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Canon D60 vs Leica TL2

The Canon EOS-D60 and the Leica TL2 are two digital cameras that were officially introduced, respectively, in February 2002 and July 2017. The D60 is a DSLR, while the TL2 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 24.1 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 TL2
Canon D60 Leica TL2
Digital single lens reflex Mirrorless system camera
Canon EF mount lenses Leica T mount lenses
6.3 MP, APS-C Sensor 24.1 MP, APS-C Sensor
no Video 4K/30p Video
ISO 100-1,000 ISO 100-50,000
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 7 shutter flaps per second
620 shots per battery charge250 shots per battery charge
150 x 107 x 75 mm, 855 g 134 x 69 x 33 mm, 399 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Canon EOS-D60 and the Leica TL2? 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 physical size and weight of the Canon D60 and the Leica TL2 are illustrated in the side-by-side display below. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three successive views from the front, the top, and the rear are shown. All size dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

The TL2 can be obtained in two different colors (black, silver), while the D60 is only available in black.

Size Canon D60 vs Leica TL2
Compare D60 versus TL2 top
Comparison D60 or TL2 rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Leica TL2 is considerably smaller (42 percent) than the Canon D60. Moreover, the TL2 is substantially lighter (53 percent) than the D60. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the D60 nor the TL2 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 TL2 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 2,999i
2.
 
Leica TL2 134 mm 69 mm 33 mm 399 g 250 n Jul 2017 1,950 i
3.
 
Canon M6 112 mm 68 mm 45 mm 390 g 295 n Feb 2017 779i
4.
 
Canon 5D Mark IV 151 mm 116 mm 76 mm 890 g 900 Y Aug 2016 3,499 i
5.
 
Canon XC10 125 mm 102 mm 122 mm 1040 g 370 n Apr 2015 2,499i
6.
 
Canon 40D 146 mm 108 mm 74 mm 822 g 750 n Aug 2007 1,299i
7.
 
Canon 30D 144 mm 106 mm 74 mm 785 g 750 n Feb 2006 1,399i
8.
 
Canon 20D 144 mm 106 mm 72 mm 770 g 700 n Aug 2004 1,499i
9.
 
Canon 10D 150 mm 107 mm 75 mm 850 g 500 n Feb 2003 1,999i
10.
 
Canon 300D 142 mm 99 mm 72 mm 649 g 400 n Aug 2003 899i
11.
 
Canon D30 150 mm 107 mm 75 mm 750 g 540 n May 2000 2,999i
12.
 
Contax N Digital 152 mm 138 mm 80 mm 990 g 100 n Feb 2002 7,399i
13.
 
Leica C-LUX 113 mm 67 mm 46 mm 340 g 370 n Jun 2018 1,049 i
14.
 
Leica CL 131 mm 78 mm 45 mm 403 g 220 n Nov 2017 2,795 i
15.
 
Leica TL 134 mm 69 mm 33 mm 384 g 400 n Nov 2016 1,695i
16.
 
Leica T 134 mm 69 mm 33 mm 384 g 400 n Apr 2014 1,850i
17.
 
Nikon D100 144 mm 116 mm 81 mm 780 g 370 n Feb 2002 1,999i
Notes: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

The price is, of course, an important factor in any camera decision. The retail prices at the time of the camera’s release place the model in the market relative to other models in the producer’s line-up and the competition. The TL2 was launched at a markedly lower price (by 35 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.

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Sensor comparison

The size of the imaging sensor is a crucial determinant of image quality. A large sensor will generally have larger individual pixels that offer better low-light sensitivity, provide wider dynamic range, and have richer color-depth than smaller pixels 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 TL2 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 TL2 sensor measures

With 24.1MP, the TL2 offers a higher resolution than the D60 (6.3MP), but the TL2 has smaller individual pixels (pixel pitch of 3.92μm versus 7.38μm for the D60). Yet, the TL2 is a much more recent model (by 15 years and 4 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 TL2 has no anti-alias filter installed, so that it can capture all the detail its sensor resolves.

The resolution advantage of the Leica TL2 implies greater flexibility for cropping images or the possibility to print larger pictures. The maximum print size of the TL2 for good quality output (200 dots per inch) amounts to 30.1 x 20.1 inches or 76.4 x 51 cm, for very good quality (250 dpi) 24.1 x 16.1 inches or 61.1 x 40.8 cm, and for excellent quality (300 dpi) 20 x 13.4 inches or 50.9 x 34 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 TL2 are ISO 100 to ISO 50000 (no boost).

