A Nostalgic Look at the Canon EOS D60

The Canon EOS D60, released in 2002, represents a pivotal moment in the evolution of consumer cameras, combining affordability with advanced features for its time.

Coming to you from Prickly Pear Camera, this retrospective video delves into the hands-on experience of using the Canon EOS D60 in 2024. Despite its age, the D60's ability to produce quality images with a 6-megapixel sensor is notable, albeit with limitations that are thoroughly examined. The video highlights the D60's historical context as one of the first DSLRs to feature a CMOS sensor, significantly reducing production costs and thus, its retail price, making digital SLR photography more accessible to a broader audience.

The D60 brought with it features such as its EF lens mount, its APS-C sensor, and the ability to shoot in raw, all of which made it quite a useful camera that could grow with the user. The tactile experience of using the D60, with its array of physical controls, as compared to modern touchscreen interfaces, is praised for its nostalgic appeal. However, challenges such as the camera's slow processing, three-point autofocus system, and modest continuous shooting capability are also worth noting. These limitations, especially in low-light performance and autofocus capabilities, underscore the technological advancements in photography equipment over the past decades. Nonetheless, it's quite a neat camera to use. Check out the video above for the full rundown.

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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I bough a D60 just for fun for €50. It shows it's age, but works nice even with latest EF lenses. It's a nice look into the past.

It’s good to see that people don’t always need to use state of the art equipment to get the results they’re after. However I haven’t had the same experience. I bought a Canon EOS 7D a few months back and (for me) it is dire! The three lenses I have are sublime but the camera is unable to make the best use of them. Understandably, the AF isn’t up to modern standards but the real killer is the lack of DR - which I’d read about but which wasn’t ready for.

Great memory lane post. I started DSLR with a used D30 as it used all my EF lenses. Still have it but it is retired. Then went 10D which was a big step up and finally to the amazing 7D. That camera gave me some amazing shots for years with excellent DR and low light performance. I only retired it for the amazing R7 that now allows use of all my R, FL, and FD as well as 100% of my EF and EF-S lenses with no loss of features.
But back to the D30 I still give it a whirl as it just brings one back to an earlier perid and makes me appreciate the R7 and the advances Canon has made.