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News, information and reviews

Information about the Canon EOS 60D DSLR & Canon EOS60Da

The EOS 60D was first announced in August 2010. The 60Da, a version optimised for astrophotography was announced in April 2012.

This page covers all our 60D related materials, including technical information, updates (firmware) and reviews.

It also includes links to a number of short reviews and usage notes for the 60D, written when I borrowed a camera for a while from Canon UK.

The photo at the right was from when I was looking at just how useful that flip out screen is.

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The 70D has its own page.

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60D Technical info

Sample Images

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Reviews/previews

the EOS 60D

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60D Latest Info

We'll keep this page updated with links to new reviews, firmware updates etc.

2012 August

  • 14th Details of Canon US camera rebates.

canon aug 12 rebate -1

June

  • 20th Firmware update (60D and 60Da) to v1.1.1
  • Minor bug fixes
  • Firmware Version 1.1.1 incorporates the following fixes.
    • Fixes a phenomenon where the camera’s serial number that is displayed in the shooting information of the image does not display the correct serial number. *1)
      Corrects errors in the Greek, Italian, and Portuguese menu screens.
      *1) If the camera’s serial number is 2147483648 or higher and the camera firmware is Version 1.1.0 or earlier, the images captured with the camera will be affected by the phenomenon listed in 1. above.
    • This phenomenon only affects the EOS 60D, and does not affect the EOS 60Da. Both of these cameras are equipped with the same firmware.
    • To obtain the serial number correctly in the shooting information of images that are already captured using the old firmware, we are preparing updates for Digital Photo Professional and ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser applications.

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April

  • 26th Canon in the US have a series of rebates running from Apr 29th to June 2nd
  • 16th There is a problem with some cameras (EOS 60D, EOS 450D, EOS 500D, EOS 600D & EOS 1000) and Eye-Fi X2 series cards (incl. Connect X2, Mobile X2, Pro X2). This from Canon:
    • It is possible that the EOS digital SLR cameras which have had their main PCB replaced during the specific timeframes listed above may not turn on normally when Eye-Fi brand cards are used, or if any brand of SD card is removed from the camera within a certain time after opening the card slot cover. If the camera is not turning on normally when using an Eye-Fi brand card, a temporary workaround is to use SD cards instead of the Eye-Fi card when capturing images. If the camera is not operating normally when the SD card is promptly removed after opening the card slot cover, a temporary workaround is to remove the battery pack, then re-insert the battery pack.
  • 3rd Canon announce the 60Da Digital SLR (DSLR) designed for astrophotography. Based on the EOS 60D, it succeeds the EOS 20Da, the EOS 60Da is designed to capture rich red colours produced by emission nebulae, with a modified low pass filter that makes it more sensitive to hydrogen-alpha wavelengths of light.
  • available from June 2012, priced at £1,174.99/€1,399.00 RRP incl. VAT.
  • [Full release info below]
  • Note that the US version of the release info says 'later this month' for availability
  • Preorder from B&H & Adorama for $1499

2011 July

  • 20th Firmware update to V1.1.0
  • 1. Fixes a phenomenon where the wireless built-in flash settings are reset to defaults when the battery is removed from the camera.
  • 2. Fixes an intermittent phenomenon where image-rotation information is not recognized correctly when shooting with the camera in the vertical position depending on the timing of the shutter release.

June

  • 20th US 'Instant rebates' [PDF] on selected 7D and 60D combinations. Running until September 3rd.

March

  • 30th Firmware update to v1.09
  • Firmware Version 1.0.9 incorporates the following fixes and changes.
  • 1. Changes the name of the feature called "Art Filters" to "Creative Filters" (which is used in markets other than Japan) in the Japanese version to make the terms consistent. (This change only applies to the Japanese version and does not apply to other language versions.)
    2. Fixes a phenomenon where the camera may operate abnormally when it is set to Quick Mode AF during Live View shooting immediately after capturing an image with the C.Fn II-1 Long exposure noise reduction setting set to [2: On] and a shutter speed setting of 5 seconds or more.
    3. Fixes a phenomenon where the camera may operate abnormally when after Live View shooting, the remote switch on the EOS Utility screen is pressed to immediately start movie-shooting. This phenomenon only occurs when the camera is connected to a compatible personal computer and the Remote Live View function of EOS Utility software is being used.
  • 29th The flip out screen on the 60D - not quite the gimmick you might think
  • 27th Canon have lent us a 60D to look at. Keith Cooper is writing a series of articles about different aspects of using the 60D.
  • This starts with opening the box and some initial thoughts and settings.

60D fitted with medium format lens

Another alternative lens - A Mamiya 55/2.8 medium format lens. No autofocus, but very good quality.

February

  • 17th Register review added
  • 8th Instant rebates (in US) starting Feb 20th - or what we call a $100 price cut

January

2010 December

  • 16th Firmware update to v1.08
  • Fixes a phenomenon in which captured images may become overexposed when using the camera's built-in flash or an external Speedlite in combination with the lenses listed below:
    a) EF300/4 L IS USM
    b) EF28-135/3.5-5.6 IS USM
    c) EF75-300/4-5.6 IS USM
    d) EF100-400/4.5-5.6 L IS USM
  • 12th Maybe not for photography, but in video, it seems the GH2 from Panasonic gives the 60D a run for its money. More at EHD

November

  • 27th Reviews list updated
  • 16th Full review at Roland Lim
  • 10th Full review at DPR

October

September

  • 24th Some of Canon's thoughts on mirrorless and the 60D [Vim via Zoom.dk]
  • 22nd We're told that stocks are appearing in reasonable quanitiies.
  • 10th In the UK at least, 60Ds are still all with pre-release firmware and not yet available for review, other than to a few specific sites.
  • We'll link to new items, as they appear.
  • 5th User manual link added.
  • There are unconfirmed reports of AF microadjust in the 60D [DPR] -updated ...no AF MA

