Just a few hours ago I went over to Pictureline in Draper to pick up one of the brand new Canon 60D cameras. It was released a lot earlier than I expected … which is awesome! I’ve had a little bit of time to play around with it and so far really like what I’m seeing.

So … after having this in my hand for less than an hour and taking some photos with it I do have some initial thoughts. Here are a few thing’s I noticed right away:

Articulating screen: I love this feature. Yeah, you lose a few buttons because of it, but it’s really nice to be able to move it around and use live view to photograph at different angles, and I also like that I can turn it completely around so I don’t see the screen at all. This helps prevent too much chimping and also keeps the LCD protected when not in use.

Joystick: I don’t really like the new version of the “joystick” (a.k.a. the “Multi-controller”), but it’s not a deal-breaker. I prefer the type on the previous cameras (7D, 5D, etc.) where it is really more of an actual joystick that you can wiggle with your thumb. This camera has one similar to what you find on any Nikon DSLR, with up/down/left/right buttons. I notice the difference when zooming in on an image to check focus and move the image around. It’s not as easy to do with this camera but still okay.

Creative Filters: These are fun, but I don’t really see any practical application that I will use them for. I can see myself using these on images that are just personal (not work) and when I have a few extra minutes to dink around with the camera and I’m not at my computer. There are only four filters, and my hope is that they add more down the road. I’m so spoiled with iPhone apps that have tons of ways to edit photos and the few they have on the 60D seem very rudimentary. I would use these much, much more if there were a way to connect to the internet (3G) lik you can with a cell phone … but I don’t see that happening anytime soon. :)

I have a few unedited straight-out-of-the-camera images below. The “un-edited” versions were shot in RAW format and exported as JPEG using the Canon software.  I included the full-res versions as well (just click on the image to view the larger size … they’re pretty big so will take some time to load). I’ll also be writing up a more detailed blog post next week after I’ve had some time to really do some serious shooting with it. So … more to come!

(Update: more detailed review HERE)

Canon 60D, Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens, 1/250 sec at f/2.8, ISO 100
*no filter applied—this image is unedited

Canon 60D, Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens, 1/250 sec at f/2.8, ISO 100
*”Toy Camera” filter applied in-camera

Canon 60D, Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens, 1/6400 sec at f/2.8, ISO 100
*no filter applied—this image is unedited

Canon 60D, Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens, 1/6400 sec at f/2.8, ISO 100
*”Miniature” filter applied in-camera

Canon 60D, Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens, 1/500 sec at f/2.8, ISO 100
*no filter applied—this image is unedited

Canon 60D, Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens, 1/500 sec at f/2.8, ISO 100
*”Soft Focus” filter applied in-camera

Canon 60D, Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens, 1/400 sec at f/2.8, ISO 100
*no filter applied—this image is unedited

Canon 60D, Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens, 1/400 sec at f/2.8, ISO 100
*”Grainy B&W” filter applied in-camera

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