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The EOS 60D represents a strong consolidation of Canon’s mid-range DSLR cameras, taking features from the EOS 7D and the ease of use of the EOS 550D to create a camera that will appeal to photographers at all levels. In a first for the EOS system, the EOS 60D features a Vari-angle Clear View LCD monitor that flips out from the body to provide a great tool for both Live View and EOS Movie shooting, even at awkward angles or in very bright light.

Who is it for?

For the hobbyist looking for their first “professional-style” camera, or the enthusiast aiming to take their photography to the next level, the EOS 60D makes a sensible choice. The EOS 60D also makes an ideal choice for photographers wishing to experience the benefits of HD movie shooting as well as videographers looking for a highly capable, compact camera to add to their shooting arsenal.

For travelling photographers, the high resolution APS-C sensor will capture all the details while at the same time keeping the body and lenses small and light enough to avoid weighing you down.

Key features

  • 18 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
  • 5.3fps shooting speed
  • ISO 100-12,800 with expansion
  • 1920x1080p full HD EOS Movie shooting at 24, 25 and 30 frames per second.
  • 1280x720p HD shooting at 60 or 50 frames per second
  • Manual and auto audio recording levels
  • 3.0” Vari-angle Clear View LCD screen
  • iFCL Metering algorithm
  • 63-zone Dual-layer Metering Sensor
  • DIGIC 4 processor
  • Integrated Speedlite Transmitter
  • Wide-area 9-point AF system
  • Integrated Single-axis electronic level
  • Eye-Fi and SDXC memory card compatible

Featuring a flip-out LCD screen, the EOS 60D is a very versatile tool for Live View and HD Movie shooting. Despite being a flip-out design there is no loss of screen size. The screen is a 3-inch design and features 1,040,000 dots for very high-resolution viewing of your images and movies. The screen also makes it easy to capture images from awkward camera positions without having to strain yourself by over-reaching. High shots over a crowd or low shots in a tight corner are both easy to achieve.

The addition of the single-axis electronic level means ensuring the horizon is level before shooting is easy, even with the screen or camera placed in an awkward position.

Like the EOS 5D Mark II, EOS 7D and EOS-1D Mark IV before it, the EOS 60D offers full HD movie shooting to allow photographers at all levels to experiment with the possibilities of shooting movies. It offers full manual control over the exposure as well, though auto movie exposure can also be used for those who are not so confident with shooting movies. The EOS 60D, like Canon's EOS 7D, EOS-1D Mark IV and EOS 5D Mark II DSLRs, features user selectable frame rates including 24, 25 and 30fps at 1920x1080p, and 50 or 60fps at 1280x720p (except for 1280x720 on the EOS 5D Mark II). As with the EOS 5D Mark II, the audio recording levels can be left in Auto or manually set to provide more control over the final results.

For those times when your subject may be a little too distant for the lenses you have with you, Movie crop allows you to shoot movies at 640x480pixel resolution with approximately 7x magnification.

For ease of use the EOS 60D has not only the Basic and Creative sections of the mode dial, but also a new Basic+ mode that can be accessed from the Quick Settings screen in the Basic modes. Basic+ makes it quick and simple to add a creative touch to your images without having to worry about camera settings. The options allow you to select either by the atmosphere you wish to create or by the conditions in the scene. For even more control, the adjustments can be modified to one of three levels – Strong, Standard or Weak, depending on the effect you wish to achieve.

Continuing with making the camera as easy to use as possible, the button and dial positions have been moved to provide even better ergonomics. For quick access to the movie functions the camera features a dedicated Live View/Movie shooting button. To avoid accidentally knocking the mode dial while carrying the camera, a lock has been included so you have to release the lock before turning the dial. Also, the buttons on the top LCD panel have been modified so there is only one button per function rather than two as found on the EOS 7D and EOS 5D Mark II.

The Quick Command Dial on the rear of the camera has been positioned to make it easy to access in both a landscape and portrait orientation, even when using the BG-E9 battery grip. The centre of the Quick Command Dial now features a rocker switch that functions in the same way as the multi-controller on other EOS DSLR cameras.

