Updated (September 2010): Compare the Canon EOS 60D vs Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000 vs Canon EOS 60D

Nikon D7000


Canon EOS 60D



Reasons to buy the Nikon D7000

Great color depth
Color depth
23.5 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.9 EV
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 60D

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Battery life
Great battery life
1100 shots
Great viewfinder
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second


Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 60D.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D7000.


Nikon D7000 Competitors

Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100

Entry-level DSLR

$580 - $797 body only

$939 - $1,097 with 18-140mm lens

Screen size Significantly larger screen
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Dynamic range Less dynamic range
Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200

Entry-level DSLR

$890 - $1,097 body only

$1,397 with 18-140mm lens

Screen size Significantly larger screen
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously recording movies
Nikon D5500

Nikon D5500

Entry-level DSLR

$539 - $697 body only

$614 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

Screen size Significantly larger screen
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Weather sealed No weather sealing

Canon EOS 60D Competitors

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D


$799 - $899 body only

$870 - $999 with 18-55mm lens

Autofocus Video autofocus
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Startup delay More startup delay
Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i

Entry-level DSLR

$470 - $649 body only

$529 - $649 with 18-55mm lens

Touch screen Has a touch screen
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Color depth Worse color depth
Canon EOS Rebel T6i

Canon EOS Rebel T6i

Entry-level DSLR

$715 - $749 body only

$749 with 18-55mm lens

Dynamic range More dynamic range
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder


