Nikon D7000 vs Canon 60D

by Enche Tjin on November 8, 2010

Both cameras, Nikon D7000 and Canon 60D is highly anticipated DSLR cameras for advanced amateur. Both cameras are great upgrade from beginner DSLR cameras or older DSLR cameras such as Nikon D80 or Canon Rebels.

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If you are not tied up on a system, which cameras will you choose?  Let’s check which camera is better:

IMAGE QUALITY

Although Nikon D7000 only sports 16 MP, but according to DXomark test, It is significantly better than Canon 60D’s 18 MP sensor especially in dynamic range and low ISO setting. So, Nikon win this category.

CAMERA BODY QUALITY

Nikon D7000 has partial magnesium alloy to beef up the body, Canon 60D is surprisingly do not has magnesium alloy body although its predecessors, 20D through 50D all has magnesium alloy body. But 60D is weather sealed and seems quite strong too.

Canon has vari-angle 3″ hi-res LCD, and Nikon does not have vari angle LCD screen. However, Nikon sports 100% coverage viewfinder so you can compose photo accurately, on the other hand, 60D only sports 96% viewfinder coverage.

It is a close call, but Nikon win this category by a hairline.

INTERFACE

In this category, Canon 60D wins hands down. The design is a bit wider so that it give you more space between your finger and lens. It also has vari-angle  LCD screen so that you can compose photo or record video easily in awkward angle. The other thing that I like about the interface is the big round dial, and 8 ways directional buttons.  Canon Menu is also better designed and categorized and button placement is better.

SIZE & WEIGHT

Canon 60D is about 1 cm wider, but it is a bit lighter than Nikon D7000. It is a tie.

PERFORMANCE

Nikon D7000 has new 39 AF system with 9 cross type point, while Canon 60D only has 9 point, all cross type AF. D7000 shoots 6 frame per second, while 60D shoots 5.3 fps. Overall, D7000 is a bit better than Canon.

VIDEO

Both cameras sports 1080 FULL HD video recording, but Canon has a better codec for more efficient recording and also has vari-angle to support video recording process. It’s a win for Canon 60D

ECOSYSTEM

Both system has a lot of lenses and accessories in their collection, and both company is dedicated to work on new DSLR technology in the future release. Ecosystem for both cameras are excellent and it’s a tie.

OVERALL

Overall, Nikon D7000 is better than Canon 60D, D7000 is better in image quality, body quality, and performance. Canon 60D on the other hand, is better in interface, and video related function.

I recommend Nikon D7000 for people who shoots still photography and Canon 60D if you are more focused on video recording.

Nikon D7000 vs Canon 60D comparison table

Canon 60D Nikon D7000
Image 18 MP / APS-C Sensor (1.6x crop) 16 MP / APS-C Sensor (1.5x crop)
LCD 3 inch 3:2 aspect ratio, 1,040,000 dots, vari angle 3 inch 910k dots 4:3 aspect ratio
Auto Focus 9 AF points, all cross type 39 AF points, 9 cross type
ISO ISO 100-6400, expandable to 12800 ISO 100-12800, expandable to 80 and 51200
Movie recording Full HD 1080p, 24, 25, 30 fps with manual exposure control Full HD 1080p 25fps, no manual exposure control
Continuous shooting 5.3 fps, buffer 58 JPG 6 fps
Other features Dual SD card slot, quiet mode, AF continuous in live view, AF fine tune
Body material Polycarbonate (rugged plastic), weather sealed Partial magnesium alloy, weather sealed
Price $1100 $1200
Size/Weight 145 x 106 x 79 mm / 755 g 132 x 105 x 77 mm / 780 g
Viewfinder 96% coverage, .95x magnification 100% coverage, .94x magnification
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Top: Canon 60D, Bottom: Nikon D7000

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Top: Canon 60D, Bottom: Nikon D7000

Interesting links:
Nikon D7000 vs Canon 60D @ digital rev – Video

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

DavidK November 9, 2010 at 12:18 am

Don’t forget the Nikon D7000 also comes with dual U1 & U2 mode dials that dramatically increases re-call settings.

Enche Tjin November 9, 2010 at 12:20 am

yes, an AF fine tuning which i forgot to mention.

Blaq Jaq November 10, 2010 at 11:06 am

Hey check out these DxOMarks Camera Sensor Test results comparing both Canon & nikon!

http://www.dxomark.com/index.php/en/Camera-Sensor/Compare-sensors/%28appareil1%29/663|0/%28appareil2%29/680|0/%28appareil3%29/619|0/%28onglet%29/0/%28brand%29/Canon/%28brand2%29/Nikon/%28brand3%29/Canon

kwanonku November 14, 2010 at 1:11 pm

Very interesting high ISO comparison on 60D, D7000, K-5
http://dpreview.com/reviews/canoneos60d/page19.asp

Even DxOmark wrotes about the powerful 16 M P APS-C sensor in D7000, I don’t think there is a huge difference in term of image quality compare to 60D.

My real world experience on shoot many various subjects, the high ranking cameras in DxOmark website really can’t perform well in term of color rendering as the eyes sees.

So, it will be nice if we could test by ourselves each camera such D7000 or 60D to be fitted with our own needs..

Steven November 16, 2010 at 7:34 am

I have only taken a couple hundred shots but what I have seen after comparing the 90 to the 7000 is the image quality is definitely better and it seems that not only is there a better sensor and processor but also because the camera settings can be adjusted easier and more accurately.
For more info visit: http://hubpages.com/hub/Nikon-D-7000

Mathias February 28, 2011 at 4:51 pm

Dont forget that canons always nicest and that nikon is SO ugly.

autobahn March 11, 2011 at 8:35 am

Mathias February 28, 2011 at 4:51 pm

Dont forget that canons always nicest and that nikon is SO ugly.

FANBOY ALERT. It’s a matter of opinion. Kindly refrain from making rubbish statements such as this since it isn’t very informative. It’s nowhere even near an educated statement. Anyway, I like the 60D but I think the D7000 is a better overall performer. Canon still has the advantage when it comes to video though.

Isaac May 12, 2011 at 10:38 am

Great review! I only have one thing to point out, the 60D also handles 50FPS (PAL) and 60FPS (NTSC).

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