To speed up image selection and processing it is now possible to rate images within the camera and also to perform RAW processing in-camera including adjustment of brightness, white balance, picture style, colour space and lens corrections.

The image rating function allows you to review images and give them a rating in XMP compatible format so when you transfer the images to your computer, the ratings are transferred and can be read by any XMP compatible software application. The Digital Photo Professional application provided with the camera is also compatible with the XMP standard and therefore ratings given to images in DPP can be transferred to third party software if required.

Compatible with both Eye-Fi cards and SD, SDHC and SDXC the EOS 60D is 'future proof' and helps to keep the size of the camera compact. Eye-Fi cards are SD format cards that integrate a wireless LAN module and an antenna so you can save your images to the memory card and wirelessly transmit them to a WiFi network.

To ensure cross-compatibility within the EOS range, the EOS 60D uses the same LP-E6 battery as the EOS 7D and EOS 5D Mark II. This saves the need to carry several different battery types while providing a long battery life in a lightweight form factor.

For those times when the action will not stop, the 5.3fps shooting speed and the ability to capture up to 58 Large JPEG files in a single, continuous burst means you won’t miss out on the shot even with fast moving subjects.

18 Megapixel CMOS Sensor

Canon designs and manufactures its own CMOS sensors (and DIGIC processors) in-house giving a holistic approach to camera design and function. The 18 Megapixel sensor in the EOS 60D provides high resolution results suitable for taking large crops from, or for making large format prints.


The DIGIC 4 processor (developed, designed and made by Canon) brings a lot of processing power to the camera – a single DIGIC 4 processor is 25% faster than the DIGIC III processor. The DIGIC 4 processor consumes very little electrical power thereby increasing the battery life of the camera and providing sufficient processing power to perform in-camera RAW conversion, lens correction functions and Full HD Movie shooting.

The DIGIC 4 processor is also responsible for high ISO noise processing. By having a more powerful, faster performing processor, more complex image processing can be achieved in the same time giving even better high ISO performance. This has allowed the ISO range to run from 100-6400 as standard, with ISO 12,800 available as an expansion setting.

The processing power of the DIGIC 4 has also allowed the inclusion of two new JPEG images sizes – S2 produces images that are 1920x1280pixels to match HD Movie resolution, and S3 produces 720x480pixel images suitable for sharing by email or uploading to websites without first having to re-size them.

iFCL metering algorithm and 63-zone Dual-layer metering sensor

Recording light is the basis of what a camera does. In order to record it correctly, it needs to be able to measure the light in the scene accurately. For the EOS 60D, the iFCL metering algorithm and 63 Dual-layer metering sensor first seen on the EOS 7D, have been incorporated.

The iFCL metering algorithm is an intelligent system that uses colour and luminance information to more accurately determine the light levels and is used by the focus system to help to enhance focus accuracy.

The metering sensor features 63 metering zones and has two light sensitive layers. One layer is sensitive to red/green light and one is sensitive to blue/green light. Being able to measure the relative levels of red and blue light allows the system to more accurately expose a scene.

9-point AF

The AF sensor in the EOS 60D has a slightly wider coverage area to the sensor in the EOS 50D, to provide more freedom in composition. With nine Cross-type sensors to select from, all AF points provide high speed, high accuracy autofocus to allow you to accurately track moving subjects and lock on to static subjects. The central point provides improved precision with lenses featuring a maximum aperture of f/2.8 or greater to really make use of fast, wide aperture lenses.

Integrated Speedlite Transmitter

The EOS 60D, like the EOS 7D, features an in-built wireless flash controller that functions in a similar way to actually having a Speedlite 580EX II mounted on the camera. It allows the use of full wireless multiple flash control without having to buy extra accessories like an ST-E2 to act as a master unit.

The in-built transmitter can control two remote groups of Speedlites using E-TTL II or by setting the flash powers manually for each group. The built-in flash can also act as a third group to provide and extra light source when required.