D60 versus TL2 MP

Consistent information on actual sensor performance is available from DXO Mark for many cameras. This service is based on lab testing and assigns an overall score to each camera sensor, as well as ratings for dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), color depth ("DXO Portrait"), and low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports"). 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 TL2 APS-C 24.1 6014 40144K/30p........
3.
 
Canon M6 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p........
4.
 
Canon 5D Mark IV Full Frame 30.1 6720 44804K/30p24.813.6299591
5.
 
Canon XC10 1-inch 12.0 4000 30004K/30p........
6.
 
Canon 40D APS-C 10.1 3888 2592none22.111.370364
7.
 
Canon 30D APS-C 8.2 3504 2336none21.510.873659
8.
 
Canon 20D APS-C 8.2 3504 2336none21.911.072162
9.
 
Canon 10D APS-C 6.3 3072 2048none21.110.957157
10.
 
Canon 300D APS-C 6.3 3072 2048none21.010.854455
11.
 
Canon D30 APS-C 3.1 2160 1440none........
12.
 
Contax N Digital Full Frame 6.1 3040 2008none........
13.
 
Leica C-LUX 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p........
14.
 
Leica CL APS-C 24.1 6014 40144K/30p........
15.
 
Leica TL APS-C 16.1 4928 32641080/30p........
16.
 
Leica T APS-C 16.2 4944 32781080/30p23.012.7108275
17.
 
Nikon D100 APS-C 6.0 3008 2000none........

Many modern cameras cannot only take still pictures, but also record videos. The TL2 indeed provides for movie recording, while the D60 does not. The highest resolution format that the TL2 can use is 4K/30p.

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Feature comparison

Beyond body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. For example, the D60 has an optical viewfinder, which can be very useful when shooting in bright sunlight. In contrast, the TL2 relies on live view and the rear LCD for framing. That said, the TL2 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 TL2 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 TL2optional n 3.7 1230 fixed Y 1/4000s 7.0 n n
3.
 
Canon M6optional n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 9.0 Y n
4.
 
Canon 5D Mark IVoptical Y 3.2 1620 fixed Y 1/8000s 7.0 n n
5.
 
Canon XC10none n 3.0 1030 tilting Y 1/2000s 3.8 n Y
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 300Doptical 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.
 
Leica C-LUX2330 n 3.0 1240 fixed Y 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y
14.
 
Leica CL2360 Y 3.0 1040 fixed Y 1/8000s 10.0 n n
15.
 
Leica TLoptional n 3.7 1230 fixed Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
16.
 
Leica Toptional n 3.7 1300 fixed Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
17.
 
Nikon D100optical Y 1.8 118 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n

One difference between the cameras concerns the presence of an on-board flash. The D60 has one, while the TL2 does not. While the built-in flash of the D60 is not very powerful, it can at times be useful as a fill-in light.

The D60 writes its imaging data to Compact Flash cards, while the TL2 uses SDXC cards.

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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 TL2 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 TL2Ystereomono--micro3.0Y--
3.
 
Canon M6YstereomonoY-mini2.0YYY
4.
 
Canon 5D Mark IVYmonomonoYYmini3.0YY-
5.
 
Canon XC10YstereomonoYYmini2.0YY-
6.
 
Canon 40DY-----2.0---
7.
 
Canon 30DY-----2.0---
8.
 
Canon 20DY-----1.1---
9.
 
Canon 10DY-----1.1---
10.
 
Canon 300DY-----1.1---
11.
 
Canon D30Y-----1.0---
12.
 
Contax N DigitalY-----FW---
13.
 
Leica C-LUX-stereomono--micro2.0Y--
14.
 
Leica CLYstereomono----Y--
15.
 
Leica TLYstereomono--micro2.0Y--
16.
 
Leica TYstereomono---2.0Y--
17.
 
Nikon D100Y-----1.1---

It is notable that the TL2 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 TL2) features a PC Sync socket, so that professional strobe lights can be controlled by the camera.

The TL2 is a recent model that features in the current product line-up of Leica. In contrast, the D60 has been discontinued (but can be found pre-owned on eBay). As a replacement in the same line of cameras, the D60 was succeeded by the Canon 10D. 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.

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Review summary

So what is the bottom line? Is there a clear favorite between the Canon D60 and the Leica TL2? Which camera is better? A synthesis of the relative strong points of each of the models is listed below.

