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Product ComparisonDigital Cameras with Optical Viewfinder Using Full Frame Sensor Review by: www.shirotekno.com
Head to Head SpesificationsCompared Canon Nikon Canon Nikon Items EOS 5D D700 EOS 60D D4 PicureResolution 21.1 megapixel 12.1 megapixel 18 megapixel 16.2 megapixel Price $2,199.00 $2,349.00 $1,199.00 $5,999.00 LimitedAMAZON.COM Available Available Available (click to go to amazon) (click to go to amazon) (click to go to amazon) Stock (click to go to amazon)
REVIEWSRating 4.7 of 5 5.0 of 5 4.7 of 5 5.0 of 5 (52 reviews) (19 reviews) (128 reviews) (10 reviews)PRODUCT SPECSVista Home Basic YesCompatibleMegapixels 21.1 12.1 18.0 16.2(Effective)Megapixels 22.0 12.87 19.0 16.6(Total)Image Up to 5616 x Up to 4256 x Up to 640 x 480 Up to 4928 x 3280
Resolution 3744 2832 Lens not Lens notOptical Zoom 7.5x Lens not included included included Lens not Lens notDigital Zoom 7.5x Lens not included included included Lens not included; Compatible with AF NIKKOR lenses, including type G and D lenses (some Lens not restrictions apply included; 18-135mm (16 to PC-NIKKOR Lens not Nikon F-mountLens Features elements in 12 lenses), DX lenses included accommodates groups) [using DX (24x16) a wide range of image area], AI-P AF lenses NIKKOR lenses, and non-CPU AI lenses (exposure modes A and M only)Lens Focal Varies with Varies with 35mm equivalent Varies with lens
Length(s) lens lens 18-135mmLCD Screen 3" 3" 3" 3.2"Size TFT-LCD monitor with 920,000-dot 920K pixels, 7- VGA color LCD 921,000-dot, 170-LCD Screen level Vari-Angle Clear with 170° degree wideFeatures brightness View LCD wide-angle viewing angle control and viewing 170° viewing angles Fixed SLR-type with Eye-level pentaprismViewfinder fixed eye-level 96% viewfinder pentaprism single- with 0.71x pentaprism lens reflex magnificationImage No No Yes, optical NoStabilizationFace Yes No Yes YesDetectionBurst Mode Yes Yes Yes YesPanorama No No No No
ModeImage No No Yes YesStitchingInternal None None None NoneMemory Secure Digital (SD)|SecureCompatible Digital Expanded CompactFlash CompactFlash CompactFlash (CF),Memory Capacity (CF) (CF) XQDFormats (SDXC)|Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC)Shutter 30-1/8000 sec. 1/60 - 1/8000 30-1/8000 sec. 30-1/8000 sec.Speeds plus bulb sec.Aperture Varies with Varies with f/3.5 - f/5.6 Varies with lensRange lens lens Auto, preset Auto, daylight, (daylight, shade, cloudy,White Auto, 7 manual 2 auto modes, 7 shade, cloudy, twilight, tungstenBalance modes manual modes twilight, light, white sunset, fluorescent light,
tungsten light, flash, custom, white color fluorescent temperature, light, flash), sunset manual (custom and color temperature) 3.5 - 12 (wide at ISO 100); 3.5 - 97 (wide at ISO Varies with 6400); 3.5 - 7.5Flash Range flash (telephoto at ISO 100); 3.5 - 86 (telephoto at ISO 6400) Front-curtain Front-curtain sync sync (normal), (normal), slow Varies with Auto, on, off,Flash Modes slow sync, rear- sync, rear-curtain flash slow sync curtain sync, sync, red-eye red-eye reduction, red-eye
reduction, red- reduction with eye reduction slow sync with slow syncOrientation Yes Yes YesSensorExternal Flash Yes Yes Yes YesMount 13.1 at center, approximately Varies with Varies withFocus Range 11.5 at Varies with lens lens lens periphery (with included lens)Movie Mode Yes No Yes Yes Auto: 100 - 6400 100 -ISO Up to ISO (expandable to 6400|expandable Up to ISO 204,800Equivalent 25,600 12,800 and to 12800 25,600) 2, 5, 10, or 20Self-Timer 10 sec. 10 sec. or 2 sec. 2, 5, 10, or 20 sec. sec.Interface USB 2.0 USB 2.0 USB Super speed USB
