Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 70D vs Nikon D3200

Canon EOS 60D

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Canon EOS 60D

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Nikon D3100

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Nikon D3100

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 60D

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,040k dots
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Sensor cleaning
Self cleaning sensor
Avoids dust in your photos
Thickness
Thin
2.9"
Weight
Light-weight
505 g
 
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Advantages of the Canon 60D

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Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4.5x higher resolution screen
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
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
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.59x vs 0.51x
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More than 30% larger viewfinder
Battery life Longer battery life 1100 shots vs 550 shots
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2x more shots per battery charge
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.5 EV vs 11.3 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 5.3 fps vs 3 fps
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Around 80% faster continuous shooting
True resolution Higher true resolution 17.9 MP vs 14.2 MP
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Capture around 30% more detail in your photos
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 253 ms vs 279 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
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
Viewfinder coverage Better viewfinder coverage 96% vs 95%
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Almost the same
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Color depth Better color depth 22.5 bits vs 22.2 bits
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Distinguishes 0.3 more bits of color
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 919 ISO vs 813 ISO
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The D3100 has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Size Smaller 124x96x73 mm vs 145x106x79 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 67.0 vs 66.0
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Almost the same
Weight Significantly lighter 505 g vs 755 g
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More than 30% lighter
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 23.1x15.4mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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Around 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
              D3100:205 lenses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              400 ms startup delay
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              60D:96%
              D3100:95%
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              12,800 ISO
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              60D:9
              D3100:11
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              60D:6,400 ISO
              D3100:3,200 ISO
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              60D:11.5 EV
              D3100:11.3 EV
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              60D:APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
              D3100:APS-C 23.1x15.4mm
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              60D:17.9 MP
              D3100:14.2 MP
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              60D:5.3 fps
              D3100:3 fps
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              60D:66.0
              D3100:67.0
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              60D:0.59x
              D3100:0.51x
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              60D:22.2 bits
              D3100:22.5 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              60D:813 ISO
              D3100:919 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $648 body only

              $200 - $579 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 body only

              $389 - $506 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $200 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $650 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $640 body only

              $850 with 18-105mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 body only

              $549 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $681 - $700 body only

              $499 - $822 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon EOS 60D Competitors

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              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,231 body only

              $200 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,199 body only

              $1,099 - $1,530 with 28-135mm lens

              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen

              Nikon D3100 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D3100.

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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!