Canon 7D vs 60D vs Rebel T2i : Best Choice?

The Great Compromise : Canon EOS 60D

canon 60d with battery grip
The new Canon 60D, pictured with a battery grip.

Since the arrival of the Canon EOS 7D and subsequent release of the T2i / 550D there has been a gap in the Canon lineup. Buying the 50D no longer seemed practical to many advanced amateurs, since it was so outclassed by the features of the T2i, but the price of the 7D put it just beyond the range of what many were willing to spend (and the weight and size beyond what they were willing to tote around). Yet, the advanced amateur still yearned for more features and ease of control, and frankly, more status than is offered by the entry level “Rebel” line.

[Update: The release of the Rebel T3i has added an interesting new dimension to this discussion. See how the T3i and 60D differ, here]

The Canon EOS 60D, announced about recently, is clearly intended to fill this gap. Available since September, its price of $999 falls nicely between the Rebel T2i ($799) and the 7D ($1535). Its features, also, are largely intermediate between the two cameras that were already very similar. The controls are similar, but not identical, to the 7D, while the construction is much more in line with the T2i than the 7D (or the 50D, for that matter).

Lets take a quick look at the differences, side-by-side:

 Canon 7DCanon 60D Canon Rebel T2i / 550D
Canon EOS 7DCanon EOS 60D
canon rebel t2i aka 550D
Amazon Price $1599$999$715
B&H Price


$1599$999 (rebates available)$719
Body MaterialMagnesium AlloyPolycarbonate and Stainless SteelPolycarbonate, Fiberglass Resin and Stainless Steel
LCD Size / Resolution3.0"
920,000 pixels
3.0"
1,040,000 pixels
3.0"
1,040,000 pixels
LCD Articulated?NoYesNo
Sensor Size14.9 x 22.3mm (APS-C)14.9 x 22.3mm (APS-C)14.9 x 22.3mm (APS-C)
Crop Factor1.6x1.6x1.6x
Sensor Resolution18 Megapixels18 Megapixels18 Megapixels
ISO Range100-6400
+12800
100-6400
+12800
100-6400
+12800
Total AF Focus Points1999
Cross-Type AF Sensors19 (dual diagonal)91
AF Light Level Range-.05 to +18 EV-.05 to +18 EV-.05 to +18 EV
Metering System63 Zone Point Linked Evaluative
9.4% Center Weighted
2.3% Spot
63 Zone Point Linked Evaluative
6.5% Center Weighted
2.8% Spot
63 Zone Point Linked Evaluative
9% Center Weighted
4% Spot
Exposure Compensation1/2 or 1/3 stops via thumb dial1/2 or 1/3 stops via thumb dial1/2 or 1/3 stops
Auto-Bracketing
/ HDR Options
Max Frame Rate : RAW (14-bit)8 fps5.3 fps3.7
Max Frame Rate : RAW (12-bit)n/an/an/a
Max Frame Rate : JPG8 fps5.3 fps3.7
Max Burst Duration RAW (at highest frame rate)15166
Max Burst Duration JPG (at highest frame rate)945834
Shutter Speed Range1/8000th - 30 sec.
+bulb
1/8000th - 30 sec.
+bulb
1/4000th - 30 sec.
+bulb
Maximum Flash Sync Shutter Speed (standard flash)1/250th sec.1/250th sec.1/200th sec.
HD Video Resolutions1080p, 720p1080p, 720p1080p, 720p
Available HD Video Frame RatesPAL and NTSC
24/25, 30 at 1080p
24/25, 30, 60 at 720p
PAL and NTSC
24/25, 30 at 1080p
24/25, 30, 60 at 720p
PAL and NTSC
24/25, 30 at 1080p
24/25, 30, 60 at 720p
Firmware Sidecar AvailableUnder DevelopmentNoNo
Media TypeCompact FlashSD / SDHC / SDXCSD / SDHC / SDXC
Weight820g (body only)675g (body only)530g (with battery and SD card)
Viewfinder Coverage100% Frame,
1.0x magnification
96% Frame,
.95x magnification
95%
0.87x magnification
Built-In Wireless Strobe ControlYesYesNo

canon 60d with articulated lcdProbably the most important change between the 60D and the previous models in its line is that it does NOT have a metal body. Instead, Canon opted for a lighter, less expensive polycarbonate body which, although lighter than the magnesium 7D, still feels quite sturdy.

And perhaps just as significant, Canon has designed the 60D with a fully articulated, 3″ LCD screen for use in “Live” viewing mode and for video… the first ever on an SLR. Since I never use “Live” mode, and rarely use video, it’s hard for me to get excited about this feature, but perhaps for some photographers out there, it’s just what they’ve been waiting for.

