Canon EOS D60

APS-C AF digital SLR camera

Canon EOS D60

Specification

Production details
Announced:March 2002
System: Canon EOS (1987)
Imaging plane
Maximum format:APS-C
Mount and Flange focal distance:Canon EF [44mm]
Imaging plane:22.7 × 15.1mm CMOS sensor
Resolution:3072 × 2048 - 6 MP
Shutter
Type:Focal-plane
Model:Electronically controlled
Speeds:30 - 1/4000 + B
Sensor-shift image stabilization:-
Exposure
Exposure metering:Through-the-lens (TTL)
Exposure modes:Programmed Auto
Aperture-priority Auto
Shutter-priority Auto
Manual
Physical characteristics
Weight:780g
Dimensions:149.5x106.5x75mm

Manufacturer description #1

February 22, 2002

CANON LAUNCHES THE GROUND BREAKING

6 MEGA PIXEL DIGITAL SLR – THE EOS D60

Canon, leaders in photographic and imaging technology, is proud to announce the launch of the EOS D60 featuring a 6.29 million pixel ultra-fine CMOS sensor. The EOS D60i builds on the acclaimed Canon EOS D30 model by increasing resolution by a staggering 100% and adding high-end professional features to an already impressive selection.

The EOS D60 maintains the same basic design principles of the EOS system with an optimised layout for digital functionality. The EOS D60 incorporates the same mode settings and dial operation utilised in the EOS series and offers compatibility with Canon's extensive line-up of over 60 EF lenses, ensuring ease of use for anyone familiar with the EOS system. Furthermore, an external cover moulded from lightweight and exceptionally strong engineering plastics combined with a stainless steel chassis makes that the EOS D60 both lightweight and durable.

"Canon's long-term investment in CMOS chip technology is evident with the launch of the D60," says Robert King, Marketing Manager. "Using CMOS technology we are able to provide high image quality products at low production costs, making the EOS D60 an extremely attractive choice to the advanced amateur or professional photographer."

On top of the improved resolution, a number of other advanced features have been added to the EOS D60 to offer exceptional performance. For example, AF performance in low light environments has been improved along with enhanced metering algorithms. This combination delivers greater image quality in difficult shooting conditions. To capture that crucial image, the shutter release lag time has been dramatically reduced ensuring that photographers can activate the camera almost instantly. Although image resolution and file size has increased radically, the EOS D60 still maintains the high-speed shooting of approximately 3 frames per second in a burst of 8 frames.

Other new features aim to further improve overall ease of use of the EOS D60. The upgraded 1.8-inch LCD monitor located on the back of the camera offers greater brightness and provides a greater angle of visibility, enabling users to easily view captured images or information, such as the shutter speed, aperture value, exposure mode and histogram.

Viewfinder information is even more comprehensive indicating flash exposure compensation, maximum burst count as well as the number of shots remaining on the CF card. Auto focus (AF) points are also superimposed in the viewfinder for faster and easier operation. Standard features of the EOS D30 include a high-speed, high-performance 3-point autofocus; a range of shooting modes, including five Programmed Image Control modes; a 35-zone evaluative metering sensor that is linked to each focusing point; and a built-in E-TTL (Evaluative Through-The-Lens) flash system.

New software is available for the EOS D60 with powerful new tools for image control and camera customisation, a feature previously only found on flagship EOS models, for both Windows and Mac including the user-friendly Adobe Photoshop Plug-in Module, USB Mounter, Image Browser, Remote Capture and PhotoStitch editing packages. The Raw Image convertor software enables the user to easily extract J'PEG images.

Image data is stored on CompactFlash™ cards, permitting the storage of up to approximately 92 imagesii on a 128 MB card when shooting in the "Large/Normal" mode. The EOS D60 is compatible with CompactFlash Type I and II, enabling users to take advantage of the IBM Microdrive and other high-capacity storage media. The high-capacity Battery Pack BP-511, which is included with the unit, provides enough power to take up to approximately 620iii shots. For extended shooting the optional Battery Grip BG-ED3, which accommodates two battery packs, can be used.

Availability

The Canon EOS D60 will be available from late March 2002 at RRP £2,199.99 inc VAT.

