Expert Review of Canon EOS 60D DSLR Kit EF-S18-55mm Black
Canon EOS 60D Kit (EF S18-55) is one of the most popular mid-range DSLRs so far in the DSLR range of the Japanese Multinational electronic giant. The device features a huge image resolution of 18 MegaPixels, HD Video accompanied by a fully articulated screen. Canon EOS 60D is easily capable of shooting shoot Full HD 1080p video at 24, 25 or 30fps, along with 720p HD or VGA video at 50 or 60fps; the EOS 60D also inherits the Movie Crop option of the 550D / T2i, which records the central 640x480 pixel area of the sensor, delivering standard definition movies with around seven times magnification compared to shooting with the entire frame. This specific Kit that accompanies Canon EOS 60D has a Canon EF S18-55 lens mounted on it.
Design and Build Quality
Canon EOS 60D Kit (EF S18-55) is now a new icon for the mid-range DSLR category for Canon, but the front view of this camera suggests that it greatly resembles its predecessor a semi-pro which was designed with a similar shape and styling. Measuring 145mmx106mmx79mm, it lands somewhere right in-between the EOS 50D and EOS 550D in size. There is a genuine surprise and concern regarding Canon EOS 60D's build, and it's a little disappointing not to find the 'downgrade' in materials making a more significant difference to the weight. But to compensate the bad news a genuinely great surprise though is discovering the EOS 60D feels much better in your hands than you first assume, and in our view is actually more comfortable than its predecessor. Canon has claimed there was no significant difference in terms of shock resistance and the weatherproofing was identical. But obviously a magnesium alloy body is more likely to dent rather than crack on hard impacts, anyhow the message we want to get across is the EOS 60D's build and ergonomics are much better than one might assume them to be and despite sharing the same construction as the EOS 550D, the shape and handling are certainly a big thumbs up for Canon EOS 50D. The biggest external changes from the EOS 50D can be found on the rear surface. Most obviously there's a switch to an expressed screen, but equally there's significant differences in the controls. The AF-ON, AE lock and AF point buttons are still in the upper right corner, but pretty much everything else has changed in some regard.
Focus and Face Detection
Canon EOS 60D Kit (EF S18-55) sports a 9-point AF system. All nine points are cross-types, sensitive to both horizontal and vertical lines when used with lenses of f5.6 or brighter. The central point is also twice as sensitive as the others when used with a lens aperture of f2.8 or brighter.Under dim conditions, the pop up flash flickers to provide AF assistance, but if you find this alarming, you can disable it or only request AF assistance from an external flashgun in a custom menu. Like all Canon DSLRs there are three auto-focusing modes provided in Canon EOS 60D namely One Shot AF for still subjects, AI Servo AF for moving subjects, and AI Focus AF which automatically switches from One Shot to Servo when it detects a subject starting to move. If you switch your lens to Manual focus, the 'AI Focus AF' wording in the upper LCD display is replaced with 'M Focus' – a small but considerate touch
Lens and Image Stabilization
The lens that mounts Canon EOS 60D Kit I is Canon EF-S 18-55mm, the lens mount is mostly or totally plastic. In fact the whole body is plastic except for the glass mounted on. The advantages to this construction are the loss of unnecessary weight brought along with the lens, and obviously the reduction of cost. There is no distance window on the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens. The tiny manual focusing ring is barely usable and is located on the end of the extending objective end of the lens. There is no USM focusing motor which means there is no FTM focusing. Even without USM, focusing is not slow or loud. This lens is certainly not the best lens ever made by Canon but is just fine for its targeted audience.
Screen and Menus
Canon EOS 60D Kit (EF S18-55) also sports a big 3 inch LCD TFT capacitive display screen with the image resolution of 1,040,000 dot pixels, 720 x 480 pixels which was first seen on Canon EOS 550D which employs a 3:2 aspect ratio that matches the native shape of its sensor. Previous Canon DSLRs and indeed most rival models used squarer 4:3 aspect ratio screens which meant images in Live View or playback had black bars above or below when the entire frame was viewed.
Canon EOS 60D Kit (EF S18-55) is powered by LP-E6 battery pack which is an 1800mAh Lithium Ion pack which Canon claims is good for up to 1600 shots through the viewfinder without flash due to having two DIGIC 4 processors rather than one. In Live View, the battery should be good for 350 shots without flash, or for about two hours of movie recording.
Let us talk about the actual video quality offered, Canon EOS 60D gives you have the choice of filming at either 1920x1080, 1280x720 or 640x480 pixels. The Full HD 1080p mode can be set to record at either 30fps (29.97 actual) or 24fps when the Video System is set to NTSC, and 25 or 24fps when set to PAL. The 720p and VGA modes record at a higher frame rate of either 60fps when set to NTSC or 50fps when set to PAL. The screen-grabs below show the quality page when the video system is set to NTSC or PAL.
Canon EOS 60D Kit (EF S18-55) features an 18 Megapixel CMOS sensor. The physical size and pixel count is certainly identical: the EOS 60D's sensor measures 22.3x14.9mm and generates 3:2 aspect ratio images with a maximum resolution of 5184x3456 pixels. ISO Sensitivity of Canon EOS 60D ranges from a huge 100-12800.
In camera editing
Wireless flash control
Good image quality
Good video quality
Solid feeling build
Use of plastic on body
Some clumsy controls