Canon 60D

Canon EOS 60D Digital SLR

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The Canon 60D was made mostly for the purpose of stills, with the video feature added more as an after thought, until they realised how brilliant the videos looked and people started to use them solely for film. The “movies” are in full HD 1080p. Some features on the 60D that are unique are the high-res, free-angle screen, which was something not seen on Canon’s until the 60D, this means the LCD screen can be turned upside down to get a better, more personal image without having to lie on the ground and in awkward positions. The 60D is also lighter and smaller then other Canon models.

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The first pro for the Canon 60D is most obviously the amazing video quality, when they say HD, they mean it. The picture is always very crisp and clear, without the overly expensive price tag to go along with it, which brings me on to the second pro. The Canon’s are slightly expensive (£799 with a 70-300mm lens, according to the Canon Ebay Site) but for the quality of image you get, the price tag is very good.  Another pro for the 60D is the size. They’re very compact, meaning no big heavy case to carry around, which can be very irritating when filming on location. The camera seems very easy to get used to, with quite simple buttons and features, there’s an external microphone port so that when using the camera in a more professional manner, it is easy to plug in an external mic and avoid using the built in one. I am quite excited to get started with this camera and see what footage I can capture. I think the 60D would be at it’s best when used for showreel type work, maybe also music videos and short films, where the cons won’t affect the outcome quite as much.

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The first con for the Canon 60D would be the battery life. Although a lot of the reviews I read said the battery life was above average, they were obviously referring to the camera as a stills camera and not a video camera. Comparing the battery life to that of a professional video camera, it is quite bad with only an hour of battery, this can be overcome of course by buying more batteries but then the user would have to stop filming to change the battery, similarly, the SD card only records around 14 mins of footage, so again it would be best to have spare SD cards to hand. This again means there would be an interruption in the filming, so this camera wouldn’t be well suited to film concerts or shows where the camera needs to be running for a long period of time. The biggest con, I think, would be the audio quality. As previously mentioned, the video feature was only really added as a bonus, meaning they didn’t thoroughly think through the things a professional video camera would need to, so the microphone on the camera is very small and is situated above the camera, meaning most of the sounds recorded are from the camera itself, rather then from the subject you’re trying to focus on. Luckily there is an external port so audio equipment can be plugged in separately, but this means carrying around more equipment, which may mean more people are needed for the shoot, making it harder to organise and film. The 60D’s are also very small, although this can be seen as a pro in the sense it is easier to transport, it means it is harder to use as a decent shoulder mount when doing hand held filming, the camera is also very light so shots may be more shaky then when using a camera with a heavier weight, making it sturdier. this is something I definitely need to consider when doing my own work as I’m not as confident as I would like to be when doing hand held work.

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I found several Vimeo groups dedicated to just Canon 60D filming, which will help me see the competition when using these cameras, and also see the standard these cameras are capable of producing.

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