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Canon EOS 60D

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 60D

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Battery life
Great battery life
1100 shots
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Overall image quality
Great image quality
80.0
Color depth
Great color depth
23.5 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13 EV
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 
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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
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.59x vs 0.51x
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More than 30% larger viewfinder
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Battery life Longer battery life 1100 shots vs 660 shots
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Around 70% more shots per battery charge
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 4 fps
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More than 30% faster continuous shooting
True resolution Higher true resolution 17.9 MP vs 16.1 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag 253 ms vs 273 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 400 ms vs 500 ms
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20% less delay when turning on
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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Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 80.0 vs 66.0
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More than 20% better image quality
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13 EV vs 11.5 EV
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1.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth Better color depth 23.5 bits vs 22.2 bits
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Distinguishes 1.3 more bits of color
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,183 ISO vs 813 ISO
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The D5100 has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Size Smaller 127x96x78 mm vs 145x106x79 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Lens availability Slightly more lenses available 205 lenses vs 197 lenses
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Almost the same
Weight Lighter 560 g vs 755 g
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Around 30% lighter
Sensor size Slightly larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.6mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The D5100's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
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              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              60D:197 lenses
              D5100:205 lenses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              60D:400 ms
              D5100:500 ms
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              60D:96%
              D5100:95%
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              60D:9
              D5100:11
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              60D:APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
              D5100:APS-C 23.6x15.6mm
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              60D:17.9 MP
              D5100:16.1 MP
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              60D:5.3 fps
              D5100:4 fps
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              60D:0.59x
              D5100:0.51x

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              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 body only

              $389 - $506 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $648 body only

              $200 - $579 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Startup delay Has much more startup delay
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 body only

              $549 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Focus points Has significantly more focus points
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,231 body only

              $200 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $200 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $650 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out

              Canon EOS 60D Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS 60D.

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

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              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $285 body only

              $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Thickness Thinner
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

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              Bear (9:00 PM, July 20, 2014)
              Being a solid Nikon dude, I have almost a complete family of older and newer Nikon's... film and DSLR.... I have tried others in my job as a construction inspector, a bridge inspector for the RR, and a wildlife photographer....... I always smile and say, Thank You, and give the un-Nikon camera back. Mine go thru a series of environmental shifts and survive the rough rides and backpacking very well...... as well, I'm sure, as other cameras.... but I'm VERY comfortable with my dozen or so Nikons with the 27 lenses I have, and my two or three Pentax's and the one Rollei SLX-66 I use for nature shots........ just sayin'...........
               
              Avatar for Trinh Nguyen Phan Trinh Nguyen Phan (8:00 AM, June 20, 2013)
              What would you recommend within this category/level?
               
              Avatar for Dee O'Hara Dee O'Hara (11:05 PM, June 04, 2013)
              Sorry that was B and H for the Nikon 5200!
               
              Avatar for Dee O'Hara Dee O'Hara (11:03 PM, June 04, 2013)
              Qvc has 60d for $899 till 12 tonight 6/4! Canon for video, but get a video camera. Nikon for images, I have a D300s great camera, no mistakes, ever!
              5200 at bus is $6...with a free bag!
               
              Faizan (8:25 PM, June 05, 2012)
              You cant just give your verdict interms of score - There is always difference between theory and practice. There should be an Disclaimer at top of every comparison that snapsort is just an engine - it gives you the score based on certain known factors about a camera and it can be incorrect.

              Some example here. 

              70D vs 60D - There is tie
              http://snapsort.com/compare/Canon_EOS_60D-vs-Canon_EOS_7D

              60D vs D5100 - D5100 is winning 
              http://snapsort.com/compare/Canon_EOS_60D-vs-Nikon-D5100

              70D vs D5100 - 7D is winning 
              http://snapsort.com/compare/Canon_EOS_7D-vs-Nikon-D5100
               
              Theredrider78 (0:23 AM, May 21, 2012)
              To all the Canon fanboys below sourgraping the Nikons' win; this might be the reason.  Better image quality, lower ISO noise, better colour depth and more dynamic range.  You see, most people buy SLR cameras to take really good photos.  And to get good photos, you need.....  Good image quality, low noise, good colour depth and great dynamic range.  Is it becoming clear yet, Canon fanboys?  Has the penny dropped?  The Nikon has a larger image sensor with less megapixels, therefore, bigger photosites on the image sensor.  This means better image quality and less noise.  And that makes a better camera!
               
