Updated (August 2010): Compare the Canon EOS 60D vs Nikon D80

Canon EOS 60D vs Nikon D80

Winner
Canon EOS 60D

63

Nikon D80

44

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 60D

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,040k dots
Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
400 ms startup delay
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D80

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.62x
Badge
Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses

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differences

Advantages of the Canon 60D

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Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4.5x higher resolution screen
Screen size
Much larger screen
3" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Live view
Has live view
Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
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
Overall image quality
Better image quality
66.0 vs 61.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.5 EV vs 11.2 EV
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0.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
813 ISO vs 524 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
True resolution
Higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture around 80% more detail in your photos
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The 60D's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops better
Color depth
Better color depth
22.2 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Almost the same
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
400 ms vs 500 ms
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20% less delay when turning on
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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$819.00 vs $1,599.00
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The best price we've seen is $780 cheaper (around 50% less)
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Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.62x vs 0.59x
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More than 10% larger viewfinder
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Size
Smaller
132×103×77 mm vs 145×106×79 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
230 lenses vs 220 lenses
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Almost the same
Weight
Lighter
668 g vs 755 g
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More than 10% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
3" 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
              60D220 lenses
              D80230 lenses
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Common Weaknesses
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              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%
              D8095%
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              60D12,800 ISO
              D803,200 ISO
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              60D9
              D8011
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              60D6,400 ISO
              D801,600 ISO
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              60D11.5 EV
              D8011.2 EV
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              60D17.9 MP
              D8010 MP
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              60D253 ms
              D80250 ms
              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
              D8022.1 bits
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              60D66.0
              D8061.0
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              60D3"
              D802.5"
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              60D813 ISO
              D80524 ISO

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              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $495 - $649 body only

              $581 - $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
              Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder
              Canon Kiss X5

              Canon Kiss X5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $480 - $647 body only

              $549 - $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
              Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $720 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

              $405 - $497 body only

              $479 - $500 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
              Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder
              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 significantly more color depth
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $713 - $797 body only

              $948 - $1,097 with 18-140mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality

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              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $999 body only

              $1,019 - $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 Kiss X8i

              Canon Kiss X8i

              Entry-level DSLR

              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 - $840 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

              $1,399 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

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $263 body only

              $358 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder

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