Updated (March 2012): Compare the Canon EOS 60D vs Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200 vs Canon EOS 60D

Nikon D3200


Canon EOS 60D



Reasons to buy the Nikon D3200

Great image quality
Overall image quality
Great color depth
Color depth
24.1 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.2 EV

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 60D

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Great viewfinder
Battery life
Great battery life
1100 shots


Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 60D.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D3200.


Nikon D3200 Competitors

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$400 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Entry-level DSLR

$399 body only

$360 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

Weight Slightly lighter
Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200

Entry-level DSLR

$378 body only

$479 - $597 with 18-55mm lens

HDR Has in-camera HDR
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Shutter lag More shutter lag

Canon EOS 60D Competitors

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D


$793 - $999 body only

$870 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

Autofocus Video autofocus
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Startup delay More startup delay
Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i

Entry-level DSLR

$475 - $649 body only

$577 - $649 with 18-55mm lens

HDR Has in-camera HDR
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Color depth Worse color depth
Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i

Entry-level DSLR

$459 body only

$589 with 18-55mm lens

Size Smaller
Weight Lighter
Startup delay Much more startup delay


Advantages of the Canon 60D

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Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.59x vs 0.52x
More than 30% larger viewfinder
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 921k dots
More than 10% higher resolution screen
Battery life
Longer battery life
1100 shots vs 540 shots
More than 2x more shots per battery charge
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
5.3 fps vs 4 fps
More than 30% faster continuous shooting
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
9 vs 1
Grab focus in difficult situations
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
253 ms vs 276 ms
Around 10% less delay when taking photos
Viewfinder coverage
Better viewfinder coverage
96% vs 95%
Almost the same
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
2x faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Nikon D3200

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Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.2 EV vs 11.5 EV
1.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
81.0 vs 66.0
More than 20% better image quality
Color depth
Better color depth
24.1 bits vs 22.2 bits
Distinguishes 1.9 more bits of color
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
Automatically focuses shooting video
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,131 ISO vs 813 ISO
The D3200 has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
True resolution
Higher true resolution
24.1 MP vs 17.9 MP
Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
125×96×77 mm vs 145×106×79 mm
More than 20% smaller
Significantly lighter
505 g vs 755 g
More than 30% lighter
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
230 lenses vs 220 lenses
Almost the same
3" vs 3.1"
Almost the same
Lowest price
$289.00 vs $699.00
The best price we've seen is $410 cheaper (2.4x less)
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the Nikon D3200


Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              60D220 lenses
              D3200230 lenses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              400 ms startup delay
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              12,800 ISO
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              60D253 ms
              D3200276 ms
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen size Very small screens Help




              Nikon D3200 Canon EOS 60D
              Nikon D3200 Canon EOS 60D
              Nikon D3200 Canon EOS 60D


              Nikon D3200

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              Chathura (9:46 AM, October 07, 2014)
              Recently I bought a Nikon d3200 .The Image quality is awsome. And its the Best entry level DSLR in the market which fits the budget.I surfed the web for a long time before buying this camera, but trust me this has the best positive reviews in the net.
              Avatar for Soha Osama Soha Osama (11:56 AM, August 02, 2014)
              Which is better !? canon 60D or Nikon 3200 ? :( I wanna get a pro one soon .. i don't wanna waste my money ! and change my cam after a year ?
              Tharanga (11:13 AM, April 09, 2014)
              Cool. I thought to buy Nikon.. I was in doubt which one to buy... ^_^
              Bob (4:03 PM, August 12, 2013)
              I don't see how any objective measure can rate the D3200 above the 60D. The 60D is a midrange prosumer model while the D3200 is Nikon's entry level model. Perhaps the image quality on the Nikon is better but the difference would be minute to most people, get the 60D if you to use manual settings, for those happy with automatic mode, the D3200 will do fine.
              Avatar for Blind Charles Blind Charles (3:55 AM, July 21, 2013)
              Opinions always vary. That said, I did just get a Nikon D3200 for various reasons. Three main reasons are due to my budget, higher megapixel and it being a newer DSLR. The review is great and points out to pros & cons of both cameras. However, keep in mind that the EOS 60D is an older model. I am happy with my Nikon.
              gaurav (5:52 AM, April 17, 2013)
              both are great cameras if you want greenish tone then you have to buy cannon
              for natural photography cannon is good but other wise nikon is good
              galegopc (4:33 AM, March 30, 2013)
              I own a D5000, a D90; I had a D3100 and a Rebel 450D. Just bought a 60D and I'm loving it. It is fast, accurate and has all the feel a PRO camera can give you without the price tag. Add some good glass to it and you are going to be on your way!!! I just had this camera for 3 days and it really changed my perspective between Nikon/Canon dilemma. I will keep the D90 because I like it so much but will start using more and more the D60 to be familiar with both. I still believe a photographer must have this kind of interaction to be able to play any camera without hesitation in case is necessary to change brands and get the job done and done well! Thanks snapsort for all of your reviews that made possible a wise decision on my new camera.
              lukash (2:32 PM, March 24, 2013)
              I will buy both :)
              rendra (7:06 PM, December 18, 2012)
              who is the best for video? 60d or d3200?
              soheil33 (6:57 AM, May 05, 2012)
              when canons new camera is coming?  650d?
              soheil33 (6:56 AM, May 05, 2012)
              i like canon but this nikon is very different 24mp vs 18mp?!!!!!
              bikash (6:03 PM, April 21, 2012)
              i m can't understand what is better