Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 50D vs Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 60D

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Canon EOS 60D

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Canon EOS 50D

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Canon EOS 50D

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 60D

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Battery life
Great battery life
1100 shots
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 50D

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
131 ms shutter lag
Thickness
Thin
2.9"
 
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Advantages of the Canon 50D

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Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 131 ms vs 253 ms
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Around 50% less delay when taking photos
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 6.3 fps vs 5.3 fps
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Around 20% faster continuous shooting
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 300 ms vs 400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Thickness Thinner 2.9" vs 3.1"
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Around 10% thinner
Size Slightly smaller 146x108x74 mm vs 145x106x79 mm
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Canon 60D

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Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Color depth Better color depth 22.2 bits vs 21.8 bits
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Distinguishes 0.4 more bits of color
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Overall image quality Better image quality 66.0 vs 63.0
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Almost the same
Battery life Longer battery life 1100 shots vs 640 shots
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More than 70% more shots per battery charge
True resolution Higher true resolution 17.9 MP vs 15.1 MP
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Capture around 20% more detail in your photos
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 813 ISO vs 696 ISO
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The 60D has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.5 EV vs 11.4 EV
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0.1 f-stops more dynamic range
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The 60D's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Viewfinder coverage Better viewfinder coverage 96% vs 95%
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Almost the same
Weight Lighter 755 g vs 822 g
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Around 10% lighter
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        Compared to recent DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Lens availability Many lenses available Help
        197 lenses
        Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
        Shoot in extreme weather
        Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
        50D:300 ms
        60D:400 ms
        Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
        Pentaprism
        Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
        1/8000 of a second
        Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
        External flash not needed
        Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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        Autofocus No video autofocus Help
        Manual focus only
        Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
        Won't autofocus with all lenses
        Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
        50D:95%
        60D:96%
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
        12,800 ISO
        Focus points Few focus points Help
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        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        50D:3,200 ISO
        60D:6,400 ISO
        Sensor size Very small sensors Help
        APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
        Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
        50D:11.4 EV
        60D:11.5 EV
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        50D:15.1 MP
        60D:17.9 MP
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur
        Overall image quality Low image quality Help
        50D:63.0
        60D:66.0
        Color depth Poor color depth Help
        50D:21.8 bits
        60D:22.2 bits
        Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
        0.59x
        Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
        50D:696 ISO
        60D:813 ISO

        Compared to recent pro DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Size Fairly small Help
        50D:146x108x74 mm
        60D:145x106x79 mm
        GPS No built-in GPS Help
        Missing geo-tagging
        Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        50D:6.3 fps
        60D:5.3 fps
        Screen size Very small screens Help
        3.0"

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        Canon EOS 70D

        Canon EOS 70D

        Pro DSLR

        $999 - $1,231 body only

        $200 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Thickness Is thicker
        Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
        Canon Rebel T5i

        Canon Rebel T5i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $200 with 18-55mm lens

        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $648 body only

        $200 - $570 with 18-55mm lens

        Weight Is slightly lighter
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $747 body only

        $650 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder
        Canon EOS 7D

        Canon EOS 7D

        Pro DSLR

        $999 - $1,199 body only

        $1,099 - $1,530 with 28-135mm lens

        Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
        Cross type focus points Has slightly more cross-type focus points
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Nikon D7000

        Nikon D7000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $640 body only

        $850 with 18-105mm lens

        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Color depth Has slightly more color depth
        Thickness Is thicker
        Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
        Nikon D5200

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $547 body only

        $646 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker

        Canon EOS 50D Competitors

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        Canon EOS 60D Competitors

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        No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS 60D.

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        Avatar for Emily Taylor Emily Taylor (6:47 AM, July 27, 2013)
        I wish this had some features like the slightly faster burst and less delay but that higher normal ISO range and weather proofing is and extreme must for me, not to metion the cheaper price for a new one is just extremely shocking so i would rather have a new pro body than used :3
         
        Yerbol (9:19 PM, February 11, 2012)
        I have a 60D right now and I am pleased with it. I had a 50D in the past so in my opinion 60D is better by: ISO performance, image quality, color accuracy, obviously HD video.I found its light weight as advantage over heavy weight 50D especially when you have to keep the camera for few hours. My all-go lens is 15-85mm f3.5-5.6 IS USM and this combo works fine. My tele is Sigma 120-400mm and it works fine too. I had no chance to use any of portrait lenses as 50mm or 85mm yet but I am sure it will be fine. I can imagine what if you stick Canon L class lens in front of it!
        No regrets so far. Very good performer.