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

Canon EOS 60D

Winner
Canon EOS 60D

66

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Nikon D70

28

Nikon D70

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 60D

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
Large screen
Screen size
3.0"
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,040k dots
Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
 

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
 

differences

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
Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
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
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
Significantly 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
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
5.3 fps vs 3 fps
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Around 80% faster continuous shooting
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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
              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
              Common Weaknesses
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
              1
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              60D:96%
              D70:95%
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              60D:12,800 ISO
              D70:None
              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
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Common Weaknesses
              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

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 body only

              $1,129 - $1,149 with 18-55mm 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

              $599 - $750 body only

              $597 - $700 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 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              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

              $679 - $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

              $309 - $527 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

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,499 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

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 body only

              $390 - $409 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Movie format Shoots movies
              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

              $452 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
              Nikon D60

              Nikon D60

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,000 with 18-55mm lens

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

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