Pros: good battery life, excellent image quality, Superior build quality, Solid Operation, Simple controls/menu, easy to use
I recently purchased this camera (EOS D60) used because I wanted an affordable high end DSLR that would be very usable today.
My first experience with Canon SLR cameras was with the 35mm GII and later the 35mm K2 and have loved 'em since.
This camera boasts a very durable, well built body and quality is on par with many current above mid-priced DSLR's. Conisdering what this camera cost new back in 2002 or so, my used purchase is a true bargain. Its 6.3 megapixel sensor yields sharp images and due to the smaller files, I can fit tons of JPEG's on a 2 or 4 gig card.
While this camera may be "only" 6.3 MP this is still good enough to let me do a x2 crop or enlargement without the image falling apart. My opinion is that 6.3 MP should make good 10x12 inch prints (without cropping) or an 8x10 (or 8x12) if image is cropped 2x which would give you an equivalent 3 MP image (assuming the image quality is set to Large JPEG or RAW).
The 3fps burst rate should serve most general users adequately. Even though the LCD monitor is at 1.8 inches there is enough "zoom" magnification to verify focus and sharpness. Another plus to me is the BP-511 battery pack which is still easy to find as some more recent models use it. The viewfinder is large enough to be comfortable to look through without that "tunnel vision" feeling however it has 95% coverage so get close to the frame edges to fill your photos.
The only thing I would have a complaint over is the rotary-style power switch which you have to turn to the left to power on. so if you want to get that quick shot and activate the camera as you remove it from the bag with your left thumb, it's not as easy as if it were a slide type switch. I may not be a pro photographer but I feel the camera gives good exposures and high image quality.
Since the camera was originally geared toward pro photographers features are minimal although it has 5 scene modes as well as the usual full-auto, program and manual modes.
In conclusion the EOS D60 is highly usable even today especially families or hobbyists on a tight budget. It may not have some modern conveniences but has all the right stuff in an excellent high-quality solid camera only a pro could afford when it was new and provides an excellent start for those upgrading to a DSLR with a current selection of EOS system lenses or a great backup for a new(er) Canon DSLR. Also this would be a great DSLR for a young teen who wants more than thier current compact camera.
I rated this as 5 stars for price/value at the price this camera could be bought for today, not when new.
Also, I won't list the smallish LCD screen as a con because digital photoghraphy was just beginning to explode when this model was introduced and I feel can't realistically compare this as a modern day feature since most LCD screens were smaller back then.
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Review 2 for EOS D60
Used this product for: 3 to 6 months
Expertise Level: Advanced Amateur
Product replacement: Yes
Date:October 11, 2009
Pros: Superior build quality, excellent image quality, Simple controls/menu, Nice features/settings, Quick Start-up time, Solid Operation, good battery life
I bought this camera used and it is my first dSLR. I have used 35mm SLRs for years and was spoiled by their features. After being disappointed by the performance of my point and shoot digitals I was very pleased to use a camera again that gave me creative control over my pictures.
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Review 3 for EOS D60
Location: San Juan Capistrano, CA
Used this product for: more than 1 year
Expertise Level: Professional or Expert
Product replacement: No
Best Purchase Ever
Date:August 30, 2009
Pros: Superior build quality, excellent image quality, Bright LCD, Simple controls/menu, Nice features/settings, quiet, Quick Start-up time, Solid Operation, easy to use, Lightweight/Portable, good battery life
I've been using the D60 for over five years now and it is simply the best professional digital camera ever. No need for anything else.