3.0, NTSC, HDMI outputCamera Dock Not included Not included Not included Not includedVideo Yes NTSC, PAL NTSC, PAL NTSC, PALOutputsAudio Yes Yes RAW, sRAWK1, SRAW2, JPEG, JPEG; DCF 2.0, JPEG, NEF (RAW), RAW+JPEG, JPEG (Exif 2.3),File Formats DPOF and Exif TIFF (RGB), DCF sRAW1 +JPEG, RAW, MOV 2.21 compliant 2.0, EXIF 2.3 SRAW2+JPEG, MOV Program AE Programmed (shiftable), AE, shutter- Programmed shutter-priority priority, Programmed AE, AE; exposure AE, aperture-Exposure manual; shutter-priority, compensation priority AE,Control exposure aperture-priority, (±2 EV in 1/2 manual compensation manual or 1/3 steps) exposure, bulb, (±EV in 1/2 or full auto, flash 1/3 steps) off, creative
auto, programmed image control modes, E-TTL II auto flash program AE (evaluative metering, averaged metering)ImageStorage Varies Varies Varies VariesCapacity Rechargeable lithium-ion EN- EL3e Rechargeable (included);Batteries Lithium-ion LP-E6 lithium-ion EN- works with the EL18 MB-D10 battery pack (not included)
AC Adapter Yes Optional Yes OptionalImaging CMOS CMOS CMOS CMOSSensor TypeImaging 36mm x 22.3mm x 36mm x 24mm 36mm x 23.9mmSensor Size 23.9mm 14.9mmSoftware EOS Digital Nikon ViewNX 2Included SolutionCamera Body Digital SLR Digital SLRStyle Shooting data, Focus Point, RGB Histogram,Text Overlay Date and time Highlights, IPTC Data - in Playback modeTripod Mount Yes Yes Yes Lithium-ion battery (EN-Accessories EL3e), quick charger, video and USB
cables, strap, body cap, eyepiece cap, rubber eyecup, LCD monitor cover, accessory shoe cover and software CD- ROMDigital 7.5xMagnificationFilter 67mmDiameterTouchscreen NoColor Black BlackCategoryHD Movie Yes YesModeSmile Mode NoWaterproof No
Coldproof YesShockproof YesImage CompactFlash/XQDStorage TypeTime Lapse YesLow-Light/High YesSensitivityCamera Use AdvancedWarranty 1 year 1 year limited 1 year 1 year limitedTerms - PartsWarranty 1 year limited 1 year limited 1 year 1 year limitedTerms - LaborProduct 4.5" 4.8" 4.2" 6.2"HeightProduct 6" 5.8" 5.7" 6.1"WidthProduct Approximately 1.8 lbs. 2.2 lbs. 1.7 lbs.Weight 2lbs. (body only)Product 3" 3" 3.1" 3.4"Depth
User Says About this Product:Canon EOS 5D As Seen on Amazon.comGeneral overview (low light):Coming from the 60D (which is a stellar camera in its own right), I was blown away by this cameras Image Quality.With the 60D I found I could only use 50% crops for critical work. With the 5D Mark II, I found 100% crops were sodetailed I could use them no problem. Additionally the low light capability wipes the floor with the 60D. Thedifferences are night and day. With the 60D I would see noise creeping in at around 800 or so ISO. 1600 was themax I felt comfortable shooting in, with 3200 requiring heavy use of noise reduction software resulting in muchless detail. With the 5D Mark 2 ISO 3200 is much better than the 60Ds 1600 ISO. I can actually shoot at 6400 forless critical work and it looks much better than the 60D at 3200. The retention of detail and the way the camerasquashes noise is very impressive. If you have the coin this camera is a rock star. However! The 5D Mark III is setto be announced on Feb 28th 2012 or within the week of Feb 28th 2012, so you may want to hold off and grabthis sucker at a steal of a price. If you need the camera now, you wont be disappointed. Another thing to note.Auto Focus:Ive read a lot of people complaining that this camera only has 1 cross type focus point. I want to say that mostpeople use the center focus point anyway, so it really is a bit of an overblown issue.
