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
Lowest price Cheaper $199.95 vs $1,400.00
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The best price we've seen is $1,200 cheaper (7x less)
Weight Lighter 755 g vs 822 g
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Around 10% lighter
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              similarities

              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
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              50D:95%
              60D:96%
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              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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              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              50D:3,200 ISO
              60D:6,400 ISO
              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
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              50D:21.8 bits
              60D:22.2 bits
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              50D:63.0
              60D:66.0
              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
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              50D:$1,400.00
              60D:$199.95
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              0.59x
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3.0"

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              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,049 - $1,155 body only

              $200 - $1,249 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

              $599 body only

              $200 - $1,148 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

              $480 - $774 body only

              $200 - $617 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $915 - $1,299 body only

              $1,285 - $1,299 with 18-135mm lens

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

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $701 - $840 body only

              $913 - $989 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

              $597 - $647 body only

              $544 - $747 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 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,899 body only

              $2,299 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash

              Canon EOS 50D Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS 50D.

              Canon EOS 60D Competitors

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              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $720 - $747 body only

              $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Battery life Shorter battery life

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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.