Canon EOS 60D
18 megapixels; CMOS sensor; 1080p HD video, 30/25/24fps; 3-inch articulating LCD, 1,040k dots; DIGIC 4 image processor; ISO 100-6400 (12,800 extended); 5.3fps burst shooting; 9-point autofocus; EF, EF-S lens mount; JPEG + RAW formats; Captures to SD/SDHC/SDXC media cards; Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Canon's new 60D is aimed squarely at enthusiasts who need a bit more power and control than a consumer dSLR without some of the bells, whistles, size, and price of the 7D. 60D buyers will get an 18-megapixel CMOS sensor, a hi-res 3-inch articulating LCD, and the excellent 1080p HD video we've come to expect from Canon dSLRs. That's all well and good, though some aspects seem to be a bit of a downgrade from the 50D, like the now-plastic body, slower burst shooting mode, and fewer direct-access controls on the rear panel, which are a popular feature among serious shooters. The 60D is more of a sidestep or a re-positioning of the X0D line than an upgrade; it's a powerful camera by consumer standards, a little sparse for semi-pros, but looks like a good balance for the photography buffs and enthusiasts, especially those with an interest in video. But, now that Canon announced another swivel-screen in-betweener, the T3i/600D, it makes the 60D seem less necessary. The 60D is faster, comes with a longer-lasting battery, and a weather-sealed body, but the kit costs an extra $200, pushing it into four-figure territory. A fine camera, yes, though we can't bring ourselves to rate it with the best consumer dSLRs simply because too many people won't find that it's worth the added cost.