Canon 60D Review
Canon EOS 60D Design
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Front. The Canon EOS 60D has been completely restyled, compared to the body design of the previous 40D and 50D models, and sports a much sleeker, more rounded and modern-looking design aesthetic. From the front, most controls are located in the same places, although the depth-of-field preview button has jumped across to the other side of the lens mount. There's also a microphone port just above the model number badge, an infra-red receiver added in the handgrip, and a rubber flap at the base of the handgrip to allow access for the dummy battery cable used with the optional AC adapter kit.
Left. On the left side of the body, the two rubber compartment cover flaps from the EOS 50D are consolidated into a single flap for the 60D. A stereo mic port has been added, and the flash sync port dropped. You can also see the new speaker grille adjacent to the top of this compartment cover, as well as the aforementioned speaker grille above the model number badge. Again, note that the depth-of-field preview button has switched to the other side of the lens mount.
Right. There weren't any controls on this side of the 50D, and the same rings true for the EOS 60D. The larger CompactFlash card compartment door of the earlier camera is replaced by a much smaller, spring-loaded Secure Digital card compartment door.
Top. There are plenty of changes to note on the top of the EOS 60D. The Mode dial now has a central locking button, which must be depressed before the dial can be turned, to prevent accidental changes. It also sits above the relocated Power switch. On the other side of the flash housing, the LCD status display is now smaller and trapezoidal, and lacks any indication of white balance or image size / resolution / file type. The row of buttons in front of this display are all now single purpose, and while there's one more button than in the 50D, neither flash exposure compensation nor white balance are adjusted from these buttons any longer.
Back. The back of the 60D is also greatly changed from that of its predecessor. The 3.0-inch LCD screen now has a wider aspect and just slightly higher resolution. More importantly, it's now mounted on a tilt / swivel mechanism, making it much more useful for live view or movie shooting. The fiddly Multi-controller joystick from previous models is gone, replaced with a new Quick Control dial design that integrates both an eight-way arrow pad and central Set button. Instead of the integrated power switch / Quick Control dial lock found on the 50D, there's a new Unlock button which serves the latter purpose, and doubles as a Direct Print button in playback mode. There's also a new Live View / Movie button, a dedicated Quick Control button, and the locations of the Menu, Info, Playback, and Delete buttons have all changed. Finally, note the relocated, triangular card access lamp directly above the (much smaller) card slot compartment. The reduction in size comes thanks to a switch to Secure Digital card media, with SDHC / SDXC compatibility.
Bottom. From the bottom, you can again see the relocated depth-of-field preview button, as well as the base of the newly articulated LCD display. The extension system terminal cover from the previous 50D model is another notable absentee from the 60D's design. The battery compartment door retains a similar design, with an adjacent cutout for the AC adapter kit's dummy battery cable.
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