Canon EOS D60.

Canon EOS D60.

The flagship of the CMOS camera flotilla, the Canon EOS D60, was announced rather unexpectedly earlier this year and, unlike its predecessor, the D30, went on sale strictly according to plan. With the introduction of the EOS-1D CCD camera, it seemed like Canon had shelved its CMOS camera development. However, this turned out not to be the case, and a new model was added to the line of CMOS cameras, and it was the first 6-megapixel DSLR camera in the price range of under $ 3000. Let’s see what is new, apart from the matrix, has appeared in it in comparison with its predecessors.

At first glance, the color of the mode dial has changed, the digital inscription has appeared, the length of the protrusion on the power switch and the shape of the plugs on the connectors have changed.

Whereas earlier it was a separate rubber plug covering the USB and TV connectors, and two separate plugs for the external flash and remote control connectors, now it is one rubber “cuttlefish” that manages to cover all the connectors. In general, the changes are cosmetic rather than fundamental. In my opinion, it would be worth reworking the USB connection connector, since at the moment you need to have a very long fingernail to disconnect the latch, and the camera has the dimensions of by no means a lady’s powder compact. A closer look shows that the indication has also changed. The LCD indicator on the top panel now has a blue fluorescent backlight that is activated by pressing the Set button.

Again, in my opinion, the LCD display has become less contrast than the D30, but now you have no problem viewing it in the dark.

The indicator in the field of the optical viewfinder has undergone much more changes. Firstly, the focus point is now indicated, as with film cameras, by the red light of the focus point in the image field, and not by a point on the ruler under the frame. The camera became faster, up to three frames per second, the buffer became larger, eight frames in RAW format, an indication of the number of frames in the buffer appeared.

This allows you to quickly make a decision: to make one more frame for reliability or to slow down, so as not to miss unique moments due to the fact that the buffer is full.

Changes have also been made to the camera menu. First, the menu now states the fact that the maximum sensitivity of the camera has become not 1600, but 1000 ISO. Here I will briefly note that, although all the computer software for this camera has been revised, it is not completely.

ZOOM BROWSER 3.3, when viewing information about frames recorded in RAW format, indicates not 1000, but 800 ISO, although the camera records the information correctly, which can be seen by opening the EXIF ​​TAGS tab in the PROPERTIES of a thumbnail with the THM extension, recorded simultaneously with CRW files …

The menu also added the ability to set several parameter settings such as contrast, sharpness, saturation and hue.

It now contains information about the Firmware version as well. reported that in daylight mode, the camera is balanced for shooting under 5200K light source instead of the D30’s 5500K. The camera I tested still says 5500K in the description. Shooting the spectrum of the KGM-250 halogen incandescent lamp, obtained using a diffraction grating, from one point with the D30 and D60 cameras, showed that the spectral sensitivity of the blue channel has changed.

The sensitivity of the blue channel in the red region (the local transmission maximum in the region of 600 nm) has become significantly lower. In my opinion, such changes should rather be interpreted as correcting color distortions than as a shift in color temperature. Moreover, this effect is observed not only when balancing for daylight, but also when balancing for incandescent lamps.

The letter D denotes the graphs corresponding to balancing for daylight, T for incandescent lamps. By clicking on any of the graphs for D30, you can move it with the mouse up to align with the corresponding graph for D60. The plotting was carried out using Dmitry Kuznetsov’s program “Levels”

The 6-megapixel sensor allows you to get a frame of 3072

Thus, the possibility of using budget lenses is not exhausted even when switching to a 6-megapixel matrix. Of course, the finer details that have become visible when using the new sensor have less contrast, but not enough to discard all old lenses when using this camera. Note that if you record a frame in Medium 2048 mode


Obviously, the review from the surface did not reveal all the features of the new camera, and I will try to consider such specific issues as the new noise reduction algorithm and the new RAW format in the following articles. In the meantime, I can state the emergence of a new leader among “cheap” interchangeable-lens cameras. Competitors are not asleep, and have already been announced and, probably, in the next month will appear on sale Nikon D-100, Sigma SD9 and FujiFilm FinePix S2 Pro. In the meantime, this camera really has no competitors. A few words about who this camera is for.

Although Canon and Nikon position these models for advanced hobbyists, this is not entirely correct in my opinion. The technical capabilities of these cameras are even higher than those of their older counterparts with 1 in their names. The only difference is in the declared reliability and the ability to work in extreme conditions. However, professional filming is not limited to reporting only. They use cameras in their work, and by no means as amateurs, scientists and engineers.

For them, this camera is currently the optimal and, perhaps, the only available solution in the transition to digital photography. Typical requirements for a camera for such work are interchangeable optics (moreover, the shorter the flange distance, the more chances to use the existing one, for example, for Zenit), the square size of the sensitive element and the predictability of the spectral sensitivity. According to these parameters, this camera appears to be significantly

more interesting than, for example, a model like the Nikon D1X.

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