DSLR Camera Review: Nikon D7000 vs. Canon 60D

The Canon 60D, left, and Nikon D7000, right. Two nice DSLR's to consider. (Copyright 2011 / Andrew Boyd)

The Canon 60D, left, and Nikon D7000, right. Two nice DSLR's to consider. (Copyright 2011 / Andrew Boyd)

I wrote a review back in November that compared the Nikon D3100 to the Canon Rebel T1i. It was not a technical, on-the-bench type of article full of jargon and esoteric detail, but a hands-on field-test by someone who uses cameras to make a living all day long. I just tried to give my best ‘first impression’ of these two very similar pieces of gear, pieces that are frequently the starting point for long relationships with their respective manufacturers.

Thanks to my friends over at Bennett’s Camera in New Orleans, I’m back with another review, this time between the hot, new and  very-popular Nikon D7000 camera body and the Canon 60D. Once again, this will be a ‘first impression’ look at both of these two cameras, each of which might be considered as an upgrade from  their entry-level DSLR brethren. (Maybe you already own an older Canon Rebel camera or a Nikon D90.) We’ll shoot some photos with each camera and then do a bit of video.

Overhead view: 60D top, D7000 bottom. (Copyright 2011 / Andrew Boyd)

Overhead view: 60D top, D7000 bottom. (Copyright 2011 / Andrew Boyd)

They’ve outfitted me with these two cameras and their respective name-brand zooms, namely, the 24-70mm f 2.8 Canon and Nikon zooms. These are some beautiful setups! Although the lenses could be the subject of a comparison review themselves, here we’re going to concentrate on the two camera bodies.

For starters, the Nikon retails for a bit more than the Canon: around 1200 bucks for the Nikon vs. a cool thousand to 1100 for the Canon. So right away, one of the questions you’ll need to ask yourself is whether you’re getting $100-200 more camera with the Nikon. The specs between the two are very similar: they both shoot big files (16.2 MP for the Nikon, 18MP for the Canon), and 1920 x  1080 HD video.  Both are backed up by huge systems of top-quality lenses that you’ll never outgrow.  So if you’re thinking about taking the plunge and buying one of these two cameras, what should you consider?

The biggest difference is in the body construction. Unlike its predecessor Canon 50D, the 60D is a plastic shell. The Nikon, on the other hand, is a magnesium alloy construction. This is a big quality difference and represents a repositioning down of the 60D in the Canon line. If you want the metal body in Canon now, you’ll need to look higher up the food chain to the 7D. I have to admit though, that using the camera, shooting with it for two days, I didn’t notice the plastic body: the 60D has a heft and weight to it that belied this fact. I learned this only after I was finished shooting when checking the overall specs.

Another slight difference is in the motor drive. The Nikon lists itself at 6 fps speed for this function, the Canon at 5.3 fps. Although this is a small difference, it’s one you might notice if shooting sports. (But keep in mind, the lens that you’re using, and the motor inside that lens, will have a huge impact on any sports shooting you attempt.)

Anyhow, let’s go shoot some pictures! We’ll start with both cameras in Program mode, followed by some Full-Manual shooting. Then we’ll put both of them into Live Mode and shoot some video.

That's the Canon 60D image on top, the Nikon D7000 bottom. The Canon shoots a slightly warmer-toned image, the Nikon more neutral. (Copyright 2011 / Andrew Boyd)

That's the Canon 60D image on top, the Nikon D7000 bottom. The Canon shoots a slightly warmer-toned image, the Nikon more neutral. (Copyright 2011 / Andrew Boyd)

Right away, I find that the Nikon is a bit smaller in my hands. I have big hands, but the whole Nikon rig is a bit smaller—both the camera and the lens. The Canon feels a bit beefier, which is a plus for me. If you have small hands, you may find the Nikon easier to manipulate.

A really great feature on the Canon: the rear LCD monitor can be turned around, twisted, popped into a variety of positions, just like on many video cameras. This is great! If you’ve ever had to shoot ‘hail Mary’ photos, or you want your camera angle right down on the ground, you’ll know why I’m excited about this feature. I wish my Canon Mark IV had this!

I love the big, articulated LCD screen on the back of the Canon 60D. (Copyright 2011 / Andrew Boyd)

I love the big, articulated LCD screen on the back of the Canon 60D. (Copyright 2011 / Andrew Boyd)

Something special on the Nikon D7000: two SD cards slots! I don’t know why the Canon didn’t include this, since it’s included on their higher-end bodies. This is a great feature that really adds to your flexibility when shooting. The D7000 allows you to decide if you want Slot 2 to be an ‘overflow’ slot, should you fill up the SD card in Slot 1, or you can shoot the same image, Slot 1 Raw and Slot 2 jpeg.

The second SD card slot on the Nikon D7000 is a great feature. (Copyright 2011 / Andrew Boyd)

The second SD card slot on the Nikon D7000 is a great feature. (Copyright 2011 / Andrew Boyd)

Out in the field shooting, a few impressions. The controls are located logically on both cameras, but fiddling with the menus, making adjustments to the setups, I find the Canon menu screens superior. They list all the features in tabs like a file cabinet, right in front of you. There’s no scrolling: if you don’t see it, try another tab. On the Nikon, unfortunately, menu screens scroll down and down and down, out of view. I found that when looking for something in a given menu, it was easy to get lost in the thicket of choices. Granted, this is a small thing, since you’ll probably get the camera set the way you want it and leave it there most of the time.

You can get lost in all the scrolling menu choices on the Nikon, top. I really prefer the Canon system of menu file-cabinet-type tabs, bottom, where all of the choices for that tab are always visible. (Copyright 2011 / Andrew Boyd)

You can get lost in all the scrolling menu choices on the Nikon, top. I really prefer the Canon menu system of file-cabinet-type tabs, bottom, where all of the choices for that tab are always visible. (Copyright 2011 / Andrew Boyd)

Both cameras, set on matrix metering, did a decent job in Program mode on overall exposure. I found the Canon produced slightly warmer images with more open shadow detail; the Nikon looked more neutral in color but provided less shadow detail. Both were acceptable in this respect though.

Nikon hypes the D7000 as having ‘Active D’ lighting capability in Matrix metering mode, which is supposed to provide superior shadow detail in backlit situations. I really couldn’t see this doing much though: check out the images of my mask sculpture. The open shadows produced by the Canon were superior here. But truthfully, either of these images would tone up fine in Photoshop.

Matrix metering on both here. I got a closer, more usable overall exposure with the Canon in this backlit situation. Note histogram differences. (Copyright 2011 / Andrew Boyd)

Matrix metering on both here. Nikon is on top, Canon on the bottom. I got a closer, more usable overall exposure with the Canon in this backlit situation. Note histogram differences. (Copyright 2011 / Andrew Boyd)

One thing I absolutely hated on the Nikon: ‘Scene’ mode! I realize that this camera is positioned to be an ‘enthusiast’ camera, not a ‘pro-sumer’ model (whatever that means), but still! Scene mode, listed in the manual under ‘Creative Photography’ (!!), on the dial alongside Program mode, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority and Manual mode, assumes you’re not smart enough to make basic decisions about exposure. You can set it for ‘Sports,’ ‘Child,’ ‘Beach/Snow,’ ‘Blossom,’ the list goes on and on. The idea that you’d let the camera decide shutter/aperture/metering based on what an engineer in Japan thinks I’ll want to do in ‘Blossom’ mode! This galls me to no end.

[Editor’s Note: Now I notice, after the fact while writing this,  that Canon is doing something similar out on the shooting mode function dial (see overhead photo of both camera bodies above).  So I guess this makes it a draw: I’m equally galled.]

Let’s look at autofocus functionality. Those of you who are regular readers of The Discerning Photographer know what a big fan I am of back-button autofocus and why I consider it critical to any camera. Here there is a difference in the two cameras. The ‘AF-ON’ button on the back of the Canon was easy to assign as the focus-only button and worked as expected. On the Nikon, I had to work a bit harder to set this up. The menus were obtuse but eventually, on page 232 of the manual, I found instructions on assigning focus-only to the back ‘AE/AF’ button. It then worked as expected, but its position is closer to the eyepiece viewer than the Canon. I’m a left-eyed shooter and this made squeezing my thumb in to focus difficult. You won’t have a problem with this if you’re a normal, right-eyed shooter, but left-eyed shooters should check this out before purchasing.

Now for some ‘Full Manual’ mode shooting: I love to shoot in manual since it gives me all the control I want over my image and the situation I’m trying to capture. Although both cameras can be easily switched into Manual mode, I have a beef with the Nikon here. The readout in the viewfinder—where you’re going to want to easily see your f-stop and shutter speed—is much, much too small to easily use. I’m talking about the actual graphical displays: they’re tiny! I see no reason for this, other than the Nikon designers must have thought this was an unimportant feature that wouldn’t get used much. The Canon readouts are bigger and easier to read and thus use, so Canon wins on this one.

I shot a couple of things in full Manual with matrix metering. As you can see, both do an acceptable job of exposure, although again I’m getting more open, usable shadow detail on the Canon with no Photoshop tweaking required.

That's the Canon on the top, the Nikon on the bottom. Again, I'm getting better shadow detail right out of the camera on the Canon. (Copyright 2011 / Andrew Boyd)

That's the Canon on the top, the Nikon on the bottom. Again, I'm getting better shadow detail right out of the camera on the Canon. The banding on the Nikon LCD is a digital artifact, not part of the image. (Copyright 2011 / Andrew Boyd)

Now for some video! I took both cameras and set them on 1920 x 1080 @ 24fps, since the Nikon didn’t have a 30-frame option at this highest resolution. I thought a good test would be some action-packed video of my hyper young dog, Sam, who never sits still and would be a challenge to follow.