August

  • 31st Quite a bit of discussion on the forums about the fact that the 60D does not mention micro focus adjustment in its specs.
  • Bob Atkins has a useful article comparing aspects of the 550D/50D/60D/7D. Well worth a read if you are feeling swayed by some of the naysayers in the forums :-)
  • 30th Info updated - noted that 'joystick' not lost, but moved to centre of rear dial (see pic below)
  • 29th Sample images updated.
  • 28th Updates - remember that only a few of the reviews above include sample images. Many are still firmly in the preview category, where someone has been given the specs and told to write an article...
  • 27th Reviews updated - very good one at Imaging Resource
  • 26th As widely expected, the 60D is announced.
  • - more info will be added to this page as we get it.
  • Initial reactions on the forums are 'mixed' - this is not quite the step forward in the XXD series the way that some expected/hoped.
  • No microadjust for focus for example.
  • Put the camera between a 550D and 7D and it is almost half way in size...
  • Main 50D/60D differences are
    • Higher resolution (17.9MP v 15.1MP)
    • SD, rather than CF memory cards
    • No flash sync socket
    • Wireless Speedlight control
    • Articulated 3:2 high resolution LCD screen
    • Plastic body shell (8% weight saving)
    • Standard ISO range extends to 6400, rather than 3200
    • Adjustable Auto ISO upper limit
    • HD video 1080p20/25/24 or 720p60/50
    • New features: in-camera raw conversion, ambience settings, creative filters etc
    • No joystick*, no multi-flash support, simplified top plate & info panel, only one Custom mode
    • Slightly reduced customization options
    • Redesigned control layout with slightly fewer buttons
    • Lower burst rate
  • This is a 'repositioned' model rather than a straight update from the 50D. That said, it has a lot of improvements built in over the 50D - especially if you use video.
    • *Note that the joystick functionality is now subsumed into an inner adjustment device, on the back wheel. [below]

rear view of 60D

Side view of the 60D

Side view of the 60D

EOS60Da release info

Looking at the stars – Canon unveils the EOS 60Da

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 3rd April 2012 – Canon today expands the EOS series with the launch of the EOS 60Da – a high resolution Digital SLR (DSLR) designed for astrophotography. Based on the specifications of the EOS 60D and succeeding the EOS 20Da, the EOS 60Da is designed to capture rich red colours produced by emission nebulae, with a modified low pass filter that makes it more sensitive to hydrogen-alpha (Há) wavelengths of light.

The EOS 60Da is ideal for shooting astronomical phenomena such as diffuse nebulae – a favourite among astrophotographers due to the distinct red colour caused by the ionisation of hydrogen. In a standard DSLR, an infrared (IR) filter limits the amount of Há light that passes through to the camera sensor, reducing the transmission of red signals to prevent unwanted colour artefacts in the final image. However the EOS 60Da features a new modified filter that offers three times more transparency for Há light than the EOS 60D, combined with an 18 megapixel CMOS sensor, DIGIC 4 processing and a high ISO range to capture crisp, clear images of red-coloured emission nebulae.

High resolution, high sensitivity and low noise
The EOS 60Da provides astrophotographers with high performance and creative flexibility. Its 18 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor is ideal for capturing rich detail in star clusters, and advanced performance at high ISO speeds up to ISO 6,400 (expandable to ISO 12,800) ensures images are low in noise, reducing the need for longer exposures and star tracker mounts. Working alongside powerful 14-bit DIGIC 4 processing, the sensor also provides excellent signal-to-noise ratio in final output data, producing pictures that are rich in natural colour with smooth tonal gradations – ideal for capturing the subtle colour transitions of interstellar gas clouds, for example.

Eos 60Da

Easy control
Utilising the advanced ergonomics of the EOS 60D, the EOS 60Da has been designed to be comfortable to hold and highly customisable. A curved shape features an easy-to-reach button layout, with frequent controls grouped together for easy access. Controls can be easily adjusted and reassigned to suit each user’s individual requirements, and a top LCD screen with backlight illumination provides additional flexibility to monitor and adjust image parameters mid-shoot. A dedicated Quick Control button also provides instant and convenient access to the full range of camera settings during shooting.

The EOS 60Da also features a 7.7cm (3.0”) Vari-angle wide LCD screen and Live View support – ideal for composing shots using a tripod. The screen’s Vari-angle hinge provides flexibility, while Live View mode provides convenient, precision control, allowing photographers to finely adjust composition and camera settings. The LCD’s fine 1,040k-dot resolution also provides exceptional levels of on-screen detail during and after shooting, allowing astrophotographers to compose and review their shots with confidence.

For more flexible shooting, the EOS 60Da is compatible with the optional
Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3 (Connected via the supplied Remote Controller Adapter RA-E3) – a programmable remote shutter control that allows the adjustment of settings without disturbing the camera’s position. The TC-80N3 provides the flexibility to remotely capture images at custom-selected intervals or shoot exposures over long periods, making it ideal for shooting time lapse movies of the night skies. A supplied ACK-E6 AC Adaptor allows continued shooting using mains power – ideal for long exposures – and EOS Utility software allows users to control settings, or view the framed image from a PC or Mac connected via USB mid-shoot.

As part of the EOS System the EOS 60Da is also compatible with the world’s most comprehensive selection of interchangeable lenses, ranging from the 8mm to 800mm – providing both power and exceptional creative choice for astrophotographers.

EOS 60Da - key features:
Enhanced sensitivity to IR light
18 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
Vari-angle 7.7cm (3.0”) 3:2 Clear View LCD screen
ISO 100-6,400 (expandable to ISO 12,800)
Time-lapse shooting with EOS Utility or optional Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3

Pricing and Availability

The EOS 60Da is available from June 2012, priced at £1,174.99/€1,399.00 RRP incl. VAT.

US 60Da Release info

NEW CANON EOS 60Da DSLR CAMERA FOR ASTRONOMY ENTHUSIASTS CAPTURES THE TRUE COLORS OF THE COSMOS
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., April 3, 2012 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today introduced the EOS 60Da Digital SLR Camera, a long-awaited successor to the EOS 20Da that is optimized for astrophotography. This DSLR caters to astronomers and hobbyists who enjoy capturing the beauty of the night sky by offering a modified infrared filter and a low-noise sensor with heightened hydrogen-alpha sensitivity. These modifications allow the camera to capture magnificent photographs of “red hydrogen emission” nebulae and other cosmic phenomena.

“The EOS 60Da is a testament to the constant desire to meet the needs of every customer, including those in specialized fields,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A., “This new camera enables an accurate depiction of a part of our solar system which is hard to achieve with conventional cameras but should be enjoyed and celebrated.”

The Canon EOS 60Da camera packs a powerful 18-megapixel CMOS sensor (APS-C) that produces sharp and high-contrast images of astronomical objects, a major enhancement over the EOS 20Da model’s 8.2-megapixel sensor. The improved infrared-blocking filter is a modification suited specifically toward astronomy enthusiasts to achieve a hydrogen-alpha light sensitivity that is approximately three times higher than that of a normal Canon DSLR camera. This produces a 20-percent higher transmittance of Hydrogen Alpha line, or Hα wavelength, allowing astronomers to capture crisp, clear images of reddish, diffuse nebulae.

Enhanced Features
Crisp images of the stars and planets can be viewed on the EOS 60Da’s improved 3.0-inch Clear View LCD screen with 1,040,000 dots for detailed focusing. The flip-out Vari-angle screen allows photographers to adjust the screen for easy viewing without straining even while the camera is mounted to a telescope via a third-party T-ring adapter. Optimized for stargazing with friends or in an educational setting, astronomy enthusiasts can connect the camera to a TV with the provided AVC-DC400ST Stereo AV Video Cable and display the night sky on a TV monitor using the camera’s Live View mode. Moreover, the EOS 60Da’s Live View mode is equipped with a Silent Shooting feature that eliminates shutter-induced vibration for maximum camera stability when the camera is mounted to a telescope or super-telephoto EF lens.

