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Announcement Dates & 60D Specs [CR2]

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Where is the stuff?!
We’ve reported before that July 13, 2010 could be an announcement date for some Canon photographic products.

If you go there and check out August 25, you’ll see a “Special Epic Event”. It mentions an announcement for July 13, 2010.

Could they just be announcing a workshop and nothing more? Possible, I was burned by that once before.

However, this is the 3rd clue as to July 13 being an announcement day.

60D Specs
I receive a new spec list almost hourly, oh what to believe.

If I go with the people that have been right in the past (not always), then this is what we have.

  • 18mp
  • New 9AF point system.
  • 5 Crosstype Sensors, all f/5.6 except for the f/2.8 Center
  • Articulating Screen
  • 6fps (A drop of .3)
  • Full HD Recording Mode
  • Wireless Flash Transmitter
  • New Battery & Grip
  • 98% VF
  • Weather Seals like the 50D
  • Still back and forth on the formfactor.
  • I still remember being told once about a new exciting feature never seen in an EOS camera before.

I do not expect a 1Ds Mark IV to be announced at this time. I’m receiving no news about such a camera.

There could be a few PowerShots announced with the 60D, but not the G12 or SX30 (if that’s what they’re called).


133 responses to “Announcement Dates & 60D Specs [CR2]”

  1. Pardon my newbishness, but what exactly does “5 Crosstype Sensors, all f/5.6 except for the f/2.8 Center” mean?

    Does it mean that the center AF point achieves its best performance with f/2.8 or wider lenses, and the ones at the periphery do beset at f/5.6 and faster? E.g. a f/4 lens would max out the performance of the outlying points but would not achieve the center point’s best possible performance?

    And does anyone recall how fast the 7D’s AF points were?

  2. I’m no technician, but since it’s unlikely you’ll get a better answer, here is how I understand it.

    The 7D has 19 crosstype sensors with extra sensitivity (f2.8) at the center.

    The T2i has nine crosstype sensors with extra sensitivity (f2.8) at the center.

    As an aside, if you were to believe this rumor, the 60D would have fewer autofocus sensors than the T2i. Personally, I seriously doubt that will be the case. Probably will be the same as the T2i, but that’s just my opinion.

    Sounds like, from reading Canon’s website and other online resources that you’re on the right track. The center AF point is a little more accurate in low-light than the other points, making it easier for the camera to autofocus in dim light.

    In low-light situations, where an autofocus sensor might have trouble picking out the edges, the center point is more accurate.

    I’m sure there are some techies out there that will correct my explanation, but this is what I get from gleaning a few websites.

    Bottom line: I wouldn’t worry all that much about it. As a former F1 owner now using a 7D I can tell you that my pictures are about 100 times more likely to be in focus now than they were when I was shooting film with a manual focus camera.

  3. The Special Epic Event is Wedding Photography Course with Jasmine Star, no camera announcement.

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