Canon have announced the launch of the EOS D60 featuring a 6.29 million pixel ultra-fine CMOS sensor. The EOS D60 builds on the acclaimed Canon EOS D30 model by increasing resolution by a staggering 100% and adding high-end professional features to an already impressive selection.
The EOS D60 maintains the same basic design principles of the EOS system with an optimised layout for digital functionality. The EOS D60 incorporates the same mode settings and dial operation utilised in the EOS series and offers compatibility with Canons extensive line-up of over 60 EF lenses, ensuring ease of use for anyone familiar with the EOS system. Furthermore, an external cover moulded from lightweight and exceptionally strong engineering plastics combined with a stainless steel chassis makes that the EOS D60 both lightweight and durable.
Canons long-term investment in CMOS chip technology is evident with the launch of the D60, says Robert King, Marketing Manager. Using CMOS technology we are able to provide high image quality products at low production costs, making the EOS D60 an extremely attractive choice to the advanced amateur or professional photographer.
On top of the improved resolution, a number of other advanced features have been added to the EOS D60 to offer exceptional performance. For example, AF performance in low light environments has been improved along with enhanced metering algorithms. This combination delivers greater image quality in difficult shooting conditions. To capture that crucial image, the shutter release lag time has been dramatically reduced ensuring that photographers can activate the camera almost instantly. Although image resolution and file size has increased radically, the EOS D60 still maintains the high-speed shooting of approximately 3 frames per second in a burst of 8 frames.
Other new features aim to further improve overall ease of use of the EOS D60. The upgraded 1.8-inch LCD monitor located on the back of the camera offers greater brightness and provides a greater angle of visibility, enabling users to easily view captured images or information, such as the shutter speed, aperture value, exposure mode and histogram.
Viewfinder information is even more comprehensive indicating flash exposure compensation, maximum burst count as well as the number of shots remaining on the CF card. Auto focus (AF) points are also superimposed in the viewfinder for faster and easier operation.
Standard features of the EOS D30 include a high-speed, high-performance 3-point autofocus; a range of shooting modes, including five Programmed Image Control modes; a 35-zone evaluative metering sensor that is linked to each focusing point; and a built-in E-TTL (Evaluative Through-The-Lens) flash system.
New software is available for the EOS D60 with powerful new tools for image control and camera customisation, a feature previously only found on flagship EOS models, for both Windows and Mac including the user-friendly Adobe Photoshop Plug-in Module, USB Mounter, Image Browser, Remote Capture and PhotoStitch editing packages. The Raw Image convertor software enables the user to easily extract JPEG images
Image data is stored on CompactFlash cards, permitting the storage of up to approximately 92 images on a 128 MB card when shooting in the Large/Normal mode. The EOS D60 is compatible with CompactFlash Type I and II, enabling users to take advantage of the IBM Microdrive and other high-capacity storage media. The high-capacity Battery Pack BP-511, which is included with the unit, provides enough power to take up to approximately 620 shots. For extended shooting the optional Battery Grip BG-ED3, which accommodates two battery packs, can be used.
For more detailed information and sample images you can view the Canon information page.