The 60D, Canon’s new midrange DSLR, is a whole lot like the Rebel T2i inside—still fantastic. It’s what’s outside that’s better, a flip-out swivel screen and more rugged body that tug the camera closer toward video DSLR nirvana.
The 60D replaces the horribly aged 50D, sitting between the pricier 7D ($1900) and T2i ($900) in terms of features and specs, but for $1100 (body only, or $1400 with an 18-135mm kit lens). It’s using an 18-megapixel image sensor with a 4-channel readout that’s closer to the T2i (vs. the 8-channel readout on the 7D) along with the T2i’s metering system, but the auto-focusing system uses nine cross-type points, so it’s more pro than T2i in that regard. ISO goes up to 6400 normally, and 12,800 on expanded range. It shooters faster than the T2i, too, at 5.3fps. But like an entry-level camera, it’s moved to SDXC cards instead of glorious old CF.
Video is the now-standard Canon package: 1080p at 24 and 30fps, 720p at 60fps, in H.264.