The Nikon setup for video and Live Mode work is easier, bottom, than on the Canon, top. (Copyright 2011 / Andrew Boyd)

The Nikon setup for video and Live Mode work is easier, bottom, than on the Canon, top. (Copyright 2011 / Andrew Boyd)

Right away, a tip of the hat to the Nikon: the red switch to click over into Live Mode and video shooting is right there by your thumb, ready to use at a moment’s notice. This is clearly superior to the Canon setup, which requires first turning the shooting mode knob around to the ‘movie’ icon, then hitting one more button before video shooting in Live Mode is available. (For some reason, Live Mode for still shooting is available with only the one ‘Camera’ icon button to the right of the viewfinder pressed, but unlike on the Mark IV, you can’t get into video shooting with another press of this button.)

Both cameras shot completely acceptable HD video with this setup. You can click the movie below to watch the two snippets, one after the other. The one real difference you’ll notice is on the audio. The Canon onboard microphone is ‘hotter,’ livelier. I’m really not sure if this is good or bad; either of these clips would edit fine in any video editing software package.

DSLR Review: Nikon D7000 vs. Canon 60D from Andrew Boyd on Vimeo.

So, which camera should you buy? That’s a really tough question. There were things I really liked about both of these machines, and things I didn’t. If you already have a Canon Rebel and are looking to upgrade without buying a whole bunch of new lenses to boot, the 60D is a good choice. (Just don’t drop it on the sidewalk. I worry about the plastic body.) If you’re a Nikon shooter, your move to the D7000 will be an easy one to make. You’ll love this new camera with all its features. (Just forget all that stuff I wrote about ‘Scene’ mode and you’ll be good to go.)

Check out the Canon 60D at Amazon
Check out the Nikon D7000 at Amazon

If you’re a new purchaser, not tied to either system but wanting to make an initial purchase and this was your price entry point, I would have to steer you to the Nikon camera. I want you to have that metal camera body! If you fit into this group, just don’t buy the camera with the ‘starter lens” that it’s frequently packaged with; you need to plunk down some money for a ‘real’ first piece of glass.

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  1. andri@d7000 says:

    nice review andrew,
    about the scenes mode .. as you said .. it’s a prosumer camera. lucky for D7000, Nikon didn’t put the D3100’s Guide Mode 🙂

  2. Bayou Bill says:

    Re: “each…might be considered as an upgrade from their entry-level DSLR brethren. (Maybe you already own an older Canon Rebel camera or a Nikon D90.) ”

    Great article, Andrew, but before anyone goes out and plunks down good money to replace a camera they already have, I suggest reading Thom Hogan’s brief but savvy comments on “Resisting the Urge”, which he wrote when the Nikon D7000 came out. It’s in his 2010 archive at http://www.bythom.com/2010%20Nikon%20News.htm. Scroll down and read “Resisting the Urge Dec 14 (commentary)”, then scroll back up and read “Random Wednesday Comment Dec 15 (commentary)” (the entries are in reverse chronological order).

    Hogan is a Nikon guy, so his comments are focused on that product line (he has lots to say about the D7000 elsewhere on his site). But a lot of what he says has universal application.

  3. Good stuff Bill! Thinking about it, I use my cameras pretty much on a daily basis, but I’m very, very careful with my gear. I’m the guy you’d want to get used gear from! But seriously, I tend to replace cameras about once every five years. From a technology standpoint, the big difference between cameras now and cameras 20 years ago is that now, cameras are really COMPUTERS with lenses on the front of them; back then, they were mechanical devices, essentially unchanged (except for better motor drives, better meters, better strobes, etc). So like all other computers, the changes come faster now. Does that mean you HAVE to change them out? No, of course not. But I wouldn’t want to be still on my old 14.4 dialup modem. Some changes are worth spending money on, others, maybe not so much.

  4. BJN says:

    I’m a Nikon shooter and recently got a D7000. The metal body business is absolutely no reason to get the camera. The metal adds nothing to the performance of the camera. What’s more, Nikon put cheaper controls on the D7000 compared to the truly pro spec D300 camera. The D7000’s shutter release is hypersensitive and provides little tactile feedback between the focusing press and release press. Canon provides a critical feature that’s sadly missing on the D7000 — the mode dial lock. The D7000’s cheap mode dial has very weak detents and I’ve actually moved the dial with the edge of my hand while zooming with some lenses and shooting vertically framed shots. The dial will be easy to bump out of position just moving the camera in and out of camera bags.

    The D7000 is a decent consumer oriented camera, but it’s big step down in terms of ergonomics from the D300 and D700 bodies (aforementioned mode dial, cheap shutter release button, and poorly located ISO and DOF preview buttons).

  5. Good review. Thanks for sharing.
    My heart will stand for Nikon, forever. I think Nikon become leader since the release of D300/D3 3 years ago.
    And again Nikon show the surprise with this new model, very affordable for a boosted mid range camera.

  6. FSN says:

    Good review! I am not a professional photographer, but as a traditional artist there are certain things that catch my eye. I’m a first timer with the DSLR’s. Have read many reviews and still haven’t decided on Nikon or Canon. Looking at the comparison photos, my eye tends to like the warmer tones of the Canon. However, I have seen other comparison shots where the Nikon comes across as warmer. For example your shot of the mask sculpture, the window/outdoor background came through softer and warmer, but darker shadows. Although I like the quality of detail the Nikon picks up, it tends to be a bit too vivid and the colors too bright for me. It almost hurts to look at, which in turn seems unrealistic. I don’t mean to offend the Nikon users, I just wonder if this is typical? I understand you can adjust your photos, but as I said I’m not a professional and until I learn all the functionality of the camera, I’ll probably be shooting in AF the majority of the time. Another concern is how AF will handle shooting my two little girls with either camera, specially up close. From some of the reviews online it seems that this is a problem with both, but even more so with the Nikon. Is that true? The majority of the time, my family will be the subject matter. Any thoughts on that? Thank you

  7. FSN says:

    One more thing…
    I have an old Minolta 35mm camera with a plastic shell which I just realized has a crack, another concern for getting Canon. Reviews also state that Canon it’s not well weatherproofed. This is not easy!!!

  8. FSN,
    You will be fine with either camera. The Canon tends to have a warmer tone in all of the tests I’ve done, but the truth is, unless you’re doing head-to-head comparisons, you’ll never notice the difference. Both cameras will be ok on AF on your kids, once you learn how to do it. I really recommend that you acquire the back-button AF skill that I talk about in a couple of posts here on the site. Thanks for commenting!

  9. Don says:

    This was a good review. at first I was concerned that you may have been canon biased. but reading further I see that you were completely fair…..so thanks for that.

    I on the other hand am Nikon biased. I would love to upgrade, but no cash.

  10. Thanks for your thoughts, Don. I’ve used both systems and both have their pluses and minuses.

  11. Liton says:

    Great Review and I think I been researching the product as well as the quality in terms of $ value .
    I think I will go for EOS60 D with 18-200 MM EF-S lens .

  12. ASM says:

    Hi there…
    Thanks for a nice review, although I wanted to know more differences from this exact point of view 🙂
    And accordingly comes my question, since you used both cameras (canons and nikons), which one that you say about it “this is one SMART camera, and everything is where I could imagine…”
    If you used an iPhone, you will exactly understand what I mean compared to your older phone. 😉

    I’m currently searching for my first dslr and of course I’m trying to settle on a company first (nikon or canon).


  13. Terri says:

    Andrew, thank you for your very informative article on the 60d vs the d7000. I am right now deciding between the two and can’t quite make the decision yet. I currently have a canon camera now (A360) with a flip out screen which I really love and am wondering if I’ll miss it if I opt for the Nikon. Would you be able to recommend a good all around starter lens that is not a kit lens for both cameras? I would really prefer just to have one really good one right now that will function for some portrait/landscape/nature photography? I know-big question.
    That’s a study all in itself I’m finding.

  14. Terri says:

    P.S. What do you think of the Nikkor 35 mm f/1.8 for a starter lens instead of the kit lens the d7000 comes with?

  15. That would be a great choice. Excellent.

  16. Very tough question, ASM…these two companies have been battling back and forth for supremacy for decades now. One year or so, one will leapfrog ahead, then it will swing back the other way. I switched to Canon after Hurricane Katrina because at that time, the gaskets/seals were far superior on the Canons, and the autofocus had been better for years. More recently, Nikon has had the edge on the AF. So it goes, back and forth. Both great systems. I would look at the lenses I thought/dreamed I might want, group them together and see if one of the other was going to be more economical in the long run.

  17. Unless you spend big bucks on a high-end zoom, you’ll be better off buying a couple of fixed focal length lenses to start. Just avoid the cheapo kit lens. I would suggest maybe something in the 24mm range for the WA and in the 100-150mm range for the telephoto. These two together will still be much cheaper than a pro-grade zoom.

  18. Terri says:

    Thanks, I appreciate your quick reply!

  19. Jon says:

    Great review. I thought I’m over the fence but I guess I’m back on the fence. I bought a 60D yesterday but now considering the d7000. I used to be a canon user, went to digital rangefinder and now getting a DSLR to fill the gap. 60d just feel right on my hand. However, I’m sensing that I get a better camera for $100 more with the d7000. How do you find the IQ (specially on high ISO) between the 2? With the frame rate difference, do you find the video of the 60d better? I’m a single focusing point person. I wonder if having 39 on the d7000 really makes a difference in use.

    Thanks again for the review.