Canon vs Nikon:The D700 has better focusing. But unless youre doing sports this is a non issue. The low light is better than theCanon, but you only have 12.1 megapixels. It BETTER have better low light capabilities than the 5D Mark II. Buthonestly, at only 1/3rd of a stop better in low light giving up around 2x the resolution seems a bit silly. It is arguedthat the only time you will need the extra resolution is when printing billboard sized images. This does not factorin cropping at all. If you want to crop your 5d Mark II image to say 100% you can do that while maintaining stellarlevels of detail. With the D700 youre left with a lot left detail. Another thing any prospective buyer should do islook at the prices and quality of their potential lenses. I would start at the 24-70, then the 70-200 to cover yourzoom range. The canons being cheaper and the 70-200 IS II being MUCH better (probably the best lens on themarket) Then compare primes, the Cannon has the 85 1.2 V2 vs the Nikkor.... 85 1.4? You cant find a Nikkor 1.2and the Canon 1.2 is only ~$100 more than the 1.4 Nikkor. The canon has a 50 1.2 the Nikon has a 50 1.4. AgainNikkor doesnt even have a 1.2 lens.One last thing about Nikon vs Canon. Movie mode. I know I know, but if you EVER want to record a movie, EVER,you cannot on a D700 and you get commercial level videos on the 5D Mark II. Not just adequate movies, but boxoffice quality movies. Thats a MASSIVE!!!! improvement.Nikon D700 Review by Amazon.com
Just take it for granted that this takes amazing pictures under all conditions, including low light, and that itcontains all the manual controls that youd ever want. Instead, heres some things that the camera does that youmight not have heard about:* Built-in EyeFi supportIf youve used EyeFi SD cards before, you probably assumed that it would work with the D7000, since the D7000now uses SD cards instead of CF. But not only do you not have to mess around with SD-to-CF adapters, thecamera is actually EyeFi aware-- you can choose to have it upload or not upload on a slot-by-slot basis (so youmight have it automatically upload the RAW files you saved to an EyeFi Pro card in slot 1, but not bother toupload the JPEGs you saved to the EyeFi Explorer card in slot 2), and there is also an icon that appears on the Infodisplay to indicate that there are files waiting to upload, that the upload is in progress or disabled, etc.The Nikon Wifi adapter is going for $400. A 4GB, class 6 EyeFi card goes for $40. If you really want to move RAWfiles, snag the Pro version for $80. Yes, the Nikon adapter does things that EyeFi cant, but if you just want to getyour files onto a PC without pulling the card, why spend 10X the money?Youre stuck with the usual limitations of the EyeFi card, but I fully expect to use this feature a LOT with studioportraits-- yeah, it only takes 10 seconds to pull the card and have Windows recognize that you added it, thenanother 5 seconds to eject the card and stick it back in the camera. But if you just want a quick check that yourexposure or focus is where you want it, wouldnt you rather just hit a single key and see your last shot, then getright back into the flow? You may want to drop your JPEG file sizes to speed up the transfer.* In-camera RAW file processing
The camera contains a ton of built-in settings-- in addition to the basics like Standard, Normal, Landscape, etc,you also get all the various Scene modes, which are basically variations on those main settings.RAW processing allows you to see how the shot would have looked had you used one of those other modes. Inother words, you shoot in Normal, which basically applies no processing to the image, then select the RAW file,and choose how youd like to adjust it. You can change the white balance settings, exposure, basic picture setting(landscape, portrait, etc), noise reduction, color space, and dynamic lighting. With the exception of the advanceddetails on the basic picture settings, you see a preview of how your change will affect the picture.If you like it, just hit EXEcute and it writes out a JPEG to your card. Dont like it, just back out and nothings saved.This means that you dont have to worry that shooting in Vivid is going to result in an oversaturated image, or youcan punch something up even more after the fact. The only real drawback here to me is that it is going to kick outa JPEG, so if youre planning on doing further editing in Photoshop, this may not be the best