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

56

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
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
Focus points More focus points 25 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $598.00 vs $699.00
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The best price we've seen is $101 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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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 body only

              $549 - $579 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 body only

              $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

              $378 body only

              $564 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Canon EOS 60D Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,231 body only

              $1,149 with 18-55mm 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

              $847 with 75-300mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $659 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,699 with 18-200mm 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
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,100 body only

              $1,299 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 Shorter battery life

              Sony NEX-5N Competitors

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              Sony NEX-5R

              Sony NEX-5R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,026 - $1,056 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 NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $348 body only

              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

              $498 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $648 body only

              $748 - $798 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
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Built-in flash Built-in flash
              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..