Type 22.3mm x 14.9mm CMOS
Effective Pixels Approx. 18.00 megapixels
Total Pixels Approx. 19.00 megapixels
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Low-Pass Filter Built-in/Fixed with fluorine coating
Infrared blocking filter optimised for Hydrogen-alpha (Hα) light (656 nm) transparency.
Sensor Cleaning EOS integrated cleaning system
Colour Filter Type Primary Colour
Type DIGIC 4
Lens Mount EF/EF-S
Focal Length Equivalent to 1.6x the focal length of the lens
Type TTL-CT-SIR with a CMOS sensor
AF System/ Points 9 cross-type AF points (f/2.8 at centre)
AF working range EV -0.5 - 18 (at 23°C & ISO100)
AF Modes AI Focus
One Shot
AI Servo
AF Point Selection Automatic selection, Manual selection
Selected AF point display Superimposed in viewfinder and indicated on top LCD panel and Quick Control screen
Predictive AF Yes, up to 8m¹
AF Lock Locked when shutter button is pressed half way in One Shot AF mode or AF-ON button is pressed.
AF Assist Beam Intermittent firing of built-in flash or emitted by optional dedicated Speedlite
Manual Focus Selected on lens, default in Live View Mode
Metering modes TTL full aperture metering with 63 zone SPC
(1) Evaluative metering (linked to all AF point)
(2) Partial metering (approx. 6.5% of viewfinder at centre)
(3) Spot metering (approx. 2.8% viewfinder at centre)
(4) Centre weighted average metering
Metering Range 'EV 0-20 (at 23°C with 50mm f/1.4 lens ISO100)
AE Lock 'Auto: In One-shot AF mode with evaluative metering exposure is locked when focus is achieved.
Manual: By AE lock button in creative zone modes.
Exposure Compensation '+/-5 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments (can be combined with AEB).
AEB 3 Shots +/-3 EV 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments
ISO Sensitivity* Auto (100-3200), 100-6400 (in 1/3-stop or whole stop increments)
ISO can be expanded to H: 12800
Type Electronically-controlled focal-plane shutter
Speed 30-1/8000 sec (1/2 or 1/3 stop increments), Bulb (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode)
Type Auto white balance with the imaging sensor
Settings 'AWB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, White
Fluorescent light, Flash, Custom, Colour Temperature Setting.
White balance compensation:
1. Blue/Amber +/-9
2. Magenta/ Green +/-9.
Custom White Balance Yes, 1 setting can be registered
WB Bracketing +/-3 levels in single level increments
3 bracketed images per shutter release.
Selectable Blue/Amber bias or Magenta/ Green bias.
Type Pentaprism
Coverage (Vertical/Horizontal) Approx. 96%
Magnification 'Approx. 0.95x¹
Eyepoint Approx. 22mm (from eyepiece lens centre)
Dioptre Correction -3 to +1 m-1 (dioptre)
Focusing Screen Interchangeable (3 types, optional). Standard Focusing Screen Precision Matte Ef-A
Mirror Quick-return half mirror (Transmission: reflection ratio of 40:60, no mirror cut-off with EF600mm f/4 or shorter)
Viewfinder Information AF information: AF points, focus confirmation light.
Exposure information: Shutter speed, aperture value, ISO speed (always displayed), AE lock, exposure level/compensation, spot metering circle, exposure warning, AEB.
Flash information: Flash ready, high-speed sync, FE lock, flash exposure compensation, red-eye reduction light.
Image information: White balance correction, Card information, monochrome shooting, maximum burst (2 digit display), Highlight tone priority (D+).
Composition information: Electronic level (Horizontal only), Battery check
Depth of field preview Yes, with Depth of Field preview button.
Eyepiece shutter On strap
Type Vari angle 7.7cm (3.0") 3:2 Clear View TFT, approx. 1040K dots
