Under your thumb

On the right side of the camera "under your thumb" are two buttons. The first (*) by default acts as an AE or FE lock button, it can however can be reprogrammed through custom function 2 (table below). The second button is for selecting AF focus area, a single press of this button then roll either the main dial or quick command dial to select automatic focus point selection or a particular focus point. On the D60 the selected AF point(s) are highlighted on the focus screen.

Shutter button / AE lock button function (custom function 2), most sports photographers will prefer to use setting 1 or 3 where you can control WHEN the camera AF kicks in, a simple press of your thumb will start AF, then you can fire off as many shots as you like (more quickly obviously) without the camera refocusing, plus you can manual focus once the AF has completed.

Custom Function 2
Setting Shutter button half-press AE Lock button
0 AE, AF AE lock
1 AE lock * AE, AF
2 AE, AF AF lock (no AE lock)
3 AE * AE, AF (no AE lock)

* With these settings the shutter release button takes on a shooting priority rather than focus priority, it will fire even without a good focus lock.

Rear of camera controls

On there rear of the D60 we'll find an array of controls, slightly confusing there are two On/Off switches. The second On/Off switch (above the quick control dial) is actually a lock for the dial, I suggest it should have been labelled 'Lock'. The top On/Off switch is the main power switch for the camera, on the D60 it's been slightly tweaked by extending the protruding part, this actually makes it far easier to turn the camera on and off.

The large wheel with the button in the center of it is called the Quick Control Dial. By default in shooting mode the dial is used to set exposure compensation (which will only work when there's an exposure reading on the viewfinder status bar or top LCD). Compensation can be made in 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps (custom function 4).

By default the SET button has no action (other than lighting the top information LCD backlight). However it is possible to reprogram the SET button to enable you to quickly change other camera settings (your preference):

Custom Function 12
Setting SET button function when shooting
0 Not assigned
1 Change quality
2 Change ISO (my preference)
3 Select parameters

Otherwise the Quick Control Dial and SET button are used in conjunction with the LCD menu system for navigation and selecting options. The rest of the buttons on the rear of the camera are associated more with playback and the LCD. One disappointment is that when changing the ISO the currently selected ISO is not displayed on the viewfinder status LCD (a logical way to do it), instead you have to take your eye away from the viewfinder, look at the top status LCD panel and then change ISO.

Button Operation
MENU Enter / Leave the Record Menu

Record menu is described on the following pages of this review.
INFO Information

With no playback image displayed the INFO button displays camera information (example on the next page). With an image displayed INFO switches between full LCD view of the image and a quarter sized image with histogram and exposure information.

Jump through playback images by 9 frames forward or backward.
Thumbnail / Zoom

With an image displayed (PLAY pressed first) toggles between:
   • Full image display
   • 3 x 3 thumbnail images (9)
   • 2 x zoomed image playback (use Quick Command Dial to scroll around zoomed image)

Displays the last image shot (the last image on the card). The D60 is a "shooting priority" camera, that means that no matter what is displayed on the rear LCD this will be cancelled if any of the cameras photographic functions (example half-pressing the shutter release) are accessed.

 • Image preview (immediately after taking the shot): Erases the currently displayed image, requires a confirmation OK / Cancel.
 • Image review (Play pressed first): Displays the option to delete the current image or all images.

Notable improvement: Improved power On/Off switch.

Lens mount controls

On the side of the lens mount are the final set of camera controls. First is the flash open button, a press of this (assuming the exposure mode allows flash) will pop-up the onboard flash (this is motorized).

Below the lens release button is the depth of field preview button (positioned just right for a tap from your thumb when supporting the lens), press this and the lens stops down to the indicated aperture to give a preview of the depth of field through the viewfinder.

Sensor Cleaning

The D60 has a dedicated "Sensor Cleaning" mode (custom function 13) which must be used in conjunction with the provided dummy battery / AC adapter (you can't do this on the battery). When enabled the mirror flips up and shutter opens. Canon recommend using a non compressed-air blower (the normal lens cleaning pump type without a brush).

Here's what the manual warns about sensor cleaning:

  • Never disconnect the camera power during cleaning. If the power is cut off, the shutter will close and possibly damage the shutter curtain.
  • Use a blower without a brush attached. Using a brush to remove dust from the image element can damage the element.
  • Do not insert a dust blower into the camera beyond the lens mount. If the power shuts off and the shutter closes, this may damage the shutter curtains.
  • Never use cleaning sprays or blower sprays. The pressure and freezing action of the spray gas may damage the surface of the imaging element.

Why do the D30 and D60 have far less of a dust problem?

It's worth noting that both the D30 and D60 don't have as much of a problem with dust spots on the sensor as some of their counterparts. In almost 18 months use of our own D30 I've only ever cleaned it five times, and never with a swab.

It turns out that the reason for this is in the distance between the sensor and the low pass / dichroic mirror filter. If dust / dirt collect on the sensor surface or near to it they are 'in focus' when the image is captured, further away and dust is less visible. In addition to the low pass filter (indicated by the red arrow on the left hand image below) the D60 also has an infrared filter which is sandwiched with the low pass filter.

This from Canon marketing material:

"and to maximize image quality in the EOS D60,a hybrid infrared filter was added to absorb and effectively suppress the digital phenomena of red ghosting that can occur from bright light sources.This,combined with an RGB primary color filter for highly accurate and vivid colors,delivers truly superior digital imaging."