Canon Unveils EOS 60D d-SLR

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Lake Success, N.Y. - Canon USA introduced Thursday an EOS 60D d-SLR camera, four L-series lenses and two accessory extenders.

 

The EOS 60D d-SLR (shipping in September at a $1,100 suggested retail for the body only and $1,400 for a kit with an EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS zoom lens) is Canon's first EOS camera to offer a 3-inch Vari-Angle 1,040,000-dot/VGA LCD screen, FullHD video recording with manual overrides including audio level control, and in-camera RAW image processing.

The camera also includes an 18-megapixel APS-C HD CMOS sensor and a range of Creative Filters to enhance captured images.

Canon's new lenses include the EF 8-15mm f/4L fisheye USM lens (shipping in January at a $1,400 suggested retail), which Canon bills as the world's widest fisheye zoom lens; the EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens (October, $1,500); the EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM (December, $7,000); and the EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM super-telephoto lens (December, $11,000).

The new extenders will both ship in December at suggested retails of $500 each and include the EF 1.4x III and EF 2x III.

Canon said the EOS 60D camera is targeted at "advanced amateurs" and replaces the EOS 50D.

"The EOS 60D has been designed to offer the image-capture and the FullHD video features customers are looking for as they continue to expand their photographic skills. The exciting new features of the EOS 60D make using a d-SLR camera more attractive and easier than ever before. We want everyone to experience the great image quality a Canon d-SLR can offer with features and functions that they will appreciate and use," stated Yuichi Ishizuka, Canon consumer imaging executive VP.

 A multi-control dial places a multi-controller and set button inside the quick-control dial to streamline camera navigation for vertical and horizontal shooting.

A locking mode dial secures the camera against accidental changes to settings.

The 60D is also the first EOS model to feature in-camera processing of RAW image files, new reduced resolution image copies, and post-processing creative image filters.

The four filters include: Soft Focus effect; Grainy Black and White filter; Toy Camera, which  adds vignetting and color shift; and a Minature Effect filter that simulates the look from a tilt-shift lens. Each filter can be applied to a captured still image in-camera to create a second "filtered" JPEG version, leaving the original RAW or JPEG file unaffected.

 A new Aspect Ratio feature enables the Live View screen to display cropping lines for 1:1, 16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratios in addition to the standard 3:2 ratio to help compose the image for the final image.

The EOS 60D captures FullHD 1080 video capture at frame rates of 24p, 25p or 30p. Native 24p recording helps videographers achieve a more cinema-style look for their footage without the need for post-processing.

Manual controls are available for video exposure and audio levels in 64 steps, and an electronic wind screen is included, along with an in-camera movie-editing feature, allowing users to shorten a video file by clipping segments from the beginning or the end.

A Movie Crop mode offers 7x magnification when shooting SD video. The image is cropped directly from the CMOS sensor at full SD resolution to preserve image quality and still provide additional telephoto power.

 The camera incorporates a DIGIC 4 imaging processor, a large 18-megapixel APS-C-sized CMOS sensor, a nine-point autofocus system and Canon's iFCL (Intelligent Focus, Color, Luminance) metering system.

For low-light shooting, the camera has an ISO range of 100 to 6,400 (adjustable in 1/3-step increments from ISO 100 to 6,400 and expandable to 12,800), and includes a pop-up flash, and multi-flash-capable Integrated Speedlite Transmitter.

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