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Compared to the Canon EOS-D30

Canon EOS-D30 (left), Canon EOS-D60 (right)

The EOS-D60 replaces last years EOS-D30, a camera which managed to achieved critical acclaim (not least of which right here) for its great resolution, low noise and colour and breakthrough pricing. The following comparison is split into two areas: Colour - specifically the difference in colour reproduction between the D30 and D60, Scene - the same scene shot within seconds. A summary comparison of resolution (based on standard ISO resolution charts) can be found in the 'Compared to summary' section of this review.

Colour

The samples below of a GretagMacbeth ColorChecker Chart were taken in normal daylight with manual white balance taken from the neutral 6.5 patch (no. 21). Roll your mouse over the image to see the differences between the D60 and D30.

As you can see Canon has altered the saturation response of reds (more saturated) as well as making greens slightly more neutral. The overall result (in my eyes) is a more balanced yet more neutral colour response.


(Roll your mouse over image to see EOS-D30 sample)
Download originals: EOS-D60 795 KB / EOS-D30 896 KB

Studio scene comparison

This is our standard studio scene comparison shot taken from exactly the same tripod position within about a minute of each other. Clearly we're not comparing these cameras from a competition point of view but simply to illustrate the additional resolution and the tweaks made to colour reproduction. Lighting: 2 x 800W studio lights with dichroic daylight filters bounced off a white ceiling reflector. Crops magnified 200%.

  • Canon EOS-D30: Parameters: Standard, Self-Timer, Mirror-Lockup Enabled,
    White balance: Manual Preset, Manual Exposure, Manual Focus, Canon EF 50 mm F1.4 lens,
    Large/Fine JPEG
     
  • Canon EOS-D60: Parameters: Standard, Self-Timer, Mirror-Lockup Enabled,
    White balance: Manual Preset, Manual Exposure, Manual Focus, Canon EF 50 mm F1.4 lens,
    Large/Fine JPEG
Canon EOS-D30 Canon EOS-D60
ISO 100, F10, 1 sec ISO 100, F10, 1 sec

It's fairly clear to see that (a) the EOS-D60 delivers on its promise of a full six megapixels of resolution compared to the three megapixel EOS-D30 and (b) the tweaks to colour reproduction has noticeably improved the colours in the D60 image. There's no doubt that there is a very large increment in resolution between the D30 and D60.

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DomLouise

I own this camera currently. What is the worth of this camera now?? Above you say it's worth $1,999 for the basic body. It's obviously been a 11 years since this article was written.

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rtkennedy7

I was looking through B & H used cameras online today, and saw the D-60 in (9) excellent condition for $159.00, and bought it. I've been looking for one for two years and the lowest price I could find for average condition was $250.00, until today. Were you happy with yours?

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