Coverage Approx. 100%
Viewing Angle (horizontally/vertically) Approx 160°
Coating Dual Anti-reflection
Brightness Adjustment Adjustable to one of seven levels
Display Options '(1) Quick Control Screen
(2) Camera settings
(3) Electronic Level
Built-in Flash GN (ISO 100, meters) 13
Built-in Flash Coverage up to 17mm focal length (35mm equivalent: 28mm)
Built-in Flash recycle time Approx. 3 seconds
Modes Auto, Manual flash, Integrated Speedlite Transmitter
Red-Eye Reduction 'Yes
X-sync 1/250sec
Flash Exposure Compensation +/- 3EV in 1/2 or 1/3 increments
Flash Exposure Bracketing Yes, with compatible External Flash
Flash Exposure Lock Yes
Second Curtain Synchronisation Yes
HotShoe/ PC terminal Yes/ No
External Flash Compatibility E-TTL II with EX series Speedlites, wireless multi-flash support
External Flash Control via camera menu screen
Modes Auto, No Flash, Creative Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Night Portrait, Movie, Program AE , Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual, Custom
Picture Styles Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Defined (x3)
Colour Space sRGB and Adobe RGB
Image Processing Highlight Tone Priority
Auto Lighting Optimizer (4 settings)
Long exposure noise reduction
High ISO speed noise reduction (4 settings)
Auto Correction of Lens Peripheral illumination
Basic+ (Shoot by ambience selection, Shoot by lighting or scene type)
Creative filters (Grainy B/W, Soft focus, Toy camera, Minaiture effect) - during image Playback only
RAW image processing - during image Playback only
Resize to M or S1, S2, S3
Drive modes Single, Continuous L, Continuous H, Self timer (2s+remote, 10s +remote)
Continuous Shooting Max. Approx. 5.3fps. (speed maintained for minimum of approx 58 images (JPEG)¹ ³, 16 images (RAW)) ² ³
Type Electronic viewfinder with image sensor
Coverage Approx. 100% (horizontally and vertically)
Frame Rate 30 fps
Focusing Manual Focus (Magnify the image 5x or 10x at any point on screen)
Autofocus: Quick mode, Live mode, Live Face detection mode
Metering Real-time evaluative metering with image sensor Active metering time can be changed
Display Options Grid overlay (x2), Histogram, Multi aspect ratios
Still Image Type JPEG: Fine, Normal (Exif 2.21 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system (2.0),
RAW: RAW, M-RAW, S-RAW (14bit, Canon original RAW 2nd edition),
Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
RAW+JPEG simultaneous recording Yes, any combination of RAW + JPEG, M-RAW + JPEG, S-RAW + JPEG possible.
Image Size JPEG 3:2: (L) 5184x3456, (M) 3456x2304, (S1) 2592x1728, (S2) 1920x1280, (S3) 720x480
JPEG 4:3: (L) 4608x3456, (M) 3072x2304, (S1) 2304x1728, (S2) 1696x1280, (S3) 640x480
JPEG 16:9: (L) 5184x2912, (M) 3456x1944, (S1) 2592x1456 (S2) 1920x1080, (S3) 720x400
JPEG 1:1: (L) 3456x3456, (M) 2304x2304, (S1) 1728x1728, (S2) 1280x1280, (S3) 480x480
RAW: (RAW) 5184x3456, (M-RAW) 3888x2592, (S-RAW) 2592x1728
Movie Type MOV (Video: H.264, Sound: Linear PCM, recording level can be manually adjusted by user)
Movie Size 1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps)
1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps)
640 x 480 (59.94, 50 fps)
Movie Length Max duration 29min 59sec, Max file size 4GB
Folders New folders can be manually created and selected
File Numbering (1) Consecutive numbering
(2) Auto reset
(3) Manual reset
Custom Functions 20 Custom Functions with 59 settings
Metadata Tag User copyright information (can be set in camera)
Image rating (0-5 stars)
LCD Panel / Illumination Yes / Yes
Water/ Dust resistance Yes¹
Sound Memo -
Intelligent Orientation Sensor Yes
