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D60 6.3 Megapixel Digital SLR
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D60 6.3 Megapixel Digital SLR

 

Page Type: Gear Review

Object Title: D60 6.3 Megapixel Digital SLR

Manufacturer: Canon

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Page By: summitteam

Created/Edited: Jul 11, 2003 / Jul 11, 2003

Object ID: 757

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The Canon EOS D60 takes the highest standards of the photographic world and brings them into the digital one. Exceptionally easy to use, the EOS D60 offers photographers autofocus, auto exposure, and even a built-in flash. Here’s a digital SLR that integrates seamlessly into the EOS photographic system. Combine an innovative 6.3 megapixel CMOS image sensor with Canon EF lenses, and you have the power to capture the finest details with brilliant color fidelity, wider tonal range, and smoother gradations. You'll do it fast, too: three frames per second in eight-shot bursts at the highest resolution.



Whether you're after true point-and-shoot style flash photography, or more advanced lighting, you'll find it in the D60. The D60 features Canon's exclusive E-TTL Flash system, which instantly analyzes dozens of criteria and adjusts the flash accordingly. Many of the factory settings (including AF Start/AE Lock control, exposure control increments, and more) can be adjusted to your liking through the camera's rear-panel LCD display. There are forty possible settings in all, so the camera can reflect your personal style. Just like your photos.



No matter what the subject or the situation, the EOS D60 has it covered. Eleven different shooting modes can be selected -- all from a single convenient Command Dial. There's a fully automatic Intelligent Program AE mode, Shutter Priority AE for action shots, Aperture Priority AE to favor depth of field, and an automatic depth-of-field mode. You can also choose from Programmed Image Control modes for Portraits, Landscapes, Close-ups, Sports Shots, and Night Scenes. Manual control is also an option. From up close to far away and everything in between, the D60 is the choice for choice.



Since the D60 is fully EOS compatible, you'll have access to the same lenses used by professional photographers and amateurs alike. Get closer, with the world's widest selection of autofocus lenses, from ultra-wides to super-telephotos. Or get a better look, with macro lenses designed for close-up shooting. As your photography skills grow, so can your camera outfit. A wide range of system accessories are available to the Canon EOS D60, including Speedlite and Macro Ring Lite flash attachments, a vertical grip, remote control accessories, and more. If you need it or want it, Canon has it.

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summitteamUntitled Review

Voted 4/5

Canon has it right on this one, and with a body price around $1,500! I’m a photographer that uses digital cameras in the field and in the studio, and the only camera I need for fieldwork is the D60. The images are color accurate and the tone quality is very good overall. Previous digital cameras were lacking in shadow detail, but the D60 very good ability holding up in dark colors.



On a recent trip to Big Sur, I used the 3-fps / 8-frame continuous ability to capture crashing waves and sea gulls in flight—just like my traditional camera. Mountaineering with the camera is also a joy. It supplements my EOS5 very nicely. All my lenses interchange and I don’t have to carry more film!



I use a 1GB Microdrive as “digital film” and get about 1000 images on that disk. I use the “Large Fine” setting and can’t see any image degradation after decompressing the image when I get home.

I set the camera to a manual (18% grey) color setting so I can capture “true” light quality and filter effects, including polarizing, warming and gradated neutral density filters.



The images I get from the D60 print at 16 x 24 inches at photo-quality and are sharp as a tack. However, I do use Genuine Fractals to help keep the integrity of the image, otherwise the images would print just shy of a 20 inch length at photo quality. Side by side viewers can’t tell which images were shot with my 35mm or with my D60.



The only downside is battery life and aspect size. When it’s cold- which mountaineers are always exposed to. The Batteries die very fast. It only takes a single battery to operate the camera, but I carry four in my inside pockets. Warmth can resuscitate a stalling battery. During another recent trip, the temp dropped to –30F. I put a “dead” battery next to my chest and was able to get 6 more shots done.

Since the camera aspects pictures at 25mm and not 35mm, your lenses will be slightly longer than usual. A 50mm lens will appear more like a 85mm lens. However, depending on your type of shooting you may like this. Your 135mm lens has now jumped to nearly 200mm. For those who like wide-angle, invest in a 16-35mm lens.



Overall I love this camera and will probably step up to the Canon 1Ds next year. The 1Ds addresses the 35mm aspect and is 11.1 Megapixels. But- till then the D60 goes with me everywhere!
Posted Jul 11, 2003 1:26 pm

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