  20. These are the kind of quirky considerations that you’ll need to work out yourself. I use single-point also, so the Canon feels more comfortable. Obviously, they’re both great little cameras. I didn’t do a high ISO comparison between the two so I don’t have any answer for you on that.

  21. Kevin says:

    I’m going to buy the 60D anytime soon, so do you suggest buying the body only and buy the lens separate or buy the 60D with the EF-S 18-135mm Lens bundle?

    If it’s better to buy the lens separate, what would be the best lens to start with? I’m a DSLR first timer, so thanks for your advice..

  22. As I’ve stated, the problem with the ‘kit’ lens is that, unfortunately, it’s a piece of junk. This is true with all of the ‘starter’ packages. I would buy the body, then look at a fixed focal length lens to start, such as the 50m f1.8 lens. (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/12142-GREY/Canon_2514A002_Normal_EF_50mm_f_1_8.html) This lens will be razor-sharp, compared to the kit lens, but it won’t zoom. Quality zooms are very expensive; consider a fixed wide angle as your next purchase, again, it will cost far, far less than a good zoom, and be truly sharp.

  23. I’m ok with the “discerning photographer”, kit lenses aren’t good lenses. A 50mm 1.8 is an excellent and costless lens. If buying a fixed lens is a problem, you could like the sigma 17-70 2.8/4.5 wich is a very confortable and good quality wide angle zoom. A little bit expensive but better is the sigma 17-50 2.8.
    Most of the time, beginners focuses on the max zoom, but they fast understand that most of the time they need a good wide angle (and after, an ultra wide angle), that why I talk about the good option of sigma lenses for you to begin in photography.

  24. Terri says:

    I’d like to get another lens besides the nikkor 35 mm 1.8 for my d7000. Was thiking about the nikkor 55-200 vr f/4–5.6. Any thoughts on that? My son plays soccer and I might need a little zoom lens for that purpose. It is relatively inexpensive. You’ve mentioned a fixed lense for the telephoto, but not sure if that is in the budget right now.



  25. Bayou Bill says:

    As a Nikon shooter who has been in your sports-shooting situation and who owns the 55-200 VR, I will jump in here and say that while that particular lens has gotten good reviews considering its price, notably here: http://www.bythom.com/55200lens.htm and here:http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/55-200mm-vr.htm, and, since your soccer shooting will be outdoors the relatively slow speed of this lens shouldn’t be much of an issue, I think the focal length may be a little too short to get the kind of close-in action shots you’d really like to have. You might be better off going with a Nikkor 70-300 lens. Several versions of this lens have been made over the years, so you could shop around and see which version fits your needs and budget best. Here are some reviews of a couple of the 70-300 models:


    Whichever lens you buy, consider buying a Nikon factory-refurbished model. They only have a 90 day warranty vs the 5 year warranty on new U.S. lenses, but they’re typically half the price of new lenses, and if there is a problem it will often show up during that 90 day period. Buying used is also an option if you can actually get your hands on the lens and return it if there’s a problem, but you have to know what to look for, since things like fungus on the internal elements can make a used lens a lemon instead of a bargain.

    Hope this helps.

  26. Kevin says:

    What about the D7000? What would be the best starter lens for that? But sadly, my local bestbuy doesnt sell the body only D7000..Thank you for your response..

  27. Kevin says:

    Thanks for your advice too..But let me throw in the same question that I just asked to Discerning Photo. If I buy the D7000, what would be the best starting lens for the D7000?

    I didnt mean to spam the comments section, but I’m buying either of this camera real soon so I hope I can get a fast reply..Thank you

  28. Terri says:

    Thanks Bayou Bill. I will take a look at those websites you mentioned. If I were to get a fixed telephoto zoom, which nikon one would you recommend for sports photography?



  29. azizan says:

    Hi, thanks for your advive. I’m a nokian so i plan upgrading mind (D90) but i still can’t decide between D700 & D7000. Can you give me some tips?

  30. Bayou Bill says:

    Terri, I don’t own any modern fixed focal length lenses. I do own a 55-200 that I bought factory-refurbished for $100 or so and use when I want to travel light, the ambient lighting is going to be okay, and the outcome of what I shoot isn’t very important. But I also own, and much prefer (especially for anything important) fast (2.8) zooms, so I can shoot in low light and frame as I shoot. But those lenses are in an entirely different price category than either the 55-200 or the 70-300 lenses.

    So, I would defer to Andrew, who makes his living at this “art”, for an answer to your question.

    What say you, Andrew? If you were a soccer dad and could only buy one fixed length lens for that purpose, which would it be?

    (And, Terri, regardless of what Andrew says , remember that a soccer field is just one of the venues in which you will want to photograph your son. What are the others? What are the lighting and action conditions likely to be in those venues? Is there a single lens that will cover all of these situations to your satisfaction? If not, start saving so you can afford multiple purchases…and a good camera bag to carry them in…See what you’ve gotten yourself into????)

  31. Terri says:

    Ha! I’m entering a whole new world now that I have (or will have shortly) my NIkon d7000. So much to learn. If you haven’t quite picked up on my lack of technical knowledge yet, I am a COMPLETE novice. And, I say that with much humility. It is my secret dream to be a portrait photographer. I’ve been a special education teacher for the last 11 years. I have a very good eye for photography (I’ve been told). But, obviously I have loads to learn regarding the technical aspects. Still trying to discern (nod to Andrew) what the benefits of a wide angle fixed telephoto lense in the higher mm range are compared to a zoom.

    Thanks for helping the novice out. Really, everyone who has responded to my thread has been very helpful.

    Mucho Gracias!


  32. Terri says:

    Ha! Yes, I have entered a whole new world now that I have (or will have shortly) my Nikon d7000. It is fun learning about it all. If you haven’t picked up on it already- I am a COMPLETE novice. I’ve been a special education teacher for the past 11 years. But, It is my secret dream to be a portrait photographer. I’ve been told I have a good “eye” for photography-but, obviously have lots to learn about the technical aspects . For instance right now I’m trying to discern (nod to Andrew) why it would be more beneficial to have a wide angle fixed telephoto lense vs a zoom lens.

    Anyone who has responded to my thread–mucho gracias! You have been most helpful.


  33. Terri says:

    Ha! Yes, Bill it is a whole different world to learn about now that I have (or will have shortly) my Nikon d7000. I am a special education teacher and new to photography. Mucho Gracias to all who have responded to my thread. I am trying to discern (nod to Andrew) why it would be more beneficial to get a wide angle fixed telephoto lens vs a zoom lens. Thanks for helping the novice out.


  34. Terri says:

    Sorry for my repetitive posts. They weren’t posting right away, so thought I had to try, try again. T

  35. I have not used the D700. But it’s a $2500 camera, not a $500 one, like the D7000..so you can’t really make a valid comparison here.

  36. Bayou Bill says:

    First, a slight correction to Andrew’s response: The D7000 costs $1,200 for the body only, not $500.

    And the price of a new body-only D700 has gone up to $2,700, or more than twice the cost of the D7000. Is the D700 twice the camera that the D7000 is? Ken Rockwell doesn’t think so. In his usual hyperbolical way, Rockwell says, “Would I buy a D700? Of course not; the D7000 is a better camera. …the D7000 is a newer, better, faster, smarter camera than last-decade’s D700. Until any new FX cameras come out (which may be a while with Nikon’s FX factory on shaky ground), the D7000 is King. ” (Full article under the heading “Get it while you still can” at http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/00-new-today.htm)

    There are other issues involved in the choice, the main one being FX vs DX. Do you plan to keep the lenses you are now using with your D90? If so, are they DX lenses? If they are, they won’t take full advantage of the D700’s (or any other FX camera’s) capabilities, so you will eventually be investing more money in new lenses, making the D700, or any other FX camera, an even more expensive choice.

    Finally, the D700 isn’t being manufactured anymore, and a replacement announcement has been expected for a while now. The Japan earthquake has thrown the announcement schedule off, but the expectation is still that the D700 will be replaced this year. And, of course, the replacement will probably cost more than the D700 does .

    I think the bottom line question for you is whether you want to move up to FX, or stay with DX.

  37. D700 is 2 years older than D7000, even if they’re not in the same category, 2 years it’s along time for a camera.
    If you don’t think “price”, I would buy a D700 instead of a D7000, better AF, better high iso, better everything.
    But buy a D700 now is still an error, with the soon release of D800, wich will probably be a monster, my futur monster!!!

  38. Good points all around regarding these two cameras. Thanks!

  39. Calvin says:

    I appreciated your article. It’s most helpful. I’m re-entering photography after years away from it as a serious amateur. Narrowed it to the 60D & Nikon D7000. The only equipment I own that can be transferred to dslr is Nikkor AI-S 50mm 1.2 manual lense. Is that reason enough to choose the Nikon body? Initial focus will be sports (two young boys), scenic, family portraits, and special events at home & school. I’ve considered the video a bonus, but will probably buy a new camcorder to capture family and school events. Lastly, if I keep the 50 mm, can you suggest a reasonably priced “sports” lens?



  40. Abhishek says:

    Great review for both the cameras. Tell me one thing, wouldn’t you prefer Canon’s vary angle LCD and warmer picture quality OR Nikon’s metal body & double SD slots? Also I heard that Nikon’s lenses are costlier than of Canon’s. Is that true?

  41. Abhishek,
    I love the vari-angle screen–really useful. The warmer tones I could always create in Photoshop, so that’s not an issue. Your question about the lens costs is a good one though. I haven’t done a side-by-side comparison in quite a while, but what you say used to certainly be true. That’s a good subject for a future article! Thanks.