Enhanced noise reduction on the EOS 60Da sensor offers photographers the ability to experiment with the wide array of ISO settings and increased ISO speeds up to 6400 expandable to 12800. Other features include an intelligent nine-point autofocus system, full manual controls, and RAW, JPEG, and RAW+JPEG image recording capabilities.

Accessories
The EOS 60Da helps capture the wonders of the night sky with its use of Canon’s award-winning EF and EF-S lenses along with other EOS accessories. Additionally, the EOS 60Da is packaged with Canon’s RA-E3 Remote Controller Adapter, providing the ability to connect a Canon Timer Remote Control such as the TC-80N3 (optional accessory). The TC-80N3 is ideal for controlling time exposures longer than 30 seconds as well as capturing a series of consecutive time exposures that can be composited during post-processing for improved image quality. This is especially useful when the camera body is connected to a telescope[i] or an EF super telephoto lens.

Canon has also included an AC adapter kit with the EOS 60Da, allowing the camera to be powered through an AC wall outlet or a battery-powered inverter, ideal for long exposure image or video capture at home or in the field.

Availability
As a specialized product, the EOS 60Da is only available to order from select authorized dealers. The estimated retail price is $1,499.00 and it is expected to be available this month.

Preorder from B&H & Adorama for $1499

Technical Specs

Price
(body only)
$ 1,099
€ 1,149
£ 1,099.99
Price (lens kits) $ 1,399 (18-135mm)
€ 1,249 (18-55mm)
€ 1,399 (18-135mm)
€ 1,449 (17-85mm)
£ 1,199.99 (18-55mm)
£ 1,399.99 (18-135mm)
£ 1,499.99 (17-85mm)
£ 1999.99 (17-55mm F2.8)
Body material Aluminium and polycarbonate resin with glass fibre**
Sensor* 22.3 x 14.9 mm CMOS sensor
RGB Colour Filter Array
Built-in fixed low-pass filter (with self-cleaning unit)
19 million total pixels
18 million effective pixels
3:2 aspect ratio
Image processor* DIGIC 4*
A/D conversion 14 bit
Image Sizes ( Still) *

RAW
5184 x 3456
3888 x 2592
• 2592 x 1728

JPEG

3:2
5184 x 3456
3456 x 2304
2592 x 1728
1920 x 1280*
720 x 480*
4:3*
4608 x 3456
3072 x 2304
2304 x 1728
1696 x 1280
640 x 480
16:9*
5184 x 2912
3456 x 1944
2592 x 1456
1920 x 1080
720 x 400
1:1*
3456 x 3456
2304 x 2304
1728 x 1728
1280x1280
480 x 480
Image Sizes (Movie)* 1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps)
1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps)
640 x 480 (59.94, 50 fps)
File formats (Still)* JPEG (EXIF 2.3*) - Fine / Normal
RAW
M-RAW
S-RAW
RAW + JPEG
M-RAW + JPEG
S-RAW + JPEG
File formats (Movie)* MOV (Video: H.264, Sound: Linear PCM)
Lenses Canon EF / EF-S lens mount
1.6x field of view crop
Dust reduction EOS integrated cleaning system with fluorine coating
Self-cleaning sensor unit (filter in front of sensor vibrates at high frequency at start-up and shutdown - can be disabled)
Dust Delete Data - Data from a test shot is used to 'map' dust spots and can be later removed using Canon DPP Software
Auto focus TTL-CT-SIR CMOS sensor
9 cross-type AF points (f/2.8 at centre)
Center point additionally sensitive with lenses of F2.8 or faster
AF working range: -0.5 - 18 EV (at 23°C, ISO 100)
Focus modes One shot AF
AI Servo AF
AI Focus AF
Manual focus
AF point selection Auto : 9 point*
Manual
AF Lock Locked when shutter button is pressed half way in One Shot AF mode or AF-ON button is pressed
Predictive AF Up to 8 m
AF assist Stroboscopic flash
AF microadjust No**
Metering TTL full aperture metering with 63 zone Dual Layer (iFCL)
Metering range: EV 1 - 20 EV
Metering modes Evaluative metering (linked to all AF points)
Partial (6.5% at center)*
Spot metering (approx. 2.8% at center)*
Center-weighted average
AE lock Auto: One Shot AF with evaluative metering
Manual: AE lock button
Exposure compensation* +/-5.0 EV
0.3 or 0.5 EV increments
Exposure bracketing +/- 3.0 EV
0.3 or 0.5 EV increments
Sensitivity * Auto ISO (100-3200)
ISO 100-6400 in 0.3 or 1.0 EV increments
H (12800) expansion
Shutter Focal-plane shutter
30 - 1/8000 sec
0.3 or 0.5 EV increments
Flash X-Sync: 1/250 sec
Bulb
Aperture values 0.3 or 0.5 EV increments
Actual aperture range depends on lens used
White balance Auto
Daylight
Shade
Cloudy
Tungsten
White Fluorescent light
Flash
Custom
Kelvin (2500 - 10000 K in 100 K steps)
WB bracketing +/-3 levels
3 images
Blue / Amber or Magenta / Green bias
WB shift Blue (-9) To Amber (+9)
Magenta (-9) to Green (+9)
Picture style Standard
Portrait
Landscape
Neutral
Faithful
Monochrome
User def. 1
User def. 2
User def. 3
Custom image parameters Sharpness: 0 to 7
Contrast: -4 to +4
Saturation: -4 to +4
Colour tone: -4 to +4
B&W filter: N, Ye, Or, R, Gvan
B&W tone: N, S, B, P, G
Image processing Highlight tone priority
Auto lighting optimizer (4 settings)
Long exposure noise reduction
High ISO noise reduction (4 settings)
Auto correction of lens peripheral illumination (vignetting)
Creative filters (Grainy B/W, Soft focus, Toy camera, Miniature effect) - during image Playback only RAW image processing - during image Playback only**
Colour space sRGB
Adobe RGB
Viewfinder * Eye-level pentaprism
100% frame coverage
Magnification: 0.95x(-1 diopter with 50 mm lens at infinity)
Eyepoint: 22 mm
Interchangeable focusing screen Ef-A standard (2 other types optional)*
Dioptric adjustment: -3.0 to +1.0 diopter
Mirror Quick-return half mirror (transmission:reflection ratio 40:60)
Mirror lock-up (once or multiple exposures)
Viewfinder info AF points
Focus confirmation light
Shutter speed
viewfinder level indicator Aperture value
ISO speed (always displayed)
AE lock
Exposure level/compensation
Spot metering circle
Exposure warning
AEB.
Flash ready
High-speed sync
FE lock
Flash exposure compensation
Red-eye reduction light
White balance correction
CF card information
Monochrome shooting*
Maximum burst (2 digit display)*
Highlight tone priority (D+)
Grid
Dual Axis Electronic level*
LCD monitor 3.0 " TFT LCD
1040,000 dots**
100% coverage
160 ° viewing angle
Dual anti-reflection
LCD Live view Live TTL display of scene from CMOS image sensor
100% frame coverage
30 fps frame rate
Real-time evaluative metering using CMOS image sensor
Best view or exposure simulation
Silent mode
Grid optional (x2)
Magnify optional (5x or 10x at AF point)
Three AF modes - Live mode/Quick mode/Face Detection
Histogram
Multi aspect ratios**
Remote live view using EOS Utility 2.0 (via USB or WiFi/Ethernet using WFT)
Flash Auto pop-up E-TTL II auto flash
FOV coverage up to 17 mm (27 mm equiv.)*
Guide number approx 13 m (ISO 100)*
Cycle time approx. 3 sec
Flash compensation +/-3.0 EV in 0.3 or 0.5 EV increments
X-Sync: 1/250 sec
External flash E-TTL II auto flash with EX-series Speedlites
Wireles flash support *(no multi-group support*)
Shooting modes Auto
No Flash
Creative Auto
Portrait
Landscape
Close-up
Sport
Night Portrait
Movie*
Program AE
Shutter priority AE
Aperture priority AE
Manual
Custom
Drive modes Single
High-speed continuous
Low-speed continuous
Self-timer: 2sec + remote, 10sec + remote
Burst buffer * Approx. 5.3 fps (speed maintained for up to 58 JPEGs, 16 images (RAW))
Orientation sensor Yes
Auto rotation On (recorded and LCD display)
On (recorded only)
Off
Custom functions * 20 Custom Functions with 59 settings
Menu languages English
German
French
Dutch
Loads more...
Firmware User upgradable
Portrait grip* Optional BG-E9 Battery Grip*
Connectivity USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
Video output (PAL/ NTSC)
HDMI connector
N3 type wired remote control
PC Sync flash terminal
External microphone (3.5mm Stereo mini jack)
Storage** SD, SDHC, SDXC cards
Power* Lithium-Ion LP-E6 rechargeable battery (supplied & charger)
Built in battery (date/time backup)
Optional AC adapter
Wireless connectivity TBC
Dimensions** 145 x 106 x 79 mm (5.7 x 4.2 x 3.1 in)
Weight ** Including battery and memory card: 755 g (1.6 lb)

