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Canon EOS 60D vs 550D vs 7D - Getting More Bangs

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Canon EOS 60D vs 550D vs 7D - Getting more bangs for bucks! by Raphael ChiezaWhen Canon announced the long rumoured and must anticipated Canon EOS 60D, not everyone was ecstatic about the specs put before them but that was pretty much to be expected. With a new class of camera introduced with the release of the Canon 7D, it had prompted to ask questions about the future of the Canon XXD series. This becomes a bigger problem when you take a look at the Canon EOS 550D which in the right hands can already give the EOS 7D some stiff competition. So why choose the Canon EOS 60D? Was Canon out of their minds and is this really a marketing blunder?Let's take a look at some of the specs first.Canon EOS 550D, EOS 60D and EOS 7D Specifications



Features
Canon EOS 550D
Canon EOS 60D
Canon EOS 7D


Sensor Type

APS-C CMOS sensor

APS-C CMOS sensor

APS-C CMOS sensor


Sensor Size

22.3 x 14.9mm

22.3 x 14.9mm

22.3 x 14.9mm


Sensor Resolution

18.0 megapixels

18.0 megapixels

18.0 megapixels


LCD

3-inch 3:2 (1040k dots) Clear View LCD

3-inch 3:2 (1040k dots) Clear View LCD

3-inch (920k dots) Clear View II LCD


Tilt LCD

No

Yes

No


Live View

Yes

Yes

Yes


Viewfinder Type

Pentamirror

Pentaprism

Pentaprism


Viewfinder Coverage

Approx. 95%

Approx. 96%

Approx. 100%


Viewfinder Magnification

Approx. 0.87x

Approx. 0.95x

Approx. 1.0x


Focusing Screen

Fixed

Interchangeable (3 types, optional)

Fixed (Transmissive LCD screen)


HD Movie

1920x1080 (30, 25, 24fps), 1280x720 (60, 50fps)

1920x1080 (30, 25, 24fps), 1280x720 (60, 50fps)

1920x1080 (30, 25, 24fps), 1280x720 (60, 50fps)


Max. Continuous Burst Speed

3.7fps (34JPEG / 6RAW)

5.3fps (58JPEG / 16RAW)

8fps (126JPEG / 15RAW)


Metering System

TTL full aperture metering with 63 zone Dual Layer SPC

TTL full aperture metering with 63 zone Dual Layer SPC

TTL full aperture metering with 63 zone Dual Layer SPC


AF System

9-point cross type AF System

9-point cross type AF System

19-point cross type AF System


Flash Modes

Auto, Manual Flash On/Off

Auto, Manual Flash On/Off, Integrated Speedlite Transmitter

Auto, Manual Flash On/Off, Multi Flash, Integrated Speedlite Transmitter


Built-in Image Stabilisation

No

No

No


Image Sensitivity (ISO)

AUTO(100-6400), 100-6400 (Expandable to 12800)

AUTO(100-3200), 100-6400 (Expandable to 12800)

AUTO(100-3200), 100-6400 (Expandable to 12800)


Shutter Speed Range

30-1/4000 sec (1/2 or 1/3 stop increments), Bulb

30-1/8000 sec (1/2 or 1/3 stop increments), Bulb

30-1/8000 sec (1/2 or 1/3 stop increments), Bulb


Built-in Flash

Yes

Yes

Yes


Body Material

Stainless Steel and polycarbonate resin with glass fiber

Aluminium and polycarbonate resin with glass fibre

Magnesium Alloy body covers


Weight (Body Only)

Approx. 530g

Approx. 755g

Approx. 820g


Dimensions (W x H x D)

128.8 x 97.3 x 62 mm

144.5 x 105.8 x 78.6mm

148.2 x 110.7 x 73.5mmDoes it make sense to buy the Canon EOS 60D?Well the first consideration would be the idea of "upgrading" cameras from the lower to higher ranges. Looking at the specs, it is definitely clear that by moving from the 550D to the 60D, and from the 60D to the 7D (or its future replacement) would make sense. While some might elect to jump straight from the 550D to the 7D, that would really depend on the final price tags once the 60D is fully launched in the marketplace.Now why would I say that it makes sense?









Canon EOS 550D → Canon EOS 60D



Better layout of controls with a top LCD which many DSLR users find indispensable
A faster body with improved continuous burst shooting and large range of shutter speed
Tilt-able LCD for those who need to shoot at awkward angles
Integrated Speedlite Transmitter for better off camera lighting control
A more rugged weatherproof body



Why choose Canon EOS 60D instead of Canon EOS 7D?



Cheaper body (money does matter… how much will depend on the eventual price differences)
Tilt-able LCD for those who need to shoot at awkward angles
If you don't need more than 5.3fps continuous burst speed
Want the lightest possible camera that can do the job (Those 65g will make a difference after some time)



Canon EOS 60D → Canon EOS 7D



A faster body with improved continuous burst shooting and maximum shots per burst
An even more rugged body
Transmissive LCD screen for greater flexibility while shooting
19-point cross type AF System for those who need more precise control
(NEGATIVE) You lose the tilt-able LCDAlthough I still see a lot of people buying cameras that are totally beyond their current abilities, I believe that there are many photographers out there who will be happy to get their "upgrades" without having to break the bank by getting the Canon EOS 60D instead of the Canon EOS 7D.Do you agree? Drop me your comments below and share your view.









Raphael is an ardent photographer, a member of the Marketing Communication team at DigitalRev, and a colourful personality whose favourite hobby is to tell bad jokes to people. Being driven by passion to shoot something new all the time, his photos are an exciting story if nothing else.



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