Updated (August 2010): Compare the Canon EOS 60D vs Nikon D90

Nikon D90 vs Canon EOS 60D

Nikon D90


Canon EOS 60D



Reasons to buy the Nikon D90

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
977 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
Great color depth
Color depth
22.7 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
12.5 EV

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 60D

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay


Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 60D.
Explore our gallery of 47 sample photos taken by the Nikon D90.


Nikon D90 Competitors

Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400

Entry-level DSLR

$326 body only

$397 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Viewfinder Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder
Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000

Entry-level DSLR

$1,275 with 18-200mm lens

External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Weather sealed Weather sealed
Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$358 body only

$438 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Much higher true resolution
External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Viewfinder Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder

Canon EOS 60D Competitors

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Entry-level DSLR

$289 - $549 body only

$328 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

Size Smaller
Weight Lighter
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i

Entry-level DSLR

$500 body only

$539 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

Touch screen Has a touch screen
Size Smaller
Overall image quality Much worse image quality
Canon EOS Rebel T6i

Canon EOS Rebel T6i

Entry-level DSLR

$649 with 18-55mm lens

Color depth Better color depth
Overall image quality Much better image quality
Viewfinder Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder


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Pawel (3:21 PM, October 08, 2013)
Just read the comments. Everything's has been said. To make it short: both are really good DSLRs, you can't go wrong with buying either of them. But:
- if you primarily take photos and don't care about the video quality - go for the Nikon D90
- if you want to shoot videos and need possibly best quality - then there is no way around the Canon 60d

I have a D90 and had the opportunity to play with a 60d (and also owned a 550d, which has the same sensor and thus offers basically the same image quality) - the D90 has the edge on the overall photo quality, its build quality and ergonomics just feel better and the kit lens (18-105) is better than Canon's 18-135 too. So, if you don't shoot videos, the D90 is an awesome DSLR and I'd never swap it for a 60d.

But as far as it comes to the video mode, the D90 is no competition for the 60d (even the cheap 550d delivers stunning results). It simply wasn't made for video shooting.
beast (2:59 AM, October 06, 2013)
Just let me knw ur xperience with lighter nd heavier camera..I prefer d90 with its heavier weight for stability during outdoor shoots +all above mentioned features...+the shutter is piece or art compared 2 any canon model of same range.
Avatar for Sukina Alfaraj Sukina Alfaraj (5:32 PM, May 29, 2013)
I am considering to change my canon 450d camera and i consider bothe of. These camears nikon d90 or canon d60
Please help i am looking for great image quality and colour
commando squad (4:50 PM, February 22, 2013)
I am not Going To brag about how many D-SLR collections I've made. But My all time Favorite will be the D90 Personally, its the best in its Class. Nikon D90 topped my Chart followed By Nikon D800 and Nikon D4 and Canon EOS 5D. I learned my Basic Photography 3years ago Thanks a Million to Nikon for D90, RESPECT!!! I always Carry This Camera along with either D800 or D4. so, D90 against all for me!
Skg (7:28 PM, July 02, 2012)
i own d90 but i'm jealous with canon picture style. nikon picture control is not as customisable as canon picture style.
Alwynjsmit (6:23 AM, May 14, 2012)
To some the flip out screen would be the best thing since Spongebob. Others will just get down and dirty. Grip is in the eye of the beholder. Some will prefer Canon grip, some would prefer Nikon grip. Some will have small hands and some will have large hands. Some will like blue jelly tots and some will like black winegums. Yes, these 2 cameras are in different 'levels'. That doesn't mean the 60d is holier than thou. I wanted a camera, not a camcorder that could take pictures. So therefore the video and the flip out screen wasn't important to me. Yes I have video on the D90, but I don't use it. Now, you will find a lot of people with different needs to mine and what a wonderful world it is that we have this variety. I'm just reporting on what I found in my own words. You'll find a lot of ppl commenting on these cameras and each to their own. But how many of these ppl who have strong opinions on both have actually shot with both? To me I found I also liked the grip of the 60d, but this was because the 60d body is slightly longer in length than the D90. I like the grip of the D300 and D700 as well due to them being longer and I have my bigger hands to thank for that. I liked the speed of the 60d, but this was a slight difference. It would have been nice if the D90 shutter was 1/8000 instead of 1/4000. AF was slightly better 
(almost unnoticeable the difference) on the 60d until I started having issues with my 60d bringing me question the quality of the 60d. On paper the 60d is heavier than the D90, but in real life the D90 feels heavier and the build is just superior. In the end I looked at my own requirements and made a choice that suited ME. My choice may not suit your needs, but I can still share my experiences with both. For me the choice I made to go Nikon was confirmed to be the correct one by Canon themselves. With the couldn't care less attitude I got from Canon's South African head office staff and the after sales service I got thus far from Nikon I can say with earnest I made the right decision for me. I value the still image quality, the build quality and the after sales service. That's important to me, not some category label or gimmick. Lastly, I am not saying by purchasing the 60d someone would be experiencing the same issues as I had and the same level of after sales service. I'm just saying that was MY experience. Having had the Nikon D90 now for little over a year does not make me a Nikon fanboy or a Canon basher. It makes me someone who values ALL the different systems because I think competition serves us (the customers) best.  
Allwynjsmit (5:36 AM, May 14, 2012)
Go try them all out at the shop and see which one fits better in your hand. Then buy good glass and practice 
Alwynjsmit (5:32 AM, May 14, 2012)
Low light, both are on par. AF 60d is marginally ahead. Colors, D90. Body, D90. I had both so YES I can comment from personal experience and not just say so coz I'm a fanboy of either
Mouaz (3:22 PM, May 02, 2012)
well i think that the D90 is a good camera but from my point of view,I think that the 60D is better since its flip out screen giving the photographer using it a flexablity to take pictures from a low or high point, and the grip of the 60D is by far better than that of the D90; another thing is that the 60D is classified into intermediate level, while D90 is half the way between beginner and intermediate.finally,vedios taken by 60D are better than those of the D90 since the maximum time of the D90 is 5 min...otherwise it would be certain that the D90 is better apart from technical issue.
-this is my point of view and am not saying that it is the true judgment of both cameras...thak you   
Shooter83 (1:46 AM, April 21, 2012)
 i am a professional photographer n videoshooter. i've got Nikon D3s n 5D mark II. well thats for official workhorse  :P
for simple equipment  for simple and easy task and also for personal gear i tell you D90 is way too good !!   its very limited now in Malaysia. what make me soo proud about D90 . its the first HD video DSLR (mark 2 few month late )   ( its the last two digit series)
the best autofocus display ( just like D200 ) very clear, which is very good for everyone.. noob, amateur  or even pro. nowdays the dot on autofocus way too small.. and dont expect newbie or stranger that you handed your camera to take your photo to understand
the autofocus in new system like D7000.  i've use 60D. borrow it from my friend..  damn i hate it so much.
the focus is faster than D90 but back focus happen sometimes and sharpness is low compare to D90. in the dark canon have to use Pop-up flash to assist focusing. while nikon got the af light.. its really reliable.
i am not a fanboy i use camera to make  my job easier..  i am looking to add some of my equipment later and its a "canon"

