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Canon EOS-D60 - 6 megapixel D-SLR
PMA 2002: 09:00 EST: Canon has today announced its sucessor to the popular EOS-D30 digital SLR. The EOS-D60 takes the D30 body to the next level, now with a 6.3 megapixel CMOS sensor, improved LCD monitor, improved low light AF, shorter shutter release lag, viewfinder highlighted focus points, extended viewfinder information, parameter control in-camera, illuminated top LCD panel and more. Despite the increase in resolution the D60 can still manage 3 fps for up to 8 frames. The EOS-D60 maintains compatibility with D30 accessories (such as the battery grip).
NOTE: I'm aware that Imaging-Resource has posted sample images, we HAVE samples images, resolution, noise and colour comparisons however Canon expressley asked us to publish these only on Sunday. I'm currently trying to get hold of our Canon contact to see if we can now publish this material.
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Canon EOS-D60 New Features / Updates at a glance
- 6.3 megapixel CMOS sensor (3072 x 2048 final image size)
- Maintained 3 fps, 8 images max
- New medium and small image sizes - Medium: 2048 x 1360, Small: 1536 x 1024
- Improved low-light auto-focus
- Shorter shutter release lag
- Highlighted AF points in viewfinder view (works for AF and MF and point selection)
- Reduced maximum sensitivity - ISO 1000 (D30 supports ISO 1600)
- New laser-etched focusing screen
- Parameters can be set in-camera (contrast, sharpness, saturation, color tone)
- New 'Color Tone' parameter
- Top LCD panel has LED illuminator
- Improved LCD monitor (better viewing angles)
- Tweaked image display gamma
- Tweaked daylight white balance
- Improved colour balance - better, richer reds
- New long exposure noise reduction
- Firmware version displayed on menu
- New RAW conversion software (same as EOS-1D)
- Attached rubber covers for flash sync terminal and remote terminal
- Silver mode dial
- 'Digital' logo on camera front
Press Release (Canon Europe):
In a world leading price/performance breakthrough, Canon launches a new 6MP digital SLR- the EOS D60
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.
The Canon EOS D60 will go on sale in Europe from late March 2002.
Canon EOS-D60 specifications
|Type||Digital AF SLR (Single plate CMOS sensor /Direct Imaging)|
|Recording medium||Type I and II CF card|
|Image format||22.7 x 15.1 mm|
|Compatible lenses||Canon EF lenses (all) (due to max. aperture metering, stopped-down shooting not possible)|
|Lens mount||Canon EF mount|
|FOV crop||Approx. 1.6x (also known as focal length multiplier)|
|Type||High-sensitivity, high-resolution, large single-plate CMOS sensor|
|Pixels||Effective pixels: Approx. 6.3 megapixels
Total pixels: Approx. 6.52 megapixels (3152 x 2068)
|Color filter system||RGB primary colors|
|Low-pass filter||Built-in, fixed, in front of the sensor|
|Recording format||Design rule for Camera File system|
|Image format||RAW and JPEG|
|RAW+JPEG||Simultaneous recording; a JPEG-Middle/Fine file is also simultaneously recorded within the (.crw) file. The JPEG-Middle/Fine file can be extracted from the RAW file and saved (.jpg) with the dedicated driver (provided).|
|Provided File size|| Large/Fine: approx.
2.5MB (3072x2048 pixels)
Large/Normal: approx. 1.3MB (3072x2048 pixels)
Middle/Fine: approx. 1.4MB (2048x1360 pixels)
Middle/Normal: approx. 0.7MB (2048x1360 pixels)
Small/Fine: approx. 0.9MB (1536x1024 pixels)
Small/Normal: approx. 0.5MB (1536x1024 pixels)
RAW: approx. 7.4MB (3072x2048 pixels)
Exact file sizes depend on the subject and ISO speed.
|File numbering|| Consecutive numbering
|Image-processing||Besides the standard processing
parameters applied by the camera automatically during the image recording,
the user can create and register up to three sets of parameters (contrast,
sharpness, color saturation, color tone).