Manufacturer description #2

Amstelveen, 22 February 2002 - Canon is proud to announce the EOS D60 featuring a 6.3 megapixel ultra-fine CMOS sensor. The EOS D60 builds on the acclaimed Canon EOS D30 model increasing resolution by a staggering 100% and adding a number of high-end professional level features.

"Canon's long-term investment in CMOS chip technology has really paid off," says Mr Komatsuzaki, Executive Vice President of Canon Consumer Imaging. "As a technology leader Canon pioneered CMOS sensors which are unique in providing high image quality at low production costs, making the EOS D60 an extremely attractive proposition to the advanced amateur photographer.

Even though image resolution and file size has increased radically, the camera still maintains the high-speed shooting of approximately 3 frames per second in a burst of 8 frames.

Additional professional features are now included. Images can even be saved in both lower resolution JPEG, for quick and easy review & transmission, and Canon's RAW file format, for high quality archiving and image control.

On top of the improved resolution, a number of other features have been added aimed at improving performance of the camera.

For example, AF performance in low light environments has been improved along with enhanced metering algorithms. This combination delivers greater image quality in difficult shooting conditions. To capture that critical moment, the shutter release lag time has been dramatically reduced ensuring photographers can activate the camera almost instantly.

Other new features aim to further improve overall ease of use. The upgraded 1.8-inch LCD monitor located on the back of the camera offers improved brightness and provides a greater angle of visibility. The LCD permits the viewing of captured images, or information, such as the shutter speed, aperture value, exposure mode and histogram.

Viewfinder information is now more comprehensive indicating flash exposure compensation, maximum burst count as well as the number of shots remaining on the CF card.

Auto focus (AF) points are now superimposed in the viewfinder for faster, easier operation.

Standard features include high-speed, high-performance 3-point autofocus; a range of shooting modes, including five Programmed Image Control modes; a 35-zone evaluative metering sensor that is linked to each focusing point; and a built-in E-TTL (Evaluative Through-The-Lens) flash system.

Entirely new software is available for the EOS D60 with powerful new tools for image control and camera customisation for both Windows and Mac including the user-friendly Adobe Photoshop Plug-in Module, USB Mounter, RAW Image converter, Image Browser, Remote Capture and PhotoStitch editing packages.

The EOS D60 is compatible with over 60 Canon EF lenses.

Image data is stored on CompactFlash™ cards, permitting the storage of up to approximately 92 images on a 128 MB card when shooting in the "Large/Normal" mode. The EOS D60 is compatible with CompactFlash Type I and II, enabling users to take advantage of the IBM Microdrive and other high-capacity storage media. The high-capacity Battery Pack BP-511, which is included with the unit, provides enough power to take up to approximately 620 shots. For extended shooting the optional Battery Grip BG-ED3, which accommodates two battery packs, can be used.

Manufacturer description #3

The EOS D60 digital SLR camera succeeds and greatly expands on the acclaimed EOS D30 released in October 2000, enabling a broad range of applications to meet the needs of high-end amateur and business users.

The EOS D60’s imaging element comprises a newly developed 6.3-megapixel large-area (22.7 x 15.1mm effective size in a 3:2 aspect ratio) high-resolution CMOS sensor, an RGB primary color filter, and Canon’s proprietary high-speed “imaging engine” signal-processing IC for a high signal-to-noise ratio, detailed images and faithful color reproduction.

Even though the EOS D60 ranks in the 6-megapixel-camera class, Canon’s CMOS sensor permits a broad range of ISO-equivalent sensitivity settings from the default ISO 100 up to a maximum ISO 1000.

Feedback received from EOS D30 users gave many suggestions for improving on the features of the D30. These excellent new features include simultaneous recording of both RAW and JPEG images, development parameters that can be set and registered on the camera, and new custom functions which bring the total to 14 custom functions.

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35mm full frame

43.27 24 36
  • Dimensions: 36 × 24mm
  • Aspect ratio: 3:2
  • Diagonal: 43.27mm
  • Area: 864mm2

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Image stabilizer

A technology used for reducing or even eliminating the effects of camera shake. Gyro sensors inside the lens detect camera shake and pass the data to a microcomputer. Then an image stabilization group of elements controlled by the microcomputer moves inside the lens and compensates camera shake in order to keep the image static on the imaging sensor or film.

