EOS D60 impressions
AF (auto focus)Canon says that the D60's AF has been improved. Of course, I don't see how one can get worse than the D30, and still be called an "AF" camera. (^_^;
I have only used the D60 at one "dark" event so far, but the AF does seem to be much faster and "slightly" more accurate than the D30. The red hilighting of the focusing point is very nice too.
ISOThe D30 can go up to ISO 1600, but the D60 can only go to ISO 1000. Slight disadvantage for the D60, but ISO 1000 is enough for the dark events. Even if a higher ISO option was available, the resulting JPEG might be too noisy (grainy).
bufferingThe D60 has a different buffering mechanism from the D30. The D30 seemed to put the JPEGs in the buffer, allowing for very dynamic use of the buffer. So depending on the size of the JPEG, the buffer can hold between 8 to 15 (or even more) images. But the D60 seems to put the RAW data in the buffer, which means that it can only hold 8 images. So the D60 fills up after 8 shots.
However it also seems that the D60 has a secondary cache/buffer for writing the data to the CF (when using JPEG mode). The buffer for the RAW data empties out faster than the data is written to the CF. So it's possible to take pictures even though the data isn't completely written out to the CF.
In normal use, the D60 is faster than the D30 and I can take more pictures in the same time frame. But writing out the data to the CF takes longer, as each image file is about twice as big.
I did some simple performance tests on the D60 (and 10D).
illuminated displayThe D60's display at the top right of the camera can be illuminated by pushing the "set" button. This is very convenient when trying to look at some of the numbers on the display during dark events.
buffer remaining displayIn the view finder, the D60 tells you how many slots are left in the 8 shot buffer. This is very useful for pacing the shots, as I don't want to get caught with 0 slots left in an important situation.
jpegsThe D60 jpegs (with all of the parameters set to the default values) look much sharper than the D30 jpegs.
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