Canon EOS 60D with 18-135mm lens review

Superior ergonomics – particularly the bigger viewfinder and articulated screen – make this a shrewd choice for Canon upgraders willing to look beyond the 550D.

24 Jan 2011
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22.3x14.9mm 18.0-megapixel sensor, 7.5x zoom (28.8-216mm equivalent), 755g

The differences between the 60D and 550D are more in what they’re like to use. Their performance is hard to separate in general use but the 60D is faster in continuous mode, running at 5.2fps and only slowing to 2fps after 96 JPEGs in our tests. RAW continuous mode lasted for 18 shots before slowing to 0.8fps.

Canon EOS 60D open LCD

The 60D’s screen is articulated, and this makes a big difference for video and macro photography. There are many more buttons than on the 550D and an additional dial. The 60D doesn’t use them as effectively as we’d hope, though, and most functions are no quicker to access. A passive, backlit LCD screen displays camera settings, so the 3in LCD can be left off to conserve battery power. The battery is bigger than the 550D’s, too, and lasts 60% longer for videos and 150% longer for photos.

Best of all is the viewfinder, which is significantly bigger than the 550D’s. All these improvements account for a significantly higher weight and bulk than the 550D, but the end result is an nicely balanced camera that fits extremely snugly in the hand.

Canon EOS 60D back

While the 550D’s photos are exceptionally good for the price, the 60D has some stiffer competition. Canon’s SLRs are extremely consistent, so choosing a model is more about meeting your needs than going for an unequivocal Best Buy. That’s true of Nikon, too, and it gets more complicated because th two ranges include few models that are directly comparable by price. The 60D’s benefits over the 550D aren’t critical but together they easily justify the price difference. Ultimately, the 60D is a great choice for Canon owners looking to upgrade but keep their existing lens collection.

Basic Specifications

Rating ****
CCD effective megapixels 18.0 megapixels
CCD size 22.3x14.9mm
Viewfinder optical TTL
Viewfinder magnification, coverage 0.95x, 96%
LCD screen size 3.0in
LCD screen resolution 1,040,000 pixels
Articulated screen Yes
Live view Yes
Optical zoom 7.5x
Zoom 35mm equivalent 28.8-216mm
Image stabilisation optical, lens based
Maximum image resolution 5,184x3,456
Maximum movie resolution 1920x1080
Movie frame rate at max quality 25fps
File formats JPEG, RAW; QuickTime (AVC)


Memory slot SDXC
Mermory supplied none
Battery type Li-ion
Battery Life (tested) 1,100 shots
Connectivity USB, AV, mini HDMI, remote, mic input
HDMI output resolution 1080i
Body material plastic
Lens mount Canon EF-S
Focal length multiplier 1.6x
Kit lens model name Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Accessories USB and AV cables, neck strap
Weight 755g
Size 106x145x79mm

Buying Information

Warranty one-year RTB
Price £1,029

Camera Controls

Exposure modes program, shutter priority, aperture priority, manual
Shutter speed 30 to 1/8,000 seconds
Aperture range f/3.5-22 (wide), f/5.6-36 (tele)
ISO range (at full resolution) 100 to 12800
Exposure compensation +/-3 EV
White balance auto, 6 presets with fine tuning, manual, custom
Additional image controls contrast, saturation, sharpness, colour tone, auto lighting optmiser, aspect ratio, noise reduction, highlight tone priority
Manual focus Yes
Closest macro focus 45cm
Auto-focus modes 9-point
Metering modes multi, centre-weighted, partial, centre
Flash auto, forced, suppressed, slow synchro, rear curtain, red-eye reduction
Drive modes single, continuous, self-timer, AE bracket, WB bracket