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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!
Canon EOS 60D vs 550D vs 7D - Getting more bangs for bucks!
by Raphael Chieza

When 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

FeaturesCanon EOS 550DCanon EOS 60DCanon 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 73.5mm

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

Why choose Canon EOS 60D instead of Canon EOS 7D?
  1. Cheaper body (money does matter… how much will depend on the eventual price differences)
  2. Tilt-able LCD for those who need to shoot at awkward angles
  3. If you don't need more than 5.3fps continuous burst speed
  4. 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
  1. A faster body with improved continuous burst shooting and maximum shots per burst
  2. An even more rugged body
  3. Transmissive LCD screen for greater flexibility while shooting
  4. 19-point cross type AF System for those who need more precise control
  5. (NEGATIVE) You lose the tilt-able LCD

Although 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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