Canon's X0D series has during its lifeattracted to a broad scope of photographers, from fanciers andsemi-pros via to few pros who appreciated including a lightweightalternative. Each model proffered a high sufficient specification toassure it was both aspirational and come-at-able for users who hadout-grown their Rebel/XX0D series. Nevertheless, the feature setalways left a size able gap under the company's complete-blown 'pro'models.
The arrival of the EOS 7D, on itshighly configurable 19-point AF system and 8 frames per seconduninterrupted shooting capability altered much of this - here was a'mini 1D' that drew the care of many people who lastly would havebeen X0D customers. Still, the price tag pushed it beyond the reachof most individual who were not creating at least a bit of money fromtheir photography.
The 50D was beginning to appearslightly redundant: expensive compared to the rebel T2i ,underpowered compared to the EOS 7D. It appeared obvious that Canonrequired something to balance out the EOS scope to fill the big gapamong the Rebel and the 7D. And thus we have this, the EOS 60D.
On the 60D Canon has shamelessly movedthe X0D scope out of the 'semi pro' bracket and quite focused withthe enthusiast photographer appearing to update from their Rebel. Asa result, it is not the obvious continuation of the 30D - 40D - 50Dpattern that its naming might suggest. Rather it sits fairlyconsiderably precise in the same market position as wasonce-upon-a-time occupied by the 'Elan' series of 35mm film SLRs.
Thus gone is the magnesium alloyconstruction that featured in previous models, replaced by a lighterweight plastic shell. Of course the 60D derives some key 'step up'features from the Rebel line , including a few that have trickleddown from the EOS 7D. There is even a video friendly 3:2 ratioarticulated LCD. In imaging terms it takes the EOS mid-range in linewith those above and below by upping the sensor result to about 18MPand adding full HD movie capture.
The EOS 60D also gains a couple ofbrand-novel characteristics of its own. There is now a broad scope ofcolor variations which can be used to the image when applying thescene ways, and whose effect can be previewed with display in LiveView. The 60D even eventually gains the ability to convert raw filesto jpeg in-camera, having the alternative to correct for lensaberrations having distortion and chromatic aberration. Like an addedbonus, you can retrospectively use novel 'Creative Filters' to filesyou have shot, having 'Grainy Black and White' and 'Toy Camera'feels.