gGadget > Canon® 60D review
The 60D was the first Canon camera in the DSLR category to have an articulating screen. There are plenty of cameras that have this kind of screen in other categories, and now it’s not a huge feature to have. That said, the usefulness of the feature is undeniably no matter how many other cameras you can get it on. The articulating screen is especially nice when shooting video at angles that would make a typical screen less than ideal. With the articulating screen you will be able to see what you’re shooting no matter the angle.
The articulating screen is also higher resolution compared to the screen on the 50D. The 60D screen is 3:2 while the 50D is only 4:3. This is especially important because the screen is the same aspect ratio as the camera sensor, which is ideal for displaying the images and video the camera collects. You’re going to be checking out your screen quite a bit, so the advancements in the 60D screen are important to the overall usefulness of the camera.
The 60D also introduced video to this camera line. The camera is capable of shooting HD video in 1080p or 720p, and it can also shoot in standard definition at 480p. You can also shoot at various frame rates, which allows for slow motion applications. The camera can shoot at 24, 25 and 30 frames per second in 1080p mode. When in 720p and 480p mode the camera can shoot at 50 or 60 frames per second.
The 60D can also gather audio, and the levels can be adjusted manually on the camera. This is a big deal for many videographers, because it gives you the ability to adjust your audio capture based on the noise level in the environment around you. The camera also comes with a microjack so you can use external microphones instead of the on-board mic. Overall, the 60D is a great video set-up that adds a lot of value to a camera that is already good in the stills category.
Read on to the next page to find out more about the 60D’s sensor, low-light performance, and ergonomic advantages.