April 24, 2024

Everything You Need to Know About Canon EOS D60

Canon is one of the respected and popular brands in the camera industry for decades. They have been providing us outstanding cameras for a huge community of photographers, whether they are beginners, enthusiasts, or professional photographers.

Canon has updated their EOS D30 Semi Pro SLR camera with a 6 MP sensor along with some other improvements.

With almost s body design to its predecessor EOS D30, Canon EOS D60 feels and looks very identical to the film cameras and shares the name, EOS. The original Canon D30 had rocked the photography market with its unique and awesome feature when it was first launched. It also set a new benchmark for the pro-quality digital imaging at an affordable price.

Canon EOS D60

The EOS D60 stands in the professional-consumer line of DSLR cameras. The camera weighs nearest to its competitor Fuji FinePix S2 Pro camera which is around 840 grams (1.8 pounds) with the flash card and batteries. The combination of the 6 megapixel resolution of the Canon D60, its excellent color and tonal characteristics, and revolutionary low introductory cost make the camera a true climacteric product of Canon.

Canon D60 is one of the first cameras where digital photography started for many passionate photographers. The camera proved to be a surprising piece of device- An affordable DSLR camera which accepts all the implausible EOS lenses of Canon.

Instant feedback with full control over the exposure and capturing an additional hundred digital photos essentially costs nil in Canon D60. The potential of the Canon EOS D60 to click a picture at ISO 100 and another at ISO 1000 is the massive benefit over the film camera world.

So, without delaying much, let’s look into the details of the Canon EOS D60.

Brief Description of Canon Eos D60

Canon Digital SLR Camera EOS 60D with EF-S18-55mm / EF-S55-250mm Lens Kit - International Version
  • 18MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • 5.3 frames per second continuous shooting
  • 1080p HD video recording with manual controls
  • 3.0 inch articulated Clear View LCD with 1,040,000 dots
Launch It was launched in February 2002
Design It has a body size of 150 x 107 x 75 mm and weighs around 855 grams(1.8 lbs.) with identical appearance to that of Canon D30
Sensor Supports an APS-C CMOS Sensor with a form factor of 1.6 and resolution of 6.3 MP. The native sensitivity range of the camera is ISO 100 to ISO 1000
Display It has a 1.8 inch LCD screen and offers a screen resolution of 114k dots and 3 shutter flaps per second which captures sharp and crisp images.
Optics It accepts all the standard EF canon lenses and supports a complete exposure control.

It also offers the “Automatic Depth-of-Field” mode which uses all of the three autofocus zones to capture superfine images.

Videography The US and European models of the Canon EOS D60 support the NTSC and PAL video cables which are helpful in connecting your camera to your television for the image playback.

The Canon EOS D60 camera supports a continuous shooting speed of 3fps in the professional RAW image recording format.

Audio The camera is provided with a composite audio interface.
Connectivity It features a PC Sync Terminal in order to control the professional strobe lights.
Battery It can capture up to 620 shots per charge with a power backup of 1100 mAh.


The Canon EOS D60 is a digital SLR camera of the EOS series which was officially launched in the market quite long back in the year February 2002.


The design of any camera is the first thing we look at when we think of buying a camera. The Canon D60 camera looks very identical to the Canon EOS D30 of the EOS series. The external appearance of the camera looks very similar to that of the film cameras, even though the device was a revolutionary camera during its era.

Since this was the one of the first steps towards the digitization of the SLR cameras, the camera was designed with a body size of 150 x 107 x 75 mm and weight of 855 grams, which is somewhat larger if we see the ultra-compact cameras of current days. The Canon EOS D60 camera is available in the Grey color.

The front part of the Canon camera has a standard Canon EF lens mount, With a lens release button, field review button flash pop-up button and a red eye reduction focus illuminator, the DSLR camera will amaze you with its first glance.


As we know the size of an imaging sensors plays a vital role in determining the quality of the image of a camera. A camera with larger sensor will have large individual pixels and also provide a clearer low-light sensitivity with rich color depth. Also, with the larger sensor cameras, photographers will have more control over the depth of field in the photo. Ultimately, improving the image quality and ability to isolate any subject from the background.

The Canon EOS D60 camera has many improvements from its predecessor Canon EOS D30. It supports an APS-C CMOS Sensor with a form factor also known as the field of view crop factor of 1.6 makes the camera perfect for capturing nature.

The D60 camera offers a resolution of 6.3 MP and captures beautiful and smooth digital pictures. The resolution of a camera comes at the cost of higher pixel density with a smaller individual pixel size. The native sensitivity range of the camera is ISO 100 to ISO 1000 which is quite impressive 8 years back then.


The Canon EOS D60 camera is quite a feature rich camera with optical viewfinder which is outstanding on all fronts by providing high accuracy and easy use.

As compared to the viewfinder display of Canon EOS D30, this camera adds information on maximum shots taken. The eyepoint of the viewfinder of the camera is quite high making it suitable to use with the eyeglasses. The viewfinder display of any camera gives a bulk of information about the camera status and the exposure.

The Canon D60 camera has a 1.8 inch LCD screen which helps the photographer to capture crisp and sharp images.

The camera offers a screen resolution of 114k dots and 3 shutter flaps per second. A camera with more screen resolution will always give clearer and sharper images which will help you to review your photos with more ease.

