The new 60D continues Canon's popular "xxD" series of cameras. The 60D represents the greatest evolutionary step for the xxD series. The 60D is slightly smaller and lighter than the 50D and features an articulating LCD screen (the first Canon digital SLR to do so). Resolution is bumped form 15 to 18 megapixel and the 60D gets the same 1080p HD video capability as the Rebel T2i.

Additional changes include:

- SD memory card instead of CF (1st xxD camera to use SD)
- Wireless speedlight controller built-in

- in camera RAW file conversion (can create a JPG from a RAW without a computer)
- One custom user definable exposure mode (50D had two)
- No flash sync socket (only important if you use studio flashes for portraits)

This table shows the evolution of the Canon Digital Rebel models:

Model Date Announced Resolution LCD Screen Live View? Video?
D30 4/2000 3.1MP 1.8" No No
D60 2/2002 6.3MP 1.8" No No
10D 2/2003 6.3MP 1.8" No No
20D 8/2004 8.2MP 1.8" No No
30D 2/2006 8.2MP 2.5" No No
40D 8/2007 10.1MP 3.0" Yes No
50D 8/2008 15.1MP 3.0" hi-res. Yes No
60D 8/2010 18.0MP 3.0" hi-res.(3:2)
articulating LCD
Yes Yes

Live View continues to evolve and become more useful. Live View allows you to use the LCD screen as a viewfinder, although it is mainly designed for use in manual focus mode. Canon has upgraded autofocus capability while using Live View with three different autofocus options including a Face Detection autofocus mode. There may be uses for
Live View outside the office, but we don't see it being used very often for clinical photography.

Grid Focusing Screen option for the Canon 60D

Like the 50D, the 60D also gets interchangeable focusing screens and a grid screen is available. The grid screen superimposes horizontal and vertical lines in the viewfinder. This was a very popular upgrade back in the days of the Yashica Dental Eye and should be very useful for image alignment. We can install this focusing screen for you when we assemble your camera system (and the original screen will be sent as well).

Macro Flash Options for the Canon 60D

Sigma's EM-140DG macro flash is the first of four flash options for TTL flash control on the 60D. The EM-140DG is a dual point flash that is compatible with the Canon ETTL flash control system. It is a more "universal" flash as it can take the full range of dental views. (shown above - image #3)

The Canon MR-14EX macro flash is the second flash option. The MR-14EX's flash head is shaped like a ring flash, but it is actually "split" into two arced tubes. This gives you the even illumination of a ring, but still allows you to vary the power from side to side. This affords you more creative control over the lighting. (shown above - image #1)

The third option is the Metz MS-1 wireless macro flash. The 60D has a built-in wireless speedlight controller. To use the 60D with the Metz MS-1, you simply pop-up the built-in flash and camera controls the flash outputfor a proper exposure every time. This combination is lighter than the other two flashes and there is no cable from the camera to the flash.
(shown above - image #2)

The fourth option is the Canon 270EX II Wireless Macro System with R2-C Bracket (shown below). The package includes two Canon 270EX II flashes and the R2 bracket. The 60D's built-in wireless flash transmitter controls the Canon flashes for a pefect exposure.

Wireless flash control: When the 60D first arrived, there was an issue with the built-in wireless flash transmitter - when you took the camera battery out of the camera, the buit-in flash settings would be reset to the default settings. Canon has released a firmware upgrade that fixes this issue. All 60D cameras from PhotoMed will have the new firmware pre-installed. If you own a 60D, the new version is v1.1.0 and can be downloaded at:

Macro Lens Options for the Canon 60D

There are three lens options for the 60D: the Tokina 100mm macro lens (18oz.), the Canon EF 100mm macro lens (20.5oz.) and the Canon EF 100mm L macro lens (22oz.). All three lenses offer very similar optical quality while the Canon EF 100mm L macro lens adds Canon's Image Stabilization (IS) system. The IS system makes focusing easier - a sophisticated system measures movement and counteracts the movement by shifting lens elements. If you are taking a mirror shot and you have the mirror in one hand and the camera in the other, you will be amazed how much more stable the image is in the viewfinder. The 100mm L macro also features higher quality glass elements for the sharpest possible image. If you have any questions about which lens is best for your needs, please call us.

Click here to open a chart comparing the specs of the Canon & Nikon SLR cameras

What's Included in the Package?
Complete systems (camera, lens and flash) also include a 2GB memory card, USB memory card reader and a professional grade hard case. The case is designed to hold the camera completely assembled and well protected.

The complete camera system is pre-assembled and tested. It is shipped to you in a professional hard case with custom PhotoMed instructions for clinical use. The complete system also includes unlimited telephone/email technical support and loan equipment support if anything ever needs repair. Unlike other sources, we never charge for tech support or loan equipment (except shipping charges).

Accessories are too numerous to list here. PhotoMed carries everything you might need for your 60D: memory cards, memory card readers, recreational lenses, etc. Give us a call and we'll help you decide which accessories will work best for you.

Our technical experts have answers to all your digital questions. Call for more information.

Canon 60D System Pricing
There are three lens and four flash choices for our Canon 60D Systems - use the grid below to determine the price
of your system. Please call or email us if you have any questions regarding lens and flash configuration.
60D Systems
w/Tokina 100mm lens
w/Canon 100mm lens
wCanon L 100mm lens
w/Sigma EM-140 flash
w/Metz MS-1 flash
w/Canon MR-14EX
macro flash
w/(2) Canon 270EX II
flashes and R2-C Bracket
n/a* (see note below)

* This option is not recommended as the Tokina lens extends in/out as it is focused making it more difficult to use with the R2 bracket.

Canon 60D Options and Recommended Accessories
Listed below are popular accessories for the Canon 60D. Please call or email us if you have any questions regarding options or accessories.
Canon Ef-D Grid Focusing Screen
AAA Rechargeable NiMH battery kit - quick charger and 4 AAA batteries
(recommended for use with Metz MS-1 macro flash)
AA Rechargeable NiMH battery kit - quick charger and 4 AA batteries
(recommended for use with Canon and Sigma macro flashes)
2GB SD Memory Card
4GB SD Memory Card
16GB SD Class 10 Memory Card - high speed SD memory card for HD video recording
extra lithium-ion rechargeable battery for Canon 60D
HDMI to Mini-HDMI 6' cable - attach Canon 60D camera to HD television

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