  42. DrTeeth says:

    A very interesting review (as it’s head and head in MY head between the two), but I was under the impression that the Canon was miles ahead, and you gave it to the Nikon just because of the metal body! It could not have been for the ‘feel’ as you said that the Canon felt sturdy enough.


  43. Did I really ‘give’ it to the Nikon? I thought actually that it ended up being more of a toss-up…

  44. DrTeeth says:

    It was, until “If you’re a new purchaser, not tied to either system but wanting to make an initial purchase and this was your price entry point, I would have to steer you to the Nikon camera. I want you to have that metal camera body!” I am a new purchaser and was veering to the 60D based on your comments. You also said “I have to admit though, that using the camera, shooting with it for two days, I didn’t notice the plastic body: the 60D has a heft and weight to it that belied this fact.” – so I am puzzled as to why the metal body seings it for a new purchaser – unless they are a compete klutz, in which case a disposable camera may be safer .

    I am VERY impressed with the site and your thoroughness of the reviews. You have brought up many things that other sites just don’t mention.


  45. Guy says:

    Do those fixed focal length lenses have image stabilisation and autofocus? Some do and some don’t. I am finding it difficult to find a prime lens with those features.


  46. Image stabilization is really only useful when you get into long telephoto glass. Otherwise, it’s mostly marketing. Don’t worry about this.

  47. DrTeeth says:



  48. Jean-Paul says:

    Hi, first i would like to thank you for this excellent review. I’ve read all the comments so i could make my mind on which one i should buy. My brother in law just bought a 60D today and i took some shots with it and i fell in love with dslr photos! after few research, i found those two kits (even thought you said i better take the body only and buy fix lens separately)

    -Canon EOS 60D with EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5 5.6 IS USM lens for 1549.99$ (CND)
    (949$ body only)
    -Nikon D7000 with AF-S 18-105mm DX Zoom Nikkor f/3.5-5.6G ED VR for 1399.99$ (CND)
    (no deal for the 16-85mm f/3.5 5.6 zoom which is 719$ and 1199$ for the D7000 body only)

    Thanks for reading

  49. Jean-Paul says:

    So i did it, i bought the D7000. Now the competition had begun with my bro-in-law 😀
    His lens seems better than mine, i’m gonna wait few weeks before getting a new lens. I’ll probably go for the 50mm F1.8 first. Then we’ll see what’s coming next. Any suggestions?

  50. DrTeeth says:

    I am also (still) torn between the D7000 and the Canon 60D. The latter is significantly cheaper here in England, but not so much so that a ‘killer’ reason to buy the Nikon would sway me.

    And I thought women were undecided LOL…


  51. Matt says:

    Yes, I was wondering this very thing as well. What about the metal body earns an extra point for the new purchaser? A quality plastic, properly designed and implemented, should be plenty durable for the task at hand. An analogy to something else that people shoot: most are historically made of metal, and there was tremendous opposition to the introduction of models that contained parts made of plastic, but presently many officers trust their lives to these plastic machines every day. So, aside from someone doing tests of the Canon plastic body where cameras are dropped, stomped, run over, etc., I think it is reasonable to assume that the plastic body they are using is functionally equivalent to the metal body it replaced.

  52. Interesting point, Matt….but I’m going to have to say metal will always trump plastic on this one. Have you ever dropped a camera body from waist level onto a sidewalk? Not a pretty sight but I’ve unfortunately had it happen a few times over the years and metal is indeed sturdier than the plastic…but you’re right, too. The plastic is well-designed and works. Just don’t drop it!

  53. cjw says:

    metal body is one of absolute reason to get the camera! it sure doesnt increase the image quality, but it it means better built, and feels better in hands, and it is really important when it comes to camera.
    you would like to use camera that take great quality of picture, that can break easily?

  54. Guy says:

    The body is not 100 % metal. If fact, only a couple of panels are. The material used does not necessarily affect the build quality. The vast majority of the reviews say the 60D handles just fine…including the one above!


  55. Steve says:

    Thanks for putting together such a nice comparison of the two cameras.

    I find myself trying to decide between the two models and stumbled across this article.

    To me the Canon photos looked sharper and more detailed whereas the Nikon looked a little over exposed with less detail.

    I understand that you like the build quality of the Nikon but if it just came down to IQ alone which one would you recommend for the first time DSLR buyer?

    Thanks 🙂

  56. Hey Steve,
    Thanks for your question. Remember, you’re looking online at 72dpi images, 600 pixels wide: you’ll find both cameras are equally sharp. The big decision is which company you want to start a (hopefully) long-term relationship with. The technology edge seesaws back and forth between them. They are both excellent. I’ve used both professionally for years; right now I’m shooting Canon and have no plans to change.

  57. Steve says:

    Hi & thanks for the reply.

    I forgot to factor in the large difference in resolution of the sample images.

    Personally, before reading the article I was leaning toward Nikon. The reason being that I think their lenses are slightly better (generally speaking) albeit more expensive.

    For a first lens, assuming I go with the D7k, I’m also trying to decide between the 35mm DX or the 16-85 VR.

    There’s so much choice when it comes to choosing a DSLR and lens, I’m finding it very difficult to decide. Also because it’s a decent chunk of change for a DSLR set up.

    Thanks again for the help. 🙂

  58. malek samman says:

    the review was one of the best reviews but sir i still can`t make up my mind…i`m a student and photography is one of my major hobbies . i`ve been a nikon user for the past 4 years. i had nikon d90 and i`m about to upgrade to nikon d7000 but i`m like saving money and getting the canon 60d since i only got one nikkor prime lens which is the 50mm f/1.8D .
    what i need is image quality , good auto white balance and rich colors , fast in focus and fast/easy to use , good in low light.
    i don`t care about the fast frames … canon seems to get a better image quality but it`s kinda hard to switch to something else….
    if you recommend any other cam i`m also open for your opinion

  59. I would buy the Nikon. It’s what you’re used to and is a good system, so no worries.

  60. Malek Samman says:

    After watching more shots of nikon and canon I feel like canon’s colors looks better. I don’t know since you are the pro I guess I’ll go with your advise and spend some more money.
    Thnx again

  61. kid says:

    wow..very2 good reviews here..Andrew Boyd, a.k.a. The Discerning Photographer help me so much..not to forget all the commentator..thanks guy..
    i very2 appreciated this web site because at my country in MALAYSIA there is little information about the dslr reviews.to me, who is beginner and still student of DSLR at UNIVERSITY OF INTERNET [haha] fell this site has give me a lot of knowledge..no bias review that what we need! so i just want to ask you Mr. Andrew Boyd, can you give overall rating for both camera[without lens]? examples d7000= 9/10 vs 60d=9/10…


  62. Try to find a place to handle both cameras and shoot a few pictures. Maybe even take your own SD card in to make the photos. See which one feels best to you…

  63. Joseph says:

    i thought it was worth putting a link about the d7000 partial metal construction. i still haven’t made my decision between the 2, although i am leaning slightly towards the 60d. i would think that with a plastic lens mount, if you drop either camera, there will be problems.


  64. Darnell says:

    I WAS a Canon shooter (40D) with a bevy of great lenses, until I was tempted by the fruit of Nikon. I bought a similar class body (D90) to the 40D, and then some of their decent middle of the road lenses, as I had done with Canon. I sold off all of my Canon gear, in hopes for a new experience, a new family to acquaint myself with.
    Well, after a full year of solely Nikon shooting with only Nikon lenses on the D90, I realized my mistake. I should have never switched. I guess I knew this early on in this experiment, but I was now invested, and didn’t want to jump ship too soon (though I should have). The images lacked punch, that dynamic hit was missing. I also was less than impressed with the Nikon GUI and tactile experience. After a full year, I still never felt comfortable with this D90.

    Well, I am now back with Canon (60D), and from my first shots until the present, I gotta say, It feels good to be back.
    The 60D is a very good to excellent camera.

    -Quality of Images is Excellent relative to your lens.
    -Size is perfect. Just beefy enough (and I have big XL hands)
    -Interface/User experience is excellent & typical Canon
    -Cost is a steal for the quality and features.

    -I do not like the cheap feel the buttons and the wheel have.
    -Plastic feel needs to be improved. How much more could it cost to beef it up a bit?
    -that’s it.

    Loving everything else.

  65. Pat says:

    Just bought Canon’s 60D, but not sure it was the best choice. I will be taking tons of action (basketball) photos indoors (low light), and yes, I bought the kit lens. The kit price was 1,199.00, so I guess that has me spending about 250.00 for the lens? I haven’t received the camera yet. should I cancel and buy the body with a different lens? What lens would be better for those basketball shots? Would the Nikon D7000 have been a better choice for that type of photo? Sorry, tons of questions.

  66. Which kit lens came with your camera? The 18-55mm? That’s too short a focal range for decent basketball shooting. For the near end of the court, the best lens is something in the 70-200 f2.8 range, but that’s very pricey, which you would need if it’s low light. You didn’t say whether it’s kids’ sports, college, or pro level. In the kids’ sports you can try adding a bit of fill flash which will help stop the action. Sorry, this is complicated. Basketball is challenging to shoot. But the 60D itself is fine.

  67. Pat says:

    The kit lens is the EF 18-135mm IS lens. I’m wanting to get better at taking pictures of my son’s high school basketball team. Any time I’ve taken pictures in the gym they have been dark and grainy.

  68. That lens will have a variable aperture, depending upon the focal length, I think. But it will work ok for your initial efforts at high school basketball. You might think about adding a little strobe into the shots if you find you can’t stop the action sufficiently. Good luck!

  69. Pat says:

    The kit lens is the EF 18-135mm IS lens. I’m wanting to get a little better at taking pictures of my son’s high school basketball team. Most of my pictures turn out dark and grainy.

