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Canon 60D or Nikon D7000

Updated on January 29, 2011

Canon 60D or Nikon D7000 ~ Nikon D7000 or Canon 60D

It's a tough choice, but you have to make it. Nikon D7000 or Canon 60-D?

This kind of decision can put you into mental traction.

First of all, what is your camera preference? Are you a Democrat or Republican, or do you claim to be an Independent? If you have already made up your mind, any argument is academic. You can find holes in it or reasons to support your own preference.

Canon and Nikon have been going at it for a long time now. In the digital SLR arena, they are the two big guns. There are proponents for each brand. However, we will attempt to take an unbiased look at both these amazing cameras and come up with the best features of each as compared to... each other.

Which Should You Choose? Oy Vey!

Canon 60D vs Nikon D7000
Canon 60D vs Nikon D7000

Digital SLR - What's In It For You?

First, if you are a first time buyer in the Digital SLR market, you are in for a totally awesome ride. There is nothing quite like the feeling you get when you view the images from your DSLR on the big computer screen.. NOTHING! Those images are the whole reason for taking the time to learn how to take photos and investing the money for the big camera.

Moving up from a point and shoot camera is a big step, but it is such an emotional high when you see the difference in the output of the camera.

Nikon D7000 vs Canon 60D Quick Comparison

Nikon D7000
Canon 60D
16.2 Megapixel CMOS (23.6 x 15.6 mm)
18 Megapixels CMOS (22.3 x 14.9 mm)
3" with 921k dot display
3" - full swivel screen with 1080k dot display
100 - 6400 (expandable to 25600)
100 - 3200 (expandable to 12800)
Body Construction
Magnesium alloy - weather sealed
Process Engine
Dual EXSPEED processing engines
Single DIGIC 4 processor
Storage Media
Twin SD/SDHC/SDXC card slots
Continuous Shooting
6 frames per second
5.3 frames per second
1080p with lens Auto Focus
1080p with manual control
Full 100% view
95% View
Price (with kit lens)
$1499 (18-105mm Kit lens)
$1199 (18-135mm Kit lens)

Nikon D7000

In a discussion or comparison between Canon 60D or Nikon D7000, you have to start somewhere. I usually start on the Canon side. After all, I own Canon products.. But wait! Don't abandon the discussion just yet. I am not one of those Canon Prudes who don't see any value in Nikon. Heck no. Nikon produces awesome cameras, too. I just happened to come down on the Canon side when I was making that first major decision.

The Nikon D7000 is getting really great reviews and comments. In fact, at Amazon, it has one of the higher Star ratings in the Digital SLR category at 4.6 Stars out of 5.

You can see from the chart above that the D7000 has some real advantages over the Canon 60D. The first one to take notice of is the image sensor. While it appears that the Canon would be declared the winner due to a larger megapixel count, the numbers to look closely at are the sensor size combined with the pixel count. Nikon D7000 has a larger sensor with less pixels. This mean that each light element (pixel) can have more space and thus be of better quality. It's kind of techy, but if constructed correctly, light sensors with a larger area (as in the D7000) can create better quality images.

Other things to note are the body construction of magnesium alloy, the dual memory slots, and continuous auto focus during video recording. Of course, twin processing engines merely sweeten the pot for Nikon.

Nikon D7000 has a 4.6 Star Rating at
Nikon D7000 has a 4.6 Star Rating at | Source

Nikon D7000 Review

Canon 60D

As previously mentioned, I am a Canon owner. My model of the moment is a forerunner of the 60D, the 30D. Models have really changed since the release of the Canon 30D, getting better and more power-packed with each release.

The Canon 60D, like the Nikon D7000 is among the top rated digital SLR cameras in the Online stores. For instance, at Amazon, the Canon 60D has a 4.5 Star rating (out of 5 possible stars).

Since this is a comparison, we must consider the two cameras side by side. Where the Canon 60D excels, and this is a biggy for video folks, is the fully articulating LCD panel. This enables the photographer to move the LCD screen in order to view the photo or video in live view from tough angels.

The folks at Canon have been taking some heat over the body construction. The former model, the 50D, had magnesium alloy construction with weatherproofing. This model is constructed of polycarbonate material, which is essentially plastic. The material is tough and should stand up to quite a bit of use, but it is not metal.

Another advantage of the Canon 60D at press time is the price. Price varies from one day to the next, but at press time, there is a $300 difference.

Another area where it appears that the Canon 60D must take second place is video focus. The Nikon has the ability to auto focus during zooming.

Canon 60D gets 4.5 out of 5 stars at
Canon 60D gets 4.5 out of 5 stars at | Source

Canon 60D Review


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      thewayeyeseeit 6 years ago from Woodstock, GA

      Right, dahoglund, digital SLRs are the way to go for the best still images, and they are really coming on in video quality, too. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Don A. Hoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      It will be awhile before I buy another camera but I always liked an SLR in standard photography.