Like many people I went through the gamut of pros and cons between purchasing the 60D, T3i, or switching all together to the Nikon D7000. There are so many variables to consider when purchasing a camera that it is always a difficult decision to make a decision and be happy with it. Well, here I am, I bought the 60D and I’m happy with it. This blog post is to detail why I chose it over the other models.
The technical specs are out there and if you are a spec sheet whore, then yes the 60d isn’t the best. I’m not going to cover too much into the specs but only the features/specs that I’ve actually used and that I feel separate the 60d from the other cameras.
Lets begin. I recently had the T2i so image quality wise and video quality wise there isn’t much of a difference but with the 60D and the 9 point focus does focus better so the images focus a little faster and also achieve better focus. Prior to purchasing the 60D, I went and scoped out the D7000, t3i, and 60d at the local best buy. There’s nothing like feeling it in your hands and taking some sample shots. I would recommend bringing a memory card if you have one. I didn’t but would the next time I were in the market.
Since this is about the 60D, I’ll comment on the contributing factors that favored the 60d.
- Better Build Quality better than T3i – feels more solid and better weather proofing. It is stated by Canon that the weather proofing is the same as the 50D only dropping it as good because of the lack of Magnesium Alloy. Honestly, I don’t intend on dropping my camera and I baby it so Magnesium wasn’t high on the priority list. I never dropped my T2i.
- Auto Focus is faster with the 9 point system – The focus seems to be more accurate than with the t2i in most lighting conditions
- Longer Battery life – Lasts almost twice as long as the LP-E8 battery. Meaning a battery grip needed for the T2i and T3i is not needed for the 60D. Get a spare battery and it’s pretty much all that’s needed. I purchased a genuine Canon battery because I like the consistency and reliability of them. I had generics for the T2i and I could never tell when it was low, it would only shut off when it ran out of battery.
- Faster FPS and more silent shutter – cosmetic but when I need the extra FPS its nice to know its there. I don’t use it unless I’m doing an action shot where it does come in handy.
- Wireless Flash – I use a Canon 430 EXII and being able to control the flash wirelessly is a nifty feature to have. I’ve tested this and confirmed it works as intended. The Flash does not need to be mounted to be used. The T3i does this, but the T2i did not.
- Articulating Screen – T3i has it, the T2i does not and this screen does come in handy.
- ISO options – There are more ISO options 1/3rd on the 60D.
- Kelvin settngs for white balance – Nice to have option that the t3i/t2i do not have.
- Lens – Can use other canon lenses.
- It’s true what they say about the D-pad and dial. The D-pad doesn’t provide good feedback when pressed and is a little soggy. The layout of the delete button is a little odd. Using it is not hard or difficult it just feels a little unnatural and soggy. Here the T2i/T3i the buttons have good feedback and you know when you press the button.
Although the 60d has a lock button, it has never gotten in the way when I shoot. So far I’ve taken a few hundred shots on the camera and I’ve never been hindered by the lock button.
Overall, the 60d just offered more options for photo’s than the t3i with the same video options.
The 60d offered more video options than the D7000. The 60d was lighter than the d7000 and seemed more suited to my needs. The D7000 was a better option for photographs.
I was looking for a camera I could take with me on travel that I could be a little rough with and still feel comfortable that I won’t break the unit. I was also looking for a camera that could shoot 60 fps just incase I wanted to do more video for slow motion.
The 60d has a lot of flexibility and sits inbetween the t3i and the d7000. Each camera is suited for a different user but I like where the 60d is placed. There are a couple of things I don’t like but overall I’m happy with the purchase.
For me the extra $170 is worth it for the 60d over the t3i. I tried to justify the same move for the 60d to the d7000 and couldn’t. Overall, I’m very happy with my purchase and practicing as much as I can. Learning to use the different options on the 60d is more of a challenge but I knew that when purchasing over the t3i.
If your looking for auto settings for pictures and good video the T3i is the best choice. If you’re a photographer looking for the best image quality and low light usage, the D7000 is the best choice. If you want the best of both worlds the 60D is an excellent choice.