Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 70D vs Nikon D300S

Canon EOS 60D

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 60D

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
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
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D300S

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
7 fps
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay
Focus points
Many focus points
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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
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 17.9 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
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 1 f-stop better
Weight Lighter 755 g vs 938 g
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Around 20% lighter
Lowest price Cheaper $199.95 vs $1,549.00
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The best price we've seen is $1,349 cheaper (7.7x 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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0.7 f-stops more dynamic range
Focus points Many 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
Viewfinder coverage Significantly better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 96%
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Almost the same
Color depth Better color depth 22.5 bits vs 22.2 bits
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Distinguishes 0.3 more bits of color
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 7 fps vs 5.3 fps
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More than 30% faster continuous shooting
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 15 vs 9
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.62x vs 0.59x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 225 ms vs 253 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
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 205 lenses vs 197 lenses
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Almost the same
Thickness Thinner 2.9" vs 3.1"
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Around 10% thinner
Sensor size Slightly larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              60D:197 lenses
              D300S:205 lenses
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              60D:400 ms
              D300S:300 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
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              60D:12,800 ISO
              D300S:6,400 ISO
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              60D:6,400 ISO
              D300S:3,200 ISO
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              60D:APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
              D300S:APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              60D:17.9 MP
              D300S:12.2 MP
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              60D:66.0
              D300S:70.0
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              60D:22.2 bits
              D300S:22.5 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              60D:813 ISO
              D300S:787 ISO

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Size Fairly small Help
              60D:145x106x79 mm
              D300S:147x114x74 mm
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              60D:$199.95
              D300S:$1,549.00
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3.0"
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              60D:0.59x
              D300S:0.62x

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              competitors

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 body only

              $200 - $1,249 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

              $623 - $1,257 body only

              $900 - $1,150 with 18-105mm 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

              $999 - $1,399 body only

              $1,099 - $1,545 with 28-135mm lens

              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $847 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

              $597 body only

              $697 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 D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,097 body only

              $1,320 - $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $689 - $929 body only

              $850 - $940 with 18-105mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS 60D Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $200 - $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
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $774 body only

              $200 - $729 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Smaller
              Weight Lighter
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Weather sealed No weather sealing

              Nikon D300S Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D300

              Nikon D300

              Pro DSLR

              $1,700 body only

              Movie format Does not take movies
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $3,300 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
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,897 body only

              $2,397 - $2,400 with 24-85mm lens

              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Lens availability Significantly fewer lenses available
              Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points

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