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Canon EOS 60D
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The new Canon EOS 60D features an 18-megapixel CMOS sensor and full HD video, and fits into the EOS lineup nicely between the EOS 7D and the EOS Rebel T2i. Besides the high-res sensor and full HD video capability, features of special interest to outdoor shooters include the first Vari-Angle LCD monitor on an EOS camera, an Electronic Level Display to keep those landscapes level and an entire camera that has been durability-tested to 100,000 cycles.
Full HD Video
The EOS 60D lets you shoot 1920x1080p full HD video at 30 or 24 fps (25 fps PAL), 1280x720p HD video at 60 fps (50 fps PAL) and 640x480p SD video at 60 fps (50 fps PAL). Movie Crop provides 7x magnification with no loss of image quality in SD mode, and you can easily control exposure and focus manually when desired. You can also adjust the sound level in 64 steps (before shooting) and trim video clips in-camera.
The 18-megapixel Canon-produced CMOS sensor can deliver 14-bit RAW images of 5184×3456, 3888×2592 and 2592×1728 pixels, and JPEGs of 5184×3456, 3456×2304, 2592×1728, 1920×1280 and 720×480 pixels. The normal ISO range is 100-6400, and you can go up to 12,800 when necessary. The EOS 60D features one Canon DIGIC 4 processor.
The EOS 60D can shoot up to 5.3 fps, right between the 7D’s 8 fps and the T2i’s 3.7 fps. You can shoot up to 16 RAW or 58 Large/Fine JPEGs in a single burst.
The camera’s 63-zone dual-layer metering takes color as well as luminosity into account for more accurate readings. Metering options include 6.5% partial, 2.8% spot and center-weighted.
As with all current EOS DSLRs, the self-cleaning sensor system uses ultrasonic vibrations to remove dust from the image-sensor assembly each time you switch the camera on or off, helping to keep your images spot-free.
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Four artistic filters let you apply special effects in-camera: Soft Focus, Grainy Black and White, Toy Camera and Miniature Effect. Effects are applied to copy images, leaving the original intact.
The high-res, 3.0-inch, 1,040,000-dot LCD monitor has a 3:2 aspect ratio to match that of the image sensor (and better match the 16:9 ratio of HD video). The LCD tilts and swivels—a first for an LCD on an EOS DSLR, and a great feature for getting the “worm’s-eye view.”
The Live View/Movie button initiates live view operation, and once in Live View mode, pressing the button starts and stops video recording. The EOS 60D offers three Live View AF modes: Quick (uses the camera’s quick phase-detection AF, but momentarily disrupts the live view during focusing); Live (contrast-based, no disruption of live view during focusing); and Face Detection (contrast-based, detects and focuses on human faces in the scene). You also can focus manually, zooming the LCD monitor image 5x or 10x.
Mid- and high-end EOS cameras have had a handy rear Quick Control Dial for quite a few models now, but the EOS 60D turns it into an even handier Multi-Control Dial, which incorporates an arrow-key ring (replacing the separate Multi-Controller lever of earlier cameras) for easier operation in vertical, as well as horizontal shooting, and a cleaner camera design.
Image Sensor: 18-megapixel (effective) CMOS
Resolution: 5184×3456 pixels
Sensor Size: 22.3×14.9mm (APS-C); 1.6x
LCD Monitor: 3.0-inch 1,040,000-dot Live View
Video: Full HD 1920x1080p/30, 24 and 25 fps; HD 1280x720p/60 and 50 fps; SD 640x480p/60 and 50 fps
AF System: 9-point
Shutter Speeds: 1/8000 to 30 sec., X-sync up to 1⁄250 sec.
ISO Settings: 100-6400 (1/3 increments), expandable to 12,800
Continuous Firing Mode: 5.3 fps
Recording Format: JPEG, 14-bit RAW
Metering: 63-zone evaluative, 6.5% partial, 2.8% spot, CW
Storage Media: SD/SDHC/SDXC
Dimensions: 5.7×4.2×3.1 inches
Weight: 23.8 ounces
Power Source: Rechargeable LP-E6 lithium-ion battery
Estimated Street Price: $1,099
Contact: Canon, (800) OK-CANON, www.usa.canon.com