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

Nikon D800

Winner
Nikon D800

94

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Canon EOS 60D

66

Canon EOS 60D

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Nikon D800

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

differences

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
Size
Smaller
145x106x79 mm vs 146x123x82 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Battery life
Longer battery life
1100 shots vs 900 shots
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More than 20% more shots per battery charge
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$699.00 vs $2,996.95
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The best price we've seen is $2,298 cheaper (4.3x less)
Weight
Significantly lighter
755 g vs 1,000 g
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More than 20% lighter
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
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
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
Focus points
Many more focus points
51 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
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
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
15 vs 9
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
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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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent pro DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              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
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Common Weaknesses
              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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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 body only

              $1,129 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $679 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 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
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,099 - $3,399 body only

              $3,699 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

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

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,499 body only

              $1,099 - $1,978 with 28-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,519 - $1,899 body only

              $2,399 - $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
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $896 - $897 body only

              $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thinner
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag

              Canon EOS 60D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $699 body only

              $597 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              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 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Smaller
              Weight Lighter
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Battery life Shorter battery life

              Nikon D800 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $2,997 - $3,297 body only

              $4,590 - $4,890 with 24-70mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $2,149 - $2,997 body only

              $2,997 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

              $1,497 - $1,597 body only

              $1,897 - $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

              $1,373 body only

              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

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
              Movie format Does not take movies
              True resolution Much lower true resolution

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