The Deciding Factors

All three cameras share the same basic CMOS sensor, providing very similar resolution and high-ISO performance. All three cameras share the same video capabilities. So which should you get?

Buy the Canon 7D ($1535) if :

  1. You are a professional or use your camera daily. It is the most robust of the three, with a magnesium alloy body that will stand up to the wear and tear of daily use. This is especially important if you’re a journalist and your camera equipment suffers undue abuse.
  2. If you are primarily an action or sports photographer. The dual digic-4 processors of the 7D make it the fastest, and its 19 cross-type point focusing system is the most reliable in difficult situations.
  3. Because the 7D has two Digic-4 processors, it is likely to be able to handle high definition video files better than single processor models, though I’d be surprised if there’ll be much of a practical difference.

Buy the Canon 60D ($999) if:

  1. You want the 7D but can’t afford it. The differences are minimal, and a good photographer can easily work around them.
  2. You shoot a lot of video and the articulated LCD would be helpful to you.
  3. If you’re upgrading from the Rebel line and would like to keep using your SD cards.
  4. You shoot a lot of action. The 9 cross-type focusing points are a major improvement over the Rebel T2i (9 point, but only one cross-type) and even the 5D Mark II, (9 point, one cross-type). It does have the same AF system as the 40D and 50D.
  5. You’re looking for a lighter alternative to the 7D.
  6. You want to wirelessly control Canon speedlites using a built-in pre-flash system.

Buy the Canon Rebel T2i / 550D ($799) if:

  1. You’re on a tight budget but still want an awesome 18 megapixel sensor, full features, and 1080p video.
  2. If you’re looking for a lightweight camera for travel and will be able to treat it with a bit of care, or a backup for your usual camera.
  3. If you primarily shoot portraits or products rather than action, or shoot landscapes/art.
  4. If you aren’t interested in shooting with wireless flash, would prefer to use radio triggers, or wouldn’t mind adding the wireless control unit (Canon ST-E2 transmitter).

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Dolores Floyd

Hi Matthew,

I am looking for some advice on cameras. I have an Canon T2i with several lens, especially zoom lens. I love to shoot willdlife, but mainly soccer, from high school (at night) to club soccer day games. I really don’t understand a lot of the technical langugue. I use the action setting most of the time. Just was wondering what the 60d would have to offer over the T2i. Is there a shutter button on the back of the 60d? Some of the pictures come out great and some are blurred. I am beginning to think it is the operator maybe pushing the button too hard. I have the Tokina 70-400 lens and use it with a tripod. Very limited where I can sit at the club games. At high school I can get closer and for that I use the canon 70-200 f/2 non is. Would appreciate any information you can give.

Dolores Floyd

Thank you for your response. I watch the video several times, just having a hard time processing it. I need to get a small notebook and write it down and keep it with me.

I will send you a couple of pictures or more to get your opinion. I have never tried using anything but the sports figure on the dial for taking pictures. What I will send you will be the Tokina 80-400 f4.5-5.6 lens pictures. Before getting this lens I used the Canon 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS. It is a fast moving game so I know I will have some not-so-great pictures, but it seems I am getting more of those than good ones.

Dolores

Sue Steinacher

Hi Matthew,

I’m new to Light & Matter, and you and this site are amazing! Like others, I’m seeking your advice. I’ve been shooting Canon since my first TLB (or was it an FTB?) I received when I graduated high school. It was strictly manual and I learned the ropes and loved the camera, until I dropped it – hard. I then moved into the more and more automated lines and became lazy. For the last 4 years I’ve been shooting a used Rebel XT, and am finally wanting to upgrade as I’ve worn the poor thing out!

I live in NW Alaska and primarily shoot landscape, and some wildlife, and the occasional candid people shot, mostly for my own enjoyment and to use as reference for my artwork, although I occasionally show and sell images. I’m reasonably competent in Photoshop. I’m not interested in video, I do find an articulated LCD screen occasionally handy but not essential, and am mostly concerned with great image quality. I’ve also been trying to revert back to using manual more often, but find it extremely awkward with the Rebel XT. I do subject my camera to a fair amount of backcountry travel, including by 4-wheeler and snowmobile, and have to admit I’m not a fastidious camera-user. I loved shooting mid-winter at -35 F, and kept my camera inside my parka between shots. And I almost forgot – I’m on a budget!

I’ve been looking at new, used and Canon refurbed. I’ve considered the 40D and 50D because of the metal bodies. Is this something I should stick with considering my all-season Alaskan shooting and less than tender handling at times?? If not, I’ve considered the 60D as it looks like it may be easier to operate in manual. I’ve also considered the T3i and T2i as I’d expect high quality images from them, but I don’t know if they are easier to operate in manual than my Rebel XT.

