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

Nikon D4

Winner
Nikon D4

95

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Canon EOS 60D

72

Canon EOS 60D

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D4

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

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 60D

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Badge
Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
 
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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
Weight Much lighter 755 g vs 1,340 g
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More than 40% lighter
True resolution Higher true resolution 17.9 MP vs 16.2 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Thickness Much thinner 3.1" vs 3.6"
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More than 10% thinner
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $699.00 vs $5,996.95
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The best price we've seen is $5,298 cheaper (8.6x less)
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
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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
Battery life Much longer battery life 2600 shots vs 1100 shots
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Around 2.5x more shots per battery charge
Sensor size Much larger sensor Full frame 36.0x24.0mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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More than 2.5x larger sensor
Focus points Many more focus points 51 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 11 fps vs 5.3 fps
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More than 2x faster continuous shooting
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
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
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 15 vs 9
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
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 Common Weaknesses
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              60D:400 ms
              D4:300 ms
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              60D:17.9 MP
              D4:16.2 MP
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging

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              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $650 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              3D Captures 3D images
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $721 - $840 body only

              $930 - $990 with 18-105mm lens

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $720 - $747 body only

              $847 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,690 - $1,899 body only

              $2,385 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $600 - $629 body only

              $816 - $830 with 18-105mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $437 - $520 body only

              $528 - $696 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 - $1,231 body only

              $1,249 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $749 body only

              $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Smaller
              Weight Lighter
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $749 - $1,148 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              $1,599 - $1,799 with 18-135mm lens

              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen

              Nikon D4 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $2,797 body only

              $3,890 - $5,190 with 24-70mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower
              Canon EOS 1D X

              Canon EOS 1D X

              Pro DSLR

              $6,799 body only

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Nikon D4s

              Nikon D4s

              Pro DSLR

              $6,497 body only

              Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Nikon D3S

              Nikon D3S

              Pro DSLR

              $6,800 body only

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,897 - $1,997 body only

              $2,797 - $2,800 with 28-300mm lens

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

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