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60D vs. 7D

Michael Franz , Oct 27, 2010; 08:21 p.m.

I am getting ready to buy a new body. I currently own a Rebel Xti so either of these two will be a giant updrade.
Are there any thoughts which is better? I like the 60D because of the Vari-Angle screen but I also like the 7D for the dust and weather resistance factor.
Any thoughts from my fellow geniuses?


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Puppy Face , Oct 27, 2010; 08:39 p.m.

They're both nice cameras with equal IQ so it comes down to interface, features and build. If you shoot video the external push button start of the 7D is faster and more intuitive than the command dial twist of the 60D. Action types will prefer the better AF and higher frame rate of the 7D. Anal retentive types will favor the micro adjust feature of the 7D.

The feature that I love the most about the 7D is spot focus: perfect for macro or snagging focus where larger AF points fail (or focus on the wrong thing). For macro and small products I basically get 100% hit rates whereas my 50D would miss 15 or 20% of the time (AF point was huge & locked on the most contrasty part, e.g., eyebrow instead of eyeball).


David Storm , Oct 27, 2010; 09:33 p.m.

when I upgrade from my Xti, I am going to get the 7d. better weathersealing, faster frame rate, 19point AF among other things....for me, its definatly going to be worth spending the extra money on.

Mark Ethridge , Oct 27, 2010; 09:55 p.m.

I just upgraded from the Xti to a 7d. Haven't had it long enough to really put it through its paces yet, but so far it's an awesome camera.

Nathan Gardner , Oct 27, 2010; 10:41 p.m.

just decide which features suit your style better. If you like to shoot video, either will be great, but the screen of the 60D may provide a little easier use for high and low shots. If you shoot wildlife or sports the AF and frame rate of the 7D would give you an advantage. Just think about what you shoot most and which camera's features will help you more. As far as image quality, they're both 18MP APS-C so it will be nearly identical.

Geoff Francis , Oct 27, 2010; 11:28 p.m.

I currently own a Rebel Xti so either of these two will be a giant updrade.

Certainly a giant upgrade in the number of features, I am guessing from my own experience most of which won't be used. On the other hand, sometimes only one or two of the added features can be really useful.
Likely little upgrade in terms of IQ.

Philip Wilson , Oct 27, 2010; 11:56 p.m.

The 7D handles like a "real camera" - the only handling issue I have with mine is the rotating wheel for mode selection. I prefer the buttons on the 1 series as the wheel can get rotated in the bag.

Jens Peter Troelsen , Oct 28, 2010; 12:42 a.m.

I've also just upgraded, though from a XT, and had the same thoughts about a 60D or a 7D. I was at the shop last week, and felt the difference between the two. That and the better AF, better weather profing was the major factors in my purchase of a 7D. The only 'problem' I have had is, that it's much bigger then my XT, so it barely fits in my bad... Good thing it's christmast time soon :)

Mark Anthony Kathurima , Oct 28, 2010; 08:31 a.m.

I too have an XTi which I plan to replace with a 7D to complement my FF. I had a play with the 7D earlier this year in a shop and it is a great camera. As others have said, write down your priorities and see which one fits your needs better. And if possible, try them both out in a store, or rent them for a few days to do a hands-on comparison.

Larry West , Oct 28, 2010; 10:46 a.m.

Not a genius by any stretch, but I just made the same decision, and the 7D won. About the only things I found enticing about the 60D were the articulating screen, and the price. Not that it is a bad camera, not at all, but the 7D offers quite a bit more. For one, the viewfinder. There is a lot said about it being "100%", but I find that the extra information it presents to you is a tremendous help. The viewfinder changes when you change the metering or focusing parameters. So if you want to focus using only the top center focusing spots, you'll see that confirmed in the viewfinder.

If you have a large number of SD cards, though, that may influence your decision. The 60D uses SD cards, while the 7D uses CF cards.

Shop around, though. I was able to get my 7D with 18-135 EF-S "kit" lens from a photo retailer for about what other places (including the online ones) had been charging for just the body. At that point, it was only a few hundred dollars more than the 60D with the kit lens.

Whichever you choose, I'm sure you'll enjoy it!

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