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Canon D60 vs Leica T

The Canon EOS-D60 and the Leica T (Typ 701) are two digital cameras that were announced, respectively, in February 2002 and April 2014. The D60 is a DSLR, while the T Typ 701 is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. Both cameras are equipped with an APS-C sensor. The Canon has a resolution of 6.3 megapixels, whereas the Leica provides 16.2 MP.

Below is an overview of the main specs of the two cameras as a starting point for the comparison.

Headline Specifications
Canon D60
versus
Leica T
Canon D60   Leica T
Digital single lens reflex Mirrorless system camera
Canon EF mount lenses Leica T mount lenses
6.3 MP, APS-C Sensor 16.2 MP, APS-C Sensor
no Video 1080/30p Video
ISO 100-1,000 ISO 100-12,500
Optical viewfinder Viewfinder optional
1.8 LCD, 114k dots 3.7 LCD, 1230k dots
Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive) Fixed touchscreen
3 shutter flaps per second 5 shutter flaps per second
620 shots per battery charge400 shots per battery charge
150 x 107 x 75 mm, 855 g 134 x 69 x 33 mm, 384 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Canon EOS-D60 and the Leica T (Typ 701)? Which one should you buy? Read on to find out how these two cameras compare with respect to their body size, their imaging sensors, their shooting features, their input-output connections, and their reception by expert reviewers.

Body comparison

The side-by-side display below illustrates the physical size and weight of the Canon D60 and the Leica T. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three consecutive views from the front, the top, and the rear side are shown. All size dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

The T Typ 701 can be obtained in two different colors (black, silver), while the D60 is only available in black.

Size Canon D60 vs Leica T
Compare D60 versus T Typ 701 top
Comparison D60 or T Typ 701 rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Leica T is considerably smaller (42 percent) than the Canon D60. Moreover, the T Typ 701 is substantially lighter (55 percent) than the D60. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the D60 nor the T Typ 701 are weather-sealed.

The above size and weight comparisons are to some extent incomplete since they do not consider the interchangeable lenses that both of these cameras require. Hence, you might want to study and compare the specifications of available lenses in order to get the full picture of the size and weight of the two camera systems.

The power pack in the T Typ 701 can be charged via the USB port, which can be very convenient when travelling.

The table below summarizes the key physical specs of the two cameras alongside a broader set of comparators. In case you want to display and compare another camera duo, you can use the CAM-parator app to select your camera combination among a large number of options.

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Body Specifications
    Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
Weather
Sealing
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Canon D60 150 mm 107 mm 75 mm 855 g 620 n Feb 2002 2,999 i
2.
 
Leica T 134 mm 69 mm 33 mm 384 g 400 n Apr 2014 1,850 i
3.
 
Canon T7 129 mm 101 mm 78 mm 475 g 500 n Feb 2018 449 i
4.
 
Canon XC10 125 mm 102 mm 122 mm 1040 g 370 n Apr 2015 2,499 i
5.
 
Canon SL1 117 mm 91 mm 69 mm 407 g 380 n Mar 2013 549 i
6.
 
Canon 40D 146 mm 108 mm 74 mm 822 g 750 n Aug 2007 1,299 i
7.
 
Canon 30D 144 mm 106 mm 74 mm 785 g 750 n Feb 2006 1,399 i
8.
 
Canon 20D 144 mm 106 mm 72 mm 770 g 700 n Aug 2004 1,499 i
9.
 
Canon 10D 150 mm 107 mm 75 mm 850 g 500 n Feb 2003 1,999 i
10.
 
Canon Rebel 142 mm 99 mm 72 mm 649 g 400 n Aug 2003 899 i
11.
 
Canon D30 150 mm 107 mm 75 mm 750 g 540 n May 2000 2,999 i
12.
 
Contax N Digital 152 mm 138 mm 80 mm 990 g 100 n Feb 2002 7,399 i
13.
 
Fujifilm X-T10 118 mm 83 mm 41 mm 381 g 350 n May 2015 799 i
14.
 
Leica TL2 134 mm 69 mm 33 mm 399 g 250 n Jul 2017 1,950 i
15.
 
Leica TL 134 mm 69 mm 33 mm 384 g 400 n Nov 2016 1,695 i
16.
 