Given all of this, is there a particular camera you’d suggest? Thank you so much for your time and thoughts!

Sue in Nome, AK

Sue Steinacher

A big thank you, Matthew! I feel much relieved about the plastic body option – although now you’ve got me considering stretching my budget for the 7D! What are your thoughts on buying a Canon refurbed D7? I’ve a 15% discount code from Canon on available refurbs, good through Monday, which will drop the price to $1128. And then there are those offered used through Amazon. The question applies to the 60D as well. Are these worth considering? Thank you again – you are a very valuable resource!

-Sue

 

Andres Limonggi

I was wondering if there would be a review/comparison for the 70d or 60d vs the T4i that is coming out. it seems like it would be an upgrade but both have very different features and was wondering if it was worth switching over.

Natasha

Hi Matthew,

Thank you for a great blog! Hope you can help me solve my dilemma… I used to shoot a lot of landscapes, but recently started to shoot portraits when my son was born. I love shooting people, but I realized that I needed different tools to produce better images. I have the Rebel xti that came with a kit lens that I rarely use. I also have the EF 50mm f1.4 that I love, and the speedlite 430EX II. I know I need to get another lens, but I wanted to upgrade a camera body first and go from there. What do you think? I am looking at the new D60 vs. used 5D. Is it a bad idea to get a used camera? I wanted to purchase it from either b&h photo or keh.com, but I don’t know if they’ll give me data shutter count.

I want to get the 5d because I love shooting in natural/low light and like shallow DOF. I also thought the 5d would allow me to get more creative with my photography. My goal is to be a family photographer. I want to shoot my son’s birthday parties, sport activities, etc., but I’m also interested in capturing unique, creative images.

Thank you,
Natasha

Natasha

Thanks, Matthew! The 5D Mark II sounds tempting…

Chuck

Hi Matthew,

This is a great article and you are quite an expert. THANKS!

QUESTION: I am am almost ready to jump into a DSLR (like the 60D but cost is a factor). Would it be wise to wait a few months for newer models? I wonder if there will be significant upgrades to help someone like me, who wants to shoot high-quality stills and video, but I honestly do not have the technical expertise yet. So better auto focus and auto settings would really allow me to focus on my subjects and stories.

Thanks for any input that you can provide!

Chuck

Chuck

Matthew, this does help to clarify my thinking and plans!

Much Appreciated,

Chuck

Ricardo

I’m taking about doing the NYIP course and wanted to upgraded from my rebel xt. Will the 60d an appropriate camera to use for that course.

Ricardo

Thanks for the quick response. I wasn’t sure if my XT would be the right camera for a professional photography course but 60D sounded like it would be great.

Tim Philippines

Three of the most important reasons to buy a 7D and why I bought a 7D.

1) The 7D has a remote flash controller for fully automatic wireless off camera flash with multiple units in multiple groups. On the other models one must buy an additional flash controller, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2 for $225 – $300 or waste the money to buy a Speedlite 580EX flash to mount on the camera as a dummy flash just to control the slave flashes. The Speedlite 430EX II works great with the 7D for all of your candid people shots or combine multiple flashes for fancier stuff. It comes with a nice little plastic mini stand so you can just sit it on a table elsewhere in the room. Any serious amateur portrait/people photographer NEVER takes straight on flash shots. They always use off camera flash from an angle. I almost never mount the flash on the camera. It’s easier to just sit it down on the mini stand somewhere else. Almost anything is better than straight on flash. It’s nice that the 60D has this, too. 60D was not available when I bought the 7D.

2) The small top mounted status LCD screen with switchable back lighting to view your settings instead of having to look at the large LCD on the back of the camera is very convenient.

3) I got rid of the plastic 550D I had because it always overheated in less than 30 minutes of video and shut down. Who wants to buy 2 cameras so you have a second one to use while the first one is cooling down. Not to mention messing up the video in midstream when it just shuts off. The magnesium metal body of the 7D dissipates heat much better. I have yet to have an overheating problem with the 7D and usually shoot video up to 40 minutes. Of course, with any of these cameras you have to do a quick stop and start of the video in less than 12 minutes in HD and less than 30 minutes in SD because of the 4GB maximum file size. Other tricks to minimize heat are quickly switching out the battery and memory card (they get warm, too) between videos, but I haven’t had to even do that with the 7D.

The second LCD screen, magnesium body and wireless flash capability alone are worth the price difference to me.