*Changed from 50D/7D

UK Press Info

London, UK, 26th August 2010 - Canon today announces the latest addition to its world-famous EOS series of Digital SLR (DSLR) cameras – the new EOS 60D. Replacing the EOS 50D, the EOS 60D is designed for photographers who want to take their skills to the next level, offering high performance, a series of creative features, a Vari-angle LCD screen and enhanced ergonomics – empowering photography enthusiasts to capture outstanding stills and Full High Definition (HD) video for unique, creative results.

High speed, high resolution
With an 18 Megapixel APS-C sensor, the EOS 60D offers high levels of detail and a magnification of 1.6x the focal length of the lens to capture poster-size images in a variety of aspect ratios*1. Canon’s powerful DIGIC 4 technology rapidly processes image information captured from the CMOS sensor’s four-channel output, providing outstanding colour reproduction, as well as high-speed shooting at 5.3fps in bursts of 58 full-resolution JPEGs.

A standard ISO range of 100-6400 is extendable to 12800, providing smooth images with minimal noise in low light conditions. A 9-point, all cross-type autofocus (AF) system also provides swift and accurate focusing, with an extra-sensitive centre point for lenses faster than f/2.8, allowing photographers to artistically employ a shallow depth of field during portraiture or for more atmospheric shooting.

The EOS 60D features Canon’s iFCL metering system, first introduced with the acclaimed EOS 7D, with a 63-zone Dual-Layer sensor. Information on subject location is gathered from the Auto Focus system, and is combined with colour and luminance readings for consistent accurate exposures whatever the situation. The Integrated Speedlite transmitter also provides in-camera control of multiple EX flash units for more creative lighting.

Shoot from all angles
level indicatorA new 7.7cm (3.0”) Vari-angle wide LCD monitor features a 3:2 aspect ratio and a 1,040k dot resolution, providing added flexibility and allowing photographers to view their images in incredible detail. The Vari-angle wide LCD helps frame shots from difficult angles, and can be positioned with Live View enabled to achieve the desired composition if shooting isn’t possible using the viewfinder. The ability to capture wildlife portraits, overhead shots or ground-level photography is instantly enhanced, and the surface of the screen features an anti-reflective, water-repellent coating to protect the screen allows easy viewing in bright light and from a variety of angles.

Empowering creativity
A new Basic + function makes it easy for photographers to add their own creative touch to images without worrying about changing settings. Photographers can add ambiance to a scene by shooting according to lighting and scene type, with Portrait, Landscape, Close-Up, Sport, Night Snapshot or Creative AUTO modes all available. Different effects can be achieved by shooting with Basic + enhancements such as Daylight, Cloudy or Sunset or pre-set Picture Styles including Vivid, Soft, Warm or Monochrome.

Designed to provide power for those who wish to extend their creative vision, the EOS 60D features a host of new functions that help capture better images and in-camera effects to add an extra dimension. The powerful DIGIC 4 processor supports in-camera RAW image processing, allowing photographers to edit settings such as brightness, contrast, white balance or correct distortion or chromatic aberration. The edited image can then be resaved as a JPEG, ready to be printed or uploaded to a PC or the web.

For photographers who want to add post-production effects to their images without the need for expensive software, the EOS 60D also features a range of new creative filters that can be applied in-camera. Filters including Grainy B/W, Soft Focus, Toy Camera Effect and Miniature Effect provide images with a different feel, allowing photographers to create a themed collection - using Grainy B/W to give images a reportage style, for example – or easily smooth skin tone in portraits with Soft Focus.

EOS Movies: Full HD video with complete control
Offering photographers the freedom to go beyond stills, the EOS 60D captures 1920x1080p HD video with a variety of user-selectable frame rates, including 30, 25 and 24fps, as well as 720p video at 60 and 50fps. Movie Crop mode is also available, recording with the central 640x480 pixel area of the sensor to create an effective magnification of approximately seven times the focal length of the lens.

Full manual control in Movie mode allows photographers to employ their own exposure and focus settings and take advantage of the effects achieved from Canon’s wide range of EF lenses. An external stereo microphone terminal and the ability to adjust sound recording level ensures the audio track recorded matches the visual quality of the video, capturing broadcast-quality sound.

For those who want to share images with friends and family, an integrated HDMI port is compatible with Consumer Electronics Control (HDMI-CEC), allowing video and images to be viewed on any compatible HD-ready TV and controlled via the TV remote.