Nikon D100 144 mm 116 mm 81 mm 780 g 370 n Feb 2002 1,999 i
17.
 
Sony A6000 120 mm 67 mm 45 mm 344 g 360 n Feb 2014 599 i
Notes: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

Any camera decision will naturally be influenced heavily by the price. The manufacturer’s suggested retail prices give an idea on the placement of the camera in the maker’s lineup and the broader market. The T Typ 701 was launched at a markedly lower price (by 38 percent) than the D60, which puts it into a different market segment. Normally, street prices remain initially close to the MSRP, but after a couple of months, the first discounts appear. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down. Then, after the new model is out, very good deals can frequently be found on the pre-owned market.

Sensor comparison

The imaging sensor is at the core of digital cameras and its size is one of the main determining factors of image quality. A large sensor will tend to have larger individual pixels that provide better low-light sensitivity, wider dynamic range, and richer color-depth than smaller pixel-units in a sensor of the same technological generation. Further, a large sensor camera will give the photographer additional creative options when using shallow depth-of-field to isolate a subject from its background. On the downside, larger sensors are more costly to manufacture and tend to lead to bigger and heavier cameras and lenses.

Both cameras under consideration feature an APS-C sensor, but their sensors differ slightly in size. The sensor area in the T Typ 701 is 8 percent bigger. As a result of these sensor size differences, the cameras have format factors, respectively, of 1.6 (D60) and 1.5. Both cameras have a native aspect ratio (sensor width to sensor height) of 3:2.

Canon D60 and Leica T sensor measures

With 16.2MP, the T Typ 701 offers a higher resolution than the D60 (6.3MP), but the T Typ 701 has smaller individual pixels (pixel pitch of 4.79μm versus 7.38μm for the D60). Yet, the T Typ 701 is a much more recent model (by 12 years and 2 months) than the D60, and its sensor will have benefitted from technological advances during this time that enhance the light gathering capacity of its pixel-units. Coming back to sensor resolution, it should be mentioned that the T Typ 701 has no anti-alias filter installed, so that it can capture all the detail its sensor resolves.

The resolution advantage of the Leica T implies greater flexibility for cropping images or the possibility to print larger pictures. The maximum print size of the T Typ 701 for good quality output (200 dots per inch) amounts to 24.7 x 16.4 inches or 62.8 x 41.6 cm, for very good quality (250 dpi) 19.8 x 13.1 inches or 50.2 x 33.3 cm, and for excellent quality (300 dpi) 16.5 x 10.9 inches or 41.9 x 27.8 cm. The corresponding values for the Canon D60 are 15.4 x 10.2 inches or 39 x 26 cm for good quality, 12.3 x 8.2 inches or 31.2 x 20.8 cm for very good quality, and 10.2 x 6.8 inches or 26 x 17.3 cm for excellent quality prints.

The Canon EOS-D60 has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 1000. The corresponding ISO settings for the Leica T (Typ 701) are ISO 100 to ISO 12500 (no boost).

D60 versus T Typ 701 MP

For many cameras, data on sensor performance has been reported by DXO Mark. This service determines an overall sensor rating, as well as sub-scores for low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports"), dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), and color depth ("DXO Portrait"). The following table provides an overview of the physical sensor characteristics, as well as the sensor quality measurements for a selection of comparators.

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Sensor Characteristics
    Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
1.
 
Canon D60 APS-C 6.3 3072 2048none...... ..
2.
 
Leica T APS-C 16.2 4944 32781080/30p23.012.71082 75
3.
 
Canon T7 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p...... ..
4.
 
Canon XC10 1-inch 12.0 4000 30004K/30p...... ..
5.
 
Canon SL1 APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.811.3843 63
6.
 
Canon 40D APS-C 10.1 3888 2592none22.111.3703 64
7.
 
Canon 30D APS-C 8.2 3504 2336none21.510.8736 59
8.
 
Canon 20D APS-C 8.2 3504 2336none21.911.0721 62
9.
 
Canon 10D APS-C 6.3 3072 2048none21.110.9571 57
10.
 
Canon Rebel APS-C 6.3 3072 2048none21.010.8544 55
11.
 
Canon D30 APS-C 3.1 2160 1440none...... ..
12.
 
Contax N Digital Full Frame 6.1 3040 2008none...... ..
13.
 
