Updated (October 2012): Compare the Canon EOS 60D vs Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200 vs Canon EOS 60D

Nikon D5200


Canon EOS 60D



Reasons to buy the Nikon D5200

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
1,284 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
Great color depth
Color depth
24.2 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.9 EV

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 60D

Great viewfinder
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies


Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 60D.
Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Nikon D5200.


Nikon D5200 Competitors

Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300

Entry-level DSLR

$439 body only

$500 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

Screen size Significantly larger screen
Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400

Entry-level DSLR

$397 with 18-55mm lens

Battery life Longer battery life
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$402 body only

$397 with 18-55mm lens

Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
Battery life Slightly longer battery life
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

Canon EOS 60D Competitors

Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i

Entry-level DSLR

$469 - $649 body only

$539 - $549 with 18-55mm lens

Touch screen Has a touch screen
Size Smaller
Overall image quality Much worse image quality
Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i

Entry-level DSLR

$946 with 18-135mm lens

Size Smaller
Weight Lighter
Overall image quality Much worse image quality
Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D


$1,099 body only

$1,796 with 18-135mm lens

Weather sealed Weather sealed
Viewfinder coverage Significantly better viewfinder coverage
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out


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Avatar for MrXma MrXma (1:26 AM, January 12, 2015)
well they specify it's APS-C
raj (5:33 PM, October 11, 2014)
3300 with 600d...... dont compare ant with elephant !!!
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)
mo (10:11 PM, April 28, 2013)
Gobi (10:33 PM, April 22, 2013)
I think canon 60d better