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Prasun Mondal (9:02 AM, March 03, 2015)
this is a very old discussion but i want to share my views as well for someone who might be interested. i am using the Canon 60D for the past 2 year and I am not satisfied. spent a lot of money on this around 60k but the overall performance is not good at all. the 18-135mm produces soft images through out the focal length except around 50mm f 6.3-f9 . the noise performance is disappointing anything above ISO 400 its noisy. i am regretting my decision to buy the canon ... should have gone for the Nikon D5100 :(
Avatar for yashas yashas (4:55 AM, April 09, 2014)
anybody pls help.........i have used canon 550d for 1 year with the kitlens of 18-55mm......i felt it was gud but then with more iso it suckzz!!!......i want to buy a camera with kitlens of 18-135mm.....which one should i buy......canon 60d..or..nikon d7000.......plz reply....!!!! @snapsort:disqus
Avatar for Rupu Ralf Rupu Ralf (6:19 AM, March 22, 2014)
there are any shutter actuation limit of canon 60D or Nikon D7000???
rohan (9:58 AM, February 05, 2014)
guys anyone will give me perfect reason why shouldn't go for d7000? its better then 60d or not... pls reply guys... planning to buy soon...
entoy (1:04 AM, January 06, 2014)
first, i think i can say i truly understand d bickerings of ppl here. i have used snapsort to guide me in my decisions regarding DSLR purchases. but its not d only site i refer to.often i also check dpreview and other sites, including pro photograogers' sites. pros will alws tell u dat its not reallyin d body that matters but d lens infront. u may own a 1DS Mark II or a D800S or some other higher leveled dslrs but if u r simply in d AUTO mode then ur better off with a point n shoot cam. dont get me wrong but iv got both d 60d + d7000, more as backup to my pros. i nvr use auto as i am more into fine art photography. so i go manual all d time. because of this i find greater latitude in nikon systems as it allows greater freedom of manipulating d ISO shutter and aperture interface. i have learned that photography is all about understanding light and how u use dat to convey d message u want to convey. canons may hv very aggressive market presence but nikon has historically been better wd their glasses. so dont blame snapsort for d results of their comparisons. as it is it is merely to compare based on some predetermined parameters. u can always think otherwise but they ran tests on this. if u can run a scientific test urself then u dont need to be in dis site.
John (9:27 PM, November 30, 2013)
I tested both d7000 and 60d .. for me about photo quality, depth of fiend as well as saturation is better than nikon .. :) so cant understand why rating is like that here. Maybe nikon has other features that i did not get into depth
beginer photographer (11:19 AM, August 13, 2013)
It was great help me to me to buy a nikon d 7000 thanx
Avatar for Jivan Ale Jivan Ale (11:35 AM, June 04, 2013)
Me too Brought a D7000 it has great image and video shoot.
Sura Mubarak (8:28 AM, April 16, 2013)
Can you people help me with what to buy?! Nikon D7000 or Canon 60D and why :) please I need ur advice
voltare (7:30 PM, March 19, 2013)
canon 60D no good....hahaha...i don't like plastic body oi!
Raheel (5:41 PM, March 19, 2013)
U r a pure nikon supporter
Avatar for man man (3:52 AM, December 28, 2012)
hellloo.....anybody can help me???which one better between nikon d7000 lens 18-105mm with canon 60d lens 18-135mm??i hope u help me...i want upgrade to new camera...........
Avatar for man man (3:51 AM, December 28, 2012)
hellloo.....anybody can help me???which one better between nikon d7000 lens 18-105mm with canon 60d lens 18-135mm??i hope u help me...i want upgrade to new camera.......
man (3:49 AM, December 28, 2012)
hellloo.....anybody can help me???which one better between nikon d7000 lens 18-105mm with canon 60d lens 18-135mm??i hope u help me...i want upgrade to new camera.......
VShooter (2:45 PM, December 11, 2012)
You obviously don't understand why video shooters love using DSLRs over your regular videocamera. Its basically one thing, DOF. You can't buy a below $1,000 videocamera than can beat even the 550D with a 50mm 1.8 in terms of DOF. yeah, your videocamera is awesome in a lot of things except the DOF.
Avatar for The Badger The Badger (3:44 AM, December 05, 2012)
It's not just DxOMark. Many sources confirm this, take http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/E60D/E60DIMATEST.HTM# for example. You base your judgement on your very own perception whereas these labs use scientific data.
un1qu3 (11:17 AM, November 03, 2012)
please update the info: "reasons to buy a 60D": built-in AF motor (so does the D7000), fast shutter speed 1/8000 (so does the D7000).
jornmulder (7:27 PM, October 09, 2012)
Alwyn (6:11 AM, October 03, 2012)
Ah yes, Canon fanboys trying to defend their camera's honor. I speak from experience when I comment as I have had the 60d and now shoot Nikon and currently own the D7000. Now, with the right glass both will produce good quality images. The Nikon however doesn't do too badly with an 18-105 for instance unlike the 60d with an 18-135. Low light I found the Nikon does produce cleaner images, but that depends whether you pixel peep or sit on top of the screen nose against monitor. Appart from IQ however I went with the Nikon because of build quality and this is where the Canon fanboys can go play in the traffic. The 60d cannot compete here and that's a pity. I really liked the grip of the 60d. I liked that the power button was moved to where it makes more sense (makes more sense on the Nikon though). I love the lock for the mode dial on the 60d. I would have however improved on that build and left off the swivel screen (maybe added gorilla glass for the screen - wink wink). It was that Canon after sales service that eventually got to me though. Pity, coz I really wanted to stay with Canon as they have a wider range of lenses at relative prices.
P143 (2:00 PM, May 28, 2012)
Before we start the comparison, I just want to say that some people will
probably want to see how the Nikon D7000 compared to the 60D. I wanted
to make a comparison that compares Canon and Nikon's latest offering, even though that the D7000 is more expensive than the 60D.


The first thing that I look when I read a review about a specific
digital camera is the sensor type and resolution. I have pretty good
experience with high-megapixel sensor resolutions. From my experience
(and some of you will agree), it is better to have a lower amount of
pixels on the sensor than having more of them. Even so, the resolution
is very important when you want to make large prints or make crops using
photo editing software.

Canon 60D: 18.0 MP (effective resolution); Sensor size: 22.3 x 14.9 mm (1.6x crop factor); Pixel density: 5.4 MP/cm²

Nikon D7000: 16.2 MP (effective resolution); Sensor size: 23.1 x 15.4 mm (1.5x crop factor); Pixel density: 4.6 MP/cm²

As you can see from the information above, not just that the resolution
of the Nikon D7000 is higher, but the sensor is larger. All that leads
to a lower pixel density on the D7000. Bigger pixels (photo diodes)
means better light gathering capabilities. That means, theoretically,
that the Nikon D7000 should produce better low noise images in high-ISO
when compared to the Canon 60D.

