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Canon EOS D60

Canon updates their D30 Semi Pro SLR with a 6 megapixel sensor and other improvements, and sets a new low-price point in the process!

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Page 1:Intro and Highlights

Review First Posted: 2/22/2002

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Canon EOS SLR designed ground-up to be digital
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6.3-megapixel CMOS sensor, 3,072 x 2,048 pixel images
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ISO of 100, 200, 400, 800, 1000
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3 frames per second, photo-centric design – touch shutter button in Play mode and camera returns to Record mode.
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Compatible with all Canon EOS system lenses and accessories, focal length multiplier of 1.6

(Review updated 3/24/2002, to include test shots and results from a full-production model.)

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Manufacturer Overview
Ask a photographer, be they professional or amateur, to name the first couple of camera manufacturers they can think of, and chances are that one of those would be Canon. Ask the same photographer what the Canon name means to them, and many would suggest that they associated the name with innovation, the company having brought such technological advances as Eye-Controlled Focusing (Canon EOS 5, 1992) and the USM ultrasonic motors used in the more recent Canon EF lenses, which are extremely quiet and very fast.

Canon film cameras cover the full range from models such as those targeted at professionals (the EOS 1 and 1N for example, and more recently the EOS 1V, to those targeted at the consumer (such as the tiny ELPH series or the EOS Rebel cameras). At PMA 2000, Canon announced the EOS-D30, their first digital SLR, and followed it late last year with the EOS-1D, an ultra-rugged, true professional-grade four megapixel camera with a blazing 8 frames/second maximum exposure rate.

Now, Canon has updated their proprietary CMOS sensor technology (a significant part of the success of the D30), doubling the resolution to 6 megapixels. That, plus a handful of minor design and feature tweaks has produced the EOS-D60, a new six megapixel "semi-pro" digital SLR that will replace the D30 in the marketplace.

(Special thanks to Chuck Westfall of Canon USA, Inc. for the "above and beyond the call" information and answers he furnished in support of this review!)


Highlights

  • 6.3-megapixel, 22.7 x 15.1 mm, 12-bit RGB CCD delivering 3,072 x 2,048-pixel images. Effective count of 6.29-megapixels and 2:3 aspect ratio.
  • Single-lens reflex digital camera with interchangeable lenses (supports all Canon EOS series lenses). Focal length multiplier of 1.6x as compared to a 35mm camera.
  • Variable ISO (100, 200, 400, 800, and 1,000).
  • TTL optical viewfinder with detailed information display, diopter adjustment, and depth-of-field preview.
  • 1.8 inch, low-temperature TFT LCD with 114,000 pixels.
  • Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Depth-of-Field AE, Programmed AE (Landscape, Macro, Night Scene, Portrait, and Sports), and Manual exposure modes.
  • Operates in "shooting priority mode," meaning the camera does not need to be set in "play" mode to view pictures. Pictures can be viewed in between shots, and even if camera is showing a picture or in a menu, pressing the Shutter button halfway prepares camera to take a photo immediately.
  • Continuous Shooting mode capturing up to 8 large/fine or 17 large/normal images at up to 3 frames per second with shutter at 1/250 second or faster.
  • Variable white balance with Auto, five manual presets, and Custom (reads from a neutral gray or white card). White balance can be changed on capture for RAW-format files, using either presets or manually selecting a neutral target in the image from which to reference white point
  • TTL autofocus with three focusing points, manually or automatically selectable (only one point selectable at a time). One shot AF, AI Servo AF with focus prediction, AI Focus AF, and manual focus. Working range of EV 0.5 to 18 at ISO 100.
  • Built-in E-TTL type retractable-type flash with red-eye reduction. Guide Number is 12/39 at ISO 100, m/ft, flash angle covers the field of an 18mm lens. Topside hot shoe for external flash connection of EX Speedlite flashes as well as a PC flash sync socket.
  • Flash exposure compensation of +/- 2 stops in one-half stop increments. Flash exposure lock function. First and second curtain sync function. External shoe supports E-TTL, FEL, and FP (high speed sync) flash metering with Canon 550EX speedlight.
  • Red-Eye Reduction by built-in illuminator.
  • TTL maximum aperture metering with a 35-zone silicon photocell. 35-zone Evaluative metering linked to all focusing points, Center weighted average metering, or 9.5% central-area spot metering. Metering range of EV 2 to 20 (at normal temperatures, EF 50mm f/1.4 USM, ISO 100).
  • Adjustable exposure compensation from -2 to +2 EV in 1/2 EV or 1/3 EV increments in all exposure modes.
  • Auto exposure bracketing (AEB) from -2 to +2 EV in 1/2 EV or 1/3 EV increments in all autoexposure modes.
  • Shutter speeds from 30 to 1/4,000 seconds, and a Bulb setting for longer exposures.
  • Electronic self-timer with a fixed duration of 10 seconds.
  • Optional external hand grip/battery pack adds secondary shutter release and control wheel, as well as AE lock and focus point buttons for vertical-format shooting.
  • Image storage on CompactFlash Type I or II, compatible with IBM MicroDrives
  • USB connectivity with TWAIN driver for PC and Adobe Photoshop plugin for Macintosh. NTSC/PAL selectable video out connectivity. N3 remote control socket.
  • 24-bit JPEG and 36-bit RAW data file formats. Available resolution settings are: 3,072 x 2,048; 2,048 x 1,360; and 1,536 x 1,024.
  • DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) and DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) compliant.

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