A while back I posted some images I shot with the new Eos 60D. The people at Canon were nice enough to borrow me one of their sample bodies to have ago with it and let them know what I thought of it. As usual I’m nog going to write a full scale review here, there are plenty of place where you can find that. But rather a more hands-on test.
First a little background. With the arrival of the 7D, Canon made a huge leap in APS-C camera techology. It’s a superfast 18Mpx high ISO professional workhorse monster of a camera. But Between that and the 550 D there was a huge hole (in the early days it was filled with an aged 50D). When the 60D hit the market it got all kinds of bad critique. People where expecting it to be an affordable update from the 50D. The way I see it the 7D is the huge upgrade from the 50D and it completely steps aways from previous XXD models and the new 60D opens into a whole new segment, the huge gaping space beween the 550/600D and the 7D and it’s now eye to eye with Nikon’s D90 and new D7000.
Back to the real stuff now. The week I had the 60D I shot pretty much everything with it. Shot some snapshots with it, some personal work and a client job. It’s a superlight, easy to use camera with the same sensor as my trusty 7D. The fact that it’s a so lights actually makes it ideal as a fun camera to have with you all the time.
Although it’s not made from a magnesium alloy and rather a plastic composite it still feels really sturdy and can withstand some heavy use. One of the things I had my doubts about was the pivoting screen. I always thought that would compromise the build quality. But I must admit I was wrong. It’s actually a pretty cool feature to have, especially for video.
One of the things I really loved about it was the way it fits in your hand. The body is a lot more rounded than other Canon camera’s. In combination with Canon’s 24mm 1.4 L lens it’s a great camera to walk around and make some cool street portraits.
The only thing I don’t really understand is why there isn’t a dedicated white balance button. you have to adjust it in the quick menu. It works fine but it’s just a little cumbersome.
But in the end I really loved using this camera. It’s a smaller, lighter and more compact 7D and at €899,00 it’s also great value.
Here some of the work I did with it.