Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 70D vs Nikon D70

Canon EOS 60D

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Canon EOS 60D

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Nikon D70

29

Nikon D70

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 60D

Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Battery life
Great battery life
1100 shots
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D70

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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
 
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Advantages of the Canon 60D

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Screen size Much larger screen 3.0" vs 1.8"
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Around 70% larger screen
Color depth Better color depth 22.2 bits vs 20.4 bits
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Distinguishes 1.8 more bits of color
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 130k dots
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8x higher resolution screen
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 66.0 vs 50.0
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More than 30% better image quality
Live view Has live view Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.5 EV vs 10.3 EV
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1.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
True resolution Much higher true resolution 17.9 MP vs 6 MP
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Capture around 3x more detail in your photos
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 0.49x
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More than 40% larger viewfinder
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 813 ISO vs 529 ISO
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The 60D has a slight edge (0.6 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 5.3 fps vs 3 fps
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Around 80% faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 1,600 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
Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO 12,800 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
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Advantages of the Nikon D70

Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Lens availability Slightly more lenses available 205 lenses vs 197 lenses
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Almost the same
Sensor size Slightly larger sensor APS-C 23.7x15.5mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
Weight Lighter 679 g vs 755 g
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More than 10% lighter
Thickness Slightly thinner 3.1" vs 3.1"
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Almost the same
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        similarities

        Compared to recent DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Lens availability Many lenses available Help
        60D:197 lenses
        D70:205 lenses
        Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
        1/8000 of a second
        Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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        Autofocus No video autofocus Help
        Manual focus only
        Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
        60D:96%
        D70:95%
        Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
        60D:12,800 ISO
        D70:None
        Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
        Need to shelter it from weather
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        60D:6,400 ISO
        D70:1,600 ISO
        Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
        60D:11.5 EV
        D70:10.3 EV
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        60D:17.9 MP
        D70:6 MP
        Sensor size Very small sensors Help
        60D:APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
        D70:APS-C 23.7x15.5mm
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        60D:5.3 fps
        D70:3 fps
        Overall image quality Low image quality Help
        60D:66.0
        D70:50.0
        Color depth Poor color depth Help
        60D:22.2 bits
        D70:20.4 bits
        Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
        60D:0.59x
        D70:0.49x
        Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
        60D:813 ISO
        D70:529 ISO

        Compared to recent pro DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Size Fairly small Help
        60D:145x106x79 mm
        D70:140x111x78 mm
        Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
        External flash not needed
        GPS No built-in GPS Help
        Missing geo-tagging
        Screen size Very small screens Help
        60D:3.0"
        D70:1.8"

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Canon EOS 70D

        Canon EOS 70D

        Pro DSLR

        $999 body only

        $1,330 - $1,349 with 18-135mm lens

        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
        Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
        Canon Rebel T5i

        Canon Rebel T5i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $749 - $1,048 with 18-55mm lens

        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $774 body only

        $449 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

        Weight Is slightly lighter
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
        Nikon D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $697 body only

        $599 - $797 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
        Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
        Nikon D7000

        Nikon D7000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $625 body only

        $650 - $1,025 with 18-55mm lens

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

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $497 body only

        $597 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
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 - $517 body only

        $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Color depth Has significantly more color depth
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life

        Canon EOS 60D Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Canon EOS 7D

        Canon EOS 7D

        Pro DSLR

        $999 - $1,079 body only

        $1,099 - $1,978 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

        Nikon D70 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $272 - $387 body only

        $401 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen size Much larger screen
        Color depth Better color depth
        Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
        Fastest shutter speed Much slower max shutter speed
        Nikon D40

        Nikon D40

        Entry-level DSLR

        $459 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen size Much larger screen
        Color depth Better color depth
        Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
        Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower

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