              Jerrywielo (5:12 PM, February 21, 2012)


              Uff... is any review service out there which compere and
              scores particular reviews? This score here is 81 to 78 for Nikon on
              dpreview.com are 76% to 79% for Canon. Which should I buy? I want to buy my
              first DSLR. I am not a beginner I might be beginner in Digital SLR but 20 years
              ago I used Minolta 7000 SLR with 35mm film and some Pentax, played even with
              medium format film (now most people probably don't know what it is anyway...)
              so principle of making a picture isn't new for me, in fact I think it is much
              easier now, because you see the result simultaneously… In past I had to wait a week
              on results what I did... Anyway, I am not old doddering man. I use new i7 core
              computers, have iPhone 4S and Ipad2 so I am looking for the best camera for the
              money (can’t decide shall I go with Canon 7D, 60D, T3i or Nikon D7000 and
              D5100) any help?
               
              McAnally (10:01 PM, February 16, 2012)
               I'm majoring in photography at school so I need to make a decision already. I want something that I have plenty of years to grow into. I don't want to pay a lot of money now just to spend more to replace it in 5-10 years. Is it true that a decent body and good lenses can be just as good as a very high-tech body? I'm looking at the Canon 60D because it is considered semi-pro and hopefully I could have a lot of time to grow into it. I want to take pictures like National Geographic with a budget under $2000 body + lens.
              tmcanall@student.westgatech.edu
               
              Decks80 (5:46 PM, January 21, 2012)
              It looks to me like the breakdown really comes to use.
              Someone who wants to have an affordable camera to take quality snapshots and hobby level artistic shots, the D5100 is about the most bang for your buck on the market.
              For someone looking for a professional grade camera, the D60 is a better choice, but perhaps not the BEST choice. For pros who want a Cannon why not go with a 7D for action/photo journalist type stuff, or a 5D for studio?  The price jump is pretty nominal for a pro, and the quality is quite significant.My vote goes to the D5100 for the gear geek dad who wants to take the best photos at the family reunion/little league practice, and to neither for the photography student/pro on a budget.
               
              www.Astudio.ge (7:11 PM, January 15, 2012)
              I`ts very silly comparing on this web-site, im photo jurnalist from Europe,Georgia,Tbilisi  and I had snapt alot of photos with different Cameras including this two models Canon is Better way to take better Quality photos in all Aspects. I love NIkon cameras but here is very silly comparing. Shame Shameeeeeeeeeeeee Administration of this site ! 
               
              Lanson Chua (3:07 AM, December 28, 2011)
              As a non professional but an avid fan of photography & cameras, I am not bias at all toward a few big camera brands. I knew no camera to this day is perfect but I look for my top priorities. I always have great headache when choosing a camera. For this particular comparison of the two, I can make up my mind easily for D5100 advantages are more pronounce in terms of every aspect influencing image quality. That's sufficiently enough of the first priority. I love to capture simple short videos too when situation permits and therefore to lug another view cam is not practical. So a flip-out screen & a continuous focus serve this mode right. 660 shots per charge is more than enough if we are using it for a day of outing & recharge it for the next day.

              As we learn more and more about photography and the interesting features therein offered in a camera, there is this tendency we ask, for perfection. Let's face it, there is no necessity to pay more for features we don't need. Sony NEX 7 is almost perfect  but I cant afford it so NEX 5N is the closest I can get. The fact is I realise I don't need such high specs. 

              I was just like so many others when starting out in choosing a camera. The more I know, the more confuse I get. Now, I have only these words to share. Go for what serves you well will be the order of the day but bad image quality is a pissed off. Even if you can afford the best it is gonna be a white elephant if you are not the one made to ride on it. My point of view is D5100 is definitely slightly better but without a comparison difference 60D stands out and is highly recommended too. Go for that serves what we want and need is more important than anything else. Happy searching and comparing.
               
              koolaidrinker (11:18 PM, December 27, 2011)
              Just looking at the score breakdown is enough to destroy credibility of this comparison. The two highest scoring categories are popularity and movie format? 

              The D5100 got 47.5 points just for being popular, I know bragging rights are my #1 priority.

              For the record I have no bias between the 2, I'm just looking for credible info so I can decide between the 2 systems. guess it's back to dpreview
               
              jack (8:39 AM, December 21, 2011)
              I must agree. The 60D is a better camera for advanced consumers.
               
              Avatar for Hammad Hammad (0:11 AM, December 04, 2011)
              This is of course a joke :) I am D5100 user and was blown away by D60 in 30 seconds.

