Canon--EOS-60D

Get a new angle from the Canon EOS 60D DSLR

The Canon 60D is the third similar camera that Canon has released in the past year, so what makes it worth the £1,099 price tag?

Well, probably one of the most obvious new features is the articulated screen, which makes it easier for the photographer to be more creative with their angles, and which is also a bonus for filming video or when you’re waiting for that perfect shot when the camera is set up on a tripod.

Canon--EOS-60D

The screen itself is the 3:2 ratio high-res LCD that was found on the 550D, which puts it a step ahead of its older sibling the 7D.

You can capture 1920x1080p HD video with a variety of user-selectable frame rates, including 30, 25 and 24fps, as well as 720p video at 60 and 50fps. Video photography also has a new plus – with full manual control of both image and, unusually for a consumer DSLR – audio.

So how about getting creative with your stills images? In an interesting move, Canon is offering built-in filters to give effects such as Miniature, Soft Focus and Grainy, as well as customisable features offering you quick access to your favourite settings.

The 9-point, all cross-type autofocus (AF) system offers an extra-sensitive centre point for lenses faster than f/2.8, which aims to allow you to get artistic with shallow depth of field during portraiture or for more atmospheric shooting.

With an 18MP processor, the 60D, which will replace the Canon 50D when it is released in October, can capture 5.3 JPEG images a second at full resolution. It can also capture Raw images; good news for photographers who like to play around with their pictures after the fact.

Whether you’re saving stills or HD video, the 60D user will be able to capture them to SD memory card and the new SDXC format, which can offer up to a massive 2TB of storage.

Other changes from the 50D it replaces include Wireless Speedlight control and standard ISO range extended to 6400 (rather than 3200), which can be extended to a speedy 12800.

So is it worth an upgrade? Well, you have to consider whether the articulated screen and upswing in video capability is worth trading in your 550D for. But unless you’re desperate to upgrade from a somewhat older model, we suspect a lot of Canon fans will keep a hold of their cash and wait to see what else their favourite camera manufacturer comes up with.