  70. Russ says:

    Great Review !!
    I have purchased a 60D and just LOVE it !! The quality of shots and body just superb. Camera just feels so natural in the hands compared to Nikon, All controls are very intuitive and after couple of days in use I could navigate the camera in a complete darkness with ease. You will never feel the plastic body as many here complain. Its not a regular plastic out of ford escort dashboard. I would highly recommend Canon.

  71. Everyone has their reasons, right Saman? It’s a process that we all must go through to reach a decision.
    Good luck!

  72. Sal Holt says:

    Nice common sense review style. I’d been looking to replace my Olympus 4/3rds system after getting tired waiting for Oly to catch up. After 30 years of using their equipment, finally made the decision to go back to Nikon. So yesterday with the help of your review and other research, bought the D7000 and a couple of lens’.
    I can’t tell you much except I’m excited at having a new system with so many options and now need to spend a few months to get use to it.
    I also considered the 60D and 7D. I found the 7D to be too large (especially after coming from a 4/3 camera) and to me the 60D seemed like I was trading laterally instead of up (although its not really the case). Nikon was the one that just seemed for me. It didn’t hurt that the sales person was a Nikon guy and new the camera and features well. In any case… Ive joined your “blog” and enjoy the commentary.

    Sal (Texas)

  73. That’s great, Sal. You bought a good camera, enjoy!

  74. Calvin says:

    I appreciate your article. It’s most helpful. I’m re-entering photography after years away from it as a serious amateur. Narrowed it to the 60D & Nikon D7000. The only equipment I own that can be transferred to dslr is a Nikkor AI-S 50mm 1.2 manual lense. Is that reason enough to choose the Nikon body? Initial focus will be sports (two young boys), scenic, family portraits, and special events at home & school. Sports are really my passion, and my shooting will certainly expand beyond my boys. I’ve considered the video a bonus, but will probably buy a new camcorder to capture family and school events. Lastly, if I keep the 50 mm, can you suggest a reasonably priced “sports” lens?

    The local Best Buy has a sale this weekend, which is enticing. I’m really ready to pull the trigger on Nikon and the 18-200. I’d really appreciate your thoughts.



  75. ibrahim says:

    if the Nikon has the twist able LCD than really the best one in 2 [ d700&60d] will be the Nikon.. bcs many people like this& some time it is very useful also..and of course dual card slot also very good facility & secure …why don’t think that canon?

  76. Roey says:

    Dear Andrew,

    Thank you for the informative article!

    Every now and again I allow friends and family to use my cameras. I show them the “scene” mode and encourage them to stick to those options only. That way I have a little bit of peace-of-mind that they are not going to mess around with my settings. It also allows them to relax and not be intimidated by the “beefy” camera. And this way they can enjoy the experience of using an awesome camera and I can be in a shot or two.

  77. Wim says:

    Dear Andrew,

    Thanx for your review. Because of a dropping-accident I was ready for a new dlsr. Coming from Canon (late ’70s A1 and so on) my first thought of corse was a 60D but I got a bit dissapointed when I got one in my hands in the shop. I just dont like the flipping screen and I would be affraid of breaking it off by accident someday. I still shoot my A1 regularly so I’m used to no screen at all. When I held the D7000 in my hands I got the feeling this was more of a camera body-wise. The built quality somehow felt better.
    Since I have been shooting Canon dslr for years I already had a nice couple of lenses so it would have been natural to go for the 60D. The design, the looks and the feel of the D7000 however made me fall in love so I decided to trade all lenses and buy me this one. I could have been thinking of buying a 7D but if you’re not a professional, why bother? With a € 1000 body these days you really get the same results.

    This all has been a month ago and every day I’m so happy with the Nikon. I like the lay-out of the buttons and the acces to all features is easy for me thanks to all dedicated buttons. Just by pressing the info button just right from the screen and then press the button of whatever you want to change. Pressing the info button twice gives acces to the easy / quick menu so once you get used to this you wont need the manual at all!
    So I guess I’m one of the few who has made the brand switch but I couldn’t be happier.



  78. jah3800 says:

    This emphasis on metal shows ignorance of plastics. The plastic used in the 60D is as hard as the metal shells. Actually the Canon also has aluminum. The Nikon only has partial metal not like the pro cameras. The intent is to control weight and less weight and balance of a camera is more important whether it is plastic, magnesium or titanium. If you drop any of these the guts will break.

    It amazes me how people focus on the most absurd issues. Ergonomics is unique to each person. The placement of controls also works best differently for different people. Features like the Canon display, wireless flash and ease of selection of settings make more sense to consider.

    Too many reviewers try to influence people on arbitrary features. Go out and try each and see what best fits your way of using a camera.

  79. That’s great, Wim. The D7000 is a very nice camera.

  80. Abdullah says:

    Hello Andrew.

    Astounding comparison, great job. Though i want to ask you a personal question.
    I’m going to buy the Canon 60D but with lens should i start (its my first dslr camera) is the 18-135 better than the 50mm ? Because you suggested 50mm lens to the other first timers.

    I really need your Advice, Thanks.

  81. The 18-55 will be ‘more fun’ : zooming around is always a big attraction. But it won’t be truly sharp–not even close. The 50mm, even the least expensive f1.8 verison, will be far sharper. So it’s a bit of a decision about what you’re after. The 18-55 won’t hurt anything, it just won’t give you truly crisp results. You can always buy the camera with the little zoom and pick up a better lens later as well.

  82. Caleb Johnson says:

    I tested both cameras in store (nikon and canon) except the canon i tested was the 5dm2 not the 60D.
    The reason we were testing them was to see which one would work better for us in shooting our next movie.
    While we were testing them we noticed thick yellow bands slowly moving up the image on both cameras, the canon was less noticeable but defiantly was still there. Note: The store we were shooting in had florescent lighting in it. We offloaded the clips into a time line in FCP and exported it out. There was a large decrease in noticeability of the bands yet they were still there. What do you say about this. Do you have any ideas on how to fix it or whats going on?
    Thank you

  83. Lonzz says:

    Hi Andrew,
    Thank you very much for your review. I was and still am confused which camera to pick up…nikon 7000d or canon 60d. But people tend to get biased unintentionally just because they own the particular camera… and have one sided experience. Since you have used both, it makes a perfect comparison citing out pros and cons of the two cameras. I am personally big fan of canon and currently using them but I used to shoot with Nikon in analogue days and used to love it. I was seeing the video quality where Canon definitely takes the larger share. But my concern is the still image quality, the ISO setting difference; Canon 60D: ISO 100-12800 and Nikon D7000: ISO 100-25600…. So that means Nikon shoot far better in low light…. But does it mean Nikon will take sharper image?? After a lot of research I am slightly getting closer to Nikon D7000 now… because almost 80% of review says Nikon D7000 is a better camera than Canon 60d overall. Only slight hiccups is there since I have been using Canon and so called Brand loyalty has built up for Canon. But again 60d is still a great contender…. I think…. My heart says…. Canon 60d but my head says… Nikon D7000 !@#$%^^&&* You see how confused I am now??? Anyway Just wanted to know your “YES” to either Nikon D7000 or Canon 60d… Thank you very much… and yeah by the way your image comparison on top shows canon 60d is better 🙂

  84. Did you configure the video settings before you shot or use default settings (whatever those are, can’t remember)? I haven’t run into that particular issue, but the compression that these cameras employ to produce video has given me some other artifacting issues at times. Sometimes it seems to help to take the native file, which is a type of quicktime file, and run it throught something like Mpeg Streamclip or Wondershare before bringint into FCP. And once in the FCP environment, as you know, there are a headache-full of choices you can make. Lots of variables. Did it do it outside or only in the store lighting?

  85. The Nikon is slightly newer, has one extra f-stop of low light capability, but the image sharpness will be almost completely a function of the lens on the camera here. If you have a bit lens investment in Canon, that will be a factor; if not, then maybe you want to buy the 7000d.

  86. Sal Holt says:

    To Lonz’s comments. I too had to make the same comparisons and thought Andrew’s review was helpful. I did not own either brand but another one that I was moving away from.
    What I liked about both was the availability of lens either new or used. Pricing was similar so that really did not become a factor.
    I also did not have any bias for video. I took it as an extra and really wanted to concentrate on photo imagery, so that became a non issue (one less thing to worry about).

    In the end, I thought the body design of the Nikon was more “pro grade” sealed for dust proof” water resistant, than the Canon and that is the choice I made about mid July.

    I have since taken it to the mountains of Utah last week where it was in elevation, dust and some light rain, and performed flawlessly. I also liked the processing engine. The Canon that was probably more of a comparison was the 7D but compared to the Nikon it was physically much larger and that turned me off (especially coming from a 4/3rds dslr).

    Perhaps Andrew might agree that you wouldn’t make a mistake with either Camera and sometimes it boils down to some particular personal preference. In my case it was the body and Nikon was my decision.

    Good Luck,
    Ciao….. Sal

  87. Jen says:

    The most helpful and thorough review!! Thank you very much!

  88. Ginger says:

    Like others that have posted, I’m stuck between the Canon 60d and the Nikon d7000. I’m upgrading from a Canon Rebel XT. I have only the kit lenses that came with the camera (18-55 and 70-300). My only big purchase for that camera was a Metz 58 AF-1 Flash. My current camera has taken over 20k photos easily and is starting to get tired and give me issues. Which ever camera I choose, it’s going to be with the kit 18-200 lenses. The Canon price being $1250 and the Nikon price $1800. I’m just wondering if the Nikon d7000 with that 18-200 lens is that much better to warrant the price difference between the two. I thought I had my mind made up until I came across your review. Now I’m back up in the air. I actually like the pictures from the Canon, but my husband who has done no research is convinced that the Nikon is the better camera and lens. I want the camera for photographing my kids, still or moving and nature. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

  89. They’re both good cameras. But I don’t think the Nikon is worth $550 more. You might want to consider a better ‘non kit’ lens though. If this is your second DSLR, you need to think long and hard about the quality of glass you’re putting in front of that camera body. That is really what will ultimately determine the quality of your images.

