Updated (August 2010): Compare the Canon EOS 60D vs Nikon D300S

Nikon D300S vs Canon EOS 60D

Winner
Nikon D300S

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Canon EOS 60D

60

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D300S

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
7 fps
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
300 ms startup delay
Many focus points
Focus points
51
 

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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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 60D.
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differences

Advantages of the Canon 60D

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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
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 920k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
True resolution
Higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
1100 shots vs 950 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The 60D's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Weight
Lighter
755 g vs 938 g
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Around 20% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$818.00 vs $1,277.89
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The best price we've seen is $460 cheaper (around 40% less)
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Advantages of the Nikon D300S

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Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.2 EV vs 11.5 EV
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1.1 f-stops more dynamic range
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
51 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Overall image quality
Better image quality
70.0 vs 66.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
7 fps vs 5.3 fps
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More than 30% faster continuous shooting
Color depth
Better color depth
22.5 bits vs 22.2 bits
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Almost the same
Viewfinder coverage
Significantly better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 96%
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Almost the same
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.62x vs 0.59x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
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
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
225 ms vs 253 ms
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More than 10% 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
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
300 ms vs 400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
230 lenses vs 220 lenses
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Almost the same
Thickness
Thinner
2.9" vs 3.1"
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Around 10% thinner
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              60D220 lenses
              D300S230 lenses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              60D400 ms
              D300S300 ms
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              60D12,800 ISO
              D300S6,400 ISO
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              60D6,400 ISO
              D300S3,200 ISO
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              60D17.9 MP
              D300S12.2 MP
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3"
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              60D66.0
              D300S70.0
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              60D22.2 bits
              D300S22.5 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              60D813 ISO
              D300S787 ISO

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              60D$818.00
              D300S$1,277.89
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              60D0.59x
              D300S0.62x
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              60D9
              D300S15

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $999 body only

              $950 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Thickness Is thicker
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $720 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $840 - $1,499 body only

              $1,039 - $1,699 with 28-135mm lens

              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $713 - $797 body only

              $948 - $1,097 with 18-140mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $465 - $647 body only

              $549 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $405 - $497 body only

              $479 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $979 - $1,097 body only

              $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality

              Canon EOS 60D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $259 - $649 body only

              $581 - $649 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 Kiss X5

              Canon Kiss X5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              Size Smaller
              Weight Lighter
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Canon EOS Rebel T6i

              Canon EOS Rebel T6i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 body only

              $799 with 18-55mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,230 - $1,399 body only

              $1,799 with 24-105mm lens

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Lens availability Significantly fewer lenses available

              Nikon D300S Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D300

              Nikon D300

              Pro DSLR

              $1,500 body only

              $1,999 with 18-135mm lens

              Movie format Does not take movies
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $1,585 - $1,997 body only

              $2,125 - $2,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Lens availability Significantly fewer lenses available
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower
              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $2,740 body only

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Lens availability Significantly fewer lenses available

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              Roni Ang8 (4:09 AM, September 28, 2011)
              d 300 is a top pro camera