Tim

Ron

I think the newer T3i has a wireless off camera flash capability. What bothers me is your mentioning the heat buildup such that the camera shuts down. I am looking for a camera for my son and have a limited amount of $ to spend and the T31 looks like a lot of bang for the buck. There is also the Nikon D5100 but we are leaning toward the Canon. IAlthough the camera will be primarily used for stills we will use it for video but for short clips, maybe up to 6 minutes. For longer videos I’d use a camcorder. My thoughts were to put the $ saved by not buying a 7D, into one of Canon’s better lenses like the EF 80-200 or the 100mm – 400mm zoom. A friend commented that if you are going to buy a 7D then why not stretch a little further and buy a 5D MKII? But I think that going that route also implies very expensive lenses.

Ron

Alfred Lopez

Ron,

I own both the 7D and the 5D Mk II and they are apples and oranges different. You will not be hard pressed with the 7D. In fact, I think the 7D is a more capable camera than the 5D for an all-around camera. Think of the 5D as a “prima dona” and the 7D as “La Femme Nikita”. As far as lenses are concerned, the 7D will perform better with the expensive lenses. Just because the 5D is a more expensive and full-frame camera, doesn’t mean it *requires* the most expensive lenses. The 7D is just as deserving as the 5D in that respect.

If you’re considering the 7D, I would still look at the Matt’s lens recommendations and follow them, especially with the EFS-S 17-55mm f/2.8. This lens will become your “kit lens” of sorts and will serve you well in most (if not all) situations.

Cheers,

Alfred

ron

Thanks for the input Alfred. I think in the end we will settle on a 7D or 60D. Now I wish I had kepyt my Nikon D70…this would have been a great camera for my son.

Ron

Ron

Based on the above camera comparisons I had decided to go with a CanonT3i camera but when I saw that the 7D was th camera for action and sports. I do take photos of my son playing multiple sports but that does not constitute not the of my photo taking. So now I wonder if I really need the 7D?

Hayley

I’m debating between the 60d and the t2i. I checked out the display models at the store and the one discouraging thing about the 60d is the weight. I’m just getting into more advanced photography. I’ve never owned a DSLR before.

I know many people complain about the plastic feeling of the T2i, but it seemed fine to me. I’m a girl so I have smaller hands than a guy, so maybe it’s a more comfortable fit. I’m planning on bringing this camera with me on a bunch of travels and trips, and I’m afraid the weight of the 60d will discourage me from bringing it along. I did like the fact that the t2i was nice and light.

What are your opinions on this? I am having analysis paralysis.

Hayley

Hello –

Just a followup to my comment. I finally purchased a T2i because I knew I’d be traveling with it and wanted something light enough that I could carry around no problem. The lower cost also let me get another lens to play with.

I’m very happy with the T2i, so anyone hesitant to buying one really shouldn’t be. I’m just getting into the DSLR world so it’s perfect for me. Powerful, but not cumbersome. I guess there’s a T3i out now, but I’m totally fine with my purchase and am totally stoked on playing with it.

James

Want to add my 2 cents to this running thread on T2i and alternatives. My tradeoff question was 60D versus T2i. Decided that the T2i made the most sense because I use telescope lenses rendering automatic focus considerations a none issue. I did purchase a T2i and have been amazed to find that how much better it is than two older rebels and a 40D. The T2i is a remarkably fine camera IMHO and a real credit to Canon engineering. It is an excellent performer for my nighttime photography purposes.

Andres

another question Matthew.

I recently went ahead and purchased the 60d. Sometimes when I try to take pictures in Manual mode, with AF on the camera just keeps refocusing when I press the shoot button midway. Did you ever experience that with any other canon? Should I just keep it on MF?

Andres

It hunts a lot. Its weird because the 60d for some reason doesnt say servo, one shot or focus (it says AF Live, af (happy face) and AF quick, and on either one the mode screen says one shot

Dank

I’m a bit puzzled too why a camera this sophisticated is slow when focusing through its LCD, meanwhile my canon point and shoot is very quick. But I’m not complaining though, because my point and shoot doesn’t have the AF points in the viewfinder :) and after a couple weeks of using 60D I’m used to using the viewfinder.

Desperate Dad

Matthew:

Thanks for all your responses to people like us. It’s good to have an independent, unbias, and professional advise. I just bought the Canon T2i in black friday specials here in the US. I got a deal for $800 for body, 18-55m(IS), and 55-250mm(IS) lens. I wish I would have read all the postings. I did not test drive the T2i at the store before purchasing it and does fee a bit ackward as compared to the 60D. I originally wanted the 50D, but did not have HD recording, and had different memory sticks than SDHC.
Although, I’m impressed wth T2i capabilities I’m thinking about returning it for the 60D and pay the $450 difference. Although, as someone said before, I may have to pull a amazing “stunt” with my wife considering we’re on a budget. This is my 1st SLR and do not want to upgrade for a while. But, I’ve used other SLRs such as the Nikon D90. I traveled a lot with work, take landscape pics, kids sports, concerts, low lights, and potraits. I also wanted to be my kids photographer since they’re required to have updated porfolio every years by their talent agency. What do you recommend? Thanks.