Buying guide tip:

So now you have to look at those specs and think if a higher resolution
is useful and profitable for your own shooting habits and business

The difference in 18MP and 16.2MP is very small. The Canon EOS 60D
captures 5184 x 3456 pixel images at 18MP and the Nikon D7000 captures
4928 x 3264 pixel images at 16.2MP. You gain only 256 pixel width
advantage and 192 pixel height pixel advantage on the 60D. It is not
such a big difference that will help you have more room for cropping or
allows you to make much larger prints, not at all.

For now, don't assume that the Nikon D7000 has better low noise
capabilities than the 60D only because it has less pixels and the sensor
it a bit larger.


Higher sensor sensitivity usually means gaining from one or more stops.
Having a higher maximum ISO sensitivity level is very important for
several aspects:

Flexible exposure settings
- Exposure Gaining more stops can be used either to increase shutter
speed and stop motion, or you can decrease the aperture opening (larger
f-number) to get longer depth of field. So with higher ISO you gain more
flexibility to play with other of the exposure related settings
(considering the same correct exposure is intended). Very useful for
sports and indoor action photography.Better low light capabilities
- One stop advantages means that the camera can capture twice the
amount of light. It is very important for low-light shooting. It means
that you can bump up the ISO to get a correct exposure when inside a dim
room or shooting with available light.Long exposure shooting- When you shoot long exposure photos, you can get away with shorter exposures, if that's what you are after.Leave the tripod at home
- inherited from the above, having a higher maximum ISO sensitivity
means that you can shoot at faster shutter speeds. In some cases, you
might not need taking a tripod at all. Tripod are very important if you
shoot pictures slower than 1/60s (in some cases). Considering the fact
that you can purchase lenses with image stabilization, a tripod becomes
necessary only for specific shooting settings.
So high maximum
ISO is very important, but it has its price. The problem is that when
you bump up the ISO, more noise starts to kick in. Some cameras like the
Nikon D3s (Full Frame) can handle it very well, but ASP-C sensors have
smaller pixels. That means that you shouldn't expect ISO200 clean images
at ISO12800.

Having said that, you can find excellent noise removal (reduction)
software that does make miracles when it comes to removing contrast and
color noise from digital images (i.e., PictureCode Noise ninja, ABSoft
Neat image, Nik software Dfine 2.0 and many others). You will find that
ISO12800 can turn out to be perfectly usable for small prints or even
larger prints.

Canon 60D: ISO 100-12800

Nikon D7000: ISO 100-25600

JPEG High ISO Comparison

At ISO 3200: Nikon D7000 looks cleaner, but at a price of fine details.

At ISO 6400: Nikon D7000 has a slight advantage here.

At ISO 12800: Nikon D7000 has a clear advantage, while maintaining much more details than the 60D.

So the Canon 60D has somewhat the same high ISO performance as the Nikon
D7000 up to 6400. From ISO 6400 and ISO 12800, The Nikon proved to
provide the goods better than the 60D. You can take a look for yourself
by visiting the link I have provided above.

RAW High ISO Comparison

At ISO 3200: Nikon D7000 looks cleaner, but at a price of fine details.

At ISO 6400: Nikon D7000 and Canon 60D looks almost the same, maybe the
D7000 has a very slight advantage in terms of noise - Even so, that's
canceled by the details which are well preserved on the 60D than on the

At ISO 12800: Nikon D7000 and 60D images looks the same to me. The
Canon has a slight advantage in terms of detail's preservation.

In RAW, the differences between the two cameras are less obvious. More
than that, it seems that the Canon has a slight advantage when it comes
to details.

Buying guide tip:

The Nikon D7000 has a maximum ISO of 25,6000, while the Canon 60D has a maximum ISO of 12,8000. I've used dpreview's comparison tool
to test the high ISO performance on the Nikon D7000 vs Canon 60D (read
the above for details). If you shoot JPEG, the Nikon D7000 has a slight
to moderate advantage over the 60D in higher ISO settings. In RAW, the
differences are not that obvious. More than that, the Canon seems to
have a slight edge when it comes to preserving details.

Light Metering System

Probably one of the most talked about subjects on photography forums in
the last couple of months. Generally speaking, Canon DSLRs has the
tendency to underexpose and Nikon has the tendency to overexpose.
The talkbacks are so intense that many photographers pointed out that
the Nikon D7000 probably has an issue with its Matrix metering sensor.
Other professional photographers stood against that rumor, saying that
photographers should get used to the new metering system. All in all, we
still don't get a definitive answer for that one.

