I had a hard time choosing the вЂњrightвЂќ camera for myself. I knew for a fact that I was going to stick with Canon because my friends all owned canon and we intended to swap lenses from time to time.В Yes, each of the three cameras will offer very similar if not the same image quality. However, each camera are still completely different in my opinion and they cater towards different photographers.В I had originally heard many degrading opinions about the 60d and how the entire cameraвЂ™s layout was inefficient.В I admit while I was testing out the three cameras at best buy, I didnвЂ™t enjoy the ergonomics on the 60d; it felt like every button was bunched together to fit in CanonвЂ™s new swivel screen. В And the top lock on the dial just seemed useless to me. The t3i was a nice cheaper camera that I could have gotten and saved some money for a better lens. And at the moment the 7d felt great in my hands. So after all of that why did I end up choosing the 60d over the t3i and the 7d?
Why I skipped the t3i
The t3i was about 900 dollars with the kit lens while the 60d was about 1300 dollars with the kit lens. (I was able to get it for 1200 because at the moment Canon had a rebate sale) So why did I toss in the extra 400, or 300 in my case, bucks to get the 60d instead?В While I admit the 60dВ wasntВ to my liking at first, I still felt like the t3i didnвЂ™t feel right in my hands. I donвЂ™t have huge hands or anything but that extra heft the 60d offers just felt right to me. While the t1i, t2i, and t3i all feel a tad bit too light and small.When youвЂ™re buying a camera, itвЂ™s really important to buy what feels right to YOU. When you get that right camera in your hands, you will be more inclined to actually use it. The actual layout of the 60dвЂ™s buttons just makes changing your settings so much easier in compassion. I notice I never actually use the rear swivel LCD screen to change my settings.В Instead IвЂ™m always using the quick view screen on the top which much faster to get to.
Every now and then I go back to my friendвЂ™s t3i or t1i and notice I donвЂ™t like fiddling through the menus with the rear buttons.В But after a while on the 60d, even with the buttons feeling bunched together on the rear, once you get used to it, itвЂ™s not as bad as everyone claims. I definitely prefer the ergo on the 60d rather than the t3i.
I also notice the 60d, while I havenвЂ™t read anything on it, feels like it has a much snappier autofocus in comparison to my friendвЂ™s t3i. I didnвЂ™t expect this. As you read above the size and ergonomics was fine enough for me to upgrade. So that was a nice plus!
ItвЂ™s also a great option to just buy the cheaper camera and buy some better glass. That was a huge option for me but I intended to keep the 60d for a while so I got it over the t3i.
So while the t3i is a great camera for many, I thought the extra few hundred for the 60d was well spent.
Why IВ didntВ go for the 7d
Honestly, I do envy some with the 7d. Just because, itвЂ™s a 7d! However I decided to skip out on it.В 1900 bucks with the kit lens was a little too much for me.
For the extra 600 bucks, sure I would have gotten a camera with even better ergo, and I just spent half a page above explaining how important that was to me. However, I knew that no matter what I would get I would end up getting used to it. And thatвЂ™s just what happened. I got the 60d and IвЂ™m perfectly happy with its ergo and I donвЂ™t personally need what the 7d offered. IвЂ™m able to adjust any settings without any slowdowns.
The 7d, while it is an extra 600 bucks, you do get what you pay for. 8 frames a second: great for sports photography. However, I knew from the start that I wouldnвЂ™t really go that route in photography so I thought I should not spend that extra cash when I didnвЂ™t intend to use it.
The main reason why I got the 60d over the 7d was the swivel screen. I never use it for photography but when it comes to video itвЂ™s great. At first I thought the screen would have been a gimmick type thing.В But after shooting some short videos with it, I notice it makes shooting videos much more вЂњlow key.вЂќ I donвЂ™t need to hold the screen up eye level to record something. I just simply pull out the screen and turn it a bit and then IвЂ™m off to record the next dark knight!
Considering many, including myself, are buying DSLRвЂ™s for cinematic videos, the 60dвЂ™s swivel screen just makes your work that much more convenient. So for MYSELF, the screen, out weighted all of the other features that the 7d offered.
I know some are disappointed by the fact that Canon made the t3i, 7d, and 60d so very similar but I assure you that these three cameras are targeted towards completely different people.В Yes, they all take very similar photos but the t3i is an entry level camera, with an entry level build quality. В And yes the 60d isnвЂ™t too far off from the t3i, but we should understand that the t3i was already a beast of its own. We should be happy that Canon packs a lot into a cheaper model. If you have the extra cash and you want a better build and a couple of more features then go for the 60d. And finally the 7d offers 8fps, 2 frames more than the 60d. To the average person that may not seem like much, but for the enthusiast sports photographer it could mean making that shot to pay for his or her bills or missing it. ThatвЂ™s just something to keep in mind.
The t3i is a great camera but I wanted something a bit sturdier and ergonomically better. And while the 7d even betters the 60d at ergo, the 60d offered the swivel screen that, for me, made it the right camera.
If youвЂ™re still debating on the three DSLRвЂ™s definitely take your time to think about the work you plan to do. В Maybe investing into a cheaper body and better glass might be a better deal for you. В While all cameras are great, one will fit you better than the rest.
Now, I wonder if the 5d Mark iii will have the swivel screen.В Gulp.