Canon 60D

Canon EOS 60D front
  • 18MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400 (Raise to 12800)
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Canon EF/EF-S Mount
  • 755g - 145 x 106 x 79mm
  • Revealed November 2010
  • Previous Model is Canon 50D
  • Refreshed by Canon 70D
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Canon 60D summary

Canon 60D is Canon's Advanced DSLR camera originally announced on November of 2010. It has got a 18 MegaPixel, CMOS APS-C size sensor with a max resolution of 5184 x 3456.

Canon brought out this camera as a way to update the previous Canon 50D (Read Full Comparison) and afterwards brought out the newer Canon 70D (Read Full Comparison) in an effort to replace this model.

The 60D stands at #40 out of 92 in Advanced DSLR cameras and overall #222 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our database. You should try out our Advanced camera filter to see camera results based on your personalized requirements.

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The following is a chart of specific factors used in the rating system.

Canon 60D family

The Canon 60D comes with a history of related digital cameras. Listed below, you can view all past and current models along with main features.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Canon-EOS-90D front thumbnailCanon 90D
60D vs 90D
33MPAPS-C11.0 fps2019
Canon-EOS-80D front thumbnailCanon 80D
60D vs 80D
24MPAPS-C7.0 fps2016
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Canon-EOS-70D front thumbnailCanon 70D
60D vs 70D
20MPAPS-C7.0 fps2013
Canon-EOS-60Da front thumbnailCanon 60Da
60D vs 60Da
18MPAPS-C5.0 fps2012
Canon-EOS-60D front thumbnailCanon 60D18MPAPS-C5.0 fps2010
Canon-EOS-50D front thumbnailCanon 50D
60D vs 50D
15MPAPS-C6.3 fps2008
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Canon-EOS-40D front thumbnailCanon 40D
60D vs 40D
10MPAPS-C6.5 fps2007
Canon-EOS-30D front thumbnailCanon 30D
60D vs 30D
8MPAPS-C5.0 fps2006
Canon-EOS-20D front thumbnailCanon 20D
60D vs 20D
8MPAPS-C5.0 fps2004
Canon-EOS-10D front thumbnailCanon 10D
60D vs 10D
6MPAPS-C3.0 fps2003

Canon 60D Pros and Cons

Here is a collection of advantages and drawbacks of the Canon 60D based on things which are usually considered useful in a camera.

comes with external microphone jack
comes with HDMI support
display is selfie friendly
good minimum ISO (100)
good sensor size (APS-C)
great battery pack (1,100 per charge)
has built in flash
has Top display
interchangeable lenses (Canon EF/EF-S mount)
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000s)
MP count good (18 megapixels)
offers face detection autofocus
screen articulates
screen has good resolution (1,040 k dot)
screen size is good (3 inches)
supports phase detect autofocus
supports RAW files
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
weather proofing
you can focus manually
does not have headphone jack
does not have image stabilization
does not have Timelapse recording
slow continuous shooting (5.0 fps)
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Canon 60D Sensor information

The Canon 60D is powered by the Digic 4 processor. The dimension of the sensor on the Canon 60D is 22.3mm x 14.9mm (APS-C). The 332 mm² sensor is able to capture 5184 x 3456 pixels with aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 18 megapixels and provides a native ISO range of 100 to 6400. The ISO can also be expanded electronically to a maximum of 12800. RAW photos are supported therefore the user has more margin for error.

The image underneath displays the 60D's sensor size in comparison to other common sizes. The 60D sensor comes with a crop factor of 1.6 and is displayed in green.

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To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon 60D dimensions

Canon 60D is 1.66 lbs (755 gr or 26.63 oz) and the overall size of the camera is 145mm x 106mm x 79mm (5.7" x 4.2" x 3.1"). The weight of typical Advanced DSLR camera is 776 gr and the Canon 60D is very much the same compared to other rivals.

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Down below is a image of the Canon 60D with a soda so you can have a sense of its size.

