Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 600D vs Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 60D

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Canon EOS 60D

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Canon EOS 550D

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Canon EOS 550D

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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
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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 550D

Size
Really small
Prosumer size 129x98x62 mm
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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
Thickness
Thin
2.4"
 
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Advantages of the Canon 550D

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Thickness Much thinner 2.4" vs 3.1"
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More than 20% thinner
Size Smaller 129x98x62 mm vs 145x106x79 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Weight Lighter 530 g vs 755 g
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Around 30% lighter
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Advantages of the Canon 60D

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Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
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
Battery life Longer battery life 1100 shots vs 440 shots
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2.5x more shots per battery charge
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.59x vs 0.54x
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Around 20% larger viewfinder
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 5.3 fps vs 3.7 fps
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More than 40% faster continuous shooting
Color depth Better color depth 22.2 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 0.1 more bits of color
Viewfinder coverage Better viewfinder coverage 96% vs 95%
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Almost the same
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              1,040k dots
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              197 lenses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              400 ms startup delay
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              550D:95%
              60D:96%
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              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
              6,400 ISO
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              550D:252 ms
              60D:253 ms
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              11.5 EV
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              550D:3.7 fps
              60D:5.3 fps
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              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
              66.0
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              550D:22.1 bits
              60D:22.2 bits
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              550D:0.54x
              60D:0.59x
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              550D:784 ISO
              60D:813 ISO

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 600D

              Canon EOS 600D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $609 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 - $1,231 body only

              $1,249 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 700D

              Canon EOS 700D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $634 - $750 body only

              $813 - $907 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
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $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 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              $1,599 - $1,999 with 18-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $721 - $1,050 body only

              $900 - $1,385 with 18-105mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 650D

              Canon EOS 650D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $784 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 EOS 550D Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS 550D.

              Canon EOS 60D Competitors

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              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $720 - $797 body only

              $847 - $897 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

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              Avatar for Muhammad Farooqi Muhammad Farooqi (6:33 PM, February 08, 2014)
              I've also experienced with both of these camera. I only see two differences. Fastest shutter speed. 1/8000.. and other is focus points.. otherwise.. both are the same.. exactly same... I would say.. instead of "compare" them.. there should be an option of "match" them ..


              what i see.. all the differences pointed above are totally negligible..
               
              Avatar for Muhammad Farooqi Muhammad Farooqi (6:33 PM, February 08, 2014)
              I've also experienced with both of these camera. I only see two differences. Fastest shutter speed. 1/8000.. and other is focus points.. otherwise.. both are the same.. exactly same... I would say.. instead of "compare" them.. there should be an option of "match" them ..

              Would you please tell me what other major difference you see in 60D not available in 550D...

              what i see.. all the differences pointed above are totally negligible..
               
              WolfHeart (9:21 PM, January 23, 2012)
              To name a few that I havent seen on the net before is the ability to master strobes, in camera RAW processing, Battery Grip individual battery life indicator, Adjustable volume for external mic (seen that a couple of times) horizontal indicator, top screen, 1/250th x sync vs 200 which is an awesome feature and many more not to forget that on the other hand there are two EXTREMELY @n@l features in the 60 newly introduced that are the wheel dial lock and the top mode selector lock.
               
              WolfHeart (9:14 PM, January 23, 2012)
              There are TOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO many advantages in the 60D over the 550 except the ISO handling in dark situations where I dont know how and why the 60D is worse than the 550 and that was the reason I sold the 60 to get a 550, Im a pixel peeper, I do product photography and for me handling low key photography is my bread and butter.
               
              Majomkukac (9:48 AM, August 10, 2011)
              this 2 cameras are both damn good. i also tried both of em. There is no debate on wich one is better cos 60d is better, BUT 550d is 40% cheeper, and you get the same sensor and everithing is the same that in the 60d. So 550 is better!
               
              Avatar for technobaboy technobaboy (3:15 PM, April 26, 2011)
              i vote 60D
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              Tom (4:58 AM, April 22, 2011)
              Well the much-improved weather sealing on the 60D makes it a no brainer for me as I do a lot of bush photography in wet weather. And the grip is much better. And the mode dial has a LOCK! Hurrah!
               
              Arijt Gupta (7:21 PM, April 13, 2011)
              Same here bro... there is no competition what so ever!!!
               
              Vcfh1945 (0:37 AM, March 18, 2011)
              If you take away the "popularity" score which in my opinion is a misnomer which gives the 550 a +of 35 over the 60 (obviously because it's a consumer model) the 60D wins. I have handled both and there is no contest. The 60D is a much, much better camera than the 550d