Desperate Dad

Desperate Dad

Matthew:

Thanks for your response. I’m definetely planning to get additional batteries if I decide to stay with the T2i and perhaps the batter holder/grip. I’ve read that on top of housing 2 batteries and 6 AA batteries, it also helps with the ergonomics during difficult shots (e.g. vertical, diagonal, etc). I did get a good deal, but again the camera and lenses were refurbished. I’m not sure what this meant but it works fine and so far no issues. How do I ensure the lenses (18-55mm IS and 55-250mm IS) work in the IS mode? I do not see the difference when I switched it to the IS bottom on the side of the lens. I tested all the settings and find it quite easy to customize. But, I’m not familiar with the canon IS lenses. Thanks.

Desperate Dad

Andres

I have been shooting with a Rebel Xti for about 2 years now and have constantly wanted to upgrade but havent had the chance nor time to research properly. I was going to go with the t2i when someone at the Levis photo workshop told me to go with the 50d a couple months ago. I shoot mostly portraits, friends weddings, graffiti and landscapes, would it be worth it to get the 50d instead of the T2i?

Andres

sorry, I actually meant the 60d when i was asking the question. I think I am going to go ahead and get it this coming week. any good recommendations on lenses, my photography professor told me I should consider upgrading from the 50mm 1.8 to the 1.4…what do you think?

Sid

Thanks Mathew! I am going for 60D. Do you recommend any good lens Kit I should get with the camera? 17-55 or 17-85 or 18-55 or anything else
I am thinking about getting about three but not sure, for example one for general purpose (indoor, outdoor, sports, portraits etc), one for macro & one for long distance zooming. May be I am wrong I would just need two lenses & couple extension rings.
On lenses my budget is about £1500
What you do suggest?

Sid

Mathew
Thanks for suggestions. I am glad you mentioned couple of lenses which I am going for. I have decided with my 60D, I am getting canon 17-55 2.8F IS USM & canon 70-200 F4 USM. I thought rather than getting another lenses for macro, I would use extension rings. Thinking this would be sufficient to keep me going for a while ;-).
I am getting the all the kit tomorrow so really looking forward to it.
Sid

DanK

Hi Matthew, your review and comments are really helpful for me in deciding what to buy. I will be shooting my kids activities, vacation, outdoor, kids sport in school (indoor and outdoor), all typical family stuff. Indoor stills and video are also important as I have a newborn. So from your reviews I think 60D is the better choice. I hope you agree. :)

Now the lens… I’m thinking to get an all-purpose such as the 18-135mm. Because I can’t afford to have multiple lenses in another bag while carrying diaper bag around with a stroller. :D What is your opinion about the 18-135 from Canon? Is it good for me considering the above needs? Or could you please recommend another all-purpose lens from other brand that might be better and cheaper? I would also consider 2 lenses if you strongly feel about it. Thanks in advance for your advice.

DanK

Thanks for your feedback, Matthew. After checking out your amazon link on the 18-135mm lens, some comments mentioned that there are issue on the wide angle end. I forgot to mention that wife likes to take food pictures, not for pro or selling it though, only for uploading to her facebook. :) I don’t know what that issue will affect the quality though, I’m a newb for this, I’m looking for examples or comparison taking pictures at the wide end with this lens versus the better lens, but couldn’t find it. Can you please give me advise on this, or if you have made some comparisons. Thanks again!

DanK

Hi Matthey, just wanted to let you know that I bought the 60D + 18-135 and love it. Took many great pictures in the first week (compared to my point and shoot of course). Videos are great too although the AF is a bit unexpected, but after researching, I believe no DSLR to date have 100% AF like a camcorder, right?

Then I went to my son basketball game (indoors) and pretty frustated that the images are blury, or dark, basically I can’t get a good “still” image of my son, his friends and the ball in action. After research, I bought the 85mm f/1.8 and… it’s world difference. I’m still learning though, but I’m glad I purchased a second lense. For me the only con for the 85mm f/1.8 is that since it is fixed at 85mm often I have to walk away from the subject. But nevertheless I’m very impressed with the lens.

Dank

Hi Matthew,

WIth the 18-135mm, I initially used ISO 4000 in Program AE, 1/80 and 5.0 (blury), ISO 3200 1/50 also blury most of the pics, ISO 6400 came out dark. Do you have any tips for this lens for sports? Thanks.