Canon EOS 60D dimensions scale

The top view under will show the button arrangement on the 60D.

Canon EOS 60D topview buttons dials

Canon 60D Lens information

The 60D works with the Canon EF/EF-S mount and has 331 lenses currently available. Here is a few of the lenses we have in our collection that will work with the 60D.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Canon-EF-85mm-f1.2L-II-USM lensCanon EF 85mm f1.2L II USM85mmf/1.2 1025g
Sigma-14mm-F1.8-DG-HSM-Art-Canon-EF lensSigma 14mm F1.8 DG HSM Art14mmf/1.81170g
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Canon-EF-400mm-f5.6L-USM lensCanon EF 400mm f5.6L USM400mmf/5.6 1250g
Canon-EF-70-200mm-f2.8L-IS-USM lensCanon EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS USM70-200mmf/2.8 1570g
Tamron-SP-AF-11-18mm-F4.5-5.6-Di-II-LD-Aspherical-IF-Canon-EF lensTamron SP AF 11-18mm F4.5-5.6 Di II LD Aspherical IF11-18mmf/4.5-5.6 355g
Sigma-800mm-F5.6-EX-DG-HSM-Canon-EF lensSigma 800mm F5.6 EX DG HSM800mmf/5.6 4900g
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Canon-EF-90-300mm-f4.5-5.6-USM lensCanon EF 90-300mm f4.5-5.6 USM90-300mmf/4.5-5.6 420g
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Canon 60D Connectivity

The 60D has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that contain NFC and Bluetooth compatibility are able to be used wirelessly via smartphones. You can copy pictures and at times adjust camera settings without connecting directly with the camera.

Some apps also stream a Liveview and hit the shutter when you are not near the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI out, it can easily be attached to an external monitor. A good number of cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack using the USB socket.

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Canon 60D Video information

The max video resolution on the Canon 60D is 1920 x 1080 and it can save in H.264 format. 1080p resolution gives you an excellent balance in quality vs file size but 1080p isn't going to leave you with much room to downsample. Although the body features a microphone socket, it is missing a headphone socket which means you won't be able to monitor your audio levels.

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Canon 60D Weather Sealing

Canon 60D has weather proofing making it a good choice to use in tricky climates. This can be particularly handy in case you are not sure about the elements you might encounter in outdoor photography.

Canon 60D Display and Viewfinder

The Canon 60D has got a 3" fully articulated screen with a resolution of 1,040k dots.

The display is selfie friendly to shoot self portraits as well as group photos if required. Unfortunately the screen is not a touch screen. The 60D also comes with a Top display so that you can instantly view your settings.

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The View Finder details regarding Canon 60D are as follows:

  • ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
  • ViewFinder Coverage 96 percent
  • ViewFinder Magnification 0.6x

In those sunny outdoor situations that make the camera displays washed out and tough to view, viewfinders will be quite useful.

Canon 60D Shutter information

Canon 60D is able to shoot continuously at 5.0 fps. The highest shutter speed is 1/8000s.

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Canon 60D Flash and Hot shoe information

Canon 60D boasts both built in flash and also external flash support. The highest flash sync is 1/250s.

Canon 60D Autofocusing information

Canon 60D boasts both Phase Detect Auto Focus along with Contrast Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is more faster and precise than Contrast Detect focusing. The camera has got Face detect which is useful for taking photos of people.

The AF system has got 9 focus points to select from. Canon 60D has got manual focus when required in low light conditions or you want more accurate focus control.

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Canon 60D Battery life

The battery pack (LP-E6) on the Canon 60D is made to last for 1100 images as per the CIPA specifications making it higher than average when compared to its class. The usual Advanced DSLR camera battery life is 909. Nikon D780 has the maximum (2260) battery life in this category of cameras.