Designed for flexibility
The EOS 60D features a completely redesigned body, combining an ergonomically enhanced, curved shape with a new button layout to make it quick and comfortable for photographers to change settings. Frequently used camera controls are grouped together for easy access, while the Quick Control Dial, Multi-controller and SET button have all been merged into one Multi Control Dial, enabling photographers to operate menus and enter settings quickly using their thumb. The mode dial also features a lock button, preventing unintentional changes to settings mid-shoot.

A dedicated Quick Control access button allows photographers to instantly reach the most common shooting settings and playback controls. Customising the functions of a number of buttons is also possible, allowing photographers to tailor the camera to suit their individual needs. To help achieve landscapes with perfectly level horizons, a horizontal Electronic Level can be displayed in the viewfinder or in Live View to assist composition and remove any potential need for post-production correction.

The EOS 60D is one of the latest Canon models to support high-capacity SDXC memory cards, providing up to 2TB of available space, allowing photographers to keep shooting HD video and full resolution RAW and JPEG stills without changing cards. For better management of larger image libraries on the camera, EOS 60D photographers can add a rating of 1 to 5 to their favourite images, allowing them to be easily located and viewed on-screen. Once transferred from the camera to a PC, the tags can also be viewed using a number of image editing and management programs, including Canon’s DPP software.

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For photographers who want to transfer content wirelessly, the EOS 60D includes Eye-Fi connected functions*2. The EOS 60D features a dedicated Eye-Fi section in the User Interface allowing WiFi functionality to be turned off when not required to save battery life
EOS 60D features at a glance:

18 MP APS-C CMOS sensor
Advanced creative features with Basic +
Vari-angle 7.7cm (3.0”) 3:2 ratio LCD
Full HD movies with manual control
DIGIC 4
ISO 100-6400, H:12800
5.3fps shooting for up to 58 JPEGs
9-point cross type AF System
iFCL metering with 63-zone Dual-layer Sensor
Integrated Speedlite transmitter
In-camera RAW processing
*1 1:1, 16:9, 4:3 in addition to the standard 3:2 dimension
*2 This product is not guaranteed to support Eye-Fi card functions (including wireless transfer). In case of an issue with an Eye-Fi card, please check with the card manufacturer. Also note that approval is required to use Eye-Fi cards in many countries or regions. Without approval, use of the card is not permitted. If it is unclear whether the card has been approved for use in the area, please check with the card manufacturer

US Press info

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., August 26, 2010 – High-quality digital capture and skillful post-processing go hand-in-hand for superior end results, and more control over in-camera image processing means less time editing and more time shooting. At the same time, the overwhelming popularity of Full HD video recording with other current EOS Digital SLRs has led to customer requests for more advanced features such as manual audio level control and flexible LCD screens. Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, delivers all of these features and more with the new EOS 60D Digital SLR Camera. For the first time on an EOS camera, the EOS 60D DSLR boasts a three-inch Vari-Angle Clear View LCD screen, EOS Full HD video recording with manual overrides including audio level control, and in-camera functionality for RAW image processing plus Creative Filters to manipulate images after taking them. Designed primarily for advanced amateurs, the EOS 60D replaces the EOS 50D and boasts a broad array of new features that make it easier for photographers to add personal creativity to their images. Whether it's capturing an overhead shot on the Vari-Angle screen at a graduation ceremony, or converting a color image to black and white for a nostalgic look, Canon is delivering in-camera features and functions that empower advanced photographers to capture, display and print the images they want.

"The EOS 60D has been designed to offer the image-capture and the Full HD video features customers are looking for as they continue to expand their photographic skills. The exciting new features of the EOS 60D make using a DSLR camera more attractive and easier than ever before. We want everyone to experience the great image quality a Canon DSLR can offer with features and functions that they will appreciate and use," stated Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A.

Exciting EOS "Firsts"
For the first time in the history of the Canon EOS System, the new 60D camera features a large Vari-Angle 3-inch Clear View LCD screen with 1,040,000 dot/VGA resolution plus anti-reflective and smudge-resistant coatings for bright clear viewing from any angle. The new LCD screen is ideal for composing low-angle or overhead shots whether capturing still images or Full HD video clips.

Another first for the EOS system is the EOS 60D camera's new Multi-Control Dial, which places a Multi-Controller and Set button inside the Quick Control Dial. This new control layout streamlines camera navigation for vertical as well as horizontal shooting and enables a cleaner camera design. Responding to customer requests, the EOS 60D also features a locking mode dial, which makes camera operation more secure by preventing inadvertent changes to the photographer's selected shooting mode.

While the photography mantra of "get it right in the camera" still stands true, Canon's new EOS 60D gives advanced photographers an edge with new in-camera features that enable users to enhance their images without a computer even after they have been shot. For the first time ever in an EOS camera, the EOS 60D features in-camera processing of RAW image files, new reduced resolution image copies, and post-processing creative image filters for exceptional flexibility in digital image rendering.

In-camera RAW image processing features include Picture Style, White Balance (WB), Colour Space, High-ISO Noise Reduction, Peripheral Illumination Correction, linear distortion correction and chromatic aberration correction. These powerful in-camera editing tools will allow photographers in the field to produce optimized images on the spot and generate JPEG files at various resolution and compression settings for immediate sharing, without affecting the original RAW data.
Another great new feature for photographers-on-the-go is Canon's new image resizing function. After capturing full resolution or smaller JPEG images, the camera can generate lower-resolution copies using menu commands. New lower-resolution settings include 1920 x 1280 for optimal display on HD televisions, or 720 x 480, ideal for immediate uploading to social networking and other photo sharing web sites. The original high resolution files remain unaffected by the image resizing function.
Available for the first time in an EOS camera are Canon's new creative image filters. Familiar to Canon PowerShot users, these fun photo effects help make a great image more dynamic, even after it has been shot. Canon provides four artistic filters that allow photographers to capture an image and then create and manipulate a digital copy of it.
The Soft Focus effect filter helps dramatize an image and smooth over shiny reflections.
The Grainy Black and White filter can give a different nostalgic perspective to any shot.
Canon's "Toy Camera" filter deliberately adds vignetting and color shift for a creative option when shooting a colorful scene.
Users can also make a scene appear like a small-scale model, simulating the look from a tilt-shift lens, with Canon's Miniature Effect filter, great when shooting any scene from a high vantage point.
Each of these filters can be applied to a captured still image in-camera to create a second "filtered" JPEG version, leaving the original RAW or JPEG file unaffected.

Another addition to the camera's Live View function is Canon's new Aspect Ratio feature whereby the Live View screen can display cropping lines for 1:1, 16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratios in addition to the standard 3:2 ratio. These cropping lines make it easier to compose images in Live View, and they can help to expedite printing when using Canon's supplied Digital Photo Professional software. Custom aspect ratios are also applied to JPEG images whether captured directly in-camera or created with the EOS 60D's in-camera RAW image processing function.