I can tell you that. Many what called Professional photographers have
reviewed the Nikon D7000 and negatively raised the overexposure issue.
You even see sample images taken by the reviewers who clearly point to
overexposure. With the Nikon D7000 it's was recommended to use -1EV
exposure compensation to get a correct exposure. I had the Canon 60D for
a few days and didn't experience this issue using the default exposure

Buying guide tip:

I can't give you a really good tip here because I didn't have the D7000
to make my own conclusion. I suggest that you search for "Nikon D7000
exposure issue" or "Nikon D7000 overexposure" phrases to read more
opinions about that. For those of you who are very worried about it, I
can just tell you that pro photographers say that this is not a problem
with the camera at all, and photographers need to get adjusted to the
new metering system.

Continuous Shooting

No doubt that faster continuous shooting can be a huge factor in
deciding what camera to buy, especially if you shoot fast moving
subjects (e.g., Surfing, Soccer, Football, Basketball, Baseball, Boxing,
K1, etc.). When you compare two cameras one versus the other, the
continuous shooting fps is not the only number that you should be
looking for. Yes, continuous shooting (i.e., burst) will tell you how
many frames you can capture each second (aka fps or frames-per-second).
Even so, you also want to ask yourself: "How many pictures can the
buffer store before it halts the camera?". That means that the internal
memory (buffer) can only store X amount of data until it needs to empty
the buffer (electrical storage) to the memory card (physical storage).

Canon 60D: 5.3 frames per second

Canon D7000: 6.0 frames per second

Let's look at the buffer capacity for the Nikon D7000, when used a 8GB SanDisk Extreme SDHC card:

JPEG fine / Image Size "L": 31 images

JPEG fine / Image Size "M": 100 images

(Other JPEG below that specifications support 100 frames buffer capacity)

RAW Lossless / 12-bit: 11 images

RAW Lossless / 14-bit: 10 images

RAW Compressed / 12-bit: 15 images

RAW Compressed / 14-bit: 12 images

What it means in practice is that the buffer limits the amount of frames
you can capture in burst mode. So in order to capture up to 100
sequence images in bust mode, you will have to lower the resolution to
JPEG / M. Pretty limiting isn't it?

The 60D on the other hand has less continuous shooting speed, but it has
the advantage of being able to shoot more sequence images, MUCH MORE
when compared to the D7000.

This information were reported by a photographer with a 60D and a class 10 card:

JPEG (Large/Fine): approx. 58

RAW: approx. 16

RAW+JPEG (Large/Fine): approx. 7

So the 60D can achieve almost twice the amount of frames at a slightly slower burst speed.

Buying guide tip:

No doubt that the FPS number is not the only thing to consider when
buying a new DSLR. You should also pay attention to the buffer capacity
and even how much times it takes for the camera to empty (recover) the
buffer, so you can continue shooting at the same fast burst speed again.
According to what I've read and viewed, the Canon 60D has a clear
advantage here. If you are a sports photographer or you are taking shots
of fast moving subjects, don't forget to take that into account.

Articulating Screen - How Useful is it?

The Canon EOS 60D has an tilt and swivel (articulating) back LCD
display. Many photographers has decided to get the 60D over other DSLRs
just because of that feature. The Nikon D7000 doesn't have and
articulating screen. When it comes to choosing between them and this is
the only thing that catches your eye, you mind want to read about the
advantages of it.

Advantages of Articulating LCD Screen:

Shoot images and videos in various shooting angles that aren't comfortable or possible without an articulating screenUseful
when shooting videos when you want to explore the surrounding scene
without loosing the focus on the subject. Alternatively if you take your
eyes out of the viewfinder, you will probably lose the focus on the
subject - When shooting handheld of course.Can be usable when you mount your DSLR on a DSLR RigYou can take still images or videos of yourself or a part of a group of people

Having a swivel/tilt LCD screen will give you some advantage. How useful they are? - You will decide.

I had a chance to play around with it when I bought my Canon EOS 60D.
For me, it helped me shoot images at angles, that without an
articulating screen, I would have needed to lay down on a muddy ground
to get it. For my shooting habits, it is very useful. It helps me get
creative shots, that otherwise I wouldn't take.