The technology allows to increase the shutter speed by several stops and shoot handheld in such lighting conditions and at such focal lengths where without image stabilizer you have to use tripod, decrease the shutter speed and/or increase the ISO setting which can lead to blurry and noisy images.

Original name

Lens name as indicated on the lens barrel (usually on the front ring). With lenses from film era, may vary slightly from batch to batch.

Format

Format refers to the shape and size of film or image sensor.

35mm is the common name of the 36x24mm film format or image sensor format. It has an aspect ratio of 3:2, and a diagonal measurement of approximately 43mm. The name originates with the total width of the 135 film which was the primary medium of the format prior to the invention of the full frame digital SLR. Historically the 35mm format was sometimes called small format to distinguish it from the medium and large formats.

APS-C is an image sensor format approximately equivalent in size to the film negatives of 25.1x16.7mm with an aspect ratio of 3:2.

Medium format is a film format or image sensor format larger than 36x24mm (35mm) but smaller than 4x5in (large format).

Angle of view

Angle of view describes the angular extent of a given scene that is imaged by a camera. It is used interchangeably with the more general term field of view.

As the focal length changes, the angle of view also changes. The shorter the focal length (eg 18mm), the wider the angle of view. Conversely, the longer the focal length (eg 55mm), the smaller the angle of view.

A camera's angle of view depends not only on the lens, but also on the sensor. Imaging sensors are sometimes smaller than 35mm film frame, and this causes the lens to have a narrower angle of view than with 35mm film, by a certain factor for each sensor (called the crop factor).

This website does not use the angles of view provided by lens manufacturers, but calculates them automatically by the following formula: 114.6 * arctan (21.622 / CF * FL),

where:

CF – crop-factor of a sensor,
FL – focal length of a lens.

Mount

A lens mount is an interface — mechanical and often also electrical — between a camera body and a lens.

A lens mount may be a screw-threaded type, a bayonet-type, or a breech-lock type. Modern camera lens mounts are of the bayonet type, because the bayonet mechanism precisely aligns mechanical and electrical features between lens and body, unlike screw-threaded mounts.

Lens mounts of competing manufacturers (Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony etc.) are always incompatible. In addition to the mechanical and electrical interface variations, the flange focal distance can also be different.

The flange focal distance (FFD) is the distance from the mechanical rear end surface of the lens mount to the focal plane.

Lens construction

Lens construction – a specific arrangement of elements and groups that make up the optical design, including type and size of elements, type of used materials etc.

Element - an individual piece of glass which makes up one component of a photographic lens. Photographic lenses are nearly always built up of multiple such elements.

Group – a cemented together pieces of glass which form a single unit or an individual piece of glass. The advantage is that there is no glass-air surfaces between cemented together pieces of glass, which reduces reflections.

Focal length

The focal length is the factor that determines the size of the image reproduced on the focal plane, picture angle which covers the area of the subject to be photographed, depth of field, etc.

Speed

The largest opening or stop at which a lens can be used is referred to as the speed of the lens. The larger the maximum aperture is, the faster the lens is considered to be. Lenses that offer a large maximum aperture are commonly referred to as fast lenses, and lenses with smaller maximum aperture are regarded as slow.

In low-light situations, having a wider maximum aperture means that you can shoot at a faster shutter speed or work at a lower ISO, or both.

Closest focusing distance

The minimum distance from the focal plane (film or sensor) to the subject where the lens is still able to focus.

Closest working distance

The distance from the front edge of the lens to the subject at the maximum magnification.

Magnification ratio

Determines how large the subject will appear in the final image. For example, a magnification ratio of 1:1 means that the image of the subject formed on the film or sensor will be the same size as the subject in real life. For this reason, a 1:1 ratio is often called "life-size".

Manual focus override in autofocus mode

Allows to perform final focusing manually after the camera has locked the focus automatically. Note that you don't have to switch camera and/or lens to manual focus mode.

Manual focus override in autofocus mode

Allows to perform final focusing manually after the camera has locked the focus automatically. Note that you don't have to switch camera and/or lens to manual focus mode.