EOS HD Video: Continuing the Video Paradigm Shift
In addition to its new still capture capabilities, the EOS 60D features Full HD video capture at 1920 x 1080 resolution with selectable frame rates of 24p, 25p or 30p. Native 24p recording helps videographers achieve a more cinema-style look for their footage without the need for post-processing. The EOS 60D builds upon the great video capabilities Canon has introduced in recent DSLR cameras and packs them into a camera photo enthusiasts will love. Full HD video capture, along with selectable cinematic frame rates for both NTSC (National Television System Committee) and PAL (Phase Altering Line) standards, will help the EOS 60D to be the camera of choice among film students and photography students alike.

The new EOS 60D camera's movie mode also includes manual controls for exposure as well as manual audio levels in 64 steps, much like the latest firmware update for the EOS 5D Mark II HD-SLR. Users can set audio levels on the rear menu screen before shooting begins; once recording is initialized, audio adjustments are not possible. In addition, Canon has added an electronic Wind Filter to the audio controls within the movie shooting menu.

Canon has also included an in-camera movie editing feature, allowing users to shorten a video file by clipping segments from the beginning or the end, removing unwanted portions without outside software. This feature can dramatically accelerate workflow by reducing the time needed to upload video clips to a computer for further editing and assembly. The EOS 60D also includes Canon's Movie Crop mode, which allows users to achieve 7x magnification when shooting SD video. Unlike the digital zoom feature found in many compact digital cameras, Canon's Movie Crop mode crops the image directly from the CMOS sensor at full SD resolution to preserve image quality and still provide additional telephoto power.

Providing access to the right lens for any given shooting scenario, the EOS 60D DSLR camera is compatible with more than 60 Canon EF and EF-S lenses. The EOS 60D DSLR's video functions are supported by two key proprietary Canon technologies, a DIGIC 4 Imaging Processor and a large APS-C–sized CMOS sensor capturing fine detail and color with an amazing cinematic depth of field. The Canon EOS 60D allows for three video recording modes – Full HD and HD in a 16:9 aspect ratio and Standard Definition (SD) in a 4:3 aspect ratio, all at selectable frame rates. The EOS 60D Digital SLR camera will record Full HD at 1920 x 1080 pixels in selectable frame rates of 24p (23.976), 25p, or 30p (29.97); 720p HD recording at 50p or 60p (59.94) and SD video at frame rates of 50p or 60p (59.94). The EOS 60D features a dedicated button to initiate live view for both video and still shooting. Once engaged, the same dedicated button will start and stop video recording.

Valuable Additional Features
Along with the adjustable LCD screen, the new EOS 60D DSLR features a class-leading 18-megapixel Canon CMOS sensor, a proprietary DIGIC 4 Imaging Processor, a 9-point Autofocus system and Canon's exclusive iFCL Metering System (Intelligent Focus, Colour, Luminance) giving it the power of a professional-level camera. Capable of capturing fast action, the 60D DSLR can shoot full resolution still images up to 5.3-frames per second (fps). The EOS 60D records its images and video clips to the photographer's choice of SD, SDHC or new extended capacity SDXC memory cards.

The 9-point AF system on the new EOS 60D features f/5.6-sensitive cross-type focusing on all nine focusing points. Like the EOS 7D, the center AF point is a hybrid of standard cross-type and special diagonally-shaped "X" cross, with high-precision sensitivity for f/2.8 and larger aperture lenses. Complementing the AF system, Canon's iFCL metering system, identical to that on the EOS 7D and Rebel T2i, takes color information into account and includes a 63-zone dual-layer metering sensor that reads both illumination and color for consistent results in all lighting conditions, keeping exposure levels stable from shot to shot, even as the light source changes.

Photographers will enjoy shooting in low light thanks to the EOS 60D DSLR's wide ISO range from 100-6400 (adjustable in 1/3-step increments from ISO 100-6400 and expandable to 12,800) allowing it to capture beautiful images without flash during family milestone events such as wedding ceremonies, while still being equipped with a built-in pop-up flash for shooting the cake cutting ceremony and reception. The EOS 60D's pop-up flash features a built-in Integrated Speedlite Transmitter for control of up to two groups of off-camera EOS Speedlites without the need for an external transmitter, providing an economical solution for multi-flash shoots.

Making accurate composition more convenient, the EOS 60D's optical viewfinder provides 96 percent coverage along with Canon's built-in single axis Electronic Level Display, which utilizes the exposure level scale below the picture area to let the photographer know when the camera is level. The Electronic Level Display is also visible on the camera's LCD screen in both Live View and Movie modes. An artificial horizon display illustrates horizontal roll, allowing the photographer to know when the camera is in a fixed level position. The entire camera has been durability-tested to 100,000 exposures making the EOS 60D a reliable as well as a powerful imaging tool.

Pricing and Availability
The Canon EOS 60D Digital SLR camera is scheduled to be delivered to U.S. dealers toward the end of September, and will be sold in a body-only configuration at an estimated retail price of $1,099.00i. It will also be offered in a kit version with Canon's EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM zoom lens at an estimated retail price of $1,399.00ii. The Canon BG-E9 battery grip is scheduled to be available toward the end of September and sell at an estimated retail price of $270.00iii.

Press Info - Australia

Canon Australia has today further strengthened its market-leading EOS digital SLR range with the introduction of the EOS 60D. Replacing the popular EOS 50D camera, the EOS 60D sits between the EOS 550D and EOS 7D and is perfect for users stepping up from an entry-level DSLR, as well as for compact users desiring more creative options and higher image quality.

"Canon is excited to announce the EOS 60D as the latest enthusiast model in the EOS DSLR range, featuring Canon’s renowned core technologies and plenty of new creative options,” says Chris Macleod, Brand Manager – EOS, Canon Australia. “Users will be able to experiment more than ever thanks to the inclusion of Canon EOS' first vari-angle screen; creative filters never before seen on Canon cameras; Full High Definition EOS Movie with ‘Movie Crop’ feature; and advanced ISO capabilities."

The EOS 60D allows users to experiment and play around with new techniques and at the same time encourages them to take their photography to the next level.

Like other Canon DSLR models, the EOS 60D features Live View Mode with Auto Focus capabilities. However, thanks to the EOS 60D’s new vari-angle screen – which opens out to the side and rotates 180 degrees – users can capture images they couldn’t take before with Live View. Allowing greater flexibility and creative composition, this vari-angle 3.0-inch, 3:2 LCD screen makes it easy to compose and shoot images from unusual perspectives, including high and low angles, and during macro photography. The decision to have the screen open to the side was based on extensive testing which proved this option offered the best useability for tripod and handheld shooting.

