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The Canon EOS 60D is an 18.1 megapixels semi-pro digital single-lens reflex camera made by Canon. It was announced on August 26, 2010, with a suggested retail price of US$1099.00.[2] As a part of the Canon EOS two-digit line, it is the successor of the EOS 50D and is the predecessor of the EOS 70D.

Canon EOS 60D
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TypeDigital single-lens reflex camera
LensInterchangeable (EF / EF-S)
Image sensor typeCMOS
Image sensor size22.3 × 14.9 mm (APS-C format)
Maximum resolution5184 × 3456 pixels (4,3 μm pixel size)[1] (18.1 effective megapixels)
ASA/ISO range100 – 6400 (expandable to H: 12800)
StorageSD/SDHC/SDXC (Does not exploit UHS-I bus)
Focus modesOne-Shot, AI Focus, AI Servo, Live View (FlexiZone - Multi, FlexiZone - Single, Face detection, AF Quick)
Focus areas9 cross-type AF points
Exposure modesFull Auto, Flash Off, Creative Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Night Portrait, Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual exposure, Bulb exposure, Custom, Movie
Exposure meteringFull aperture TTL, 63 zones iFCL SPC
Metering modesEvaluative, Partial, Spot, Centre-weighted Average
FlashE-TTL II auto-pop-up built-in / External
Flash bracketingN/A
ShutterElectronic focal-plane
Shutter speed range1/8000 sec. – 30 sec. and Bulb; X-sync at 1/250 sec.
Continuous shootingUp to 5.3 fps
ViewfinderEye-level pentaprism with 96% coverage and 0.95x magnification / LCD (Live View)
Image processing
Image processorDIGIC 4
Custom WBAuto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, White Fluorescent, Flash, Custom, °Kelvin (2500 - 10000°K in 100°K steps)
Rear LCD monitor3.0" (7.7 cm) Clear View II colour LCD screen with 1,040,000 dots resolution
BatteryLi-Ion LP-E6 rechargeable (1800 mAh)
Optional battery packsBG-E9 grip allows the use of 6 AA cells, one LP-E6 battery or two LP-E6 batteries
Dimensions144.5 mm × 105.8 mm × 78.6 mm (5.69 in × 4.17 in × 3.09 in)
Weight755 g (26.6 oz)
List priceUS$1099.00[2]
Made inJapan

It is the first Canon EOS camera which has an articulating LCD screen. Apart from its screen, the main new features of the 60D in the two-digit Canon line include increased resolution and ISO range, full-HD video capabilities, and in-camera post-processing functions for the images. However, it uses the DIGIC 4 image processor.

Like the 50D, the camera has a LCD of settings on the top of the camera where the ISO, AF-Mode, Shooting mode, and metering mode can be controlled.

The 60D is offered for purchase as a body alone or in a package with an EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens, EF-S 17–85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens, EF-S 18–135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens, EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM lens, or an EF-S 18–55mm f/3.5–5.6 lens



Compared to the EOS 50D, the following changes have been made, including:

  • Resolution increase to 18.1 megapixels APS-C CMOS Sensor (50D has 15.1 megapixels).
  • Maximum sensitivity increased to ISO 6400 (12800 as optional expanded setting) (50D has max 3200 ISO, with 6400 and 12800 as optional expanded settings).
  • Video recording, with same controls as the 550D/Rebel T2i.
    • 1080p Full HD video recording at 24p, 25p and 30p with drop frame timing.
    • 720p HD video recording at 50p (50 Hz) and 60p (59.94 Hz).
    • 480p ED video recording at 50p (50 Hz) and 60p (59.94 Hz).
  • Manual control of audio recording (same as newer firmware on 5D MkII).
  • Articulating screen (3.0”) with a slightly higher resolution of 1,040,000 pixels, 288 ppi, in 3:2 ratio (50D has 4:3).[3]
    • The 60D screen, unlike that of the 50D, matches the aspect ratio of the sensor.
  • Lower maximum burst frame rate of 5.3 fps (50D maximum is 6.3 fps).
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot (50D uses CompactFlash).
  • Smaller and lighter polycarbonate resin with glass fibre on aluminium chassis (50D has magnesium alloy body).
  • Wireless Speedlite control.
  • Lack of AF micro-adjustment feature (included in 50D).
  • Redesign of controls – multi-controller has been relocated to center of quick control dial; top buttons of 60D control only one setting.
  • Locking mode dial.
  • Electronic level that can be viewed in the viewfinder, rear LCD monitor, and top LCD panel.
  • LP-E6 battery, as used in the 5D MkII and 7D.
  • Lack of PC socket for flash synchronization.
  • External shutter release port changed from 'Canon N3' socket to 3/32" (2.5mm) TRS pin.
  • In-camera raw development and built-in creative filters and special effects.
  • External 3.5mm stereo microphone jack

Digital Photography Review described the changes as representing the move from 'semi-pro'/'prosumer' to 'enthusiast'[4] due to the reduction in some features; however the pentaprism viewfinder and iconic rear control wheel remain, as does the top informational LCD. The slightly smaller body retains the grip of the two-digit Canon line.[5]


EOS 60DaEdit

The LCD screen of the Canon EOS 60D allows quick review of taken pictures or of the camera settings

Canon announced a modified version of the EOS 60D for astrophotography on April 3, 2012, called the EOS 60Da. The 60Da is the successor to the EOS 20Da. It was expected to cost $1,499.[6] The camera has a modified infrared filter and a low-noise sensor with heightened hydrogen-alpha (H-alpha) sensitivity for improved capture of red hydrogen emission nebulae.[7] The 60Da is three times as sensitive to H-alpha light as the 60D to allow for better images of nebulae.[8]


  1. ^ "EOS 60D Specifications" (PDF). August 26, 2010. Retrieved 2014-08-26.
  2. ^ a b "Canon EOS 60D First Impressions Review". Retrieved January 11, 2012.
  3. ^ Canon counts the sub-pixels of each pixel, i.e. the red, green, and blue channel of each pixel, and therefore specifies the rear display to have 345,600 × 3 = 1,036,800 or ca. 1,040,000 dots.
  4. ^ Thursday, August 26, 2010  04:00 GMT (August 26, 2010). "Canon EOS 60D DSLR announced and previewed: Digital Photography Review". Retrieved September 12, 2010.
  5. ^ Laing, Gordon (October 2010). "Canon EOS 60D design and controls". Retrieved January 22, 2012.
  6. ^ "New Canon EOS 60Da DSLR Camera For Astronomy Enthusiasts Captures The True Colors Of The Cosmos". Retrieved April 3, 2012.
  7. ^ "CanonEOS 60Da astrophotography camera announced". April 3, 2012.
  8. ^ Dyer, Alan (September 2012). "The 60Da: Canon's Astrophoto DSLR". Sky & Telescope. 124 (3): 38–41. ISSN 0037-6604.

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