Product Type: Canon digital cameras
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Canon EOS 60D
Member Name: Mama-Q
Canon EOS 60D
Advantages: high res images, creative control, long battery life.
Disadvantages: a tiny bit gimmicky.
I didn't want to buy a camera that came with a kit lens so I looked on the ever trusty eBay to look for a fairly new/lightly used 60D. And I found one for under £600, from America. Little did I know that I'd be charged import VAT but the story still ended well as I still saved myself money. For this kind of camera with a kit lens you're looking to pay anywhere between £739-900 and for the body only (no lenses include) you'll pay around £739 (Amazon.co.uk price.) Now this sounds like a huge chunk of money, right? Of course it does. But even if I had to pay the £739 price for this camera it would have been worth it. Seeing as I like to shop around for a bargain, and wait for the best opportunity to grab said bargain, then I ended up paying £100 under the UK price...which is still a huge chunk of cash, I understand, but if you're serious about a 'decent' camera with more creative control then you'll need to be serious about the price you're willing to pay. The 60D does not come cheap and you should be worried if it does.
Another thing I'd recommend before buying a camera; try it out. Go to Jessops, or some other camera shop, and try out every camera. Get a feel for the controls, the weight of the camera and understand you may need to put in time to learn how to use it correctly, too. If you're looking to buy a 'nice' camera then you're going to be sorely disappointed when you buy the 'nice' camera and can't use it. Buy within your comfort zone - if you're comfortable using the £100 Canon digital camera, stick with the £100 Canon digital camera. If you want to learn how to use the DSLR and want 'better photos' then by all means go for it, spend £739 on this camera. If you don't have £739 to waste then I'd suggest your money is spent better elsewhere ;).
I felt very comfortable with this camera when I first got it because I'd had a Canon DSLR previous to getting my 60D. I knew the ropes, so to speak, but there were a few features about this camera that my previous camera didn't have. These were;
* Swivel LCD screen. This opens and can be twisted to different angles. I don't really find this useful as I always look through my viewfinder to get photos so found this quite gimmicky. However for videos I suppose that it could be useful.
* HD Video enabled. My old DSLR didn't have the capabilities for taking full HD (or any) videos and I didn't like that. I like taking little clips here and there on the video so this was a good reason for buying this camera. You'll need a 'good' memory card. Look for HD enabled cards in order to avoid jittery videos.
* Locked modes. You can lock the mode you wish to use - pressing down the button in the middle of the mode dial - and I find this useful as it means I can't accidentally knock the dial. I know this isn't really appreciated by other Canon users and is seen as a gimmick but I like it. The only problem is knowing this BEFORE your camera arrives so you don't force the dial and break it.
I won't get too technical with the details but I'm sure we all know what megapixels are, right? Well this camera has 18 megapixels, but isn't a 'full frame' camera. What does this mean? Well nothing if you know nothing about photography ;). However if you know your stuff then you'll know it effectively means you have a cropped frame sensor. The full frame cameras allegedly produce better images but this is only truei if you actually know your full frame camera - and how to use it in the correct modes and with the correct lighting. The quality isn't always noticeable, not to the untrained eye at least, and quite frankly I would only ever buy a camera with a full frame sensor to satisfy my own creativity. I'm not sure I see that happening soon as *not* having a full frame camera doesn't cramp my style or step on my toes. The pros of having a cropped frame sensor are that these (and this 60D) cameras are cheaper in price - but not quality, in my view - and are lighter to tote around. Without a lens attached the 60D weighs just over 1lb. The ISO range is from 100-6,400 which kicks my old DSLR right in the pants (the highest range I could get with my old camera was 1,000.) There is also a nifty electronic leveling which appears as a green squiggle across the screen when the image is level and a red squiggle when the picture is not level. I'm very technical, I know ;).
For anyone who really wants to dig up the bones of the technical lighting here are some specs of the 60D:
* 63-zone dual-layer metering sensor.
* 9-point all-cross-type phase-detect autofocus sensor.
* 100,000-cycle shutter durability.
* Shutter speeds from 30 to 1/8,000 second.
The lens mount on this camera will take EF lenses - so basically any of the modern Canon lenses, though adapters can be bought and used on the mount. I mostly use my 50mm and 35mm lenses on this and it produces some of the loveliest photos :). Sharp, high res and very clear photos. It took me a few days to get comfortable with this camera but I use it every.single.day so if you're new to the EOS range or haven't used a DSLR before it may take you longer to familiarise yourself with.
So, what do I 'like' about this camera that I haven't covered? White balance control. This is a common feature of the Canon DSLR's (and may well feature in other cameras) but I really like it despite this. The settings are; Daylight (5,200K) which works best in direct sunlight, Shade (7,000K) which er, works well in the shade ;), Cloudy (6,000K) which is great in over cast/rainy situations, Tungsten (3,200K) - which can work in certain lighting situations but well not many I've been in, White fluorescent (4,000K) works best indoors and Flash which isn't worth bothering with (even if you have a flash bounce or flash gun.) The Custom setting (2,000 to 10,000K) I haven't used but thought it was worth a mention.
There are also 'creative filters' that I quite frankly find...crap (putting it nicely here.) I use Lightroom to add my so-called creative filters and don't need to use the in camera creative filters. Again, total gimmickery from Canon. The effects include; Soft Focus, Grainy Black & White, Toy Camera effect and Miniature Effect. I'm going to confess to never having used these as they sound a bit immature to me, but if that's your thing then why not? I won't knock it, but it's not my thing.
The flash is a simple, dinky in-built pop up flash that is utterly horrendous when used on it's own. Please invest in a light scoop/flash bounce or flash gun for flash lit photos if you want half decent and well lit photographs! The light scoop is the best option as it's cheap compared to the flash guns which will cost you a few hundred!
The battery life on this camera is great. After time the battery life extends the more it's charged - new batteries take time to keep a decent charge. I find that once the battery is fully charged it will last a good few weeks (yep!) until it's to be charged again. Obviously this is all dependent on the use of the camera, but I use mine every single day sometimes for hours at a time and it still lasts me weeks. Love it!
Overall I'm going to give this camera 5 stars because I absolutely LOVE it. It's user friendly, worth the dosh I've spent on it, doesn't frustrate me creatively and has stretched me to learn more about lighting and photography. It also allows me to get some fairly decent shots of my son, which I will be able to treasure forever simply because the resolution of my photos won't be poor! :). If you're thinking about buying this camera I'd say go for it. If you're short on cash and desperately want it: don't buy on credit. Save up. Even if it takes you some time - by then it will be cheaper anyway! :P - because it is totally and completely worth it :).
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