One of the important things to note here is that the rear-panel LCD of the camera cannot be used as a viewfinder; rather, the optical viewfinder of D60 uses a mirror to cut off the image on the way to shutter and sensor.


The Canon D60 camera accepts all the standard EF canon lenses. The key features of Canon EF lenses are that they are modeled with exceptionally fast optical stabilization and silent ultrasonic focusing system that allows the user to take pictures beyond the light levels. It also helps the photographer to correct the unwanted shaking pictures due to the camera or the body movement.

Like most of the DSLRs, the sensor in the EOS D60 camera is smaller than any 35 mm film frame. It means that the focal length of the lens is 1.6x of their normal values.

So, it’s quite tough to shoot really wide angled photographs with Canon D60 but, on the other hand, it provides you images with no compromise and loss of light and sharpness.

The Canon D60 camera supports a fixed screen, hence, doesn’t support touch screen sensitivity.

We can expect a complete exposure control in Canon EOS D60. It offers you multiple exposure modes including the usual mode, shutter priority and aperture priority modes, full manual mode, some amazing “Image Zone” modes and the most unique mode, “Automatic Depth-of-Field” mode which uses all of the three autofocus zones to analyze the amount of depths available in active subject area.


One of the most important features of any camera is the Videography of the camera. Cameras with maximum resolution and frame rates offer better quality videos than the cameras with lower resolutions.

The US models of the Canon EOS D60 come with the NTSC video cable(PAL for the European countries). These cables allow you to connect your camera to the television set for the image playback. The camera’s video signals can be switched between PAL and NTSC via menu preferences. All the menus appear on the video monitor. One thing to note here is that the monitor will not work as a viewfinder.

The Canon D60 camera offers you a continuous shooting speed of 3 frames per second in the standard RAW image recording format.


The sound recording quality of Canon EOS D60 cameras can be rated as average to best. The Canon PowerShot has a stereo microphone which allows you to record audios and movies in the stereo mode without using any external microphone. You can boost the audio quality of the camera by using a small windscreen.

The camera also possesses a microphone which helps to make the sound quality better and enables the device to filter out any background noise.

The camera is provided with a composite audio interface and when you keep the Canon D60 camera close to the subject, it reduces the ambient sounds around the subject you are shooting.


For few imaging applications, how the camera communicates easily with its surrounding can be a salient aspect in the camera decisions process. The Canon D60 camera provides an interface for data transfer and accessory control.

The Canon EOS D60 camera features a PC Sync Terminal in order to control the professional strobe lights. This feature is very helpful for the professional photographers and especially appreciated by most of the studio photographers.


The Canon D60 camera uses the same battery as of the EOS D30. The batteries are bit larger than the 2CR5 lithium batteries and mostly look like two small Li-Ion batteries, which are becoming quite popular in the compact digicams, pasted together.

The battery has a power backup of 1100 mAh at 7.4 volts. The Canon camera can capture up to 620 shots with a single charge of the camera. The device comes with a separate charger in a box along with the Canon’s “dummy battery pigtails” that charges the camera for direct use.

But if you want to use this camera while travelling on vacation it’s better to take a few battery backups with you, so that you can shoot and take the amazing pictures of your journey without waiting for it to charge every time.

The battery drains rapidly because of the camera’s LCD screen while the CMOS sensor helps the camera that does less power consumption.


The Canon D60 produces excellent and accurate colors with a splendid saturation and hues under most of the conditions. The Manual setting is helpful to set the white balance of the camera to click the pictures. The camera clearly set a benchmark for all the under- $3000 DSLRs.

If you don’t want the incredible built- like- a- tank ruggedness or very high frame rate, then EOS D60 is the best option for you. With the D60, we entered a new epoch.

The Canon D60 performs quite well, accurately distinguishing between tonal and tough variations of Q60 target.

One of the downsides of the Canon camera is the focus speed. The Canon D60 cannot focus in low light efficiently. Once we learn to work with this limitation, this is not a huge problem. The size of the camera might be a bit much for few people, but picture quality is magnificent.

The major competition of Canon EOS D60 camera is the Nikon D100 which was also announced at the Spring PMA in 2002.

If you are having a bagful of Canon lenses, then the Canon EOS D60 is the best and affordable camera for you where you can use all your spare lenses to click amazing photos.

Although the Canon D60 camera has been discontinued, they are still available on some of the ecommerce websites. The Canon D60 has been replaced by the Canon EOS 10D.

If you’re in search of a simple and basic budget friendly digital SLR camera, then Canon EOS D60 is that camera for you. It is not only heavily discounted but also provides you excellent experience of professional photography.

A professional photographer will see the different features of any camera in a divergent way than that of a travel photographer or a person who has just stepped in the world of photography. Hence selecting a camera is often a personal choice.

Liam Rodriguez

With a Master's in Digital Imaging, Liam Rodriguez has been enriching the world of camera technology with his insightful writing alongside our team since he joined in 2021. His 12 years of experience in the field, including a significant stint at a leading camera manufacturing company, provide a unique perspective to his reviews and articles. When not dissecting the latest camera technology, Liam indulges in astrophotography and volunteers as a photography instructor at local community centers.

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