route. But if yourejust looking to go right from the camera to the web, or want to get an idea of how playing with custom settingswill affect your shots, this is a massive shortcut to taking and then deleting a ton of shots. (And keep in mind thatPhotoshop will allow you to mess with most of these settings when importing RAW files anyway, and the pluginD7000-compatible RAW plugin had a release candidate posted yesterday, so you can finally open your RAWshots.)And a related feature thats in most other Nikons, but that you might not know about-- you can define your ownbasic picture settings. Want something thats super-saturated and super-contrasty? Just hit a few buttons, choosea name, and youre done. On the older Nikons, you had to edit the basic profile itself, now, you can use one as astarting point and adjust from there. Much cleaner.* User-defined settings on the control knob
Not as hidden as the first two, but I cant emphasize how cool this feature is. Heres the situation I was in lastnight-- I was shooting a singing contest in a dimly-lit venue. I was allowed to use a flash, but I didnt want toconstantly be blasting the singers while they were performing.I defined one setting as shutter priority, 1/60th, ISO Hi 2, center-weighted metering & focus, no flash. The secondsetting was automatic, ISO auto, full metering and autofocus, flash enabled. Id take a couple shots in U2 with theflash, close the flash down and switch to U1 and shoot a half a dozen shots, then switch back to U2 and use theflash for a couple more shots. There was no fumbling for controls, no worrying that I changed the shutter speedwithout realizing it when changing between Auto and S-- every time I went from U2 to U1, all my settings werereset to where I put them before the event started.I dont think I ever felt as confident about my camera settings in a rapidly changing situation as I did last night--with just a simple twist of a knob, I was able to change to a completely different shooting configuration withabsolute confidence that it was what I wanted.To me, the utility of this is almost endless-- Ill probably set up one setting for studio portraits, and the other forlandscape stuff. If I was still shooting news, Id probably be swapping between flash and no-flash configurations.For sports, Id change between action modes and post-game portraits.The only thing that would make this even better would be if I could import and export settings for later use-- evenif you use the "Save/Load" settings option to back up your current configuration to a memory card, it doesntappear that this information is stored. However, it may be a bug in the Load settings feature, as a number of mysettings were incorrectly reset when I tried to load in settings. Either way, it would work better if I could treatthese like custom basic picture settings, saving them by name and loading them at will.
* Built-in interval timer shootingWant to take time-lapse pictures? Just set up your camera on the tripod, specify when you want it to start, howmany pictures to take overall, and how many pictures to take each interval and walk away. When its time to starttaking pictures, the camera will automatically focus and shoot, then go back to waiting for the next shot. Nomessing around with tethering, 3rd party software, whatever-- its all in the camera, and its all super-easy to setup. Youll find yourself taking pictures of your living room just to see what your cat actually does all day whileyoure at work.* Zoom in live viewThis might just be "new to me," but I found it to be very cool for manually adjusting focus when on a tripod--frame your basic shot, then change to live view. From there, zoom in with the magnifying glass key, and movearound the image with the navigation pad until you find the point you want to focus on, then manually focus.Since you can zoom into a tiny portion of the overall image, you can see that youre getting exactly the focuspoint you want before you take the shot. One gotcha that I always forget, though-- dont forget to pick youraperture BEFORE going into live view, as you cant change it once live view has started.* Adjustable shooting rateAgain, might be "new to me," but in addition to blasting away at 6fps, you can manually adjust that from 1 to 5FPS in order to get a different effect. You obviously need to be using a fast enough shutter speed to support yourchoice-- if youre at 1/2 a second, youre not going to shoot faster than 2FPS.
