Canon 60D vs Nikon D90

by Enche Tjin on August 31, 2010

Nikon D90 is definitely one of the most successful mid-range cameras selling just below $1000. It is successful because it is capable enough for many circumstances, while providing body that not to small and not to big/heavy.

Now, Nikon D90 and its upcoming replacement will face a tough challenger, which is Canon 60D.

How D90 compares to Canon 60D?

Canon 60D advantages

  • Higher image resolution
  • Swivel 3:2 LCD
  • Full HD movie recording
  • Faster continuous shooting with bigger buffer
  • Better control/handling
  • Slightly bigger viewfinder

While D90 main advantage is on the price, which is around $200 cheaper.

So, Canon 60D is better in almost any front compared to two years old Nikon D90. Canon 60D is especially a better camera for candid photography and video recording. I also recommend you to wait for Nikon D90 replacement (named D7000) which might have comparable specs to Canon 60D.

Nikon D90 Canon 60D
Image 12 MP / APS-C Sensor 18 MP / APS-C Sensor
LCD 3 inch, 910k resolution 3 inch, 3:2 aspect ratio, 1 million resolution, swivel LCD
Auto Focus 11 AF points, with 3D tracking 9 AF points
ISO ISO 100-6400, good up to ISO 3200, adjustable auto ISO limit ISO 100-12800, good up to 3200, adjustable auto ISO limit
Movie recording HD 720p / 30fps no manual exposure control Full HD 1080i, 24, 25, 30 fps
Continuous shooting 4.5 fps, buffer 23 JPG / 6 RAW 5.7 fps, buffer 56 JPG, 16 RAW
Handling/Control SD card, two finger dials SD card, 8 way controllers, 1 finger dial, 1 thumbs round dial
Body material About the same quality as Canon, minus the rubber grip Alumunium chassis with polycarbonate resin and glass fibre coating
Price $850 Approx. $1050
Size/Weight 132 x 103 x 77 mm / 620 g (1.4 lb) 145 x 106 x 79 mm  / 755 g (1.6 lb)
Viewfinder 95% coverage 96% coverage, .95x magnification
Related Post:

Leave a Comment

Previous post: Olympus E-5 – just to be there to save four thirds legacy lenses?

Next post: Sony A700 replacement, Sony A750?