Electronic manual focus override is performed in the following way: half-press the shutter button, wait until the camera has finished the autofocusing and then focus manually without releasing the shutter button using the focusing ring.

Electromagnetic diaphragm control system

Provides highly accurate diaphragm control and stable auto exposure performance during continuous shooting.

Manual diaphragm

The diaphragm must be stopped down manually by rotating the detent aperture ring.

Preset diaphragm

The lens has two rings, one is for pre-setting, while the other is for normal diaphragm adjustment. The first ring must be set at the desired aperture, the second ring then should be fully opened for focusing, and turned back for stop down to the pre-set value.

Semi-automatic diaphragm

The lens features spring mechanism in the diaphragm, triggered by the shutter release, which stops down the diaphragm to the pre-set value. The spring needs to be reset manually after each exposure to re-open diaphragm to its maximum value.

Automatic diaphragm

The camera automatically closes the diaphragm down during the shutter operation. On completion of the exposure, the diaphragm re-opens to its maximum value.

Fixed diaphragm

The aperture setting is fixed at F/ on this lens, and cannot be adjusted.

Number of blades

As a general rule, the more blades that are used to create the aperture opening in the lens, the rounder the out-of-focus highlights will be.

Some lenses are designed with curved diaphragm blades, so the roundness of the aperture comes not from the number of blades, but from their shape. However, the fewer blades the diaphragm has, the more difficult it is to form a circle, regardless of rounded edges.

At maximum aperture, the opening will be circular regardless of the number of blades.

Weight

Excluding case or pouch, caps and other detachable accessories (lens hood, close-up adapter, tripod adapter etc.).

Maximum diameter x Length

Excluding case or pouch, caps and other detachable accessories (lens hood, close-up adapter, tripod adapter etc.).

For lenses with collapsible design, the length is indicated for the working (retracted) state.

Weather sealing

A rubber material which is inserted in between each externally exposed part (manual focus and zoom rings, buttons, switch panels etc.) to ensure it is properly sealed against dust and moisture.

Lenses that accept front mounted filters typically do not have gaskets behind the filter mount. It is recommended to use a filter for complete weather resistance when desired.

Fluorine coating

Helps keep lenses clean by reducing the possibility of dust and dirt adhering to the lens and by facilitating cleaning should the need arise. Applied to the outer surface of the front and/or rear lens elements over multi-coatings.

Filters

Lens filters are accessories that can protect lenses from dirt and damage, enhance colors, minimize glare and reflections, and add creative effects to images.

Lens hood

A lens hood or lens shade is a device used on the end of a lens to block the sun or other light source in order to prevent glare and lens flare. Flare occurs when stray light strikes the front element of a lens and then bounces around within the lens. This stray light often comes from very bright light sources, such as the sun, bright studio lights, or a bright white background.

The geometry of the lens hood can vary from a plain cylindrical or conical section to a more complex shape, sometimes called a petal, tulip, or flower hood. This allows the lens hood to block stray light with the higher portions of the lens hood, while allowing more light into the corners of the image through the lowered portions of the hood.

Lens hoods are more prominent in long focus lenses because they have a smaller viewing angle than that of wide-angle lenses. For wide angle lenses, the length of the hood cannot be as long as those for telephoto lenses, as a longer hood would enter the wider field of view of the lens.

Lens hoods are often designed to fit onto the matching lens facing either forward, for normal use, or backwards, so that the hood may be stored with the lens without occupying much additional space. In addition, lens hoods can offer some degree of physical protection for the lens due to the hood extending farther than the lens itself.

Teleconverters

Teleconverters increase the effective focal length of lenses. They also usually maintain the closest focusing distance of lenses, thus increasing the magnification significantly. A lens combined with a teleconverter is normally smaller, lighter and cheaper than a "direct" telephoto lens of the same focal length and speed.

Teleconverters are a convenient way of enhancing telephoto capability, but it comes at a cost − reduced maximum aperture. Also, since teleconverters magnify every detail in the image, they logically also magnify residual aberrations of the lens.

Lens caps

Scratched lens surfaces can spoil the definition and contrast of even the finest lenses. Lens covers are the best and most inexpensive protection available against dust, moisture and abrasion. Safeguard lens elements - both front and rear - whenever the lens is not in use.