Updated (June, 2014): Compare the Canon EOS 70D vs Nikon D810

Nikon D800

Winner
Nikon D800

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Canon EOS 60D

67

Canon EOS 60D

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D800

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
2,853 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
95.0
Color depth
Great color depth
25.3 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
14.4 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 60D

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Battery life
Great battery life
1100 shots
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
 
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Advantages of the Canon 60D

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Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Lens availability More lenses available 197 lenses vs 152 lenses
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Around 30% more lenses available
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 5.3 fps vs 4 fps
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More than 30% faster continuous shooting
Battery life Longer battery life 1100 shots vs 900 shots
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More than 20% more shots per battery charge
Size Smaller 145x106x79 mm vs 146x123x82 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Weight Significantly lighter 755 g vs 1,000 g
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More than 20% lighter
Lowest price Cheaper $699.00 vs $2,445.55
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The best price we've seen is $1,747 cheaper (3.5x less)
Thickness Thinner 3.1" vs 3.2"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Nikon D800

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Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO 2,853 ISO vs 813 ISO
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The D800 has excellent image quality 1.8 f-stops higher ISO than the 60D
Overall image quality Much better image quality 95.0 vs 66.0
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More than 40% better image quality
Dynamic range More dynamic range 14.4 EV vs 11.5 EV
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2.9 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth Better color depth 25.3 bits vs 22.2 bits
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Distinguishes 3.1 more bits of color
True resolution Much higher true resolution 36.2 MP vs 17.9 MP
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Capture more than 2x more detail in your photos
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder 0.70x vs 0.59x
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More than 40% larger viewfinder
Sensor size Much larger sensor Full frame 35.9x24.0mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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More than 2.5x larger sensor
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Focus points Many more focus points 51 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Viewfinder coverage Significantly better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 96%
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Almost the same
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 209 ms vs 253 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Startup delay Less startup delay 200 ms vs 400 ms
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2x less delay when turning on
Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 15 vs 9
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The D800's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              60D:400 ms
              D800:200 ms
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              60D:5.3 fps
              D800:4 fps

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              60D:12,800 ISO
              D800:25,600 ISO
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging

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              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,153 body only

              $1,330 - $1,349 with 18-135mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 - $747 body only

              $629 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

              $886 with 55-200mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,399 body only

              $3,990 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,049 body only

              $1,299 - $1,699 with 18-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,495 - $1,899 body only

              $2,299 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly higher boost light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash

              Canon EOS 60D Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 - $1,098 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $575 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Smaller
              Weight Lighter
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life

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              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $3,297 body only

              $4,890 - $5,187 with 24-70mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $2,297 body only

              $2,997 - $3,040 with 24-120mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              True resolution Much lower true resolution
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,597 - $1,875 body only

              $1,997 - $2,040 with 24-85mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              True resolution Much lower true resolution
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Nikon D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,360 - $1,373 body only

              $1,550 with 50mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              True resolution Much lower true resolution
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $4,337 body only

              Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              True resolution Much lower true resolution
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality

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