Updated (October, 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 70D vs Nikon D5300

Nikon D5200

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Nikon D5200

72

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Canon EOS 60D

67

Canon EOS 60D

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D5200

Overall image quality
Great image quality
84.0
Color depth
Great color depth
24.2 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.9 EV
True resolution
High true resolution
24 MP
 

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
 
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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 921k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Battery life Longer battery life 1100 shots vs 500 shots
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More than 2x more shots per battery charge
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 253 ms vs 302 ms
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Around 20% 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
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 5.3 fps vs 5 fps
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Around 10% faster continuous shooting
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $199.95 vs $579.00
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The best price we've seen is $379 cheaper (2.9x less)
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Advantages of the Nikon D5200

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Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 84.0 vs 66.0
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Around 30% better image quality
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.9 EV vs 11.5 EV
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2.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth Better color depth 24.2 bits vs 22.2 bits
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Distinguishes 2 more bits of color
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,284 ISO vs 813 ISO
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The D5200 has a slight edge (0.7 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Focus points Significantly more focus points 39 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
True resolution Higher true resolution 24 MP vs 17.9 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Size Smaller 129x98x78 mm vs 145x106x79 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Lens availability Slightly more lenses available 205 lenses vs 197 lenses
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Almost the same
Weight Lighter 555 g vs 755 g
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Around 30% lighter
Sensor size Slightly larger sensor APS-C 23.5x15.6mm 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 D5200's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
Thickness Slightly thinner 3.1" vs 3.1"
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              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
              D5200:205 lenses
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              60D:96%
              D5200:95%
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              60D:APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
              D5200:APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              60D:253 ms
              D5200:302 ms
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              60D:5.3 fps
              D5200:5 fps
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $200 - $1,148 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 D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $567 body only

              $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Cross type focus points Has slightly fewer cross-type focus points
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Cross type focus points Has slightly fewer cross-type focus points
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $774 body only

              $200 - $617 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Cross type focus points Has slightly fewer cross-type focus points
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,049 - $1,150 body only

              $200 - $1,249 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $700 - $740 body only

              $913 - $1,150 with 18-105mm lens

              Viewfinder coverage Significantly better viewfinder coverage
              Storage slots Has more storage slots
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              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 D5200 Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D5200.

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              Avatar for parthajeet parthajeet (7:55 PM, August 02, 2014)
              i agree that nikon is providing greater specs than cannon but only specs are not enough cannon is world's number 1 and till today i thought that only those person who doesn't know anything about photography go for cannon but today i tested both the cam from Nikon and cannon and cannon surpassed nikon easily(with same aperture and iso level) though i tested d3300 and 600d but their ratings are also false and fraudulent ( in my opinion). Want to see the difference for yourself then mail me at parthajeet07saha@gmail.com. Snapsort please be true on your judgment dont be so partial. i just protected myself from a wrong decision just go to any shop with a sd card and insert in both the cam and take some snaps and you can judge yourself. God bless you
               
              Neutral (6:43 PM, January 01, 2014)
              You don't seem to be a Nikonfan...
               
              Nikonfan (3:47 PM, October 27, 2013)
              that's because canon knows the sensor in Canon 550D is a way better than these Nikon sensors
               
              Avatar for Steve howe Steve howe (3:55 AM, October 10, 2013)
              why? because it has a MUCH better sensor with way better dynamic range and low light performance, not to mention the video quality.
              how? just because Nikon has being doing REAL upgrades to its lineup, specially to the D5XXX models. D5000 was equipped with a great 12MP sensor, D5100 with an even better 16 MP sensor ( same as the D7000 ) and now the D5200 has the best APS-C sensor in spite of its high 24 MP resolution. Canon on the other hand has stuck with the same sensor in the EOS 700D/ EOS 60D that it's been using since the EOS 550D.
              That's why ... and how .. sorry ..
               
              Rajinder (5:59 AM, September 18, 2013)
              1st dslr camera nikon d5200 or canon 60d ?
               
              Avatar for Mobasher Mahmood Mobasher Mahmood (7:02 PM, August 28, 2013)
              They should mention that they both are cropped frame camera's. There should be some sort of reference for that as well.
               
              Avatar for Rajev Charudutta Rajev Charudutta (8:43 PM, May 09, 2013)
              I think there is some error in snapshot's database regarding Canon 60D no of shots/ battery charge. How can it be only one shot per battery charge? It is 320 (Live View LCD) & 1100 (Optical Viewfinder) using Lithium Ion Rechargeable Battery.

              Request you to correct it as it will affect its scores in comparison with other cameras. All the results and scores are wrong till you correct this.
               
              Avatar for Amasa Delano Amasa Delano (7:34 PM, May 02, 2013)
              I've used quite a few Nikons in the last few years - d90, d300, d7000, and d600. I also have a Pentax K30 that I use any time the weather or other conditions might be bad. I picked up a d5200 on sale to replace my d7000 as my backup camera.

              My experience with the d5200 is that it performs exceptionally well for a camera in its price range. The biggest drawback is that it doesn't focus with older model AF lenses, and the lack of a front control dial slows down your ability to change settings on the fly. But the 39-point AF system is quicker than the d600's 11-points, and the high ISO performance blows the d90 out of the water, edges out the d300, and goes toe-to-toe with the d7000. It's a great camera for the price. I can't compare it shot-for-shot with a Canon 60D, but just from looking at the specs and images that others have posted, it seems to be the superior camera.
               
              Avatar for Amasa Delano Amasa Delano (7:20 PM, May 02, 2013)
              That's not helpful. Have you even used them both, or are you just a Canon fan? The D5200's controls take a little getting used to, but the picture quality is unparalleled in its price range.
               
              JAS (1:21 PM, May 01, 2013)
              how?
               
              mo (10:11 PM, April 28, 2013)
              why
               
              Gobi (10:33 PM, April 22, 2013)
              I think canon 60d better