* The parameters can be set with the on-screen menu (not with the dedicated software).
|Digital terminal||USB Ver. 1.1|
|Video output terminal||NTSC/PAL|
|Remote control terminal||N3-type terminal|
|White Balance|| Auto
|Auto white balance||Auto white balance with the CMOS sensor|
|Custom white balance||1 custom white balance settings can be registered|
|White balance bracketing||Not provided|
|Type||SLR type, eye-level type with eyesight correction (fixed pentaprism and no condenser lens)|
|Coverage||Approx. 95% vertically and horizontally with respect to the effective pixels|
|Magnification||0.88x (-1 diopter with 50mm lens at infinity)|
|Built-in dioptric correction||-3.0 - +1.0 diopter|
|Focusing screen||Fixed, New Laser Matte screen|
|Mirror||Quick-return half mirror (Transmission: reflection ratio of 40:60 (no mirror cut-off with EF 600mm f4 or shorter lens)|
|Viewfinder information|| On the screen
Partial metering circle (6.1 mm dia., approx. 9.5%)
Below the screen
Numerals and letters displayed by 7-segment LCD (yellowish-green)
Shutter speed (If unsuitable, it blinks at 2 Hz as a warning.), bulb, FEL indicator
Aperture (If unsuitable, it blinks at 2 Hz as a warning.)
Max. burst during continuous shooting: Max. 8
Shots remaining (Displayed when the CF card has room for 8 or fewer images)
CF card full warning (FuLL CF)
CF card error warning (Err CF)
No CF card warning (with C.Fn-15-1/CF)
LCD mask (yellowish-green) display
AE lock/FE lock icon, AEB in-progress indicator (blinks at 2 Hz)
Exposure level (+/-2 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments)
1: AE exposure compensation amount
2: Manual exposure level
3: AEB level
4: Red-eye reduction lamp on time display
5: Flash exposure compensation amount
Flash exposure compensation icon
Flash icon on: Flash ready
Flash icon blinking: Flash exposure beyond range warning during FE lock
High-speed sync (FP flash)
AF focus confirmation light (blinks at 2 Hz when focus cannot be achieved), MF focus confirmation light
* Not possible to turn off the viewfinder information display.
|Depth-of-field preview||Enabled with depth-of-field preview button|
|Type||Multi-Basis, TTL-CT-SIR (TTL secondary phase difference detection)|
|AF working range||EV 0.5-18 (at normal temperature and ISO 100, with the standard chart)|
|Focusing modes|| One-Shot AF
Predictive AI Servo AF
One-Shot/Predictive AI Servo AF switching
Manual focusing (MF)
|AF point selection|| Automatic selection
|Selected AF point display||Superimposed in viewfinder and indicated on top LCD panel|
|AF-assist beam|| Beam emission: Lamp
Effective range: Approx. 3.8 m (at center), beam coverage: 28mm (135 equivalent) lens angle covered
Conditions for emission: Emitted automatically under low light (EV 4 or lower at ISO 100)
Emitted in shooting modes except Landscape and Sports.
Emission can be disabled with C.Fn-5 (including external Speedlite).
Emissions: 6 times in three bursts
Emission stops when focus is achieved.
Light source: Halogen krypton lamp
With EX-, EZ-, and E-series Speedlites
With 550EX, 540EZ, and ST-E2: The external Speedlite's AF-assist light will be emitted regardless of AF point selection mode (automatic or manual).
With other EOS-dedicated Speedlites: When the center AF point has been selected, the external Speedlite's AF-assist light will be emitted. If a peripheral AF point is selected, the camera's AF-assist light will be emitted.
|Exposure Control||TTL full aperture metering
with 35-zone SPC. Three metering modes provided:
1) Evaluative metering
2) Partial metering at center (approx. 9.5% of viewfinder)
3) Centerweighted average metering
* In Full Auto and Programmed Image Control modes: 1) is set automatically. (1) and 2) cannot be set)
* In the Creative Zone modes, 1), 2), or 3) can be set.
|Shooting modes|| Intelligent Program
Shutter-priority AE (No safety shift)
Aperture-priority AE (No safety shift)
Depth-of-field AE (A-DEP, shiftable)
Full Auto (Intelligent Program AE/non-shiftable)
Programmed Image Control modes (5)
E-TTL autoflash program AE
High-speed flash (FP flash), FE lock
No A-TTL/TTL autoflash program AE
|ISO speed range||
The following ISO speeds are selectable with the on-screen menu:
|Exposure compensation|| AEB (Auto Exposure
Bracketing) +/- 2 stops in 1/2- or 1/3-stop increments
Manual exposure compensation
Flash exposure compensation
|Bracketing methods||Shutter speed or aperture|
|AE lock|| Auto AE lock � works
in One-Shot AF mode with evaluative metering. AE lock takes affect
when focus is achieved.
Manual � By AE lock button
Sets AE lock at any time.
AE lock button does not work in the Full Auto and Programmed Image Control modes.