              Edit: Looking at the pictue of the two, I would say Nikon is the winner :)
               
              Avatar for Hammad Hammad (0:09 AM, December 04, 2011)
              Just checked the 60D at Best buty, and I was AMAZED. Here is my quick review and comparison with D5100
              Feel in Hand = 100%    vs 60%
              Fast Menu   = 100% vs 70%
              Shutter speed = 100%  vs 50%
              Friendly Menu = 90% vs 60 %  (I have not played much with menu though)
              Good looking? = 100% vs 70%

              I am a Nikon D5100 user and I love my picture quality. Actually I just case across 60D and was impressed! If you are considering 5100, give this one a look. When I bought it I only compared it with repel series, didn't know even this one exist. Happy shopping
               
              Raaghum2222 (6:04 AM, November 26, 2011)
              Is this comparison biased? How could D5100 which is compared to rebel T3i, a lower end model of 60D can defeat 60D ? 
              This this comparison is to promote D5100. All the best supporters :) 
               
              Guest (2:40 AM, October 12, 2011)
              If I wanna shoot video, I'll buy a video camera.  Your just pissed 'cos you invested in an inferior stills camera.
               
              Bryan (5:34 PM, September 08, 2011)
              Honestly I went out and bought a 5100....gave it an honest try out for about a week. I liked the image quality, fun filter effects and color depth, wonderful Camera overall... however if you ever gotten used to a more pro model you'll find the menu digging quite obnoxious. The controls and menus aren't that intuitive as many claim...perhaps i'm too used to Canon (EOS 3D). I also wasn't very impressed with the live view. The exposure simulation simply doesn't exist on Manual mode which really irked me. I just found it was difficult to quickly adjust setting and modes with limited external controls and programable functions for time sensitive shots. The viewfinder was small and dark. Other than that i had no problems getting great shots out of it. After a week i went and returned the 5100 and bought the 60D. The image quality is slighter better on 5100 but really not that noticeable unless at high ISO under low light. Plus for the average prosumer/advanced beginner (who I'm assuming would be in the market for either of these camera's) i highly doubt you'll be pushing the bounds of either of these camera's sensors. If your working with an ISO of 3200  i doubt either shot from each camera is going to be a prize winner. I like the larger viewfinder, quick and programable and external controls, live view, better lcd, resolution, battery life, AF focus motor, less plasticky,more useful functions, and faster shutter speeds of the 60d over the 5100. 

              If your a hobbyist or advanced beginner get the 5100. If your Nikon user and are familiar with control layout get the 5100. If all you care about is a slightly better image without editing...5100.

              Being a Canon guy already i couldn't hang with 5100 not because of the images it produced but the overall feel, functionality, and the 60D being a little more geared towards the prosumer side of things it was an obvious choice. Really both great cameras just try them out and see what feels best in your hands and be honest about what you really intend to use them for. 

              ......JUST MY TWO CENTS :) 
               
              Squash (3:34 PM, September 05, 2011)
              Wow a lot of people getting bent up over this comparison. The 16.2MP sensor used in the newest APS-C Nikons and the older Sony crops is *the* best APS-C sensor out there, and frankly the largest step up since the 20D. On purely IQ grounds, the D5100 kicks the 60D's butt.

              But, look at the bodies and features. The 60D has much better battery life, AF, viewfinder, max shutter speed/max sync speed, wireless flash control, FPS, and arguably much superior video in terms of bitrate/compression, vintage lens adaptability (manual aperture and focus are a must for serious video), and the Magic Lantern hack.

              It's pretty clear for me -- Canon is being forced to overequip the 60D in order to compensate for being behind in sensor tech. Pick what's important to you based on your shooting and get one. Frankly I think the price difference between either of these cams and the D7000 (~+300 for the best APS-C on the market) or a used 1D Mark II (best sports/action value) makes them both pretty poor choices.
               
              Lanson Chua (8:23 AM, August 22, 2011)
              By the comparison, very obviously it should be D5100 because it juz point, shoot & gives everything at its best. But, can someone point out to me if those good features in D5100 hidden in the menu is easy for novice to pick & use. I understand that 60D has those easy to reach buttons. Am I right? Is the problem I have highlighted hard for beginners?
               
              Xiph (5:50 PM, August 11, 2011)
              it is.. lol ..
               
              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (3:31 PM, August 07, 2011)
              Hi Mean Drake, we did list the pentaprism VF as an advantage of the 60D, thanks for pointing out about the remote wireless flash.
               
              Mean Drake (8:47 AM, August 06, 2011)
              Snapsport reviews are amazing. D5100 seems better than even 7D and 5D MkII. It's the best thing since sliced bread.
               
              Mean Drake (8:46 AM, August 06, 2011)
              Is this comparison some sort of a joke? The pentaprism VF and the remote wireless flash itself make the 60D miles ahead. 
               
              Alexander_barcenas (1:53 AM, August 01, 2011)
              D5100... if you look at the advantages of the D5100 over the 60D what you get is an overall better image and video quality camera, and for a far cheaper price. 60D only wins in gimmicky features such as display screen and longer battery life.. there's no real triumph on the 60D's end with picture quality. check out the commparing tables for both models again and you'll see that the D5100 is a far better camera for image and video quality