my advice..  better buy D90 now before its too late.
Avatar for Kim Taylor Kim Taylor (1:59 PM, March 22, 2012)
Owned the d90 for 2 years. Great for stills which is what I used it for.
I've recently started working more with moving image and so have explored using the d90 to capture basic video. I have to say I find the quality horrendous. I find it difficult to walk around while focussing manually and get some serious 'jelly effect' on my picture. I realize this effect can appear on all DSLRs to a certain extent but having tried the 60D I had far better results.

I tried out my friend's 60D last night. I much prefer the nikon build and ergonomics, however the video mode is far superior and it has a flip out screen.

So it's a tough call. I wanted to like the 60D, and the video does seem great... But I'm not sure if it's enough of a benefit to warrant the upheaval of changing cameras, glass, flash gun etc. All I want is slightly better video from my Nikon! D7000?
navymom (3:23 PM, March 02, 2012)
Everyone has a brand preference.  I grew up with Canon and have a hard time with Nikon.  I have friends that are the opposite.  It's a matter of choice.  I borrowed a friend's 60D to try because I really want that camera.  I have an old Rebel.  I've talked with several pros and they did recommend the 60D for what I use it for, football games, pep rallies, etc.  I took the borrowed camera to shoot an indoor drill team dance event.  I had my monopod also.  Love that thing!  Once I got my camera set, the pictures were amazing!!  To catch a dancer in mid-leap and have everything crytal clear was such a thrill! 
Yerbol (9:28 PM, February 11, 2012)
Dear all,
I am a Canon guy and I have a few questions to those lucky people who probably have both, Canon 60D and Nikon D90.
1. Who really shoots better in low light condition?
2. Who got accurate and faster autofocus?
3. Which one of them gives better and accurate colors even with kit lenses [18-135mm Canon, 18-105mm Nikon]?
4. Who got stronger body? I am not going to use it as a hammer ;-) Just curious.
Thanks for help in advance!
bLank (7:44 AM, January 15, 2012)
Polycarbonate resin with glass fibre on aluminum chassis 
Rocky (3:39 PM, December 10, 2011)
canon d60
Linkxs (3:58 AM, December 01, 2011)
in fact, it is plastic. For sure
vorin (1:30 AM, November 03, 2011)
I own a Nikon D90 and had the opp to play w/ a friend's new Canon 60D: I did not like it. I couldn't find the 60D's most basic of functions, e.g. ev adjustment, which appears to be trapped in the Q menu. The feel of it was ok, but I don't like the contour of the grip, but that's a minor. IQ was very nice, of course. I really wanted to like the Canon, but I kept trying to change things with the wheel and realized I missed the Nikon's D90 secondary wheel. My major photographically prohibitive issues were all about not being able to quickly changed things via preprogrammed buttons and wheels like WB, EV, ISO and other menu-trapped items. D90 for me.  
Test (0:18 PM, October 27, 2011)
Not plastic body on 60d, it is magnezyum.
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (9:15 PM, June 16, 2011)
Thanks again, our mistake, should be all fixed up now.
Xsshssh (9:09 PM, June 16, 2011)
I now see the votes have been recovered, thanks!
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (8:54 PM, June 16, 2011)
Hmm, you're right.. We'll look into that, thanks! The vote #s look really low on all of the comparisons, I think they may have been reset recently.
Xsshssh (8:49 PM, June 16, 2011)
I mean the porformance vote result have been reseted.
The oldest comment is about 6 months ago, then it is unlikely that both cameras got voted for less than 10 times within the last 6 month.
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (1:01 PM, June 15, 2011)
Hi Xsshssh, Snapsort's recommendation is based partly on popularity of the camera, which changes over time.  
Xsshssh (11:24 AM, June 15, 2011)
I checked this page several times. Last time, D90 was ranked higher than the 60D. However, this time I found that the vote was reseted, and 60D is ranked higher. Is snapsort interfering the vote result?
swcv2 (5:36 AM, May 22, 2011)
I will consider to buy Niko D90 .