Fujifilm X-T10 APS-C 16.0 4896 32641080/60p...... ..
14.
 
Leica TL2 APS-C 24.1 6014 40144K/30p...... ..
15.
 
Leica TL APS-C 16.1 4928 32641080/30p...... ..
16.
 
Nikon D100 APS-C 6.0 3008 2000none...... ..
17.
 
Sony A6000 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p24.113.11347 82

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but can also record movies. The T Typ 701 indeed provides for movie recording, while the D60 does not. The highest resolution format that the T Typ 701 can use is 1080/30p.

Feature comparison

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a variety of features. For example, the D60 has an optical viewfinder, which can be very useful when shooting in bright sunlight. In contrast, the T Typ 701 relies on live view and the rear LCD for framing. That said, the T Typ 701 can be equipped with an optional viewfinder – the Visoflex (Typ 020). The table below summarizes some of the other core capabilities of the Canon D60 and Leica T in connection with corresponding information for a sample of similar cameras.

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Core Features
    Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Size
(inch)
LCD
Resolution
(000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Mech
Shutter
Speed
Shutter
Flaps
(1/sec)
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
1.
 
Canon D60optical Y 1.8 114 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
2.
 
Leica Toptional n 3.7 1230 fixed Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
3.
 
Canon T7optical n 3.0 920 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
4.
 
Canon XC10none n 3.0 1030 tilting Y 1/2000s 3.8 n Y
5.
 
Canon SL1optical n 3.0 1040 fixed Y 1/4000s 4.9 Y n
6.
 
Canon 40Doptical Y 3.0 230 fixed n 1/8000s 6.5 Y n
7.
 
Canon 30Doptical Y 2.5 230 fixed n 1/8000s 5.0 Y n
8.
 
Canon 20Doptical Y 1.8 118 fixed n 1/8000s 5.0 Y n
9.
 
Canon 10Doptical Y 1.8 118 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
10.
 
Canon Rebeloptical n 1.8 118 fixed n 1/4000s 2.5 Y n
11.
 
Canon D30optical Y 1.8 114 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
12.
 
Contax N Digitaloptical Y 2.0 200 fixed n 1/8000s 4.0 n n
13.
 
Fujifilm X-T102360 n 3.0 920 tilting n 1/4000s 8.0 Y n
14.
 
Leica TL2optional n 3.7 1230 fixed Y 1/4000s 7.0 n n
15.
 
Leica TLoptional n 3.7 1230 fixed Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
16.
 
Nikon D100optical Y 1.8 118 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
17.
 
Sony A60001440 n 3.0 922 tilting n 1/4000s 11.0 Y n

One feature that is present on the D60, but is missing on the T Typ 701 is a top-level LCD. While being, of course, smaller than the rear screen, the control panel conveys some of the essential shooting information and can be convenient for quick and easy settings verification.

The D60 writes its imaging data to Compact Flash cards, while the T Typ 701 uses SDXC cards.

Connectivity comparison

For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Canon EOS-D60 and Leica T (Typ 701) and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

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Input-Output Connections
    Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Microphone
Internal
Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
1.
 
Canon D60Y-----1.1---
2.
 
Leica TYstereomono---2.0Y--
3.
 
Canon T7Ymonomono--mini2.0YY-
4.
 
Canon XC10YstereomonoYYmini2.0YY-
5.
 
Canon SL1YmonomonoY-mini2.0---
6.
 
Canon 40DY-----2.0---
7.
 
Canon 30DY-----2.0---
8.
 
Canon 20DY-----1.1---
9.
 
Canon 10DY-----1.1---
10.
 
Canon RebelY-----1.1---
11.
 
Canon D30Y-----1.0---
12.
 
Contax N DigitalY-----FW---
13.
 
Fujifilm X-T10YstereomonoY-micro2.0Y--
14.
 
Leica TL2Ystereomono--micro3.0Y--
15.
 
Leica TLYstereomono--micro2.0Y--
16.
 
Nikon D100Y-----1.1---
17.
 
Sony A6000Ystereomono--micro2.0YY-

It is notable that the T Typ 701 offers wifi support, which can be a very convenient means to transfer image data to an off-camera location. In contrast, the D60 does not provide wifi capability.