  90. Colin82 says:

    Great review, although I was very surprised with the final nudge towards the Nikon after the earlier comments in favour of the Canon.

    I’m in a position that I own a Canon 500D and have a full lens selection (for my needs) in the 15-85mm, 70-300mm, 50mm 1.4 and 100mm macro.

    I bought a used 60D within its warranty period and it had a fault with the focussing. I have today received a brand new 60D to replace the faulty one (good bit of business for me :-)).

    My question is… will I see a big enough difference between the 60D and my 500D or should I sell the 60D as new condition and wait for improved models in the future, or even save up for a 7D. The reason I bought the 60D was for the increased size, feel , top LCD, better sensor and, although I wasn’t too bothered at the time, the articulated LCD.

    I shoot all types of photography as a hobby and have a baby on the way next week so will want family shots. I considered the D7000 but after looking at one in the shop today I couldn’t see much difference in the feel of it, quality wise compared to the 60D and the cost of changing to Nikon would be too much.



  91. Lord, no, don’t sell the 60D. Go out and shoot some fabulous photos with it! If you reach the point that you really need a 7D, then you can deal with that, but for now, enjoy a great new camera!

  92. Fareed Ashraf Chaudhry says:

    I am an amateur from Pakistan about to buy my first DSLR. I have read reviews for both Nikon and Canon and I think I am inclined to buy Nikon D5100 instead of Canon 600D because of the price points.

    I am going to be using this cam for taking family pics and rarely for youtube uploading. I will be using the cam in dim light and Nikon is a better choice for obvious reasons. On a bright day, do you think Nikon is a better choice keeping in my mind my usage?

    Lastly, how important is the built-in focus motor?


  93. The D5100 is a very nice camera at a great price. It’ll do fine in bright light. Good luck!

  94. Rao says:

    This review and the follow up discussion are very interesting and informative. Personally, I feel this is one of the best reviews I could find for its pure comparison of the two cameras.

    My question is, I keep reading and listening to not so encouraging comments about the ‘kit’ lenses and recommendations about buying them separately. I request you to elaborate on what aspect of a kit lens is not worth buyiing it and how do you make out the difference between a kit lens and a lens bought separately?


  95. Great question, Rao. The kit lens is a ‘starter lens’, when the manufacturer is just trying to get their price point low enough to entice you to take the plunge into DSLRs. They are made with inexpensive glass, lots of plastic and not too much care (recently I saw a kit lens for a name-brand Japanese camera made in Thailand).
    I need to write a full story about where the break point is and how to spot these lenses. Thanks.

  96. Rereading this Rao, I realize I didn’t answer your question. Since they’re going to basically ‘give’ you the kit lens, go ahead and buy it, learn to use the camera, and THEN start to think about better glass. If it’s your first DSLR, it’ll be fine for quite a while. Hope this helps!

  97. debmalya says:

    Say what you may, but without knowing the specifics of the material Canon used, and without intricate knowledge of materials engineering, it is correct to assume that metal will be more robust and durable than plastic. Heavily engineered and specifically formualted plastics may be very strong but I think stainless steel (D7000 frame material) is any time stronger and better (as in common perception) than the kind of plastics that Canon (not NASA) may have access to and used in a $1000 camera body. I think most people go by common sense, that metal is stonger and better than plastic, and I do not think they are incorrect. Also, the feel of plastic never equals the sense of touch on metal. Metal always “feels’ solid, plastic doesn’t.

  98. Rao says:

    Thank you so much for the reply. It is helpful but please allow me to ask a follow up question.
    I am considering to buy a camera ‘body only’ of one of these two dSLRs, and lenses (a prime lens of 35mm focal length and a zoom lens of 75-200mm range) separately. I am not sure, if buying lenses separately would automatically ensure buying non-kit lenses (of better quality). Please advise. Thanks.

  99. Thank you for the comparison. Can you explain what “digital artifact” is and does this mean the Canon is better than the Nikkon based on the photo of the bird house since it has less bands? Thank you.

  100. What I was trying to indicate was the banding was an artifact, for some reason, of my photograph; to the eye, it wasn’t really there. Not an issue at all.

  101. Rich in TX says:

    Yes the D700 is 2 years older than the D7000, but that does not make the D7000 a better camera. Yes, it has more megapixels and shoots video (poorly), but it is a far inferior camera both in build quality and other areas, primarily in high ISO shooting. FX performance in low lighting can not be touched by the DX sensor.
    I went from the D80 to the D700 about two years ago, and recently sold my D700 for $100 less than I paid for it when it was new.
    Now I strongly regret it. The D7000 has a little bit of metal in it but in no way reminds me of the all magnesium body of the D700.
    And dont even get me started on the canon’s… they ALL feel like toys, whereas the Nikons feel like tools. You could pound nails with the D700 if you had to. The 60D along with every other canon I have handled feels like I am going to break it in my hands. Heaven forbid it ever rolls off the couch!

    I think it is fitting that the canon’s are made out of plastic; that way it matches the skin tones they produce.

    I appreciate this review, but to compare the image quality and tones of the images while the camera’s are in AUTO mode is silly. These cameras are able to achieve as cool or as warm tones as you desire very simply, but it does require knowing something about the camera (which I know the author does; but it doesn’t get explained in this article). I dont know why someone would spend over $1000 on a camera and use auto mode. Why not use a $200 point and shoot?

    But for me (someone with larger hands), the ergonomics is a major factor. The grip of the nikons are larger, rounder, and more rubberized. They do not dig into my palms like the corners of the canon grips. After shooting with the 60D for a few minutes my hand hurt and I wanted to put the thing down. That completely defeats the purpose of a camera in my opinion; if you dont like the way it feels, you wont use it!

  102. Rich in TX says:

    I forgot to explain my comment about Nikon’s poor video output; I have shot video with both, and the nikon video still looks far poorer (darker, choppier) than the Canon. The Canon video that I shot looked VERY good; yes you have to focus it manually, but the resolution really looked very close to that of the 5D MII video (which my brother uses to shoot professional commercials, documentaries, and ads). To me the Nikon looks similar to flip video quality. I hope the soon to be announced replacement for the D700 makes serious strides in that area.

  103. Rich in TX says:

    If I may,
    the built in focus motor is CRUCIAL, as it allows you to use any nikon af lens ever made.
    The camera body is capable of powering the focus action of the lens.

    If you buy a camera without the internal focus motor, then you will only be able to autofocus if you own one of the newer and more expensive AF-S nikon lenses. Dont get me wrong; the AF-S lenses are better and worth owning; however they may not be in your budget right now.
    AF lenses can be bought much more cheaply used on ebay or in some stores. Lenses last forever if cared for. Unlike camera bodies.

  104. joe chan says:

    I shelved my idea of switching to Nikon after I priced out the cost of new glass of comparable quality to my L’s. So I’m done talking about that!

    I want a new Canon body because of the better technology in the entire Canon line. And that can also be said of all the other makers.

    I’ve been vacillating between the 7D and the 60D. I already have 4 bodies including the 5D, but what is pushing me towards the 60 is that articulating LCD. I have such a low keeper rate when I need to jump into crowds and shoot overhead, that this little feature is a seller for me. And in addition, when I do shoot macro or low POV, I don’t need to lie on the ground!! At my age, that becomes a PITA!! Literally.

    I was hoping to find info on any new 7D, if it might have the articulating LCD. Why it is taking so long to bring it out on a DSLR is something I don’t understand. As for the IQ, it is always in the eyes of the beholder. And if you shoot professionally, it is your client that is going to decide what color cast they want or like!

  105. I haven’t heard anything yet about the next iteration of the 7D. I’ll probably post something if/when I hear it.

  106. mwsilver says:

    I fully agree. The d7000 only uses a magnesium top and back panel. Most of the rest of the body is “plastic”, (probably polycarbonate). My guess is they included a couple of magnesium panels as a marketing gimick. Polycarbonate with fiberglass, as used on the Canon, is exceptionally strong and durable. The innards will likely give out long before the body. How many reports of cracked polycarbonate bodies have we seen? On the other hand, the magnesium used in pro cameras can be scratched and dented much easier as has often been shown.

    There are those that brag how their scarred magnesium bodies hold up to abuse. First, perhaps they shouldn’t be abusing their expensive cameras, but in that relatively unlikely event, polycarbonate is less likely to scratch, dent or crack!

    By the way, the Glock 17 pistol, a current standard police weapon, and the M16 rife I had when I was in the army almost 40 years ago have significant percentages of “plastic” parts. Too many people associate these new engineered products with the plastic toys they remember as children or the cheap plastic or nylon parts often used in many consumer products.

  107. Christine Solomon says:

    Wow! Like a lot of others here, I’m still way confused as to whether to get the Cannon or Nikon. I’ve been out of the photography scene for a while and am now wanting to get back in to it. I’ve used both brands in the past.

    While I ‘dabble’ with the settings, I must admit, I probably dont use them to their full potential. My main focus will be on fast sports – ie track bike racing which my partner and I do plus the normal every day home pics.

    I had a budget of $1500 and was looking at getting a kit. Below are two kits that I’m tossing up between (in Australia):

    Canon for $1369


    Nikon for $1769


    One of the main features I liked was the angled screen on the Canon and was steering to that camera as the deciding factor – which was good as it was under my $1500 budget.

