Successor to the D-60

It seems that the next version of the DSLR Canon EOS line is out. It is called the Canon EOS-10D, and it is pretty much like the D60 (which I have), but without the minor annoyances. It also boasts a boatload of new features.

To top it all off, the MSRP is $2,000 with an estimated street price of $1,500. That’s about $800 or so cheaper than the D60.

Sigh. At least the D60 is still a nice camera. None of the features of the 10D are killer features in comparison, but each one is of a "that would be nice to have" sort. Oh, and the camera is a good deal faster, especially when it comes to auto-focus. Also, the new camera has the same number of pixels, but the quality is ever-so-slightly a tad bit better.

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5 Responses to “Successor to the D-60”

  1. pseudo says:

    Looks nice …

    I was thinking of getting the D60, until I saw the Sigma SD-9, I dunno. If they could get the Foveon sensor in the EOS-10D, we’re talking one sweet camera my friend.

  2. Anthony says:

    Argh

    Yeah that’s frustrating. I have the Sony DSC-S85, and it’s fantastic… 4 megapixels, 3x optical zoom built-in, full auto and full manual, and takes beautiful photos (all the photos on my site were taken with it). But it was about $700 when I bought it, and a year later it dropped to $475. Frustrating to be able to get the same camera (or in your case, a slightly better one) for so much less.

    You say it even has reduced auto-focus time… ah, that’s one of the very few areas I wish my camera was better. It’s not terrible by any means (1.1 seconds of total lag, according to dpreview.com), but it could be faster.

  3. garrett says:

    Yeah, but…

    Yeah, the Foveon sensor looks nice, but do you really want a Sigma camera that’s limited to Sigma lenses only?

    I love my Sigma wide-angle lens, don’t get me wrong, but I really like my Canon lenses a bit more. Of course, there’s a price to be paid for the higher quality and with nicer glass, and a larger price tag is part of the deal.

    The CMOS sensor in the D60 (which also is used in the 10D and a similar one in the 1Ds) is great. The technology behind the Foveon may be a little better, but taking the trade-off in the more established technology and craft of photography equipment for a slight gain in the more volatile aspect of digital photography is something to really think about.

    When you’re buying a camera with accessories, you’re not just buying the camera, you’re also buying into a camera system. By buying a Canon DSLR, I bought interchangeable parts for a Canon system. I can upgrade the body and keep the lenses I have invested in. With the Sigma, you’re stuck in a Sigma world. With a Canon or Nikon, you have flexibility within that either system provides.

    There’s always going to be a better digital camera down the road. If you can spend money in things that aren’t as apt to change, then you’re buying more than just the latest technology.

  4. garrett says:

    Yes, that’s true… *However*

    When I first heard about the D60 being discontinued and that Canon will be coming out with a revised model, I first though, "Aw, man!"

    I thought about it a little longer, though. First off, despite many of the improved features, the heart of the camera is more or less the same. Sure the cost is less, but if I would not have bought the camera when I did, I would not have taken the pictures I have. Just like with computers, you have to buy something sometime if you want to take a part of what it offers.

    If your camera works and is giving you more than adequate pictures, then that’s great. If you are still learning with what you have, even better. Everything should be considered a learning process, and you should never stop learning if you can help it. There’s always more out there to discover, especially with something as flexible as photography. Of course, the better equipment you have, the more you will benefit — but is it better to be a pro with sub-par equipment or have world-class hardware without any knowledge whatsoever of how to use it?

    Upgrade when you feel that you’ve gotten enough out of your current camera and when it makes sense for you to upgrade. The same goes with computers. Factors that influence you in taking the next step include how much you know, how much you expect out of your current set-up, how much you will benefit from the new goods, and how much of an emphasis you place on that aspect of your life. The same is true of computers, cameras, and many other things (although not *everything*, of course).

  5. Anthony says:

    Absolutely

    I agree, and I’m crazy about my camera… I’m not upgrading anytime soon : )