The EOS 60D is also the first Canon EOS camera to feature four new creative filters, promising lots of fun and more opportunities to experiment and express yourself creatively. These include;

For users who want to test their creativity, the EOS 60D offers full manual control while shooting video, allowing users to shoot a variety of subjects in different lighting situations and experiment with a range of creative effects. The inclusion of a ‘Movie Crop’ function means users can now crop into a scene (up to approx. 7x magnification) when recording in Standard Definition (640x480), enabling photographers to get closer to their subject when shooting from afar.

Allowing more flexibility and versatility, the EOS 60D’s ISO speed range is ISO 100-6400 (expandable up to ISO 12800). The ability to capture more detail in low-light situations enables more possibilities for photographers and offers users more creative control.

The EOS 60D features an 18 megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor and Canon’s DiG!C 4 Image Processor, taking image quality to new heights. While based on DiG!C III’s high-speed rendering of fine detail and natural colour reproduction, DiG!C 4 provides even faster signal processing. This processor allows enthusiast photographers to experience faster processing, producing finer detail and natural colour reproduction.

The EOS 60D body only (RRP $TBC); EOS 60D Single IS kit (with EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS – RRP $TBC); EOS 60D Twin IS kit (with EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS and EF-S55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS – RRP $TBC); EOS 60D Premium Kit (with EF-S18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS – RRP $TBC); and EOS 60D Platinum Kit (with EF-S15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS – RRP $TBC) will be available from September 2010 through Canon dealers nationally

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Pre-release rumours

2010 August

  • 21st Apart from the pictures earlier in the month, very little 60D info has leaked out yet. If 50D experience is anything to go by, expect one or two well timed 'accidental' releases in the next few days.
  • 19th Some compact cameras today - 60D likely next week.
  • 18th 18MP, flip out screen, same processor as 7D, otherwise similar to 550D, price 999 Euros [EN French]
  • Lens rumours too.
  • 17th No sign of any announcements... but an interesting new Canon patent on a wireless flash system and more suggested announcement dates on the main rumour page
  • 16th There is a purported 60D review on youtube, but with no sound it doesn't actually advance knowledge of this rumoured camera very much at all :-)
  • 14th Canon is sending out press invites worldwide for events on the 26th. I'd expect an announcement earlier that week, although Sony have announcements on the 24th [EL].
    • Whilst of no news to seasoned rumour watchers, it's worth pointing out that at this time of the year, forums are awash with comments that point to rumours based on collections of rumours, based on an original from somewhere like CR or here. Worst for this are some of the tech news aggregator sites which like to dress up snippets in their own wrappers. A good example of all of this is this DPR thread.
  • There are some reports of a new 60D picture at Xinmin - this is just the old 60D with the number altered.
  • 11th No announcement but 60D pictures are seen at a Japanese site [KK]
  • A flip screen it is then...

canon 60d showing rear view

  • 9th Noises about the 60D [CR] -18MP and a tilt screen?
  • 4th The 50D is dropping off store listings - Ted's in Australia for example [thanks]
  • 3rd Announcement next Wednesday? (11th) 60D and a compact? CR - but what of the 1000D replacement
  • I note that the 1Ds2 wasn't announced until Photokina 2004 (21 Sept)
  • Pk runs from 21st Sept. to the 26th this year, so perhaps a 1Ds4 and a stack of lenses on the 15th Sept?

Pre August 2010 rumours are on the 60D rumour archive page

60D not enough?... Latest 70D information and rumours


60D/50D/7D comparisons
Canon EOS 60D Canon EOS 7D Canon EOS 50D
Construction Polycarbonate resin with glass fibre on aluminum chassis Magnesium alloy body Magnesium alloy body
Sensor 22.3 x 14.9 mm CMOS sensor
RGB Colour Filter Array
Built-in fixed low-pass filter (with self-cleaning unit)
19 million total pixels
18 million effective pixels
3:2 aspect ratio
22.3 x 14.9 mm CMOS sensor
RGB Colour Filter Array
Built-in fixed low-pass filter (with self-cleaning unit)
19 million total pixels
18 million effective pixels
3:2 aspect ratio
22.3 x 14.9 mm CMOS sensor
RGB Colour Filter Array
Built-in fixed low-pass filter (with self-cleaning unit)
15.5 million total pixels
15.1 million effective pixels
3:2 aspect ratio
Processor DIGIC 4 Dual DIGIC 4 DIGIC 4
ISO range Auto ISO (100-3200)
ISO 100-6400 in 0.3 or 1.0 EV increments
H (12800) expansion
Adjustable Auto ISO limit
Auto ISO (100-3200)
ISO 100-6400 in 0.3 or 1.0 EV increments
H (12800) expansion
Auto ISO (100-1600)
ISO 100 - 3200
0.3 or 1.0 EV increments
H1 (6400) and H2 (12800) expansion
Movie resolution 1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps)
1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps)
640 x 480 (59.94, 50 fps)
1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps)
1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps)
640 x 480 (59.94, 50 fps)
N/A
AF sensor 9 cross-type AF points (f/2.8 at center)
Center point additionally sensitive with lenses of F2.8 or faster
AF working range: -0.5 - 18 EV (at 23°C, ISO 100)
19 cross-type AF points (f/2.8 at center)
Center point additionally sensitive with lenses of F2.8 or faster
AF working range: -0.5 - 18 EV (at 23°C, ISO 100)
9 cross-type AF points (f/2.8 at center)
Center point additionally sensitive with lenses of F2.8 or faster
AF working range: -0.5 - 18 EV (at 23°C, ISO 100)
Metering sensor TTL full aperture metering with 63 zone Dual Layer (iFCL)
Metering range: EV 1 - 20 EV
TTL full aperture metering with 63 zone Dual Layer SPC
Metering range: EV 1 - 20 EV
TTL 35 zone SPC
Metering range: EV 0.0 - 20 EV
Viewfinder Eye-level pentaprism
96% frame coverage
Magnification: 0.95x
Eyepoint: 22 mm
Interchangeable focusing screen Ef-A standard (2 other types optional)
Dioptric adjustment: -3.0 to +1.0 diopter
Eye-level pentaprism
100% frame coverage
Approx. 1.0x magnification
Eyepoint: 22 mm
Fixed screen (Transmissive LCD screen)
Dioptric adjustment: -3.0 to +1.0 diopter
Eye-level pentaprism
95% frame coverage
Magnification: 0.95x
Eyepoint: 22 mm
Interchangeable focusing screen Ef-A standard (2 other types optional)
Dioptric adjustment: -3.0 to +1.0 diopter
LCD panel 3.0 " TFT LCD
1040,000 dots (3:2)
100% coverage
160 ° viewing angle
Dual anti-reflection
Articulated
3.0 " TFT LCD
920,000 dots (4:3)
100% coverage
160 ° viewing angle
Coating : Anti-reflection and Solid Structure
3.0 " TFT LCD
920,000 dots (4:3)
100% coverage
160 ° viewing angle
Dual anti-reflection
Continuous shooting buffer Approx. 5.3 fps
Up to 58 JPEGs, 16 images (RAW)
Approx. 8 fps
Up to 126 JPEGs (with UDMA card), 15 images (RAW)
Approx. 6.3fps
Up to 90 frames (with UDMA card), 16 frames (RAW)
Memory format SD / SDHC / SDXC Compact Flash (I, II and UDMA) Compact Flash (I, II and UDMA)
Dimensions 145 x 106 x 79 mm
(5.7 x 4.2 x 3.1 in)
148 x 111 x 74 mm
(5.8 x 4.3 x 2.8 in)
146 x 108 x 74 mm
(5.7 x 4.2 x 2.9 in)
Weight (inc battery) 755 g (1.6 lb) 904 g (2.0 lb) 822 g (1.8 lb)

