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

Canon EOS 60D vs Nikon D3100

Winner
Canon EOS 60D

100

Nikon D3100

83

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 60D

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,040k dots
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Pentaprism
 

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
Thickness
Thin
2.9"
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 24fps

galleries

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.

competitors

Canon EOS 60D Competitors

Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i

Entry-level DSLR

$500 body only

$539 - $859 with 18-55mm lens

Touch screen Has a touch screen
Lowest price Significantly cheaper
Overall image quality Much worse image quality
Canon EOS Rebel T6i

Canon EOS Rebel T6i

Entry-level DSLR

$519 body only

$785 with 18-55mm, 75-300mm lenses

Color depth Better color depth
Overall image quality Much better image quality
Battery life Much shorter battery life
Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Entry-level DSLR

$275 - $549 body only

$350 - $449 with 18-55mm lens

Lowest price Significantly cheaper
Size Smaller
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

Nikon D3100 Competitors

Canon Rebel T3

Canon Rebel T3

Entry-level DSLR

$637 body only

$487 with 18-55mm lens

Battery life Longer battery life
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
Movie format Lower resolution movies
Nikon D5000

Nikon D5000

Entry-level DSLR

$930 with 18-55mm lens

Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster
Movie format Lower resolution movies
Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300

Entry-level DSLR

$474 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Thickness Thicker

discussion

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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!