Dank

I can’t reply to your last post anymore, I think because the thread is too deep. :)

Could you please give me a link to the advanced technique mentioned? I’d like to study it. Thanks.

WIth the 85mm f1.8, I use 1/320 at f1.8 ISO 1000 and came out great. I bought this lene because I was inspired by a picture of indoor basketball took by Tom Martin, it is in Amazon “customer image” for this lense, 2nd page. He uses ISO 500, f1.8, 1/500 on 50D. http://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-media/customer-gallery/A2WAPN2MGQGWZH
I haven’t chance to try that settings but will do in next game.

Sid

Hello Mathew
I found this review & comments very useful regarding the canon DSLR xxD cameras. I am keen point & shoot user But now like to get into fancy world of DSLR. I am completely newbie to DSLR world. Looking reviews of 60D or 7D. I am not sure which one to buy. Money is not an issue. I just want camera which for long term use. I like to get into photography at professional level. I like to do macro, landscape, nature, sports, portraits & night/ indoor photography. So I am thinking might I should get 7D which can help me to learn & later stage I don’t have to think about upgrading or worry about lack of features in 60D.
Can you advice on this?
Regards
Sid

Jay

If anyone has any doubt of the 60d body read this:

Polycarbonate is a versatile, tough plastic used for a variety of applications, from bulletproof windows to compact disks (CDs). The main advantage of polycarbonate over other types of plastic is unbeatable strength combined with light weight. While acrylic is 17% stronger than glass, polycarbonate is nearly unbreakable. Bulletproof windows and enclosures as seen inside banks or at drive-throughs are often made of polycarbonate. Add to this the advantage that polycarbonate is just one-third the weight of acrylic, or one-sixth as heavy as glass, and the only drawback is that it is more expensive than either acrylic or glass.

ana

Hi, i’m about to buy a Canon camera. i had notice that everyone is buying digital semi-pro and pro cameras at b&h or bestbuy. I’m planning to buy it at ebay (i’m gonna buy a D60), Is there any con of buying this kind of cam through ebay?

Guli

Hi! Im very confuse as to what to buy?? Canon 60D, Rebel T2i or Sony Alpha A55 :(

I am very interested in photography but only for hobby purposes (for myself). I currently love to take pictures in my trips (landscape pictures , mother nature) . What I currently have is a Sony Super Zoom Camera DSC H9 and a new Sony 1080 camcorder. I want to enter in the SRL world and learn. I am willing to pay the extra bucks if I am getting a great camera (video is not as important as still pictures and also I already have a camcorder). What worries me most is getting an entry level camara and then wanting to buy an intermediate level one. Should I buy instead the 60D?

Jeannette

Hi, I’m between the t2i and the 60d. Here in my country (Peru) They price is the same for both.
I’d like to know the differences between the manuals ( buttons, easy access functions, etc). Is the 60d easy to use? vs the t2i?
I’d like to know if the 60d has autofocus for the video mode, Because The 5d mark II has no autofocus option for video and i’d like that function very much.

I was going to buy the t2i but now the 60d seems like a better option, once know the answer to my questions.

Thanx a lot!

Jeannette

Thank you very much. i was in doubt because the controls in the back of the camera seem different. If the 60d has autofocus for video and photo, I’m definatly buying that one.
Thanx a lot!

Rob

Hi,
I’m considering the T2i vs the 60D. I’m an amateur (more like a complete newbie), but would like to take action shots of my children playing football (soccer). I’d rather not spend the extra for the 60d, but i’m worried that i’ll be disappointed w/ the quality of the pics from the T2i. Is it worth spending the extra?
Also, any comments on what type of lens you’d recomment?
Many thanks – very useful page.

Rob

Huge help. thanks. Now i need to find a good black friday deal!
Happy Thanksgiving.

Maria

I am in the same boat- I just this evening purchased a package deal from Best Buy- I went with the bundle to get the 60D, and two lenses – the 18-135mm and the 55-200 mentioned in this post. It also comes with a gear bag. I got the whole lot for apprx. $1,413 plus tax…to bring it right to $1,499 with free shipping.

I was almost positive that I wanted the rebel T2i- (this is my first foray into the DSLR realm) but was worried that I would want to upgrade too soon. I’m looking at the 60D as a camera with lots of room to grow into. I’m also very happy about the enhanced autofocus, especially as my primary target is a fast moving toddler. I am considering also purchasing a canon 50mm fast lens for portrait shots. I can’t wait to get started with this camera!

Maria

correction- the canon 55-250mm (not the 55-200mm)

Angel

Hello Mat!

For food photo w.one of those modelos do u recommend to me?
Thinking to get an adittional lens (50mm 1.8)

Thanks!