Listed below is a collection of Advanced DSLR cameras with the strongest battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
Nikon-D780 front thumbnailNikon D780
60D vs D780
2260 yesnoyes
Nikon-D850 front thumbnailNikon D850
60D vs D850
1840 yesyesyes
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Nikon-Df front thumbnailNikon Df
60D vs Df
1400 yesnono
Canon-EOS-90D front thumbnailCanon 90D
60D vs 90D
1300 yesnoyes
Nikon-D500 front thumbnailNikon D500
60D vs D500
1240 yesyesyes

Canon 60D for varying styles of photography

The following bar chart displays a summary of the Canon 60D for varying styles of photography. To see more, visit the specific paragraph underneath.

Portrait photography with Canon 60D

The Canon 60D gets a score of 74 which is nice, and means the camera is a fine choice to use for portraits. Photographing portrait images favors greatly towards sensor specs, support for RAW files in addition to the flexibility to utilize external flash.

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focusing manually
decent sensor resolution (18MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
offers face detection autofocus
supports RAW files

Canon 60D Street photography highlights

Getting a above average rating of 66, the Canon 60D is a fine pick to buy for street photography. A good street photography camera provides a good balance of picture quality and portability.

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screen articulates
nice sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
environment proofing
no image stabilization

Canon 60D Sports photography features

A very good sports photography rating of 66 suggests the Canon 60D is a very decent option for taking photos of sports. A camera needs great focusing and shutter speeds for sports photography.

Photography Glossary
high shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
good resolution (18 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
weather sealing
good battery (1,100 per charge)
sensor has phase detect AF
painfully slow continuous shooting (5.0 frames/s)
no image stabilization

Canon 60D Travel photography information

Size is super critical in choosing a travel camera. On the whole, the Canon 60D gets a above average 68 for a travelling camera which makes it a very decent pick to take with you on your vacations.

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great battery (1,100 per charge)
weather sealing
decent MP (18 megapixels)
built-in flash
screen is selfie friendly
no Timelapse function

Canon 60D as a Landscape photography camera

When you're planning to pick a camera for landscape photography, the most significant aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Canon 60D with it's very good rating of 69 for a landscape camera is a respectable option in the current market.

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manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Canon EF/EF-S mount)
good sized screen (3 inch)
megapixel count good (18MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
exports RAW files
environment proof
great battery power (1,100 shots)
lack of image stabilization
does not have Timelapse mode

Vlogging with Canon 60D

A camera for vlogging should really offer a articulating display, mic input and ideally IBIS. Taking everything in to account, the Canon 60D is a fine option as a vlog camera as it gets a very good score of 67.

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display is selfie friendly
offers face detect focus
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
comes with mic socket
does not have image stabilization

Canon 60D Alternatives

If you are shopping for replacements to the 60D, below is a range of the top scored cameras which fall in to the class of Advanced DSLR.

The line graph listed below shows you a bird's eye view of the 60D vs it's highest rated competitors listed above.

These are various other cameras you might take into account as alternative options. To look at a thorough comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Canon EOS 60D
Advanced DSLR
Body design
Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Powered by
Digic 4
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
22.3 x 14.9mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
18 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution
5184 x 3456
RAW support
Highest native ISO
Highest enhanced ISO
Min native ISO
Manual focus
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points
Cross focus points
Lens mount
Canon EF/EF-S
Number of lenses
Crop factor
Range of display
Fully Articulated
Display diagonal
3 inches
Resolution of display
1,040k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Display tech
Clear View TFT color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage
96 percent
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
DXO Color Depth score
DXO Dynamic range score
DXO Low light score
Min shutter speed
30 seconds
Max shutter speed
1/8000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
13.00 m
Flash options
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Max flash sync
1/250 seconds
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps), 1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (59.94, 50 fps)
Highest video resolution
Video file format
Microphone input
Headphone input
Eye-Fi Connected
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
755 grams (1.66 pounds)
Physical dimensions
145 x 106 x 79mm (5.7" x 4.2" x 3.1")
Battery life
1100 pictures
Battery format
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, remote)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
Storage slots
Price at release