    But now I dont know whether to go over budget for the Nikon or just stick with the Canon. I was told that I could ‘add’ to the Nikon but with the Canon, pretty much stuck with what I’d get ie adding a battery for extra boost with sports shots.

    Any feedback / opinions would be appreciated regarding the packages and the angled screen.

  108. The two url links you posted both go to the Nikon kit, so I’m not sure what was in the Canon kit you’re considering. If it’s a 60D kit, both it and the D7000 are similar machines, as you know if you’ve ready my post.

  109. joe chan says:

    I gave up switching systems a while back, so I still shoot Canon. As a background, I have 2-1D’s, a 5D and a 20D, plus a large assortment of glass. My decisions fell between the 7D and the 60D. The new 1DX or another 5D full frame, was not in my thoughts. I finally went with the 60D because it gives me what I need and want in the new body-a better processor and sensor, video if I want, and THE BIG DECIDING FACTOR, the articulating LCD. I have had the camera about 2 weeks and have put it through it’s paces. I’m very happy with my choice. The IQ at all ISOs is very acceptable, albeit not totally noise free. But it is better than my other systems! I can’t believe how many uses and times I have already used the articulating feature, but it’s been a great tool. And this is even before I am shooting any macro stuff.

    Like anything you might buy, your own experiences and acceptance levels are unique to you alone. I can only say that I am pretty picky about my work whether on the net or in print!!

    Good luck. Both are good choices.

  110. mwsilver says:

    “As I’ve stated, the problem with the ‘kit’ lens is that, unfortunately, it’s a piece of junk.”

    I think that’s a bit harsh. While its certainly not an “L” lens. the 18-135MM Canon is a decent walk around lens for casual use, especially for vacations when carrying around several prime lens may not be an option. While sharpness, CA, vignetting, distortion and bokeh may be quite inferior to good prime lenses it is also relatively inexpensive choice. It’s limitations need to be understood in order to get the best from it, Depending on conditions changing lenses is not always viable for amateur photographers. And the reach of this far from perfect lens means greater compositional flexibility and less missed shots when you’re out seeing the sights or at a family party.

  111. mizqovlivzi60D says:

    i read all of the comment saying that nikon is better… well, for me .. im a canon 60D user..
    i dont know anything much about the nikon d7000… that why i never thought of buying nikon..
    heres my stories.. i watched a video in the youtube , a film/movies that is captured using the canon 7D..
    since then ..my heart fell in love with it.. and it is the year 2009 that i watched the vids… but , when i searched out through internet, the price for a 7D cost buck of your bank…it is EXPENSIVE!!! here in MAlaysia it reached RM 5000… for us..that is a really high prices… so i just forget my dream having a dslr cameras… in this year 2011, i watched vids again at youtube about a camera that is might equivalent to the 7D, that is the 60D… and i do some survey.. the price here in malaysia will cost u around RM 3800 ..that a lot of difference… almost 2000 in difference.. so ..i bought myself a canon 60D … and to tell you the truth… not even a single thought in my mind saying that this camera suck…IT IS A SUPERB CAMERAS>>>>… later than …i heard my friend talking about the nikon d7000..and at some point i felt regret buying the 60D… but…when i compered those two items, and read the reviews of both cameras.. i felt proud of my cameras…it still can compete with the d7000.. and it sure did give the d7000 a tough competition.. And personally i admit that D700 is the nowdays kings for midrange camera… but The difference between 60D and D7000 is not a big gap.. i ADmire D7000 but i really love my 60D.. i dont care what people say about this camera ..but for me… it really is a Superb cameras… we , the 60D owners sure felt satisfied although we’ll ended up 2nd in the midrange camera lineup..hehehe…

  112. Ron says:

    Hi.. Thanks for the great compare. I have Nikon D70 (I know really old!) and was looking to upgrade. I also have Nikkor 18-200mm lens. Reading your review, I am leaning slightly towards Canon but I wanted to know if 60D will be compatible with my Nikkor lens. Also, you said don’t buy the “starter lens” can I use 18-200 as the everyday lens. Thanks.

  113. Hey Ron,
    Sorry to say but the 60D won’t work with your Nikkor lens. You’ll need to buy another Nikon body for that.

  114. Mike Jenkinson says:

    A very interesting discussion…… but I too am left no clearer as to which camera I should choose.

    I briefly tried both of these camera’s today and really couldn’t say which one appeared the best, as you confirm they are both excellent dslr’s.

    I currently own a Canon 350d with the standard 18-55 zoom. I think this lens could be the reason why I’m a little disappointed with this camera, and therefore was thinking about the D7000 as my next purchase, but then looking at your examples I feel the Canon looks best… so do I just stay with Canon brand and get a better lens ?????

    I haven’t got so much money that I can afford loads of lenses so it might just be…. say …. a Canon/Nikon wide angle prime lens for now ( for landscapes) and then maybe a Sigma zoom for day to day stuff at a later date. The Canon does appear to be less costly overall.

    I shoot mainly lanscapes then family stuff, not really sports or anything which would put the camera at great risk.

    Just to throw a spanner into the works …… I’ve also considered the new Sony NEX7………..

  115. You might want to look at a Canon 20mm or 24 mm fixed lens as your first purchase. You’ll be amazed at the difference in quality compared to your kit lens. The 24mm f2.8 is about $350 at B&H:
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/12091-GREY/Canon_2506A002_Wide_Angle_EF_24mm/BI/5517/KBID/6333.html . Buy a UV filter and the lens hood for it and you’ll be all set. I’d do this first, before replacing the camera, then think about the camera purchase as an additional way to enhance quality.

  116. Rich in tx says:

    I agree, I would recommend you keep your current camera and spend the money you have allocated for a new camera on good lens or lenses. You will get the most bang for your buck if you go with primes. Get some good, fast lenses (2.8 or better), which will really allow you to expand your creativity

  117. Mike Jenkinson says:

    I have got some other issues with my 350d so do still want a new body too. My thoughts are, that if these two are so difficult to separate then I will probably stay with the Canon. The price difference is too wide to ignore.I looked at the lens you suggested and at the 20 mm too. The price for these in the USA is considerably cheaper than in England, and as I’m going to NYC in Feb.I might just be able to buy the body at home, use my standard zoom for now and buy the 20 mm in America.You didn’t comment about the Sony NEX 7. Just wonder what You think about it. Thanks

  118. renzmiko says:

    In 60D all you need is in your right hand most of important buttons are in right part of the cam. and picture quality is very great.!
    tnx for the review even im know well the 60d is. its been more helpful!
    tnx a lot.! 🙂

  119. Brian says:

    Hey there, Basically sounds like both cameras rule! It comes down to personal preference. I’m getting a 60D body, My question is regarding a lens: My wife and I are going to be taking lots of pics of a newborn baby, other examples of shots would be closeups of indoor artwork on paper/canvas, plates of food, indoor rock bands(close), as well as outdoor nature bugs-landscape. Could you recommend an affordable all-around lens for this? I’ve gathered the 24mm ($350 or so) is great for landscapes but not so great in low light or portrait etc. But that price is good. Get confused with crop-wide angle issues. Im an old pre digital ex Canon A-1 user, Digital has just been point and shoot. Thanks!

  120. You might want to consider this lens:
    Canon EF 28-135mm

  121. Mike Jenkinson says:

    Well, somehow I eventually decided to go with the D7000. I’m sure it’s going to be fun using it. Just need this bloody rain to stop then I can get out and give it a proper workout.

    First responses to some of the reports I read….
    it does not over expose, the lens hood does not rattle,
    the menu system isn’t flawed. It’s just extensive.
    Also, the kit lens, as far as I’m concerned, appears to be sharp.
    Definitely looking forward to New York in February. Will go photo crazy!!!

  122. Mark Silverstein says:

    The D700 is a great camera. I had a chance to play with it extensively, At the time I already owned a 60D body. If I had to chose again, I would not necessarily go for the D7000, although I would not rule it out. Did you actually hold both cameras in your hands before purchasing? I found that the 60D was significantly more comfortable in my hand then the D7000. Obviously for someone else, the opposite may be true. I also preferred the right hand being able to access almost all functions without taking my hand off the grip. I’ve not sure which Canon lens hood rattles. I’ve never heard one that does. While the menu options may be more extensive on the Nikon, they are very definitely easier to navigate on the Canon. I’ve heard reports of the Nikon over exposing more often then the Canon. Not sure which lens you’re getting as a kit, but there are plenty of great Canon lens out there which give Nikkor lenses a run for their money. Finally, the higher burst mode on the Nikon has been shown in reviews to be a bit of an issue. While it is a bit higher than the 60D, it can old sustain that rate for a few seconds even when shooting JPEGs without RAW. The Canon’s burst mode is much more useful. Having said all that, the D7000 is still a wonderful camera and I’m sure you will enjoy it.

  123. Ross says:

    So you have a release date for the D800? Didn’t think so. 😉

    Buy the best you can afford. I heavily tested the D7000 and D700 and bought a D700 in October. The image quality isn’t comparable. D7000 has more pixels squashed onto a smaller sensor, and as such the image quality of the D700 at 100% crop is really much better. It’s just a D3 in a smaller body.

    Ken Rockwell’s opinions aren’t gospel, you know!

  124. samuel2 says:

    Nikon D7000 is elatively smaller but heavier at 780 gr and Canon 60d at 755gr:

    but of opurse it is the lenses that make the big differenec. And I agree with the comments that metal body doesn’t mean much and plastic is underrated for sure.