Jose Leon

Hi. My wife is an avid bird photographer for hobby purposes only. sha has aRebel XT and I wish to upgrade her camera to a 7d, 60 D or t2i. She has a 200 mm L lens with a 2x, and she used to take pictures in manual mode mostly. Which camera is the best option for her?

Bev

Hi Matthew!

I’ve been doing a lot of research on the 60d and t2i lately because I want an upgrade from the xti. I’ve read about the 7d, but feel I don’t have the need for such a ‘pro’ camera. I’m a student and have been told over and over to save on the body and invest in lenses. After reading your review, I feel that both cameras are about the same. Since photography is more of a hobby for me and I have no intentions of becoming a professional photog, I’m leaning towards buying the T2i. I mainly take night shots and landscapes… so if you were me… which camera would you get?

-Bev

Alfredo Terriaca

Canon hayyy when you learn that for several year ± os are you blowing the neck, I do not understand this new camera, with important developments, the most remarkable s articulated screen, the rest is already known and nothing else s. A polycarbonate instead of following the line ³ No magnesium alloys, such as Nikon D7000. At last I have over 20 year Canon ± os, and the truth that I like it all the politics being taken by the company (Canon). I’m sure many canon as I and others believe to be n the contrary, as is logical not be satisfied at all. Canon 60D, a failure (to clarify my opinion), I lean a blind eye to the new Nikon D7000. I hope the next-Canon camera know put the lid on his arch rival Nikon. Greetings.

john

just bought 60D love it.

Sara

Thanks for this article! It’s very useful to me. I’m looking into buying my first ever SLR and I’ve been feeling a tiny bit overwhelmed. All the things you’ve written really help.
Thanks! :-)

Tim Ackerman

Thank you, Matthew, for your excellent comparison!

MAJOR ITEM # 1

Perhaps your comparison chart could have one more important category:

“Ability to use Canon flashes as off-camera slave units.”

7D: Included for free – Built in
60D: $225 optional extra Canon List Price = $350 for Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2
T2i: $225 optional extra

The 580 EX II can also control off camera slave flashes, but the flash must be mounted on the camera which defeats the use of it being used off camera making it just a much more expensive Speedlite ST-E2 Transmitter. Don’t forget that the 580 EX II weighs more than one pound to lug around on top of the camera when you’re trying to get those beautiful candid shots of the kids. This is a MAJOR advantage to buy the 7D. Off camera flash with the 430 EX II ($280 street) is almost always better than straight on or bounce and is used by most serious portrait photographers.

Found the following info at:

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/reviews/Canon-EOS-7D-Digital-SLR-Camera-Review.aspx

Using one of 4 available channels, take complete control of up to 3 groups of flashes with ratios of up to 8:1. Flash settings are controlled from the 7D’s menu which includes an extensive range of controls for both the built in and remote flashes including ±3 stops FEC (Flash Exposure Compensation – the 50D has ±2 stops FEC).

I found the remote transmitter capability of the 7D to work fine with two Canon 580EX II Flashes and a Canon 430EX II Flash. E-TTL II auto exposures were accurate and even non-line-of-site control worked indoors in certain setups.

Also, here’s a blog site with 82,000 members “dedicated exclusively” to off camera flash photography called the “Strobist.”

http://strobist.blogspot.com/2006/02/welcome-to-strobist.html

http://www.flickr.com/groups/strobist/

If you’re serious about portrait work, the 7D is the choice just for this option.

MAJOR ITEM # 2

When upgrading from a Rebel camera only the 450D / Rebel XSi and newer have the SD memory cards. The 300D / Rebel, 350D / Rebel XT and 400D / Rebel XTi have Compact flash, so when upgrading from an older Rebel that’s a second good reason to get the 7D. Your list as reason # 3 why to buy a 60D is only partly true. For some it’s a reason to get the 7D.

I still own and am only using my Rebel XT with the 430 EX II flash. Your research has convinced me to get the 7D or wait for the next iteration of the 7D. Maybe it will have video continuous auto focus like the just released Nikon D7000. Canon won’t let Nikon be ahead for one day more than they absolutely need to. Don’t think your D7000 vs 7D article mentions the slave flash benefit either.

Parker Rice

50D: 9 cross-type high-precision sensors for accurate target subject acquisition and diagonal center cross-type AF point with f/2.8 and faster lenses.

60D: 9 (Cross-type, Center AF point with dual cross sensor for f/2.8)

Pasted from Canon

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Posted from storyline above

# You shoot a lot of action. The 9 cross-type focusing points are a major improvement over the previous cameras in this series (40D, 50D, etc) and the Rebel series, and will help tremendously when focusing on action or in low contrast situations.

