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

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

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 60D

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Battery life
Great battery life
1100 shots
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second


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 D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$400 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300

Entry-level DSLR

$469 - $647 body only

$544 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

Screen size Significantly larger screen
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i

Entry-level DSLR

$487 - $649 body only

$579 - $649 with 18-55mm lens

Touch screen Has a touch screen
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
Overall image quality Much worse image quality

Canon EOS 60D Competitors

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D


$799 - $999 body only

$1,019 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

Autofocus Video autofocus
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Startup delay More startup delay
Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i

Entry-level DSLR

$487 - $649 body only

$579 - $649 with 18-55mm lens

HDR Has in-camera HDR
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Color depth Worse color depth
Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i

Entry-level DSLR

$459 body only

$599 with 18-55mm lens

Size Smaller
Weight Lighter
Startup delay Much more startup delay


Advantages of the Canon 60D

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Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.59x vs 0.51x
More than 30% larger viewfinder
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 921k dots
More than 10% higher resolution screen
Battery life
Longer battery life
1100 shots vs 500 shots
More than 2x more shots per battery charge
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
253 ms vs 302 ms
Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
400 ms vs 500 ms
20% less delay when turning on
Viewfinder coverage
Better viewfinder coverage
96% vs 95%
Almost the same
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
2x faster max shutter speed
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
5.3 fps vs 5 fps
Around 10% faster continuous shooting
Canon EOS 60D Learn more about
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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
Around 30% better image quality
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.9 EV vs 11.5 EV
1.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth
Better color depth
24.2 bits vs 22.2 bits
Distinguishes 2 more bits of color
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,284 ISO vs 813 ISO
The D5200 has a slight edge (0.7 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
Automatically focuses shooting video
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
39 vs 9
Set focus accurately within the frame
True resolution
Higher true resolution
24 MP vs 17.9 MP
Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
129×98×78 mm vs 145×106×79 mm
Around 20% smaller
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
230 lenses vs 220 lenses
Almost the same
555 g vs 755 g
Around 30% lighter
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
The D5200's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$378.00 vs $699.00
The best price we've seen is $321 cheaper (around 50% less)
Slightly thinner
3.1" vs 3.1"
Almost the same
Nikon D5200 Learn more about
the Nikon D5200


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

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              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              60D220 lenses
              D5200230 lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              60D253 ms
              D5200302 ms
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen size Very small screens Help




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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