Canon releases new enthusiast camera, new lenses


Photographers get a new choice when looking to upgrade with the announcement of the 60D, the next in the long running line of enthusiast digital SLR cameras from Canon.


The 60D advances from the two-year old 50D by shifting from a 15.1 megapixel sensor to an 18 megapixel sensor. Canon has also thrown in a 3-inch articulating LCD screen with over 1 million dots on it to provide the sharpest image quality around at the moment.
Film-makers will appreciate the addition of Full HD 1080p recording, a feature taken from the 7D before it. There’s also 5.3 fps recording in both JPEG and RAW, creative filters, ISO support up to 12800, and in-camera RAW processing.
Users of past models in this series might be sad to learn that the Compact Flash slot has gone the way of the dinosaur here and been replaced with an SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot similar to the 550D.
The new articulating Vari-Angle screen allows you to take self-portraits with ease.

We talked to Canon about the improvements made in the build quality of the body and found that while the 550D and 7D are build with stainless steel chassis and either plastic or magnesium alloy (respectively) casing, the 60D switches it out for a very solid and light aluminium chassis with plastic casing. This design makes the 60D feel solid and 100 grams lighter than the Canon 7D.
The announcement was accompanied by quite a few professional lenses hitting ranges from 300 to 600mm, as well as two new lenses likely to be tempting to the budding photographer.
Canon’s new ultra-wide 8-15mm fisheye zoom.
First is the EF8-15mm f4, Canon’s first fisheye zoom that provides a full circular fisheye at its widest focal length (8mm) while still giving you a full-size fisheye at 15mm.
On the other side of the lens is Canon’s new EF70-300 telephoto zoom lens, featuring image stabilisation, and better weather-proofing than previous models.