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

Canon EOS 60D vs Nikon D70

Winner
Canon EOS 60D

66

Nikon D70

28

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

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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
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
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
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 6 MP
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Capture around 3x more detail in your photos
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
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
              60D197 lenses
              D70205 lenses
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              60D$579.00
              D70$546.19
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              60D96%
              D7095%
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              60D12,800 ISO
              D70None
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              60D6,400 ISO
              D701,600 ISO
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              60D11.5 EV
              D7010.3 EV
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              60D17.9 MP
              D706 MP
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              60D22.2 bits
              D7020.4 bits
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              60D66.0
              D7050.0
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              60D3.0"
              D701.8"
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              60D813 ISO
              D70529 ISO

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              60D145x106x79 mm
              D70140x111x78 mm
              Weight Light weight Help
              60D755 g
              D70679 g
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              60D0.59x
              D700.49x
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              60D5.3 fps
              D703 fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $949 body only

              $1,170 - $1,249 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 T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $629 body only

              $549 - $612 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 slightly shorter battery life
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $684 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $570 - $747 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 D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $547 body only

              $499 - $550 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

              $289 - $547 body only

              $360 - $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
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $707 body only

              $1,017 with 55-300mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack

              Canon EOS 60D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $649 - $650 body only

              $649 - $650 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $749 - $778 body only

              $849 - $1,448 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

              $1,399 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 Fewer lenses available

              Nikon D70 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D40

              Nikon D40

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $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
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $262 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              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 D50

              Nikon D50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $993 with 28-80mm lens

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Color depth Better color depth
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower
              Fastest shutter speed Much slower max shutter speed
              Nikon D60

              Nikon D60

              Entry-level DSLR

              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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