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

Canon EOS 60D

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Canon EOS 60D

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Sony NEX-5N

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Sony NEX-5N

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 60D

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Battery life
Great battery life
1100 shots
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-5N

Size
Really small
Compact 111x59x38 mm
Light sensitivity
High ISO
25,600 ISO
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
 
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differences

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
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
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
Lens availability Much more lenses available 197 lenses vs 21 lenses
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Around 9.5x more lenses available
Startup delay Much 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
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
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Pentaprism vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
True resolution 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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Size Much smaller 111x59x38 mm vs 145x106x79 mm
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4.9x smaller
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
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
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
Thickness Significantly thinner 1.5" vs 3.1"
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2.1x thinner
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 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
Sensor size Slightly larger sensor APS-C 23.4x15.6mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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Around 10% larger sensor
Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag 235 ms vs 253 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
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        similarities

        Compared to recent digital cameras

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Supports 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
        For that film look
        Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
        Great for movies
        Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
        60D:1,040k dots
        NEX-5N:920k dots
        Sensor size Large sensors Help
        60D:APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
        NEX-5N:APS-C 23.4x15.6mm
        Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
        Many lenses to choose from
        True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
        60D:17.9 MP
        NEX-5N:16 MP
        Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
        Better editing
        Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
        Avoids dust in your photos
        External flash Support external flash Help
        Better lighting
        Sensor type Better sensor types Help
        Better in low light
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $699 body only

        $200 - $729 with 18-55mm lens

        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $339 - $567 body only

        $444 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $352 - $415 body only

        $495 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier

        Canon EOS 60D Competitors

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        Canon EOS 70D

        Canon EOS 70D

        Pro DSLR

        $1,099 - $1,155 body only

        $450 - $1,449 with 18-135mm lens

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

        Canon Rebel T5i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $200 - $1,148 with 18-55mm lens

        Autofocus Video autofocus
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Weather sealed No weather sealing
        Battery life Much shorter battery life
        Canon EOS 7D

        Canon EOS 7D

        Pro DSLR

        $999 - $1,799 body only

        $1,299 - $1,729 with 18-135mm lens

        Viewfinder coverage Significantly better viewfinder coverage
        Shutter lag Less shutter lag
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
        Nikon D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $747 body only

        $695 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

        Autofocus Video autofocus
        Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
        Weather sealed No weather sealing
        Battery life Much shorter battery life
        Nikon D5200

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $547 body only

        $549 - $697 with 18-55mm lens

        Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
        Autofocus Video autofocus
        Weather sealed No weather sealing
        Battery life Much shorter battery life

        Sony NEX-5N Competitors

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        Sony NEX-5T

        Sony NEX-5T

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $348 body only

        $498 - $998 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 NEX-5R

        Sony NEX-5R

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $1,026 - $1,067 with 16-50mm 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 Alpha NEX-5

        Sony Alpha NEX-5

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $499 with 16-50mm lens

        Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
        Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Sony Alpha NEX-6

        Sony Alpha NEX-6

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $399 - $529 body only

        $500 - $779 with 16-50mm lens

        Focus points Significantly more focus points
        Built-in flash Built-in flash
        Touch screen No touch screen
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Sony Alpha A6000

        Sony Alpha A6000

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $598 body only

        $748 - $810 with 16-50mm lens

        Focus points Many more focus points
        True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
        Touch screen No touch screen
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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