Updated (August 2010): Compare the Canon EOS 60D vs Nikon D3100

Canon EOS 60D vs Nikon D3100

Canon EOS 60D


Nikon D3100



Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 60D

Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
Great viewfinder
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Great battery life
Battery life
1100 shots

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Color depth
Great color depth
22.5 bits
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection


Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 60D.
Explore our gallery of 48 sample photos taken by the Nikon D3100.


Canon EOS 60D Competitors

Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i

Entry-level DSLR

$432 - $649 body only

$560 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

HDR Has in-camera HDR
Autofocus Video autofocus
Color depth Worse color depth
Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D


$799 body only

$1,190 with 28-135mm lens

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Weather sealed Weather sealed
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Canon EOS 80D

Canon EOS 80D

Entry-level DSLR

$1,199 body only

$1,349 with 18-55mm lens

Weather sealed Weather sealed
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Battery life Slightly shorter battery life

Nikon D3100 Competitors

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$465 body only

$419 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

Dynamic range More dynamic range
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Thickness Thicker
Canon Rebel T3

Canon Rebel T3

Entry-level DSLR

$479 body only

$380 with 18-55mm lens

Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
Screen size Much smaller screen
Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Entry-level DSLR

$325 body only

$355 with 18-55mm lens

Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
True resolution Higher true resolution
Color depth Worse color depth


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Danniel (4:09 PM, July 31, 2011)
I have also an D3100  camera and I really like it. In the begining i`ve bought a sony A230 and it was good to start with that one, but now, with d3100 i`ve made a short movie and in august i should film another movie and i`m really happy with the d3100. 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (0:23 PM, April 01, 2011)
I am glad you are enjoying your D3100
Anastasia (5:48 AM, April 01, 2011)
I have personally been DROOLING over the 60D the second I saw it.. I am a YouTube vlogger and I am into photography; so it would be the perfect double duty camera; however I am only a teen and can not afford it. As a birthday gift, my dad took me to future shop to pick out a camera, and I ran towards the 60D, and sure enough, there it was. It was a gorgeous camera but the body was so big and a little uncomfortable to handle. We asked to take it, but all the canons were out of stock! I was upset, but I took a look at the nikon D3100. It has stunning video recording and takes great pictures. The autofocus for the video makes it easier for me, however it is unfortunate that it does not have an external microphone output or a flip out screen. The price was more efficient for us and It was more user friendly for an amateur/beginner DSLR user like me than the 60D. I would have preferred to have gotten the 60D but I am perfectly content with the D3100, and I do not want to switch at this point. They're both great cameras, but they are for different people and it all depends on what the user focuses on more. Thanks!