Camera of Excellence
Adjustable LCD Screen with Rotation, Video, ISO Sensitivity Range, Battery Life, 18 Megapixels, Standard Zoom
Smaller Body, Magnesium alloy-less, Audio Quality, Lens doesn't zoom to super far/close subjects.
The Bottom Line:
If you want an easily operated camera, packed with great features, and resulting in quality images, this camera will not disappoint. It is an excellent camera, worth every penny.
I am just going to bluntly say that the Canon EOS 60D is a wonderful camera.
It's a great camera for beginners.
I bought this camera as my very first DSLR camera. I've worked with manual film cameras and digital film cameras prior, but as a beginner photographer, the Canon EOS was extremely easy to utilize. Learning its functionality is really no problem whatsoever: the ISO sensitivity, white balance, exposure, aperture, shutter speed, etc. were all very controllable functions. The camera comes equipped with many features, especially automated functions. The autofocus is great for some of thos unexpected shots, as is the auto-shutter speed. The auto-ISO is great for changing environments or lighting. The auto whitebalance is subpar, images sometimes end up tinted in odd hues. However, there is a plethora of whitebalance settings, even a custom setting that eliminates this problem.
It's a great camera for artsy shots.
The versatility of the camera's features allow for exploration. Settings are easily changed according to artist preference. There are a few effects stored into the camera, such as black and white settings, sepia tone settings, a "toy camera" setting that tints pictures slightly green, with a vintage, vignette effect, plus many more. Aperture is changeable for different depths of field-- something that is essential to isolating the subject and background, such as in wedding photography, portrait photography, nature photography, etc. The functions really allow you to explore and change up mundane pictures. I have used the high speed continuous shot feature to create stop motion videos. I have worked a lot with the built in flash and differing shutter speeds in night time photography. Some of my greatest pictures taken are my nighttime photos: the resolution is crisp, the quality is amazing, pictures are clear, sharp, and perfectly saturated. The video footage quality of this camera is amazing. The depth of field, the frames per second, and resolution is great. The one thing about the video that is subpar is the audio recording. The audio resolution does not match up to the video resolution. However, this is easily fixed with an attachable microphone.
It's just a great camera in general.
I bring this camera with me everywhere. I take pictures of everything. From traveling, to portrait shots, to artsy shots, to social events, to sporting events, I shoot it all. The camera itself is amazing. However, I wouldn't suggest it for extremely fast shooting, the shutter speed range doesn't quite reach too high. so if you're into fast action photography, sometimes the Canon 60d doesn't capture too well. One feature of the Canon 60D that I absolutely adore is the adjustable LCD screen with swivel hinges and multidimensional rotation. The Canon 60D is one of the only Canon cameras that has this feature. The screen can flip backwards and rotate. It's very helpful when taking pictures of yourself. You can set your camera to self timer (or use a remote), flip the screen backwards, so it's facing you, and take pictures of yourself and be able to see everything that you are capturing. It's also very helpful when you are taking pictures from a high angle, just pop out the screen and angle it towards you, so you can see what the image will look like. It's brilliant.
Regarding the 18-135mm lens:
The lens itself is good for portrait photography and just about anything except for super close-ups, and telescopic subjects. It's sort of the happy medium in between. If you enjoy taking pictures of objects with some grand magnification, I would suggest a macro lens. If you are looking for taking pictures of extremely far away scenery and subjects, I would suggest a telephoto lens. If you are shooting sporting evens or subjects with high movement, I would suggest a telephoto lens. The 18-135mm lens is a good standard lens. It can take pictures from afar, but not too far. For example, if I were about a football field's distance away from a person, shooting his face would be a problem. I would capture as much as his body and lots of background space. If he was about five feet away, I could zoom up really nicely to his face. For far away subjects, a range that reaches higher than 200mm would be more ideal. The lens can also take pictures up close, but not too close. For prime focusing, the lens needs to be a little less than a foot away from the subject. The zoom works well for slight magnification, but if you wanted to take a picture of a penny in which no background outside of the penny showing, I would suggest a macro lens. Also, for a lot of nature photography (especially of insects and flowers), a macro lens would be more of an exceptional choice. The 18-135mm lens is great for everything in between super close and super far.