1. I’m not sure what I think about the whole transition away from compact flash. I just know that lots of people are going to have lots of CF cards sitting around if the transition happens.

  2. Looks nice. Go figure, I don’t like that adjustable screen. Something else for me to break while wandering in sand dunes. Oh yeah, sand gets everywhere!

    Commander mode is great. I’ve seen it on the 7D, and just blew me away. Still, I’ll keep my Radio Poppers in my bag. 🙂

    1. I had just mentioned that breakage concern too! Excellent point, and as for the Commander Mode – I believe it’s still line-of-sight (kind of like a built in ST-E2). Radio transmission is definitely the way to go for increased range…

  3. I like it a lot, especially the much needed and long over due adjustable screen. But as a 50D owner I will not be getting one in favor of stepping up to a full frame on my next upgrade. Which those that follow me on twitter will say ‘about time’ 🙂

    Whilst the inclusion of HD video is nice, I still personally prefer my DSLR’s to be still cameras and use my HD video camera for such purposes. Better to have two work horses dedicated to their task than try to be a ‘me too’ everything device IMO.

    Perhaps the biggest feature in some ways is the commander mode, Canon has long killed it’s users with having to pay for such things as extras. Maybe next they’ll be reasonable and stop charging such crazy prices for lens hoods on the non-L range.

    1. Agreed. If you are close in feature sets – it doesn’t make sense. I suspect as Photokina gets closer, we might see a full frame release that has the commander mode.

      The “me too” mentality toward video is something I agree with. While the appeal is there (I fall victim to it myself), multi-function devices are not the best at anything. Never have been, never will be. They do each function ok, but never excel…

  4. This is a definite win it seems. I have been using a 40D for years now and I have wanted a 7D but the price has held me back. I think I can get the 60D approved by the boss(wife)! So my question then is what does the 7D have that the 60D doesn’t? Better build, probably, but what else?

    1. Better build (shutter actuations), better frame rate, better viewfinder, and more AF points.

      🙂

  5. This is indeed a camera well worth having a look at.
    The only thing I’m missing on my 5D2 is the Commander Mode for all strobist adventures, so an option for most folks to be able to control the strobes without any additional gadgets is worth a lot I think.

    The vari-angel screen will really bring another dimension to macro/crowd photography. I’m eager to see what people will think of this one once its starts shipping.

    I’m also a bit curious about the price here in Sweden.. if it’s $1099 over in the States ‘d assume we’d land on $1200-$1400 over here.

    1. I am really hemming and hawing about the articulating screen. Low angle shots and downward pointed shots can be done much easier, but the more I think about it, the more I consider the hinge this is on as a possible breaking point. We’ll see I guess…reviews will for sure be pouring out over the next couple months as it makes its way into the marketplace.

  6. Certainly looks interesting, but I would like magnesium alloy body.

    1. Yeah, the dropped quality in the shutter was disapppointing too….although I dont know of any other Canon SLR bodies that are magnesium alloy – is that a listed spec?

  7. Hmmm…. less than the 7D. I may have to check this out.

    1. Not sure where this positions in the SLR market though…some features are better than the 50D, some are less. It’s a significant step down from teh 7D based on price, MP count, and such, but the ultimate test is photos. Wish I could get a demo unit to try it out…

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