Darren compares the Canon 30D vs the D60

First published on: Monday, 28 July 2008

After 4 happy years of owning the Canon D60, Darren Rowley upgrades to the Canon 30D digital SLR. He posts some image samples comparing the output from both cameras at Dpreview.com, and writes up a nice review on the new camera vs the old.


  1. The Canon 30D is much lighter and faster then the D60.

  2. No problems with low-light autofocus with the 30D. In similar lighting conditions, the D60 would have hunted or not acquire AF lock at all.

  3. Comparison image samples were taken with the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens mounted on both cameras and zoomed out to 50mm:

    • Comparisons were done at the following ISO series, with 100% crops posted: ISO 100, 200, 400, 800, 1000 — Darren remarks that the ISO 1000 image from the 30D almost rivals the ISO 200 picture from the D60

    • The 30D in Standard Picture Style mode rendered the colours of the scene more accurately than the D60. In Neutral mode, the colours from the 30D comes out similar to the D60’s

    • A series of images were then taken at with the following Picture Styles mode: Standard, Neutral, Landscape, Portrait, Faithful

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