As I mentioned in one of my other reviews, I used to be a semi-pro photographer-- I was the photo editor for botha weekly and a daily paper, Ive shot tons of sports and news photos, and landscape photography is my hobby.Ive recently gotten back into portrait photography as well. While I never owned as many cameras as a true prowould have (that semi- means that I never made enough money at it to be able to really spring for equipment), Ihave shot with a lot of other peoples equipment, and I can honestly say that this is the best camera Ive everused.Canon EOS 60D as seen on Amazon.comThe three dSLRs in the Canon consumer line-up (60D, 7D, T2i) all share a number of specifications and features, asimilar exposure metering system, as well as an image sensor that is very similar, and all with 18 megapixels. Dueto this, the image quality and ISO performance of these three cameras will be nearly identical, and all are capableof taking high quality images. So why choose the 60D over the T2i (550D) or the 7D? -Exterior buttons and controls: Greater ease and control of changing camera settings as you work vs. the T2i. The 60D has nearly every control one needs on the exterior of the camera and it has the rear dial and top LCD display screen that are not on the T2i. Any other controls can be easily accessed with the Q button and menu or in the other menus on the rear LCD monitor. The top buttons of the 60D set only one setting each, so this is less complicated than the multiple-setting buttons of the 7D. Canon has removed the WB button that the 7D and 50D have, but that isnt a big deal - use the Q Menu. Another change is that the
Multi-controller has been moved from the thumb joystick like the 7D and 50D and placed in the middle ofthe rear Quick-control dial. This doesnt change how it functions, and should just be a matter of gettingused to the difference.-Menus and custom functions: Greater control over customizing how the camera functions vs. the T2i. The60D has many more Menu and Custom Function settings than the T2i and nearly as many as the 7D. Thesesettings allow you to customize the operation, function, and controls of the 60D to work how you wantthem to, including things like exposure increments, peripheral illuminations correction for lenses (fixes darkcorners) and customizing which button does what.-Auto focus systems: The 60D shares a similar autofocus system to the T2i and the previous 50D, with 9focus points and three auto focusing modes. However the 9 AF points of the 60D are more sensitive thanthose of the T2i: all are cross-type in the 60D, only the center is cross-type in the T2i. The 60D autofocussystem is much less complex than the sophisticated AF system of the 7D with its 19 AF point system and itsadditional Zone, Spot, and Expansion focus modes - not to mention the custom settings of the 7D whichwill allow one to customize how the AF system works. However, if you are not an avid sports photographer,a wildlife shooter, or someone who understands, needs, and will use the elaborate features of the 7D AFsystem, then this shouldnt dissuade you from the 60D.-Exposure Metering: The three cameras all share the latest 63-zone exposure metering system and 4metering modes. That means they will all determine the exposure virtually identically and enable you totake properly exposed photos in most every situation, including difficult back-lit scenes. The size of theareas metered for Partial and Spot metering vary slightly between the cameras, but that isnt anythingcritical.