No thanks for the misinformation. Like a candidate for the senate you must realize people can go to the internet to get information that the journalist forgot to do.

Raham

Hi there,

Thanks for the review. I’m just curious. How does the 60d differ from the T2i if you are using it strictly for video. Thanks.
Raham
http://www.binduproductions.com

Jim

Thanks very much for your comparison of Canon 60D/7D/RebelT2i. The review was clarifying with regard to differences. I have a semi-serious hobby that involves shooting moving targets located usually miles away and always at night. I use telescopes for lenses so those great autofocus features are of no help. I must manually focus the scope and using the view finder to achieve precise focus is difficult to accomplish in the dark. So I have resorted to using live-view even though it kills my night vision (everything is a trade off). The end product I am after is video as well as stills, but I have never found a camcorder that is worth a darn in my dark shooting environment. So I shoot stills with a Canon 40D using live-view and then string images together to create video. It works, but availability of selectable HD video on the three cameras you reviewed here is enticing. Given my unique photography requirement, I am still unsure which camera would offer the best value for my purposes. Any suggestions you might have in this regard would be greatly appreciated.
Jim

Kyle

Hi Matthew,

So after writing question after question in response to this comparison and deleting them over and over I’ve finally narrowed it down to one. How ‘bad’ is the auto focus system on the 60D compared to the 7D?

I’ve been dying to upgrade from my Rebel XTi and although I am far from a professional I have friends and acquaintances who would like me to shoot for them (mostly for free) and I really want to produce near to professional images. Your comment about your lack of confidence in the 60D’s auto focus capabilities in comparison with the 7D is making me question if the 60D is going to cut it or if I will be pushing the 60D into the dreaded used camera market 6 months later.

Kyle

Hey Matthew,

Thanks for the reply. Can’t wait to actually get my hands on a 60D to see for myself if I feel if it’s finally the upgrade I’ve been waiting for, I’m really anxious to get a new camera. I do have another question though..

Do you see a D90 replacement in the near future blowing the current Canons (60D, maybe 7D) out of the water? I love my Canon because it’s so user friendly, and the ability to use L glass is very appealing but I have noticed that Nikons just seem to be more of a “photographer’s camera” in terms of build quality and ergonomics (even the shutter seems to cause less camera shake).

I have owned my XTi for quite a while now and although I’m dying to upgrade, I am very weary of having buyers remorse in a year. I am very anxious to do some amateur cinematography and I don’t see Nikon attempting to compete in that area but I know they’re probably going to make some strides in terms of dynamic range and noise control. Would you suggest I hold out and see what Nikon does or should the 60D do me justice for another 2 years?

Thanks!

Luna

Hi Matthew, this is the best comparison that I’ve seen since the release of the 60D. I wanted to upgrade from my first SLR, a Sony 200 Alhpa to another brand. I thought of buying the Nikon D300S, Nikon D5000 or Canon 550D. It was a quite difficult decision. The price gap was large and I ended up thinking that the D5000 and 550D is still at entry level. Just then the 60D arrived on the scene. Some of the reviews that I read mentioned it as “entry level” and I wanted to do a step up. I think after reading your views that I now feel so much better and will go for the 60D. Thanks for this very helpful information. Regards Luna

Simon Ng

Hello Matthew. Hope you still remember me as the 400D user who was once considering the 7D or the 5DM2.

When the 60D was announced. Myself and a couple of mates got together to talk about this camera. We use the 400D, 1000D, 40D and 50D bodies. We all came to the same conclusion is to avoid 60D entirely.

In our opinion, the 60D is neither here nor there. If we really did buy the 60D, we all know we will have nightmares of “If could have been the 7D, if we were willing to save for a few more months.”. Therefore we would rather wait.

If you have saw the recent Badminton World championship held in Paris. You would notice some court side photographer are using 7D to shoot the game.

Simon Ng

Hi Matthew,
The 60D does have its merits and I am sure there will be a huge followings of this body.

When looking for a camera body. I supposed it is all come down to three words — Return of Investment. Your job being a pro can afford you to have the 60D as backup. My wife would kill me if I pull a stunt like that.

My camera search did thought me to understand my shooting requirements better and avoid all the marketing hype. Sometime back, someone offered me a 1DM3 for the price of 5DM2. I instantly fell in love with the 1DM3 when I tried it out.

Took me 2 weeks to turn down the offer. Till today I still have a sense of regret, but I rather keep 2400 USD in the bank account. The purchase would have given me ZERO return of investment as I have not been able to get any shooting jobs lately.

What I have learned from your site is that buying camera equipments is not about cold hard logic and many more times emotions that defy logic as well. Getting over the emotion part is the toughest.

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