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Comment: Would this camera be good for a beginner with SLRs?
Good: Great Photography Tool
Bad: Way Complicated
Comment: I bought this to supplement my Powershot A480, which has good color, but is only tiny.
The 60D fits like a glove and is comfortable to use. I cheaped out and bought the kit lens 18-55 IS - the 50mm prime f1.8 showed just how poor this is. I'll have to go to the 17-55 USM, which costs more than the camera.
I'm still into the learning curve, but shots with the prime are breathtakingly clean. I want to use manual focus more, to have more control over my shots.
This is a very impressive camera, it can make images I want to walk into. I prefer Canon colors to Nikon, and my fingers naturally fall onto the 60D's controls. The Nikons contort my digits in ways that are unnatural and uncomfortable. With a fair bit more cost I can do everything want to do in photography.
Good: Great image quality, Shoots HD video, Battery lasts a LONG time, Articulating screen is very nice, 5.3 fps, built-in mic doesn't sound too bad considering that it's a built in mic
Bad: Slow to auto focus in video/live view mode, Battery grip is quite expensive
Comment: The image quality of the EOS 60D is excellent and on par with the 7D for shooting the typical family or kids events. As an owner of the 30D, 40D and 7D - I find the 60D IQ, handling and overall performance makes it worthy of the xxD designation.
Some reviews focus on the changes to body materials, but the 60D body is as solid as the 7D without any squeaks or flexing. The density of the material used is quite substantial and the hand grip feels comfortable. The articulating LCD display is smooth and closes tightly. The buttons and controller are re-organized to accommodate the moving display. The top display is easy to use. The flash and shutter mechanism operate like the rest of Canon DSLRs.
The 60D's reduced weight, dimensions and lower cost over the 7D make the 60D a great choice for xxD owners. After using the 7D for a year, I find the 60D more comfortable in my hands. Not that 7D is bad, but it's increased weight and size always seemed to cross a comfort threshold when carrying around.
The low light (high ISO 1600-3200) performance of the 60D appears to be superior to any Canon, including my 7D, that I have owned. The 60D WB performance in indoor lighting is in line with other Canons so similar adjustments can be made in your work flow. While the 7D AF specs are better than the 60D, images are just as good for normal situations.
Canon seemed to know what was important to most users and put it in the 60D and their experience with the EOS line is ever present here.
*** P.S. If you will buy this camera I suggest at: amazon.co.uk/dp/B0040X3DUW/?tag=reviews.cnet.co.uk-21
Good: Fantastic pictures - very simple to use
Bad: poor autofocus in video mode
Comment: Having taken delivery of our new 60D the day we flew out on holiday we had no time to read the manual. However it was very easy to use and we hardly ever needed to move it off the fully auto mode to get some amazing pictures. The only time we tried out the other modes was to shoot video clips, or to force it to autofocus on the item in the centre of the frame (unfortunately you cannot choose which of the 9 sample points should be prioritised whilst in full auto mode).
Although it shoots great full HD video clips, it will only re-focus if you press a button, and usually it takes 1/2 second of hunting before it re-focuses properly. Not great mid video clip so it doesn't quite replace a proper video camera yet.
I am no photographer, and probably will not use half the functions available. We had a Nikon D80 before and it was good but this Canon 60D takes better pictures sot I would definitely recommend it, it takes great photos, good video clips and couldn't be easier to use.
Oh and the software is quite cool - you can remotely control almost every aspect of it via the usb cable.
Good: its a canon
Bad: thats the problem
Comment: one of the better design ever created by canon, as a salesperson, i would sell this to any customer.
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