|*||Canon EOS SLR designed ground-up to be digital|
|*||6.3-megapixel CMOS sensor, 3,072 x 2,048 pixel images|
|*||ISO of 100, 200, 400, 800, 1000|
|*||3 frames per second, photo-centric design – touch shutter button in Play mode and camera returns to Record mode.|
|*||Compatible with all Canon EOS system lenses and accessories, focal length multiplier of 1.6|
(Review updated 3/24/2002, to include test shots and results from a full-production model.)
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Ask a photographer, be they professional or amateur, to name the first couple of camera manufacturers they can think of, and chances are that one of those would be Canon. Ask the same photographer what the Canon name means to them, and many would suggest that they associated the name with innovation, the company having brought such technological advances as Eye-Controlled Focusing (Canon EOS 5, 1992) and the USM ultrasonic motors used in the more recent Canon EF lenses, which are extremely quiet and very fast.
Canon film cameras cover the full range from models such as those targeted at professionals (the EOS 1 and 1N for example, and more recently the EOS 1V, to those targeted at the consumer (such as the tiny ELPH series or the EOS Rebel cameras). At PMA 2000, Canon announced the EOS-D30, their first digital SLR, and followed it late last year with the EOS-1D, an ultra-rugged, true professional-grade four megapixel camera with a blazing 8 frames/second maximum exposure rate.
Now, Canon has updated their proprietary CMOS sensor technology (a significant part of the success of the D30), doubling the resolution to 6 megapixels. That, plus a handful of minor design and feature tweaks has produced the EOS-D60, a new six megapixel “semi-pro” digital SLR that will replace the D30 in the marketplace.
(Special thanks to Chuck Westfall of Canon USA, Inc. for the “above and beyond the call” information and answers he furnished in support of this review!)