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

Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
300 ms startup delay
Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
Great viewfinder

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 60D

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


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


Nikon D90 Competitors

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$289 body only

$379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Overall image quality Better image quality
Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000

Entry-level DSLR

$479 body only

$719 with 18-105mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Overall image quality Better image quality
Shutter lag More shutter lag
Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200

Entry-level DSLR

$935 - $1,097 body only

$1,397 with 18-140mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder

Canon EOS 60D Competitors

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D


$780 - $999 body only

$870 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

Autofocus Video autofocus
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Startup delay More startup delay
Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i

Entry-level DSLR

$481 - $649 body only

$578 - $649 with 18-55mm lens

HDR Has in-camera HDR
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Color depth Worse color depth
Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i

Entry-level DSLR

$459 body only

$579 with 18-55mm lens

Size Smaller
Weight Lighter
Startup delay Much more startup delay


Advantages of the Canon 60D

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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 24fps
Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 930k dots
More than 10% higher resolution screen
True resolution
Higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 12.2 MP
Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
9 vs 1
Grab focus in difficult situations
Battery life
Longer battery life
1100 shots vs 850 shots
Around 30% more shots per battery charge
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
5.3 fps vs 4.5 fps
Around 20% faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
The 60D's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
2x faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Nikon D90

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Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.5 EV vs 11.5 EV
1.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality
Better image quality
73.0 vs 66.0
More than 10% better image quality
Color depth
Better color depth
22.7 bits vs 22.2 bits
Distinguishes 0.5 more bits of color
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
977 ISO vs 813 ISO
The D90 has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.63x vs 0.59x
More than 10% larger viewfinder
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
208 ms vs 253 ms
Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
132×103×77 mm vs 145×106×79 mm
More than 10% smaller
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
300 ms vs 400 ms
Around 30% less delay when turning on
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
230 lenses vs 220 lenses
Almost the same
3" vs 3.1"
Almost the same
Slightly lighter
703 g vs 755 g
Around 10% lighter
Nikon D90 Learn more about
the Nikon D90


Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              60D220 lenses
              D90230 lenses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              60D400 ms
              D90300 ms
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Common Weaknesses
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              60D12,800 ISO
              D906,400 ISO
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              60D6,400 ISO
              D903,200 ISO
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              60D17.9 MP
              D9012.2 MP
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              60D22.2 bits
              D9022.7 bits
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              60D813 ISO
              D90977 ISO




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              Showing 25 comments

              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 .