-ISO: Since the 60D shares a very similar sensor with the other two cameras, its ISO sensitivity andperformance at high ISO settings is virtually the same. But dont take my word for it, dont be swayed bypixel peepers on forums, instead check out the camera sensor tests at dxomark to verify this.-Continuous Shooting Speed: While the 60D cant shoot a blazing 8 frames per second like the 7D, it canshoot a respectable 5.3 fps which is generally a more useful rate, and is a higher rate than the T2i rate of 3fps.-Size and Weight: The 60D is larger and heavier than the T2i but smaller and lighter than the 7D. It is a verynice size, weight, feel, and design that should be comfortable for most users.-Construction: The 60 has relatively strong construction of aluminum and polycarbonate. It is better builtthan the T2i but not as strong as the 7Ds magnesium alloy frame. The 60D also has some amount ofweather sealing - more than the T2i, less than the 7D. But for most users, including even those using thecamera daily or in travel situations, the construction of the 60D is far more than good enough, strongenough, durable enough, and weather resistant enough.-Articulating Rear LCD Screen: The 60D is the only current Canon dSLR with this handy feature. This mayprove useful for videographers, as well as for setting up compositions while the camera is on a tripod, formacro use, or for using it from unusually low or high vantage points. There is also an electronic level, visiblein the viewfinder, rear LCD, or top LCD.-Viewfinder: The 60D has a large, bright viewfinder with 96% coverage of the actual resulting image, a tinybit better than the T2i but not quite as nice as the nearly 100% view of the 7D.-Wireless Flash: Like the 7D, the 60D incorporates wireless flash triggering. It allows you to trigger multipleoff camera flashes at different output levels. The T2i does not have this feature.
-Battery: The 60D has a larger batter vs. the T2i, thus allowing longer periods of shooting before having torecharge. The 60D uses the LP-E6 battery like the 7D, which is a nice feature as this battery can often lastthrough a full day of shooting.-Processor: The 60D shares the same Digic 4 processor as the T2i. The 7D has dual Digic 4 processors.However, for most general or even demanding photography needs, the single processor is more thansufficient.-Memory Card: The 60D uses the SD memory card like the T2i, not the CF card of the 7D. This doesnt affectanything except perhaps your collection of CF cards.-Additional processing features: The 60D has added features such as the creative filters (toy camera,miniature tilt-shift effect) and internal file processing capabilities (RAW image processing, image resizing)that the other two cameras do not have. This is not critical as these operations can typically be more easilydone in batches on a computer.-Lack of AF Microadjustment: Many are disappointed that the 60D does not include the ability to micro-adjust the focus so that each lens is completely accurate. However, if you have a focus issue, send yourcamera and/ or lenses to Canon while under warranty and ask them to calibrate them. The 7D has thisfeature, the T2i does not.-Locking Mode Dial: This is a new feature for a Canon dSLR that keeps the Mode dial from accidentallyrotating. A nice touch only on the 60D.-Full HD Video: And of course the 60D has full HD video, just like the other two cameras.-A Note to Strobists: The 60D does not have a PC sync flash socket to plug in PC sync cords. The 7D has this,the T2i does not.
-Ease of operation: While beginners may find all the buttons, controls, and menus of any dSLR difficult and confusing at first, the controls and menus of the 60D are all quite intelligently designed and straightforward for the advanced user. If youd like to get up and running with the 60D quickly and competently be sure to check out a PDF eBook I put together called Your World 60D on the "Picturing Change" blog or the Kindle version here: Your World 60D - The Photographers Guide to Operation and Image Creation with the Canon 60D. It describes how to set up the Menu settings and Custom Function settings, and explains how, when, and why to use the settings, controls, and features of the 60D in everyday still photography use, including aperture priority and shutter priority modes. Plus it has information on exposure, composition, using depth of field, and basic video settings. It should help you get the most out of the 60D.The 60D is an excellent camera for those wanting to upgrade from the Rebel line, for the advanced dSLR user whowishes to take advantage of all the features and customizations options of the 60D, and for the first-time dSLRbuyer who is knowledgeable of camera controls or eager to learn. Its size, durability, and features will suit thosewho wish to use it for both general use and for travel, and its image quality and performance is exceptional for acamera at this price.Thanks for reading this buying guide containing compilation ofDigital Cameras with Optical Viewfinder Using Full Frame Sensor.