Buying guide tip:

Having an articulating screen can be helpful for both stills and videos.
Many people might point out that having an articulating screen can be
very useful when you record movie, especially if you are recording
videos or shooting stills of yourself. I should also add that the Canon
60D has a 1040K-dot screen resolution while the Nikon D7000 has a
921K-dot resolution. Is it important? - I guess not. I had the chance to
view both screens and I didn't notice the differences. Both screens had
sharp text and beautiful color rendering.

Viewfinder Coverage

The viewfinder coverage is measured in percents. A 100% coverage means
that everything that you see via the viewfinder will appear in the final
image. So when you buy a camera with a 96% viewfinder coverage, it
means that 4% of the scene is not visible via the viewfinder. In many
cases it is not the important, and you won't even notice that you are
shooting with a camera that only offers 96% coverage. It is more
important when you are shooting Macro photographs, where every detail is
important and large enough to be noticed. It is also important when you
are shooting images that your subject is not in the middle of the

Canon 60D: 96% coverage

Nikon D7000: 100% coverage

Buying guide tip:

The Nikon D7000 has an advantage of having a 100% coverage viewfinder
than the 96% coverage of the Canon 60D. Again, ask yourself if having a
100% is important for you type of shooting habits. You can always give
yourself a spare padding by walking back from your subject or zooming
out a bit.

Full High Definition Movie Recording

Both the Canon 60D and the Nikon D7000 can record 1080p Full HD videos.
The Nikon can shoot 1080p @ 24fps, while the Canon EOS 60D can shoot HD
videos at 1080p @ 24/25/30fps. The Nikon D7000 support AF while
filming, which is an advantage over the Canon 60D which doesn't support
this feature. It means that with the 60D you will have to use manual
focus to keep your subject in focus. Trained professional
cinematographers could probably handle it well, but enthusiast
photographers would probably prefer to have an AF while shooting movies.

The AF on the D7000 (when shooting videos) is not that great. I mean it
works well, but don't expect it to deliver professional results. It is
somewhat slow and tends to miss the focus point from time to time. Don't
get me wrong, it is good and a nice feature to have, but don't expect
too much from it.

The Canon EOS 60D delivers exceptional video quality. I think that Nikon
has certainly managed to shrink the gap in terms of video quality. Even
so, I personally prefer the look and color rendering of Canon's DSLRs.
Having said that, both cameras can capture gorgeous videos. I still
think that DSLR videos still need improvements when it comes to
usability. The image quality will astound you. It is really, really

The 60D has an advantage of shooting in various frame rates, not just
24fps as the Nikon D7000. The Nikon D7000 has AF while shooting videos,
while the 60D doesn't. Both of course can shoot in Full HD 1080p. In
terms of video quality, I prefer the Canon's color rendering. Having
said that, both produce excellent Full HD videos.
Guest (5:44 AM, May 26, 2012)
As u have mentioned about using a Sigma lens and getting bad quality images by Nikon D7000..Try with a Nikkor and see the difference..Image quality is very much dependent on the lens..That's why cheap camera and pro lens will give better image always than pro camera and cheap lens..Thanks
Guest (5:33 AM, May 26, 2012)
Also, as u have mentioned about using a Sigma lens and getting bad quality images by Nikon D7000..Try with a Nikkor and see the difference..Image quality is very much dependent on the lens..That's why cheap camera and pro lens will give better image always than pro camera and cheap lens..Thanks
Theredrider78 (0:05 AM, May 21, 2012)
I buy your D7000 off you if you hate it so much.  D7000 are awesome!
Theredrider78 (11:58 PM, May 20, 2012)
Ba Hahahahaha.  You Canon using morons can't handle the truth is all.  I had a Canon 550D and noise was laughable at anything over 400 iso. Traded it in on a Nikon D5100 and it is a massive improvement over the Canon.  You Canon noobs get sucked into Megapixel count, but there is far more to image quality.  Maybe instead of getting all sooky whenever your overrated Canon gets a bad review, you could try a Nikon and see what people in the know are talking about.  A word of advice, DON'T visit DXOmark.com
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (2:44 PM, March 30, 2012)
Thanks @7e3ed1cff21bb13f5eff612f6461f8e8:disqus , we think you are totally awesome as well.