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Canon 60D

This is the camera I own… and I love it! So if you’re looking to purchase this camera and have a specific question please feel free to email me any specific questions you might have!

It is hard when deciding which camera to buy! I thought a long time about the the difference between the t3i vs 60d. Most of the reviews are pretty straight forward explaining what each camera feature has or doesn’t have. The one I don’t agree with that I read a lot is the size or weight issue. I read once if you have small hands you might like the feel of the T3i better. Not true…. I am a gal with gal hands and I don’t feel the size or weight is even a consideration. Yes the T3i is a bit smaller in size and weight, but I don’t think it’s enough to really make a difference in your decision. I love my camera and never do I think it’s to big or weighs too much… it’s just right!

Right now the Canon 60D is on sale!

List price: $999.00
Sale Price: $865.00

Also if you purchase this camera as a bundle you can save $250.00 on the Canon EF 70-300mm lens! Sweet!
Plus you get the SanDisk 16GB memory card and the Amazon Basics Backpack for your DSLR camera for FREE!

Official Product Description:

  • 18.0-megapixel CMOS sensor and DIGIC 4 Imaging Processor; ISO 100-6400 (expandable to 12800)
  • Body only; lenses sold separately
  • Improved EOS HD Video mode with manual exposure control; Vari-angle 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor
  • 5.3 fps continuous shooting; enhanced iFCL 63-zone, Dual-layer metering system
  • Compatibility with SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards (not included)

It’s been a busy period here at dpreview but behind the scenes we’ve been shooting with and testing many of the big Photokina 2010 releases. The 60D is not the direct replacement for the 50D that many Canon users expected but there’s still an awful lot of 7D fitting into a smaller, lighter body with an articulated screen that is likely to appeal to video shooters. It has the same 18MP sensor as the 7D and 550D and the large, bright viewfinder from its predecessor. It becomes the first X0D camera to have a plastic, rather than metal, body but it also becomes the first to have an articulated screen – a variant of the excellent 1.04 million dot 3:2 screen from the 550D. So how well do all these elements come together and do they create a ‘super Rebel’ for entry-level users to aspire to?

 

 

Winter Fog rolls in…

When I looked out the window earlier this week to see, well actually I could see nothing since the fog rolled in. I thought hmm photo opportunity. After I took the kids to school I drove around for a little bit looking for that photo opportunity. I drove through the fog and then took a trip high up the south hills to get above the fog. It’s amazing what a different perspective one can get when they look at something from a different angle.

This next picture is when I was in the fog! Note the arrow in the first picture is where the second picture was taken.

Sometimes you have to get out of the fog to see the light. When I think about looking at the world in a different way I always picture John Keating from Dead Poets Society standing on his desk during class! Love that movie! Definitely of my favorite movies Robin Williams was a part of. The other two movies that come to mind are “The world according to Garp” and “Good Will Hunting”.

Both pictures were taken with  a Canon 60D  using the  18-55mm kit lens!

Canon EOS 60D

I recently purchased the Canon EOS 60D! It’s an amazing camera its a big purchase, but i have no buyers remorse. I love this camera!   As I write Canon EOS I am actually not sure what the letters “EOS” stands for…

I had to head over to Google just now and look that up – EOS stands for electro optical system, but it also refers to the Greek goddess of dawn.  Interesting…

I purchased mine on sale for $899.99 at Amazon – I’ve been watching it last week it bounced back up to $999.99, but right now it’s back on sale at $899.99.  Everything eventually goes on sale at some point. The trick is to buy it when it is on sale.

Here is the Official Product Description:

8.0-megapixel CMOS sensor and DIGIC 4 Imaging Processor; ISO 100-6400 (expandable to 12800)
Body only; lenses sold separately
Improved EOS HD Video mode with manual exposure control; Vari-angle 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor
5.3 fps continuous shooting; enhanced iFCL 63-zone, Dual-layer metering system
Compatibility with SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards (not included); please note that the EOS 60 is not compatible with CF memory cards

If you’re still researching which camera is right for you I do have a post that talks about a few of the differences between the Canon T2i, Canon T3i and the 60D. It is no small decision when you’re trying to figure out which camera is right for you!

