Canon D60 vs Canon 1d - is resolution king, or are there other issues?

Discussion in 'Canon' started by Mr.Will, Sep 19, 2005.

  1. Mr.Will

    Mr.Will Guest

    I guess this one has been done to death, but I trawled the web and didn't
    really find a definitive answer, so I will ask here. If anyone does know of
    a place where this has been answered and is willing to provide a link that
    would be great.

    Anyway, I have been shooting for several years on a Canon D60, I shoot alot
    of world title boxing events and music festivals as a speciality. Recently I
    was offered one of the original Canon 1Ds for a good price, so have bought
    it. Its much faster, can apparently do both RAW and JPEG at the same time,
    and is reccomended by alot of the sports photographers for focusing speed
    and lighting issues.

    One thing I did notice though was that the Canon 1d is a 4megapixel camera,
    and the D60 is a 6.2 megapixel camera. Now I'm sure resolution isn't the be
    all and end all of the matter. After all, one is considered truly
    professional, the other "semi" professional at best. I also know that if one
    wanted the highest resolution, simply buy a throwaway camera for $5 because
    the film inside that has more resolution than any digitial camera at
    present. Yet of course this won't make images anywhere near the quality of a
    digital SLR.

    So my first question is, what makes these 4megapixel images better than the
    6.2 megapixel images? It MUST be the way to justify the difference in price
    of the two models.
    Or is it simply a case of being 4 megapixel means it delivers the right file
    size quickly for sports photographers, and that the D60 is actually a better
    camera if you were to go into the studio etc?

    Any help on this issue is greatly appreciated.

    Mr.Will, Sep 19, 2005
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  2. I very nearly bought a D60 but was advised to wait a short time, and the 10D
    was announced which I bought immediately, and, over thousands of images,
    have been very pleased with. I've also watched the debate between the 10D
    and the 1D (with fewer but larger pixels). My main comment here is that one
    of the main proponents for the 1D was very active indeed in promoting his
    views on it for a period, and has I believe, now moved on to a body with
    more MPs. Much depends on whether you're shooting in seriously tough "pro"
    situations, or whether you simply want the street cred of being seen using a
    pro body.
    I'm happy with the few A3+ prints I've done from my 10D, and am looking
    forward to the 5D so that I can consider stopping using film for my
    wide-angle shots.
    Malcolm Stewart, Sep 19, 2005
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  3. Mr.Will

    Mr.Will Guest

    Heya Malcom,

    Trust me, I arent after street cred at all. I know alot of the pro shooters
    still use that 1d - compact file sizes and fast focus.
    We shoot at and mainly for magazines etc.

    Mr.Will, Sep 19, 2005
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