Updated (March 2012): Compare the Canon EOS 60D vs Nikon D3200

Canon EOS 60D vs Nikon D3100

Winner
Canon EOS 60D

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Nikon D3100

50

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 60D

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,040k dots
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.59x
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Pentaprism
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Thickness
Thin
2.9"

Items often bought with the Canon 60D or Nikon D3100

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 60D.
Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Nikon D3100.

differences

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
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
5.3 fps vs 3 fps
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Around 80% faster continuous shooting
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.5 EV vs 11.3 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Battery life
Longer battery life
1100 shots vs 550 shots
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2x more shots per battery charge
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
True resolution
Higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 14.2 MP
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Capture around 30% more detail in your photos
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 2 f-stops 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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Almost the same
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
124×97×74 mm vs 145×106×79 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Weight
Lighter
505 g vs 755 g
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More than 30% lighter
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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$263.39 vs $819.00
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The best price we've seen is $556 cheaper (3.1x less)
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              60D220 lenses
              D3100230 lenses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              400 ms startup delay
              Common Weaknesses
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              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
              60D96%
              D310095%
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              12,800 ISO
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              60D9
              D310011
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              60D6,400 ISO
              D31003,200 ISO
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              60D11.5 EV
              D310011.3 EV
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              60D17.9 MP
              D310014.2 MP
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              60D253 ms
              D3100279 ms
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              60D66.0
              D310067.0
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3"
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              60D22.2 bits
              D310022.5 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              60D813 ISO
              D3100919 ISO

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $494 - $649 body only

              $579 - $649 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 D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 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

              $312 body only

              $360 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Kiss X5

              Canon Kiss X5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 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
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $465 - $647 body only

              $545 - $747 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 D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $405 - $497 body only

              $479 - $500 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 60D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $999 body only

              $900 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Battery life 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 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $849 body only

              $949 - $1,039 with 28-135mm lens

              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              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 D3100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $339 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Supports 24p No 24p support

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              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!