Bought the T3i ended up with the 60D

The hunt for a new camera started months ago when my husband said he needed HD video for a project he’s working on. But instead of going out and buying any ol’d HD video camcorder he suggested I look at upgrading my Canon XSi that way we both get something amazing. Um yes!!!

I started to think about what I wanted in a new camera… the first thought is higher ISO! Shooting indoor shots or even out door shots for that matter I always need more light. Since I wasn’t buying a new lens my thoughts turned to higher ISO.

My search started with Canon T2i, T3i, 50D and the 60D. I didn’t spend any time researching the 7D simply because of the price.

The Canon 50D was quickly ruled out since it didn’t feature HD video. The choice between the T3i and the T2i wasn’t to tough either. Here are the stats I found important between the two:

Canon T3i priced at $659.00 (just the body)

  • 18MG CMOS (APS-C) Sensor; DIGIC 4 Image Processor
  • ISO 100-6400 (Expandable to 12800)
  • 1920 x 1080 HD
  • FPS 3.7
  • Articulating monitor – If you are shooting at different angles
  • Built in Wireless Flash Transmitter

Canon T2i priced at $579.00 (just the body)

  • 18MG CMOS (APS-C) Sensor; DIGIC 4 Image Processor
  • ISO 100-6400 (Expandable to 12800
  • 1920 x 1080 HD
  • FPS 3.7

To me the articulating monitor and the built in flash were enough for me to want the T3i. There have been plenty of times when I focus on something and then slowly lift the camera above my head hoping the subject was still in the frame. Plus I own the 580EX II Speedlite flash so if I wanted to make it a slave I don’t have to buy a transmitter.

Now the Canon T3i vs. 60D

These two were a little harder to decide between. Both are amazing cameras in my opinion.

Canon T3i priced at $659.00 (just the body)

  • 18MG CMOS (APS-C) Sensor; DIGIC 4 Image Processor
  • ISO 100-6400 (Expandable to 12800)
  • 1920 x 1080 HD
  • Articulating monitor – If you are shooting at different angles
  • Built in Wireless Flash Transmitter
  • FPS 3.7
  • Shutter Speed 4000
  • Only the center AF point is a cross type

Canon 60D priced at $869.00 (just the body)

  • 18MG CMOS (APS-C) Sensor; DIGIC 4 Image Processor
  • ISO 100-6400 (Expandable to 12800)
  • 1920 x 1080 HD
  • Articulating monitor – If you are shooting at different angles
  • Built in Wireless Flash Transmitter
  • FPS 5.3
  • Shutter Speed 8000
  • All 9AF points are cross Type

The frames per second, shutter speed and the fact that all 9 points were cross types is what stood out to me on the 60D. The 60D had a few more features that were fun like the in camera photo editing, an electronic level, slightly longer battery life. Still both were in the running and I kept going back and forth between the two. As for HD video there was no hard choice there as far as I can tell they are equal in the video department. Then one day on Amazon the T3i was on sale for $659.00 original list price is $799.00 so I bought it!

When the camera arrived in the mail I played with it that night and my husband said “You don’t have the wow factor” I did love the camera and it felt exactly like my other camera. It had everything I wanted, but he was right, and if you don’t have the wow factor than you probably bought the wrong one for you. I had held both cameras in the past and I loved the way the 60D felt in my hands. I liked the fact that when I turned it on I wasn’t 100% sure what to do.

Once I purchase something I try not to look back at the price so in my warped view the 60D now only cost $200 which seemed like a great deal. So… I bought the 60D and sold the T3i. I was going to just return the T3i to Amazon, but I still felt the price was a super deal for the Canon T3i. I thought I would ask a friend of mine who loves cameras as much as I do. She took the camera for a few days to think about it and showed up on my doorstep on day two with a check, she loved it! And why wouldn’t she, right!

In my opinion both are amazing cameras very similar in many ways. But I guess the deciding factor for me was the 60D felt right. Which is kinda of a strange reason, but it felt like it was the camera for me. Plus when I take a picture of that water fall in the bright sunlight I can crank up my shutter speed!

Now I am the proud owner of the Canon 60D, I am almost done reading the manual which I would recommend to everyone. There is plenty of information in that little book I forgot about. Always good to go back and review!

If you’re having a hard time deciding between the T3i vs. 60D feel free to email me. It is a hard choice….