Regardless of the metering mode, center partial metering will be used.
During AE lock, pressing the AE lock button again renews the AE lock.
When the built-in flash or an external Speedlite is used, the AE lock button works as an FE lock button.
|Type||Vertical-travel, mechanical, focal-plane shutter with all speeds electronically controlled|
|Shutter speeds|| 1/4000 to 30 sec. (1/3-
and 1/2-stop increments),
X-sync at 1/200 sec
|Shutter release||Soft-touch electromagnetic release (No cable-release socket)|
|Self-timer||Electronically-controlled 10-sec. delay|
|Remote control||Remote Switch N3-type terminal provided.|
|Type||Auto pop-up, retractable, built-in flash in the pentaprism with serial control, E-TTL autoflash|
|Guide No.||Guide No. 12 (at ISO 100 in meters)|
|Recycling time||Approx. 3 sec.|
|Flash ready indicator||Flash-ready icon lights on in viewfinder
When the flash is not ready, the flash-ready icon is off and the shutter release is locked.
|Flash coverage||Up to 18mm lens angle (equivalent to 28mm in 135 format)|
|Firing conditions|| In P, Tv, Av, A-DEP,
Press the flash button to pop-up and fire the flash for all shots.
In Full Auto, Portrait, Close-up, and Night Scene modes:
Pops up and fires automatically in low light or backlit conditions.
|Flash sync speed||Max. X-sync speed 1/200 sec.|
|Flash metering system||E-TTL autoflash (preflash metering and linked to AF points)|
|Flash exposure compen.||Up to +/-2 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments.|
|* Flash exposure compensation can be set with the camera for built-in and external Speedlite.|
|Red-eye reduction||With the built-in flash, the flash is fired after the red-eye reduction lamp lights.|
|Flash sync contacts|| Hot shoe: X-sync contacts
Lower side terminal: PC terminal (JIS B-type socket)
Screw lock and shock protection feature provided on the hot shoe.
|Flash auto||Enabled with the camera's Program
With EX-series Speedlites: E-TTL autoflash
With built-in flash: E-TTL autoflash
With EZ-, E-, EG-, ML-, and TL-series Speedlites: Autoflash not possible.
|Wireless flash||Enabled with the 550EX, 420EX, MR-14EX, MT-24EX, or ST-E2|
|Flash exposure compen.||Settable with the camera or external Speedlite|
|FEB||Settable with the 550EX, MR-14EX, or MT-24EX.|
|Modeling flash||With the 550EX, 420EX, MR-14EX, or MT-24EX, press the depth-of-field preview button (fires at 70 Hz for 1 sec.).|
|Drive modes|| Single frame
Self-timer (10 sec)
|Continuous||Approx. 3 fps (at 1/250 sec or faster shutter speed)|
|Max burst||8 shots|
|Type||TFT Color, liquid-crystal monitor|
|Monitor size||1.8 in|
|Pixels||Approx. 114,000 pixels|
|Coverage||Approx. 100% (effective pixels)|
|Brightness control||2-level adjustment provided|
|Image display format||
|Highlight alert||In the single image (Info.) display mode, the highlight portions which do not contain image information will blink.|
|Image Protection and Erase|
|Protection||A single image can be protected or unprotected|
|Erase||One image or all images in the CF card can be erased (except protected images) at one time.|
|Menu categories||24 menus (8 shooting menus, 4 playback menus, 12 setup menus)|
|LCD monitor language||Japanese, English, French or German can be selected.|
|Firmware update||Updating by the user is not possible (??)|
|Custom functions||14 Custom Functions with 38 settings settable with the camera.|
|Battery||One Battery Pack BP-511 (lithium ion rechargeable battery)|
|Number of shots||At 20°C/68F: Approx. 620 (When a fully charged battery pack, EF 50mm f/1.4 USM, image review ON, image review time of 2 sec., and Large/Fine recording format|
|Battery check||Automatic battery check when the
main switch is turned on. The battery
level is indicated by one of three levels on the LCD panel.
|Dimensions and Weight|
|Dimensions||150 x 107 x 75 mm (5.9 x 4.2 x 3.0 in)|
|Weight (exc. battery)||780 g (1.7 lb)|
|Operating Conditions||Working Temperature range 0°C to 40°C|
|Operating Humidity||85% or less|
|Major accessories|| Battery Pack BP-511
Compact Power Adapter CA-PS400
DC Coupler DR-400
Interface Cable IFC-200PCU
Video Cable VC-100
Battery Grip BG-ED3