Studio photographers will appreciate that the Canon D60 (unlike the T Typ 701) features a PC Sync socket, so that professional strobe lights can be controlled by the camera.

Both the D60 and the T Typ 701 have been discontinued, but can regularly be found used on eBay. The D60 was replaced by the Canon 10D, while the T Typ 701 was followed by the Leica TL. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Canon and Leica websites.

Review summary

So what is the bottom line? Is there a clear favorite between the Canon D60 and the Leica T? Which camera is better? The listing below highlights the relative strengths of the two models.

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Reasons to prefer the Canon EOS-D60:

  • Better moiré control: Has an anti-alias filter to avoid artificial patterns to appear in images.
  • Easier framing: Has an optical viewfinder for image composition and settings control.
  • Easier setting verification: Features an LCD display on top to control shooting parameters.
  • Longer lasting: Can take more shots (620 versus 400) on a single battery charge.
  • Better studio light control: Has a PC Sync socket to connect to professional strobe lights.
  • More heavily discounted: Has been available for much longer (launched in February 2002).

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Advantages of the Leica T (Typ 701):

  • More detail: Has more megapixels (16.2 vs 6.3MP), which boosts linear resolution by 61%.
  • Maximized detail: Lacks an anti-alias filter to exploit the sensor's full resolution potential.
  • Broader imaging potential: Can capture not only stills but also 1080/30p video.
  • Larger screen: Has a bigger rear LCD (3.7" vs 1.8") for image review and settings control.
  • More detailed LCD: Has a higher resolution rear screen (1230k vs 114k dots).
  • Fewer buttons to press: Has a touchscreen to facilitate handling and shooting adjustments.
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (5 vs 3 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • More compact: Is smaller (134x69mm vs 150x107mm) and will fit more readily into a bag.
  • Less heavy: Has a lower weight (by 471g or 55 percent) and is thus easier to take along.
  • Easier travel charging: Can be conveniently charged via its USB port.
  • More legacy lens friendly: Can use many non-native lenses via adapters.
  • Faster data transfer: Supports a more advanced USB protocol (2.0 vs 1.1).
  • Easier file upload: Has wifi built in for automatic backup or image transfer to the web.
  • More prestigious: Has the Leica luxury appeal, which ensures a high resale value.
  • More affordable: Was introduced into a lower priced category (38 percent cheaper at launch).
  • More modern: Reflects 12 years and 2 months of technical progress since the D60 launch.

If the number of relative strengths (bullet points above) is taken as a guide, the T Typ 701 is the clear winner of the contest (16 : 6 points). However, the relevance of individual strengths will vary across photographers, so that you might want to apply your own weighing scheme to the summary points when reflecting and deciding on a new camera. A professional wedding photographer will view the differences between cameras in a way that diverges from the perspective of a travel photog, and a person interested in cityscapes has distinct needs from a macro shooter. Hence, the decision which camera is best and worth buying is often a very personal one.

D60 06:16 T Typ 701

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Canon D60 and the Leica T place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best DSLR Camera and Best Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera listings whether the two cameras rank among the cream of the crop.

In any case, while the comparison of technical specifications can provide a useful overview of the capabilities of different cameras, it says little about, for example, the shooting experience and imaging performance of the D60 and the T Typ 701 in practical situations. User reviews, such as those found at amazon, can sometimes inform about these issues, but such feedback is often incomplete, inconsistent, and biased.

Expert reviews

This is why hands-on reviews by experts are important. The table below provides a synthesis of the camera assessments of some of the best known photo-gear review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], dpreview [DPR], ephotozine [EPZ], photographyblog [PB]). As can be seen, the professional reviewers agree in many cases on the quality of different cameras, but sometimes their assessments diverge, reinforcing the earlier point that a camera decision is often a very personal choice.

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Expert Camera Reviews
     Camera 
 Model 
 AP 
 score 
 CL 
 score 
 DPR 
 score 
 EPZ 
 score 
 PB 
 score 
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Canon D60....+ +o.. Feb 2002 2,999 i
2.
 
Leica T3/5....4/54/5 Apr 2014 1,850 i
3.
 
Canon T7..o..3.5/53.5/5 Feb 2018 449 i
4.
 
Canon XC10....80/100.... Apr 2015 2,499 i
5.
 
Canon SL14/5+78/1004/54/5 Mar 2013 549 i
6.
 
