Expert Review of Canon EOS 60D DSLR Kit II EF-S18-135mm IS Black
There are 2 aspects of looking at this giant of a camera, first, as it being Canon’s new mid-range DSLR in which case it can sit really pretty between Canon EOS 550D and Canon EOS 7D. One gets to experience quite a wide majority or benefits that differentiate the device from all the entry level models without even stepping in front of true semi pro models. So as in the case of a great device Nikon D90, you may get pleased with some nice higher end features without any of its negative features like cost, weight, size or the complexity of a semi-pro body. As Such Canon EOS 60D is also great when it comes to video recording, it is fully capable of recording Full HD 1080p video at 24, 25 or 30fps, along with 720p HD or VGA video at 50 or 60fps, Canon EOS 60D also inherits with it, a Movie Crop option from Canon EOS 550D, which records from the centre 640 x 480 pixel area of the sensor, while delivering definition movies with around 7 times the magnification as compared to the entire frame.
Design and Build Quality
Canon EOS 60D Kit II EF S18 135 IS is now a new symbol for the mid-range DSLR group for Canon, but the face view of this camera suggests that it greatly bears a resemblance to its ancestor which was a semi-pro designed with a similar shape and styling. Calculating 145mmx106mmx79mm, it lands somewhere right in-between Canon EOS 50D and Canon EOS 550D in size. Now, there is an authentic doubt in mind regarding Canon EOS 60D's build, and it's a little unsatisfactory not to find the 'downgrade' in materials making a more noteworthy difference to the weight. But to reimburse the bad news a genuinely wonderful surprise comes in discovering that Canon EOS 60D feels much better in your hands than you would first assume, and definitely is actually more comfortable than its precursor. Canon has made big claims that there was no important dissimilarity in terms of shock resistance and the weatherproofing was the same.
But clearly a magnesium alloy body is more likely to undergo indentation rather than crack on hard impacts, anyhow the message to put in everyone’s mind is that Canon EOS 60D's build and ergonomics are much improved than one might suppose them to be and despite sharing the same building as the EOS 550D, the shape and treatment are certainly a big “bingo” for Canon EOS 50D. The biggest external changes from Canon EOS 50D can be found on the rear surface. Most obviously there's a switch to a big expressed screen but equally there's significant differences in the controls. AF-ON, AE lock and AF point buttons are still in the upper right corner, but pretty much everything else has changed in some form or the other.
Focus and Face Detection
A good 9 point AF system is sported on the device. Each and every point is a cross-type, which is sensitive to both horizontal and vertical lines when this is used with a lens of f5.6 or brighter. The central point of this is also two times as receptive as the others when used with a lens aperture of f2.8 or more shiny. While working under dim conditions however the pop up flash flickers to provide AF assistance, but if you find this alarming, one choice is to disable is and other being only request AF assistance from an external flashgun in a custom menu.
Lens and Image Stabilization
One of the most decent lenses to mount Canon EOS 60D is EF S18-135IS. The limelight coach feature of this is apparently the 7.5x optical range which allows the lens to zoom over two and a half times closer than the necessary EF-S 18-55mm IS, permitting it to get much closer to clear details. When mounted on an DSLR as perfect as Canon EOS 60D, the EF-S 18-135mm IS provides a good equivalent focal length of 29-216mm, which takes the user from wide-angle to mid-telephoto, while including all the standard focal lengths for portrait work. The bigger focal length also means better work on portraits than the basic kit lens.
Screen and Menus
Almost the entire rear of Canon EOS 60D is taken over by a big 3 inch LCD TFT screen with capacitive display 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 and to the sensor this is a perfect match. All the previous Canon DSLRs and almost all the arch rivals had been using 4:3 aspect ratio which meant that images in Live View or a playback had black bars above or below which the entire frame was viewed.
Powerhouse of Canon EOS 60D is an 1800mAh Lithium Ion pack which Canon claims is good for up to 1600 shots via the viewfinder without flash due to having two DIGIC 4 processors rather than one. In Live View, this battery should be really good for 300 shoots which is decent.
Being a DSLR, Canon EOS 60D is certainly very much advanced in the section where video recording is included. With this device the user has the choice to film at 1920x1080, 1280x720 or 640x480 pixels. The Full HD 1080p mode can be set to record at either 30fps or at 24 frames per second when the Video system is set to NTSC and 24 or 25 frames per second when this is set to PAL. The 720p and VGA modes offered by the device result in a higher frame rate measuring either 60 frames per second when set to NTSC or 50 frames per second when set to PAL.
The physical size and pixel count of this device is almost entirely identical which can be stated as, Canon EOS 60D’s sensor measures 22.3mm x 14.9mm and generates a 3:2 aspect ratio images which has a maximum resolution of 5184 x 3456 pixels. ISO Sensitivity of Canon EOS 60D ranges from a huge 100 to 12800.
1. Great pivoting LCD
2. In-camera editing
3. Flash control wireless
4. Great image quality
5. Great video quality
6. Great build feeling
1. Plastic body
2. High price
3. Clumsy control