Playback zoom 1.5x - 10x
Display Formats (1) Single image with information (2 levels)
(2) Single image
(3) 4 image index
(4) 9 image index
(5) Magnified view
Slide Show Image selection: All images, by Date, by Folder, Movies, Stills, Rating
Playback time: 1/2/3/5/10 or 20 seconds
Repeat: On/Off
Histogram Brightness: Yes
RGB: Yes
Highlight Alert Yes
Image Erase/Protection Erase: Single image, All images in folder, Checkmarked images, unprotected images
Protection: Erase protection of one image at a time
Menu Categories (1) Shooting menu (x4)
(2) Playback menu (x2)
(3) Setup menu (x3)
(4) Custom Functions menu
(5) My Menu
Menu Languages 25 Languages
English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian, Ukrainian, Turkish, Arabic, Thai, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean and Japanese
Firmware Update Update possible by the user.
Computer Hi-Speed USB
Other Video output (PAL/ NTSC) (integrated with USB terminal), HDMI mini output (HDMI-CEC compatible), External microphone (3.5mm Stereo mini jack)
Canon Printers Canon Compact Photo Printers and PIXMA Printers supporting PictBridge
PictBridge Yes
Type SD card, SDHC card or SDXC card
PC & Macintosh Windows XP (SP2/SP3) / Vista inc SP1 (excl. Starter Edition) / 7 (excl. Starter Edition)
OS X v10.6-10.7
Browsing & Printing ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser
Image Processing Digital Photo Professional
Other PhotoStitch, EOS Utility (inc. Remote Capture), Picture Style Editor
Batteries Rechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E6 (supplied), built in for date & settings
Battery life Approx. 1100 (at 23°C, AE 50%, FE 50%) ¹
Approx. 1000 (at 0°C, AE 50%, FE 50%)
Battery Indicator 6 levels + percentage
Power saving Power turns off after 1, 2, 4, 8, 15 or 30mins.
Power Supply & Battery Chargers AC Adapter Kit ACK-E6, Battery charger LC-E6, Car Battery charger CBC-E6
Body Materials Aluminium and polycarbonate resin with glass fibre
Operating Environment 0 – 40 °C, 85% or less humidity
Dimensions (WxHxD) 144.5 x 105.8 x 78.6mm
Weight (body only) Approx. 755g (CIPA testing standard, including battery and memory card)
Viewfinder Eyecup Eb, E-series Dioptric Adjustment Lens Focusing Screens Ef (with Grid Ef-D, Super Precision Matte Ef-S), Angle Finder C
Case Leather case EH21-L
Wireless File Transmitter Compatible with Eye-Fi cards
Lenses All EF and EF-S lenses
Flash Canon Speedlites (220EX, 270EX, 270EX II, 320EX, 420EX, 430EX, 430EX II, 550EX, 580EX, 580EX II, 600EX, 600EX-RT, Macro-Ring-Lite, MR-14EX, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT)
Battery Grip BG-E9
Remote Controller/ Switch Remote Switch RS-60E3, Remote Controller RC-6/RC-1/RC-5
(Compatible with N3 type remote controls when used with supplied adapter RA-E3)
Other Hand Strap E2
Magnification ¹ With 50mm lens at infinity, -1m-1 dpt
Continuous Shooting ¹ Large/Fine(Quality 8) resolution
² Based on Canon's testing conditions, JPEG, ISO 100, Standard Picture Style. Varies depending on the subject, memory card brand and capacity, image recording quality, ISO speed, drive mode, Picture Style, Custom functions etc.
³ Maximum fps and buffer capacity may be reduced depending on the cameras settings and light level
Water/ Dust resistance ¹ Memory card and battery door only
Battery life ¹ Based on the CIPA Standard and using the batteries and memory card format supplied with the camera, except where indicated
Predictive AF ¹ With EF300mm f/2.8L IS USM at 50kph
All data is based on Canon standard testing methods except where indicated.
Subject to change without notice.
* Recommended Exposure Index