gGadget > Nikon® D90 vs Canon® 60D
If you’re looking for a DLSR that’s too technologically advanced to be considered entry-level but too affordable to be considered professional, the Nikon D90 and Canon 60D have probably caught your eye. These two popular cameras are crowd favorites among hobby photographers who are serious about picture quality. Both the D90 and 60D camera bodies cost around $900 and have specifications that are noteworthy enough to merit some praise. However, the Nikon D90 and Canon 60D are different in a few key ways, which make each camera appealing to different photographers for different reasons. Here’s what you should know about these two cameras in comparison to each other:
Although the Nikon D90 was the first DLSR to come with video recording capabilities, the Canon 60D takes better quality videos. The Nikon D90 can only record videos in 720p, while the Canon 60D can record them in 1080p HD. So, the Canon 60D’s videos come out looking more professional, polished, and clear. Additionally, the 60D comes with a flip-out screen, which makes recording quality videos easier. In terms of picture quality, the 60D has a higher true resolution of 17.9 mp versus the D90’s modest 12.2 mp. This translates to more detail in the 60D’s photos. The 60D also has a better battery than the D90, allowing photographers to take 1100 shots in between charges, while the D90’s battery only allows for 850 shots before needing to be recharged.
The D90 may fall short in some ways, but it does offer some things the 60D doesn’t. The D90 has more dynamic range than the 60D, which allows the D90 to pick up on extra, subtle details like shadows and light more easily. Additionally, the D90’s overall image quality is about 10% better than the 60D’s. If attractive, clear images are what you’re after, the D90 is probably a better choice. This is not only true in terms of overall image quality but also in terms of noise at high ISO settings. The D90 produces less noise when you take pictures in low-light settings. And when it comes to appearance, the D90 is lighter, thinner, and smaller than the 60D. However, the 60D does have what many consider a sleeker, more attractive body.
When it comes to reviews, these cameras are rated about the same. The 60D is a newer release than the D90, and it does seem to be a more technologically advanced in some ways. However, the D90 takes slightly better pictures. If you’re interested in a good camera that takes great videos, the 60D is probably your best bet. And if you’re interested in a great camera that takes ok videos and amazing pictures, the D90 is the better choice.