Brief review of 50D/40D specs for comparison

Canon EOS 50D
Canon EOS 40D
Sensor 15.0 million effective pixels 10.1 million effective pixels
Image sizes 4752 x 3168
3456 x 2304
2353 x 1568
3888 x 2592
2816 x 1880
1936 x 1288
RAW files CR2 format, 14-bit
RAW full resolution
sRAW1 (7.1 MP)
sRAW2 (3.8 MP)
CR2 format, 14-bit
RAW full resolution
sRAW (7.1 MP)
Image processor DIGIC 4 DIGIC III
Sensitivity ISO 100 to 3200, extendable to H1 (6400) and H2 (12800). ISO 100 to 1600, extendable to 3200.
Auto ISO ISO 100 to 1600 ISO 100 to 800
Noise reduction Four levels On/Off
Auto lighting optimizer Four levels On/Off
AF adjustment All lenses or up to 20 individual lenses
+/- 20 steps
No
Viewfinder info Now includes Auto Lighting Optimizer icon  
LCD monitor 3.0 " TFT LCD
920,000 dots
3.0 " TFT LCD
230,000 dots
Live view AF Quick mode (Phase detect)
Live view mode (Contrast detect)

Face detect (Contrast detect)
Phase detect

Peripheral illumination
correction

Profiles of 26 lenses includes
space provided for 14 extra profiles
 
User modes Auto
Creative Auto
Program AE (P)
Shutter priority AE (Tv)
Aperture priority AE (Av)
Manual (M)
Auto depth-of-field
Portrait
Landscape
Close-up
Sports
Night portrait
Flash off
Camera user settings 1
Camera user settings 2
Auto
Program AE (P)
Shutter priority AE (Tv)
Aperture priority AE (Av)
Manual (M)
Auto depth-of-field
Portrait
Landscape
Close-up
Sports
Night portrait
Flash off
Camera user settings 1
Camera user settings 2
Camera user settings 3
High-speed continuous 6.3 fps
Up to 60 JPEG Large/Fine images
Up to 90 JPEG Large/Fine images (UDMA)
6.5 fps
Up to 75 JPEG Large/Fine images
Menu UI Digic 4 interface Same as EOS-1D series
Connectors USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
Video out
Mini HDMI connector
N3 type wired remote control
PC Sync flash terminal
Communication terminal on base for WFT-E3/E3A
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
Video out
N3 type wired remote control
PC Sync flash terminal
Communication terminal on base for WFT-E3/E3A
Menu languages 25 18
Custom functions 25 24
Weight No battery: 730 g (1.6 lb)
With battery: 822 g (1.8 lb) (measured)
No battery: 740 g (1.6 lb)
With battery: 836 g (1.8 lb) (measured)

Brief review of 30D/40D specs for comparison

 
Canon EOS 40D
Canon EOS 30D
Weatherproof Battery door and storage compartment No
Sensor 10.1 million effective pixels
5.7 µm pixel pitch
8.2 million effective pixels
6.4 µm pixel pitch
A/D converter 14-bit 12-bit
Image sizes 3888 x 2592
2816 x 1880
1936 x 1288
3504 x 2336
2544 x 1696
1728 x 1152
RAW files CR2 format, 14-bit
RAW full resolution
sRAW (2.5 MP)
CR2 format, 12-bit
RAW full resolution
Image processor DIGIC III DIGIC II
Dust reduction High speed vibration of filter None
Auto focus 9-point TTL CMOS sensor
Points cross-type for F5.6 or faster lens
Center point additionally sensitive with lenses of F2.8 or faster
9-point TTL CMOS sensor
Metering range 0.0 to 20 EV 1.0 to 20 EV
Spot metering Approx. 3.8% at center Approx. 3.5% at center
Auto ISO ISO 400 to 800 / 100 to 800 depending on exposure mode ISO 100 to 400
White Balance 2500 - 10000 K in 100 K steps 2800 - 10000 K in 100 K steps
Viewfinder 95% frame coverage
Magnification: 0.95x
Eyepoint: 22 mm
95% frame coverage
Magnification: 0.90x
Eyepoint: 20 mm
Focusing screen Interchangable precision matte
Two other screens available
Fixed precision matte
Viewfinder info Now includes ISO sensitivity, B&W icon  
LCD monitor 3.0 " TFT LCD
230,000 pixels
2.5 " TFT LCD
230,000 pixels
LCD Live View Yes, including mirror-drop AF No
Main LCD settings display When changing settings such as AF mode or White Balance No
Tilt correction Yes No
Opening CF door Warning message shown Power down, loses images
Mirror lock-up Single or multiple exposures Single exposures
Mirror mechanism Motor up / down, quieter, faster Spring up / motor down
Playback modes Exposure line at top in single image view No exposure in single image view
User modes Three custom user modes on mode dial No user modes
High-speed continuous 6.5 fps
Up to 75 JPEG Large/Fine images
5.0 fps
Up to 30 JPEG Large/Fine images
Portrait grip WFT-E3/E3A, BP-E2N, BP-E2 BP-E2
Wireless connectivity WFT-E3/E3A Integrates as vertical hand grip WFT-E1/E1A
No grip
Menu UI Same as EOS-1D series Sames previous xxD series
Menu languages 18 15
Custom functions 24 19
AF-ON button Rear 'under thumb' None
Rear buttons Direct print, Menu, Play, Erase, Jump, Info, Picture Style Direct print, Menu, Info, Jump, Play, Erase
Top right buttons Lamp
Metering / WB
AF / Drive
ISO / Flash comp.
Lamp
AF / WB
Drive / ISO
Metering / Flash comp.
Dimensions 146 x 108 x 74 mm(5.7 x 4.2 x 2.9 in) 144 x 106 x 74 mm (5.6 x 4.2 x 2.9 in)
Weight No battery: 740 g (1.6 lb)
With battery: 822 g (1.8 lb)
No battery: 706 g (1.6 lb)
With battery: 785 g (1.7 lb

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