canon eos 60d or eos600d

Discussion in 'UK Photography' started by Stephen, May 16, 2012.

  1. Stephen

    Stephen Guest


    I took your advice and went to a camera shop to look at and try a
    Canon EOS 600 but the salesman also showed me the 60D. I'm wondering
    if anyone has opinions on either of these?

    What are the differences between them? These are ones I can think of,
    perhaps you can tell me how important they are:

    I know from reading reviews that the 60d has cross point auto
    focusing, whereas the 600d has only one cross point but being new to
    all this, I am not sure what the implications of that would be in the
    real world?

    The 60d has an lcd on the top. I'm not sure how useful this would be.
    When would you look at this? Surely you'll be looking through the
    viewfinder? If you need to look at a screen, what's wrong with the big
    articulated one on the back?

    Wasn't there a problem with another Canon dSLR where light from the
    lcd was "leaking" into the camera?

    The salesman told me that the 60d is more weatherproof and dust proof
    than the 600d. I couldn't see any difference but I guess the magic is
    on the inside.

    I think the 60d has a bulb setting on the dial, whereas the 600d has
    the bulb setting hidden in a menu.

    Is it worth me paying £150 more for the 60, or should I use that money
    on a lens?

    Stephen, May 16, 2012
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    Paul Giverin Guest

    It depends on how serious a photographer you are. The 60D is the better
    camera. Its larger and may feel better in the hand than the 600D. It is
    built with better materials and has better weather sealing. Its the sort
    of camera that entry level users upgrade to after deciding that they
    want to take their hobby further.

    If you are absolutely sure that photography is going to be part of your
    life for a long time then you may as well save on the upgrade path and
    buy the 60D now. If you are unsure or will only be taking the occasional
    shots then stick with the 600D which is still a good camera.

    Do think carefully about lenses. They are just as important as the
    camera but they will actually hold their value better than the camera.
    Buy the best you can afford and buy once.
    Paul Giverin, May 17, 2012
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  3. The LCD on top is for camera settings, the point being that it's near
    the buttons for controlling those settings. Useful if you're changing
    those settings a lot, less so if you're not. has a compare button that lets you put them side
    by side.
    You don't sound very enthused about the 60D's extras, so perhaps the
    money would indeed be well spent on glass instead.
    Richard Kettlewell, May 17, 2012
  4. Stephen

    Darkside Guest

    I've never used the 600D so can't compare but am well satisfied with the
    60D - partly because it fits my hand so nicely, mind.
    Don't forget auto focus has to be able to focus, unerringly, on the
    wrong object. In automated modes the 60D can choose its AF point from a
    pattern of possible points, instead of always focussing on whatever's in
    the middle of the frame. You can avoid this by not using basic modes.

    In other modes you can move the AF point around the picture, instead of
    it always being in the middle, so you can focus on an off-centre object
    and shoot without moving the camera. This is dead handy if you're using
    a tripod but not so popular if you activate it by accident when tracking
    a moving target.
    The display on the top shows things you'd normally set while not looking
    through the viewfinder. It works with a row of buttons when you set
    manual AF mode (one shot or servo), drive (one shot or machine-gun) ISO
    or exposure metering. The rest of the time it shows your current
    settings and battery status. It uses a lot less battery than the back
    screen because it isn't illuminated unless you press a button, and then
    only lights up orange.
    Dunno. Never had a problem myself.
    The technology's always improving and the 60D is a recent model.
    Yes, I once engaged it by accident...
    Only you can decide. You can download the PDF user manual from any of
    several third-party websites; I'd suggest you do this for both cameras
    and study them carefully, also some review sites. You should then be
    able to decide whether the extra money is buying features you really
    want and would use.
    Darkside, May 17, 2012
  5. Stephen

    Ian Guest

    Hello Stephen.
    I'll offer my usual comment of "why not buy second-hand". Should save money
    compared to buying new and it won't hurt so much if you decide that you have
    bought the (for you) wrong camera.

    Canon's model numbers tend to work on a "the lower the number then the
    bigger, heavier and more expensive the camera".
    I've had a 350D (predecessor of the 400D, 450D) and now use a 50D. The 50D
    is significantly bigger and heavier than the 350D. I changed from a 350D to
    the 50D because the 50D offered me:
    - spot metering
    - more frames per second
    - a useful increase in the number of pixels
    but note that I used the 350D for several years before I decided I would
    benefit from changing to the 50D.

    Hopefully, this link
    takes you to Canon's DSLR page and you can run a comparison of the 60D and

    Looking very quickly through the comparison, the 60D offers more frames per
    second, has a tougher body, more custom functions (which suggests that the
    user can customise it better to their needs), has a faster shutter speed
    (1/8000) and slightly higher flash sync speed than the 600D.

    My 50D has a feature that lets me set the flashgun options via the 50D's LCD
    screen. Where the flashgun shows custom functions as F01, F02 and so on, the
    50D uses plain English to tell me what the options do and that's very
    helpful. I don't know if this is also found on the 600D or only on the lower
    numbered Canon cameras (50D, 5D, 1D etc).

    Hope this is of help.

    Kindest regards, Ian.
    Ian, May 17, 2012
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