Canon 40D..+ ++ +4.5/54.5/5 Aug 2007 1,299 i
7.
 
Canon 30D..+ ++ +o.. Feb 2006 1,399 i
8.
 
Canon 20D....+ +.... Aug 2004 1,499 i
9.
 
Canon 10D....+ +.... Feb 2003 1,999 i
10.
 
Canon Rebel....+ +.... Aug 2003 899 i
11.
 
Canon D30....+ +.... May 2000 2,999 i
12.
 
Contax N Digital.......... Feb 2002 7,399 i
13.
 
Fujifilm X-T104.5/5+ +80/1005/55/5 May 2015 799 i
14.
 
Leica TL23.5/5....4/54/5 Jul 2017 1,950 i
15.
 
Leica TL........4/5 Nov 2016 1,695 i
16.
 
Nikon D100....+ +o.. Feb 2002 1,999 i
17.
 
Sony A60005/5+80/1004.5/55/5 Feb 2014 599 i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

The above review scores should be interpreted with care, though. The assessments were made in relation to similar cameras of the same technological generation. A score, therefore, has to be seen in close connection to the price and market introduction time of the camera, and comparing ratings of very distinct cameras or ones that are far apart in terms of their release date have little meaning. It should also be noted that some of the review sites have over time altered the way they render their verdicts.

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    Specifications: Canon D60 vs Leica T

    Below is a side-by-side comparison of the specs of the two cameras to facilitate a quick review of their differences and common features.

    Camera Specifications
    Camera Model Canon D60 Leica T
    Camera Type Digital single lens reflex Mirrorless system camera
    Camera Lens Canon EF mount lenses Leica T mount lenses
    Launch Date February 2002 April 2014
    Launch Price USD 2,999 USD 1,850
    Sensor Specs Canon D60 Leica T
    Sensor Technology CMOS CMOS
    Sensor Format APS-C Sensor APS-C Sensor
    Sensor Size 22.7 x 15.1 mm 23.6 x 15.7 mm
    Sensor Area 342.77 mm2 370.52 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 27.3 mm 28.3 mm
    Crop Factor 1.6x 1.5x
    Sensor Resolution 6.3 Megapixels 16.2 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 3072 x 2048 pixels 4944 x 3278 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 7.38 μm 4.79 μm
    Pixel Density 1.84 MP/cm2 4.37 MP/cm2
    Moiré control Anti-Alias filter no AA filter
    Movie Capability no Video 1080/30p Video
    ISO Setting 100 - 1,000 ISO 100 - 12,500 ISO
    DXO Sensor Quality (score) .. 75
    DXO Color Depth (bits) .. 23.0
    DXO Dynamic Range (EV) .. 12.7
    DXO Low Light (ISO) .. 1082
    Screen Specs Canon D60 Leica T
    Viewfinder Type Optical viewfinder Viewfinder optional
    Viewfinder Field of View 95%
    Viewfinder Magnification 0.54x
    Top-Level Screen Control Panel no Top Display
    LCD Framing Live View
    Rear LCD Size 1.8inch 3.7inch
    LCD Resolution 114k dots 1230k dots
    LCD Attachment Fixed screen Fixed screen
    Touch Input no Touchscreen Touchscreen
    Shooting Specs Canon D60 Leica T
    Focus System Phase-detect AF Contrast-detect AF
    Continuous Shooting 3 shutter flaps/s 5 shutter flaps/s
    Fill Flash Built-in Flash Built-in Flash
    Storage Medium CF cards SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot Single card slot
    Connectivity Specs Canon D60 Leica T
    External Flash Hotshoe Hotshoe
    Studio Flash PC Sync socket no PC Sync
    USB Connector USB 1.1 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port no HDMI no HDMI
    Wifi Support no Wifi Wifi built-in
    Body Specs Canon D60 Leica T
    Battery Type BP-511 BP-DC13
    Battery Life (CIPA)620 shots per charge400 shots per charge
    In-Camera Charging no USB charging USB charging
    Body Dimensions 150 x 107 x 75 mm
    (5.9 x 4.2 x 3.0 in)
    134 x 69 x 33 mm
    (5.3 x 2.7 x 1.3 in)
    Camera Weight 855 g (30.2 oz) 384 g (13.5 oz)

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