  125. Mark Silverstein says:

    And keep in mind that the D7000 only has magnesium plates on the top and back, the rest is some form of polycarbonate I presume. It is certainly not a full magnesium shell like the Canon 50D or 7D although its often mistakenly described as such. In any case I believe its a non-issue. I’ve seen pictures of badly scratched and even cracked magnesium camera shells. I’ve seen no similar pictures or heard stories regarding cracked polycarbonate shells. I think it’s more of a perception of cheapness since for many people metal has connotations of strength and quality and plastic has connotations of cheapness and fragility. However high tech plastics are often superior to the metals they replace. The Glock 17 pistol, one of the most popular handguns in the world, used by military and police organizations is mostly made of plastic.

  126. Brian says:

    thx for getting back.. The Canon site is confusing, and they seem to only cater to pros. The lens you mentioned sounds like a good starter lens..almost like a kit lens. It has some limitations..and upgrading from there seems to be L series $$$. A friend suggested getting a 24mm fixed, but I can’t find one at a good price. 50mm fixed is cheap…but i dunno.. At this point I’ve held back on buying anything, still haven’t even gotten the Canon body… I wonder if the Nikon is easier and cheaper and better images after purchasing a non pro lens.. ugggh..thanks again -Brian

  127. The Nikon won’t be ‘easier and cheaper’, I can promise you that. Both are great systems; my research indicates the Canon lenses are slightly cheaper overall, lens for lens, in the long run, but not by more than a factor of about 10%. You just need to take the plunge and don’t look back, whichever way you go.

  128. Francis says:

    First let me tell you that I owned a nikon D7000 because I a lot of nikon lens thats the reason that i bought the camera. A friend of mine has a 60d and took a lot of sharp and good pictures.
    continuous shooting speed is of benefit to you, and you have your D7000 in your hand, then you better hope you pick the right ~3-seconds to start shooting. The D7000 can (burst) 6fps for ~20 frames, then spends the next 15 seconds writing – and that is only if you stop shooting, if you continue shooting beyond the ~3 second burst you get a wondrous ~2fps and only in spurts. The 7D (8fps, ~125 frames, ~15 seconds). The 60D (5.3fps, ~58 frames, ~11 seconds). All cameras set to JPG(fine).
    About body construction don’t make a conclusion that nikon is better than canon because of the paper specs that you read. Canon body is not totally plastic, it wraps it with a high grade aluminum and then covered it with polycarbonate plastic, Nikon has a partial magnesium body. About the the weatherproofing, nobody take this two camera test on the rain or soak in the water so dont jump to conclusion that nikon is better. Try to check this in you tube about durability ” Nikon D90 vs Canon 550D Durability Test” this two camera are not a semi pro level.

    To me this two camera are the same they took good quality picture. If you invest on canon lens go for canon, if you invest in nikon lens go for nikon. If this is your first dslr and you have the money go for nikon if you are on the budget go for canon.

    Don’t blame the camera because of bad picture blame the person that use the camera. Remember that camera is just a tools to get a better picture.

  129. ariefsantos says:

    Just have 1000D then upgrade to 60D already..I love this machine, but then my friend just bought Nikon D7000, and I am quiet impressed with the features.
    Should I move from Canon 60D to Nikon D7000 ?? Is it worth it ???
    Pls advise
    Thanks for the comments

  130. You have a great camera already. I wouldn’t. These things seesaw back and forth as new features are added to both lines.

  131. Mark Silverstein says:

    Agree. While the D7000 has several very desirable features that the 60D does not, Those features alone should not be the prime determiners of which to choose unless you really want and need a specific feature, such as the D7000’s dual SD card slots. For me, assuming similar picture quality on both cameras, the decision came down to usability, ergonomics and of course price.. I own the 60D for over 6 months, but have held and played with a D7000 for several hours. The 60D felt significantly better in my hand. The D7000 felt a bit cramped by comparison, although I could certainly get used to it. I also preferred the control setup of the 60D which allows most functions to be accessed easily by the right hand while its on the grip. I also preferred the LCD screen of the 60D. I thought the the shutter mechanism was a bit of a hair trigger on the D7000, but it does have a 100% viewfinder, with gridlines, as opposed to 96% on the Canon. Ultimately, I could have been very happy with either, but for different reasons. Each camera has its trade-offs. When choosing between them, one must decide which of these trade-offs are most acceptable to you. In the end, while each camera has its fans, you can’t really go wrong with either one.

  132. Ariefsantos says:

    Noted, Guys…In that case I will keep it and try invest in lenses..
    Thank you for your kind input ..which is the best lenses for portrait shoot using 60D?
    Is Sigma 30mm f1.4 better than canon 50mm f1.4 ??? Or should I start with canon 85 f1.8 first ??

  133. pulseps says:

    I have D7000. but i feel canon is best overall. canon make its glass them self however, nikon glass by sony.
    canon high end zoom glass which is must have product for proffessional shooter is cheaper than nikon 24-70 2.8. (nikon $1900 vs canon $1300)
    i dont like user interface that canon 60D have compare to D7000. B&H sales at NYC chat with me about this topic and they said D7000 is lot batter than 60D. thats why may be i purchased D7000.

  134. John101477 says:

    Since when does Canon make all their own Glass? ummm No. Just like everyone else Canon has parts of their lenses made by outside sources to their own specs. Hoya for one has their parts in EVERY optical company there is, Including Canon and Nikon. Nikon Still holds the number one spot for glass in the medical industry.

    My biggest complaint about Canon is their AF point selecting setup. It takes to much time to switch AF points with Canon, where Nikon is simply done with your thumb while your finger is still on the shutter button. Ergonomically, Nikon just makes more sense

  135. BayouBill says:

    After almost 14 months, and 142 comments (!), it’s a little late to be adding to this discussion, but a significant useability difference between these two cameras for some folks is that the Nikon D7000 allows you to store two completely different sets of custom settings in its dual U1 and U2 memories, while the Canon 60D allows you to store just one in its single C memory (with each camera, the stored settings are quickly retrievable with a spin of the mode dial).

    This won’t make any difference to casual users, but for those who like to shoot in manually configured modes (P, S, A, or M, plus other custom settings) and need to switch quickly and easily between different configuration settings, it’s significant.

  136. Interesting. Thanks Bill!

  137. Mark Silverstein says:

    I’m not a pro, but not a casual user either. I’ve had 14K shutter activations on my Canon 60D in the last year. I shoot manually but rarely see the need for the custom settings. I’m basically photographing landscapes and each shot is slowly and thoughtfully composed. Maybe the custom settings are more important for sports or news photography..

  138. Bobby says:

    Thanks for a thorough hands-on review. I ended up going with the Nikon, mostly for motion shots. The extra SD card slot has been an unexpected favorite though — like when I’m shooting a long sequence (usually wildlife) and fill up a card in the middle. It also does very well in the studio shooting fine gold jewelry for sale pieces.

  139. Ryan says:

    Great review here. I’m a former Nikon guy (D50 upgraded to a D300), switched over to micro 4/3 for size and realized that I can’t justify the performance decrease (particularly autofocus speed, when it comes to trying to shoot my 3 year old).

    I don’t see a magnesium body as being a selling point for me. As your review says, you can’t really tell the difference in terms of feel, and if we’re talking durability? I am paying damn near $1000 for this body, I’m going to be QUITE sure I don’t drop it. I only ever dropped my D300 once (drunk, at a wedding, lol), and it landed on the lens, breaking the lens. A magnesium body wouldn’t have helped me at all in that situation.

    Also, you missed one really significant feature that the Canon has over the Nikon: Magic Lantern firmware support. That was a HUGE selling point for me.

  140. Thanks Ryan. Not familiar with Magic Lantern but a quick check of the Wiki tells me I need to be! Appreciate the tip.

  141. Ryan says:

    There’s some really amazing features that they’ve added in. Now, granted, many of those features aren’t for everybody. But they’re still really quite impressive. I can’t wait to try out the bulb ramping stuff for sunset/sunrise timelapses.

  142. pointreyes says:

    I was strongly considering the 60D for the following reasons:
    1. I already have a old (and cheap) Canon 80-200mm EF zoom and a 50mm 1.4 USM
    2. I have a Canon 380EX flash
    3. I like the feel of the 60D over the T3

    Went to my local used camera store and told them the only thing that bothers me about the 60D is that being a 35mm film camera user that I don’t know if I would like a crop DSLR. They provided me a solution. A used Canon 5D with a 28-135mm EF IS USM kit lens for the same price as the Costco 60D kit. The 5D was in very good condition and the lens was new. The camera feels like it was molded for my hands and the weight of the camera for me had a feel that I cannot fully explain but I liked it better than the 60D.

    The 5D body in very good condition cost as much as a new 60D body. Being new to digital but not to SLRs, I hope this was a good decision.

    Next year purchase will be the 100mm macro.

  143. Interesting and a good decision, pointreyes. The 5D is a great camera and one you’ll love. And I like your reasoning, making use of the glass you already have. Good luck!

  144. Ryan says:

    The 5D is a fantastic camera. And if you have no interest in recording video, it’s a great choice. I certainly would have considered it when going for the 60D, if video wasn’t an important aspect for me.

  145. It looks like Canon and Nikon made a flip flop. The 50D was priced and spec’d higher than the D90 in most regards, and now the D7000 is priced and spec’d higher than the 60D. I guess it just came to business dicisions to move things around in each respective lineup. Perhaps the cheaper price of the 60D will be more alluring to those wanting “something more than a Rebel/entry camera.” Who knows.

  146. Md. Shahriar sazid says:

    Hello, u give a really helpful scenario of these two machines. it helps me a lot to learn. thank u very much and i regularly visit ur site so make it update day by day

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