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Advantages of 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 250) on a single battery charge.
  • Easier fill-in: Is equipped with a small onboard flash to brighten deep shadow areas.
  • 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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Reasons to prefer the Leica TL2:

  • More detail: Has more megapixels (24.1 vs 6.3MP), which boosts linear resolution by 96%.
  • 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 4K/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 (7 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 456g or 53 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 (3.0 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 (35 percent cheaper at launch).
  • More modern: Reflects 15 years and 4 months of technical progress since the D60 launch.

If the number of relative strengths (bullet points above) is taken as a guide, the TL2 is the clear winner of the contest (16 : 7 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 sports photographer will view the differences between cameras in a way that diverges from the perspective of a street photog, and a person interested in family portraits has distinct needs from a landscape shooter. Hence, the decision which camera is best and worth buying is often a very personal one.

D60 07:16 TL2

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Canon D60 and the Leica TL2 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 specs-based evaluation of cameras can be instructive in revealing their potential as photographic tools, it remains incomplete and does no justice, for example, to the way the D60 or the TL2 perform in practice. At times, user reviews, such as those published at amazon, address these issues in a useful manner, but such feedback is on many occasions incomplete, inconsistent, and unreliable.

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 2,999i
2.
 
Leica TL23.5/5....4/54/5 Jul 2017 1,950 i
3.
 
Canon M6....80/1004/54/5 Feb 2017 779i
4.
 
Canon 5D Mark IV4.5/5+ +87/1004.5/54.5/5 Aug 2016 3,499 i
5.
 
Canon XC10....80/100.... Apr 2015 2,499i
6.
 
Canon 40D..+ ++ +4.5/54.5/5 Aug 2007 1,299i
7.
 
Canon 30D..+ ++ +o.. Feb 2006 1,399i
8.
 
Canon 20D....+ +.... Aug 2004 1,499i
9.
 
Canon 10D....+ +.... Feb 2003 1,999i
10.
 
Canon 300D....+ +.... Aug 2003 899i
11.
 
Canon D30....+ +.... May 2000 2,999i
12.
 
Contax N Digital.......... Feb 2002 7,399i
13.
 
Leica C-LUX......4.5/54/5 Jun 2018 1,049 i
14.
 
Leica CL........4/5 Nov 2017 2,795 i
15.
 
Leica TL........4/5 Nov 2016 1,695i
16.
 
Leica T3/5....4/54/5 Apr 2014 1,850i
17.
 
Nikon D100....+ +o.. Feb 2002 1,999i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

The review scores listed above should be treated with care, though. The ratings were established in reference to similarly priced cameras that were available in the market at the time of the review. A score, therefore, has to be seen in close connection to the price and market introduction time of the camera, and comparisons of ratings among very different cameras or across long time periods have little meaning. Also, kindly note that some of the listed sites have over time developped their review approaches and their reporting style.

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    Specifications: Canon D60 vs Leica TL2

    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 TL2
    Camera Type Digital single lens reflex Mirrorless system camera
    Camera Lens Canon EF mount lenses Leica T mount lenses
    Launch Date February 2002 July 2017
    Launch Price USD 2,999 USD 1,950
    Sensor Specs Canon D60 Leica TL2
    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 24.1 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 3072 x 2048 pixels 6014 x 4014 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 7.38 μm 3.92 μm
    Pixel Density 1.84 MP/cm2 6.52 MP/cm2
    Moiré control Anti-Alias filter no AA filter
    Movie Capability no Video 4K/30p Video
    ISO Setting 100 - 1,000 ISO 100 - 50,000 ISO
    Screen Specs Canon D60 Leica TL2
    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 TL2
    Focus System Phase-detect AF Contrast-detect AF
    Continuous Shooting 3 shutter flaps/s 7 shutter flaps/s
    Fill Flash Build-in Flash no On-Board Flash
    Storage Medium CF cards SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot Single card slot
    Connectivity Specs Canon D60 Leica TL2
    External Flash Hotshoe Hotshoe
    Studio Flash PC Sync socket no PC Sync
    USB Connector USB 1.1 USB 3.0
    HDMI Port no HDMI micro HDMI
    Wifi Support no Wifi Wifi built-in
    Body Specs Canon D60 Leica TL2
    Battery Type BP-511 BP-DC13
    Battery Life (CIPA)620 shots per charge250 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) 399 g (14.1 oz)

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