Features & Controls (Cont.)

Here on the top right of the camera body, you can see the controls for the shutter release, main dial, drive, ISO, metering and AF buttons. The small light bulb button turns on the backlight for the LCD display. This LCD can display a slew of information about the camera settings, exposure information and even warn you when your SD card is full.

Just like past models, the Mode Dial is divided into 2 Zones:

The Basic Zone
  • Full Auto - 'Point and Shoot' mode, camera makes all settings automatically including the flash.
  • Flash Off - Natural looking pictures without the flash
  • Creative Auto -Much like Full Auto, but now you can easily change the picture's brightness, depth of field, color tone (Picture Style), etc.
  • Portrait - Sharp subject with blurred background
  • Landscape - Scenery, sunsets and open-sky photos
  • Close-up - Close up shots of small things
  • Sports - Freeze fast-moving subjects with higher shutter speeds and uses Predictive AF focusing
  • Night Portrait - Long shutter speed plus fill flash
  • Movie Mode - Records 1080p (1920x1080, 30fps), 720p (1280x720, 30fps) or VGA (640x480, 30fps) QuickTime (.MOV) format
The Creative Zone
  • Program AE - Camera selects the optimum shutter speed and aperture for the shooting conditions.
  • Tv - Shutter priority; you select shutter speed (1/4000 to 30 seconds), camera matches appropriate aperture
  • Av - Aperture priority; you select aperture, camera matches appropriate shutter speed
  • Manual - Manual selection of both shutter speed and aperture
  • Bulb - The shutter will stay open as long as you hold down the shutter release

To the right of the viewfinder is the Live View switch and video record button. Flipping the switch toggles whether or not you are recording Stills or Video. Pressing the Start/Stop button turns the Live View mode on in still mode, and acts as the shutter release in Movie mode. Further to the right is the AF-ON button, which activates the AF system to acquire focus only. The AE/FE Lock and AF Point Selection buttons also double as the Index and Magnify controls in playback.

At the top of the next set of controls are the MENU, INFO and Quick Menu buttons. These allow you to quickly view and change your camera settings using the LCD screen. Next is the Multi-controller pad with 8 direction keys and a center button; it's used to select AF point, white balance correction, scrolling a magnified image in playback, etc. Around the button is the Quick Control dial for navigating the menu and making adjustments to various camera settings in conjunction with the controls located on the top of the camera. On the bottom you can see the playback button and lastly, we have the Quick Control Dial lock switch that allows you to lock the wheel so it is not accidentally bumped, which could cause some problems with your exposures.

New to all Canon SLR cameras is this 3.0-inch, flip out, Clear View vari-angle LCD screen. This allows photographer to use the camera at almost any angle, including over and under objects with perfect accuracy instead of just holding the camera up and shooting. With 1,040,000 dots, you can review your images in fantastic detail. Several coatings on the LCD help to protect the screen as well as helping you to see it in tough conditions.

The 60D is the first non-rebel dSLR from Canon to use SD/SDHC/SDXC type cards instead of the larger Compact Flash cards. With its large images, Full HD video capture and high burst rates, you will want to keep several large, fast cards on hand at all times.


Under the I/O flap there are 4 slots. On top is an input for an external audio source, which is fantastic if you plan on doing HD video shooting and need a higher quality audio source than the camera's built-in mic. Next is the HDMI output for viewing you HD movies directly on an HDTV. The third on down is the USB/AV connector. Finally at the bottom is the connection port for a wired remote control.


Compatible with Canon's RC-1, RC-5 and RC-6 wireless remote control units, the RC-6 is what is recommended by Canon.

The 60D is powered by a LP-E6 7.2V, 1800mAh Li-Ion rechargeable battery. This one battery can provide up to 1600 shots on a single charge with the correct camera settings at a normal operating temperature. When the weather gets below 32°F, you will start to see a slight decline in the number of pictures. While using the LCD screen and Live Mode to shoot, the number of images drops to approx. 350.

If you are looking for more battery power, the BG-E9 battery grip is made for the 60D. This allows you to shoot with 2 LP-E6 batteries for up to 3200 images. This also gives you the option of shooting with 6 AA type batteries, which can come in handy in a bind.

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