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

Nikon D5200 vs Canon EOS 60D

Winner
Nikon D5200

73

Canon EOS 60D

66

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5200

Great image quality
Overall image quality
84.0
Great color depth
Color depth
24.2 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.9 EV
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 60D

Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
Battery life
Great battery life
1100 shots
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies

galleries

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

differences

Advantages of the Canon 60D

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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
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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
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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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent DSLRs, and ignoring price

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Canon EOS 60D Canon EOS 60D 66
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              60D197 lenses
              D5200205 lenses
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              60D$579.00
              D5200$496.95
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              60D96%
              D520095%
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3.0"

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $570 - $747 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

              $649 - $650 body only

              $649 - $650 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 D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $627 body only

              $480 - $497 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
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $279 - $547 body only

              $447 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

              $949 body only

              $1,249 with 18-135mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $629 body only

              $549 - $629 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 D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $685 with 18-55mm lens

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly better viewfinder coverage
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out

              Canon EOS 60D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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

              Nikon D5200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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

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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)
              how?
               
              mo (10:11 PM, April 28, 2013)
              why
               
              Gobi (10:33 PM, April 22, 2013)
              I think canon 60d better