Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 70D vs Nikon D4

Nikon D4 vs Canon EOS 60D

Winner
Nikon D4

93

Canon EOS 60D

66

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D4

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,965 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
89.0
Great color depth
Color depth
24.7 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.1 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 60D

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 60D. Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D4.

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Advantages of the Canon 60D

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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
Size
Much smaller
145x106x79 mm vs 160x157x91 mm
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Around 50% smaller
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
197 lenses vs 152 lenses
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Around 30% more lenses available
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$579.00 vs $4,819.93
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The best price we've seen is $4,241 cheaper (8.3x less)
Weight
Much lighter
755 g vs 1,340 g
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More than 40% lighter
Thickness
Much thinner
3.1" vs 3.6"
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More than 10% thinner
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 16.2 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
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Advantages of the Nikon D4

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Low light performance
Much lower noise at high ISO
2,965 ISO vs 813 ISO
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The D4 has excellent image quality 1.9 f-stops higher ISO than the 60D
Overall image quality
Much better image quality
89.0 vs 66.0
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More than 30% better image quality
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.1 EV vs 11.5 EV
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1.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth
Better color depth
24.7 bits vs 22.2 bits
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Distinguishes 2.5 more bits of color
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
11 fps vs 5.3 fps
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More than 2x faster continuous shooting
Battery life
Much longer battery life
2600 shots vs 1100 shots
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Around 2.5x more shots per battery charge
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.70x vs 0.59x
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More than 40% larger viewfinder
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
51 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
204,800 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The D4's boost ISO is 4 f-stops better
Viewfinder coverage
Significantly better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 96%
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Almost the same
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
208 ms vs 253 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
15 vs 9
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The D4's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
300 ms vs 400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              60D400 ms
              D4300 ms
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              60D1100 shots
              D42600 shots
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              60D3.1"
              D43.6"
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              60D17.9 MP
              D416.2 MP
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps
              Common Weaknesses
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              60D9
              D415

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $749 - $778 body only

              $849 - $1,448 with 28-135mm lens

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Thickness Is thinner
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $684 with 18-55mm lens

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $570 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,399 body only

              $1,799 with 24-105mm lens

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $547 body only

              $499 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 - $547 body only

              $360 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 body only

              $1,160 - $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag

              Canon EOS 60D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $949 body only

              $1,170 - $1,249 with 18-135mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $649 - $650 body only

              $649 - $650 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $629 body only

              $549 - $612 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Smaller
              Weight Lighter
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life

              Nikon D4 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 1D X

              Canon EOS 1D X

              Pro DSLR

              $5,299 body only

              $7,460 with 70-200mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $2,997 body only

              $3,300 - $3,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Nikon D4s

              Nikon D4s

              Pro DSLR

              $5,997 body only

              Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Lowest price More expensive
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $1,997 body only

              $2,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $2,522 - $2,624 body only

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower
              Battery life Much shorter battery life

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