Released within weeks of one another, the Nikon D7000 and Canon 60D both set new DSLR benchmarks. Since the announcement of each we’ve seen endless comparisons between the pair and watched the Internet’s forum fields light up like wildfire with regards to which is the better of the two. To settle the feud we’ve got hold of both cameras and pitched them together in a head to head showdown… 

Canon EOS 60D vs Nikon D7000 – Features

Found in the upper echelons of the consumer range, both models come very well specified. On the cusp of professional specification this category is fiercely fought, though the approaches of the Canon and Nikon models are both fairly different:

Canon EOS 60D vs Nikon D7000

The 60D has a 3in, 1,040k-dot vari-angle LCD screen that can be used through a variety of angles and is the only DSLR camera at this level to offer such a feature. By comparison the D7000 provides a more standard 3in, 920k-dot screen that’s fixed to the rear.

The Canon features an 18MP CMOS sensor, which is slightly higher resolution than the D7000’s 16.2MP offering.

With the launch of Canon’s 7D came a new 63-zone, dual-layered iFCL (intelligent Focus, Colour & Luminance) metering sensor that is also inherited by the 60D. The Nikon D7000’s equivalent is a brand new offering: a 2,016-pixel RGB metering sensor.

The D7000 also includes the brand new Multi-CAM 4800DX that has a 39-point array of focus points, nine of which are cross-type for enhanced sensitivity in both portrait and landscape mode. By comparison the 60D employs the same system as found in the 50D, offering nine AF points (all cross-type).

The Nikon employs the latest EXPEED 2 image-processing engine and tops out at ISO 25,600, compared to the Canon’s DIGIC 4 processor that provides a top-end ISO 12,800.

It’s not just stills where both models bestow much of their prowess however: the video modes of the pair are mightily impressive and, for the most part, of a similar specification. Both provide the ability to Full HD 1080p at 24fps (the 60D also has 30 or 25fps options).

Canon 60D vs Nikon D7000 test sample images

Canon 60D vs Nikon D7000 product images gallery

  1. 1. Canon EOS 60D vs Nikon D7000 - Features
  2. 2. Canon EOS 60D vs Nikon D7000: Design
  3. 3. Canon EOS 60D vs Nikon D7000: Performance
  4. 4. Canon EOS 60D vs Nikon D7000: Image Quality
  5. 5. Canon EOS 60D vs Nikon D7000: Movie & Value
  6. 6. Canon EOS 60D vs Nikon D7000: Verdict
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  • Sharon

    Thank you for this great review. These are the two dslr’s that i have narrowed my choice down to but i’m still unsure. Although i really wanted to love the Nikon the Cannon does feel better in my hands, which one should i go for?

  • john

    i don’t agree at all i have a 60d and it is fantastic not to be beaton for the price and ecelent quaility

  • Duncan

    Total waist of time!
    As you say your self these cameras are aimed at completely different markets.

  • Bruce

    Nice review, and puts in good reasons to buy either camera, althought unless you needs decent video performance, it’s seems the nikon has the upper hand, especially around AF. However, I cannot believe the variance in jpg output from each camera. Th canon looks much better. I’d be interested to see what settings were used. May be the Canon has more saturated and contrasty default jpeg output?

  • Ron Rowen

    Did you review the difference between the Nikon having continuous focus in its movie mode vs the Canon?

  • Simon Trott

    im happy the D7000 is th worthy winner,Because my wife has bought me as a christmas present lol ..
    Thanks for a good review guys ..
    Merry Christmas And Happy New Year for 2011.
    Simon Trott