DPReview.com, granddaddy of camera reviews, says the new Canon EOS 60D is unsurprisingly good, being “built from familiar enough components.”
But it’s not an upgrade to the 50D; the 60D moved to a different slot – between the enthusiast-level 550D and semi-pro 7D. In careful language, DPReview says it is “not a criticism of the 60D to suggest that some of them (40D and 50D upgraders) could reasonably decide that they need the 7D’s additional features.” The 60D is housed in a lighter plastic body; the 50D’s is magnesium metal.
It noted, “The more pertinent question is whether the 60D makes sense as an upgrade from the 550D/Rebel T2i. From our testing, it appears to offer no appreciable image quality benefit, but purely in terms of ergonomics – the larger grip, better viewfinder and two-dial control system – we think it’s well worth considering. If you’re someone who will benefit from the swivel screen it’s an even easier decision. And, for the Rebel upgrader it’s a better option than a second-hand 40D or 50D in almost every respect.”