(First impressions of Canon 60D)
As is our custom, my wife and I got token gifts for each other during actual Christmas, and bought ourselves very nice things in February when we file for our income tax refund. My gift came today — a Canon EOS 60D.
(3 images after the jump)
The camera arrived at about 2:30 p.m., not long after Rebecca’s nap.
The battery had just enough power to set the time/date and flip through the menu for a minute, then I put it on the charger. By 5 p.m., it had a full charge and was ready to go.
In my post a few days ago, I said I didn’t feel the same excitement about this camera as I had about the others. That changed once I actually had it in my hands. It’s a beautiful instrument; I just hope I can play it well.
I told my wife that the difference between this camera and my last one reminded me of the difference between my current car and my previous car (2000 Mercury Sable LS compared to 1993 Chevy Corsica). The Corsica lacked features and was starting to break down in various places. It was old and had never been powerful or comfortable. The Sable LS has leather seats, a Mach stereo system, a powerful engine, digital thermostat controls, and … Yeah, it’s like that.
First shot out of the box, I recorded an image at ISO12800, which was unheard of in film days, and was a scoffing matter in the digital world until a couple of years ago. That first image is below, with no editing — straight out of the camera. (I was shooting .jpg; it wasn’t until several images later that I realized it was set to .jpg and I switched to shooting raw image files.)
Normally, in that same light, I’d be shooting at ISO1600, so I’d have to crank my aperture to f/1.8 or so, and still get a slower exposure.
I had time to test a few other features of the camera: live view zoom focusing, HD video, color temperature adjustment, creative filters, and burst mode.
Overall, my first impression is a very good one. I plan to do a full review later (on my other blog), but this is my personal blog…
* I like the articulating (fold-out) LCD screen. It feels well-built and I like that it can be closed so the screen’s not exposed.
* I like the separate LCD panel on top that shows exposure settings and camera information
* I’m impressed with the high ISO performance
* Live View zoom focusing is very cool. Would be especially helpful for macro images, when precise manual focusing is hard.
* The optical viewfinder is larger and brighter than the ones in my Rebels. Very nice.
* Burst mode is more than twice as fast as I’m used to.
I’ll get some more test shots posted to Flickr in the morning.