Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 70D vs Sony NEX-5R

Canon EOS 60D vs Sony NEX-5N

Winner
Canon EOS 60D

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Sony NEX-5N

53

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 60D

Great battery life
Battery life
1100 shots
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-5N

Size
Really small
Compact 111x59x38 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12.7 EV
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures

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Advantages of the Canon 60D

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Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Lens availability
Much more lenses available
197 lenses vs 21 lenses
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Around 9.5x more lenses available
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Battery life
Much longer battery life
1100 shots vs 460 shots
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Around 2.5x more shots per battery charge
Startup delay
Significantly less startup delay
400 ms vs 1900 ms
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4.8x less delay when turning on
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Pentaprism vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 16 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-5N

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Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Size
Much smaller
111x59x38 mm vs 145x106x79 mm
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4.9x smaller
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Overall image quality
Better image quality
77.0 vs 66.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.7 EV vs 11.5 EV
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1.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Weight
Much lighter
269 g vs 755 g
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2.8x lighter
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.5" vs 3.1"
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2.1x thinner
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The NEX-5N's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 5.3 fps
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Around 90% faster continuous shooting
Color depth
Better color depth
23.6 bits vs 22.2 bits
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Distinguishes 1.4 more bits of color
Focus points
More focus points
25 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
1,079 ISO vs 813 ISO
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The NEX-5N has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Shutter lag
Slightly less shutter lag
235 ms vs 253 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$456.79 vs $579.00
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The best price we've seen is $122 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Supports 24p 24p support Help
              For that film look
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              60D1,040k dots
              NEX-5N920k dots
              Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              Common Weaknesses
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $649 - $650 body only

              $649 - $650 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $629 body only

              $549 - $609 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $547 body only

              $499 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 - $547 body only

              $360 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $354 body only

              $600 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Canon EOS 60D Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $949 body only

              $1,170 - $1,249 with 18-135mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $749 - $778 body only

              $849 - $1,448 with 28-135mm lens

              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Viewfinder coverage Much better viewfinder coverage
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $684 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $570 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Viewfinder coverage Less viewfinder coverage
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,399 body only

              $1,799 with 24-105mm lens

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Lens availability Fewer lenses available

              Sony NEX-5N Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-5R

              Sony NEX-5R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $347 body only

              $898 with 16mm lens

              Focus points Significantly more focus points
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Sony NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $349 body only

              $640 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Significantly more focus points
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $360 body only

              $350 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $291 body only

              $330 - $398 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Built-in flash Built-in flash
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $300 body only

              $420 with 16-50mm lens

              Built-in flash Built-in flash
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Touch screen No touch screen

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              Andybott (2:45 AM, July 02, 2012)
              60D is not weather sealed..