Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 70D vs Nikon D80

Canon EOS 60D

Winner
Canon EOS 60D

67

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Nikon D80

45

Nikon D80

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 60D

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,040k dots
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D80

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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
 
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Advantages of the Canon 60D

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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 3.0" 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
Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
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
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 17.9 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture around 80% more detail in your photos
Overall image quality Better image quality 66.0 vs 61.0
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Around 10% better image quality
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
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.5 EV vs 11.2 EV
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0.3 f-stops more dynamic range
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 5.3 fps vs 3 fps
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Around 80% faster continuous shooting
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
Color depth Better color depth 22.2 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 0.1 more bits of color
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
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The 60D's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $199.95 vs $569.00
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The best price we've seen is $369 cheaper (2.8x 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 132x103x77 mm vs 145x106x79 mm
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More than 10% smaller
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 23.6x15.8mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
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 Common Weaknesses
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              60D:197 lenses
              D80:205 lenses
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              60D:400 ms
              D80:500 ms
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              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%
              D80:95%
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              60D:12,800 ISO
              D80:3,200 ISO
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              60D:9
              D80:11
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              60D:6,400 ISO
              D80:1,600 ISO
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              60D:11.5 EV
              D80:11.2 EV
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              60D:17.9 MP
              D80:10 MP
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              60D:APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
              D80:APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              60D:5.3 fps
              D80:3 fps
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              60D:66.0
              D80:61.0
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              60D:22.2 bits
              D80:22.1 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              60D:813 ISO
              D80:524 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $648 body only

              $200 - $579 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $650 - $847 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

              $640 body only

              $850 with 18-105mm 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

              $547 body only

              $549 - $647 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

              $319 body only

              $389 - $506 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 D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $929 body only

              $848 - $940 with 18-105mm 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
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $415 body only

              $495 - $564 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder

              Canon EOS 60D Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,231 body only

              $200 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $200 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,199 body only

              $1,099 - $1,530 with 28-135mm lens

              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen

              Nikon D80 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $285 body only

              $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Live view Has live view
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder
              Nikon D200

              Nikon D200

              Pro DSLR

              $1,301 body only

              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
              Size Larger
              Nikon D60

              Nikon D60

              Entry-level DSLR

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Color depth Better color depth
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder

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