After Pre-ordering a 60D the day it got released, I'm now one of the 60D "haters" after playing with one.
I had a Nikon D90 2 years ago and moved to "sharing" my brothers Canon 7D for much longer than he would like then I was now shopping for one of my own. The 7D was out of my budget so the 60D seemed perfect, but after using one for a few hours then I have to say I'm very disappointed (not to mention sad because I had very high hopes). Here are my PERSONAL opinions and I hope I don't offend anyone with it.
- 9Point autofocus
What do you shoot? Given the spread of those 9 cross-type sensors I haven't found a need for more. Unless you're shooting sports or birds in flight it's fine. If you *are* shoot sports or birds in flight there is *one* choice for a Canon APS-C body and it's called the 7D and has been available forever.
- New D-Pad instead of the joystick
I thought the same, until I used it for about 2 days, and then my body relearned the new layout. Now I find it's easier than the joystick on other xx/xDs.
- Smaller top screen
That's enough to make you jump brands? It's big enough to see everything you need if your eye sight is good enough to be using a camera in the first place. The button placement on the top is also streamlined and lines up with the LCD. Good move.
So don't order it the day it comes out... Wait a couple of months for the Thanksgiving/Christmas discount.
- Video Mode is on Control Wheel now (not dedicated button like 7D)
A pain if you're mess with video, but a non-starter if you doing real video work with the camera.
- Video has no manual control ( 7D was intuitive. We couldn't figure it out w/ 60D since we forgot manual)
You didn't look very hard then, it's all there. Just like the 7D.
- Very plasticky body. Much better than the toy-like rebel feel, but definitely not a tank like the 5D/7D.
Maybe.. maybe not. The new grip is better IMHO and the body is well balanced. I can also tell you it's pretty robust, mine has been abused a few times *already* (I'm mean to my gear LOL)
- Articulating screen. For artistic shots, video should be manually focused whether it has autofocus or not.
Video should always be MFed if you aren't shooting your kids birthday
It's also nice it flips around and protects the screen.
- Solid Body. It may not have a "Pro" feel to it, but if this is the new low end then it feels better than the Rebels
The T2i is the new low end (well technically the T1i is).
So there you go. I really wanted to like the 60D and even have my preorder still in effect (backordered) but most likely I'm cancelling it, selling my lenses and switching back to Nikon. The D7000 isn't my perfect camera either (no articulating screen, 60fps, GPS) but in terms of value it's great so I wont feel horrible about switching... unless Canon comes out with a micro four-thirds first and makes me question whether selling my lenses was a bad move.
The D7000 also hasn't been reviewed yet and the IQ in more than a few sample shots looks a bit dodgy. And Canon won't do m4/3. Not sure why you would a smaller sensor anyway. Smaller sensor = more issues with IQ. How long did you spend with the 60D before deciding you didn't like it. It sounds like it wasn't very long at all. Use one for a day or two and (again unless you shoot sports or BIF) and I think 90% of your gripes will become non-issues.