Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 70D vs Nikon D800

Nikon D800

Winner
Nikon D800

98

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Canon EOS 60D

72

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

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
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
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 197 lenses vs 152 lenses
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Around 30% more lenses available
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 Lighter 755 g vs 1,000 g
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More than 20% lighter
Lowest price Cheaper $699.00 vs $2,796.95
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The best price we've seen is $2,098 cheaper (4x 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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Overall image quality Much better image quality 95.0 vs 66.0
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More than 40% better image quality
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
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
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
Focus points Many more focus points 51 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder 0.70x vs 0.59x
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More than 40% larger viewfinder
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
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
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 200 ms vs 400 ms
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2x less delay when turning on
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
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              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
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              60D:5.3 fps
              D800:4 fps
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              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

              $1,099 - $1,231 body only

              $1,249 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,399 body only

              $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 slightly more expensive
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $738 - $840 body only

              $930 - $990 with 18-105mm lens

              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $747 with 18-55mm lens

              3D Captures 3D images
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              $1,599 - $1,799 with 18-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,663 - $1,899 body only

              $2,341 - $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

              $1,147 body only

              $1,447 - $1,470 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag

              Canon EOS 60D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $749 body only

              $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Smaller
              Weight Lighter
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $749 - $1,148 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Weather sealed No weather sealing

              Nikon D800 Competitors

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              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,897 body only

              $2,797 with 28-300mm 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

              $1,555 - $1,600 body only

              $1,999 - $2,150 with 24-85mm lens

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

              Nikon DF

              Pro DSLR

              $2,747 body only

              $2,935 - $2,997 with 50mm lens

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO
              True resolution Much lower true resolution
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Nikon D4

              Nikon D4

              Pro DSLR

              $5,997 body only

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              True resolution Much lower true resolution
              Overall image quality Worse image quality

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