Nikon D7100 vs Canon 60D – Which Should You Pick?

This Nikon D7100 vs Canon 60D comparison is a duel between two semi-pro DSLR cameras manufactured by Nikon and Canon respectively.

Both cameras are aimed at enthusiasts photographers who seek to make an upgrade from the amateur cameras they’ve been used to. And as you might testify to; switching to a new camera isn’t so easy.

Having become familiar with the features and functions of your previous camera, a new camera might feel weird at first. Besides, there is always uncertainty if such a camera will suit you and your photography needs.

To help you ease into this transition, we explore the specifications, common features, distinct features, pros and cons of these cameras. In the end, we believe that you’ll come to a decision on which of them to pick. Or you could pick both: There are no rules that said you can’t eat your cake and have it in this case.

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Comparison Overview – Nikon D7100 vs Canon 60D

The Nikon D7100 is the second camera in the Nikon D7XXX series and a replacement for the Nikon D7000. The Canon 60D, on the other hand, is a member of Canon’s EOS two-digit series line and the Canon 50D’s successor.

The D7100 has a major advantage in terms of overall image quality. Nevertheless, the Canon 60D sports an articulating screen that users of the D7100 would wish for.

These cameras fall short in terms of connectivity as they lack WiFi, GPS, and Bluetooth features.

Price/Value Ratio – Nikon D7100 vs Canon 60D

Which camera offers more value for money?

The Nikon D7100 is cheaper and offers more value for money than the Canon 60D. It has the following features which are absent in the 60D: Headphone port, time-lapse recording, AF micro adjustment, UHS support, and HDR mode.

However, when it is not compared to another camera, the 60D still offers adequate value for its price.

Comparison Table – Nikon D7100 vs Canon 60D

  Nikon D7100 Canon 60D
Announcement Date 21st February 2013 26th August 2010
Weight 765g 755g
Size Dimensions 136 x 107 x 76mm 145 x 106 x 79mm
Sensor Resolution 24 megapixels 18. 1 megapixels
Sensor Size 23.5 x 15.6mm 22.3 x 14.9mm
Anti Aliasing Filter No Yes
Lens Mount Nikon F Mount Canon EF/EF-S Mount
Screen Size 3.2 inches 3 inches
Screen Resolution 1,229,000 dots 1,040,000 dots
Articulating Screen No Yes
Headphone Port Yes No
Time Lapse Recording Yes No
AF Micro Adjustment Yes No
Battery Life 990 shots 1100 shots

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Check out how the Canon 60D compares to the Nikon D7100’s predecessor ‘The Nikon D7000’ in the video below.

What Situation is each Best For? – Nikon D7100 vs Canon 60D

Nikon D7100 Canon 60D
We recommend the Nikon D7100 for anyone involved in portrait photography.

High image detail is an important issue when it comes to portrait photography. The D7100 possesses features that give it an edge in this regard over the Canon 600D.
If you have ever tried street photography, you’ll discover that certain shots are difficult to capture due to their complex angles. This is usually the case when one is making use of a fixed screen.

A camera like the Canon 60D, on the other hand, offers you ease as well as flexibility in capturing these difficult angles.

Hence, it is the better camera in terms of street photography thanks to its fully articulated screen.
Without a shadow of a doubt, the Nikon D7100 is better than the Canon 60D when capturing sports events.

There a several reasons that support this bold statement but we’ll mention a few.

The D7100 has more focus points and cross-type focus points. A higher low light ISO and faster continuous shooting speed.
The 60D doesn’t perform as well as the Nikon D7100.
In most cases when we decide on cameras that are better for daily photography, we consider two major factors above others.

We consider the weights and then the sizes of the cameras.

When it comes to the weight of the Nikon D7100 and the Canon 60D, the scale tips in favor of the latter.

On the other hand, when we consider the size of these cameras, the scale tips back towards the D7100.

Hence, we include another factor that is also important for daily photography which is the sensor size. The sensor size gives better depth-of-field control.

Therefore, the Nikon D7100 does better as for daily photography since it has a larger sensor.
The 60D doesn’t perform as well as the Nikon D7100.  
The landscape photographer and the portrait photographer have one major thing in common:  Both prefer cameras that can deliver well-detailed images.

Therefore, the Nikon D7100 is better suited for landscape photography than the Canon 60D since it has a better sensor.
The 60D doesn’t perform as well as the Nikon D7100.  
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Common Features – Nikon D7100 vs Canon 60D

The D7100 and the 60D have the following similarities:

i. Sensor Format and Type
ii. Viewfinder
iii. Built-in Flash
iv. Hot Shoe
v. Microphone Port
vi. HDMI Port

Sensor Format and Type

A camera’s sensor is a fundamental part that plays a vital role in image production. Image formation is possible thanks to the light that the sensor allows into the camera.

The efficiency of a sensor is dependent on its format and type.

The Nikon D7100 and the Canon 60D are both fitted with the APS-C sensor format. The Nikon Company calls this the DX-format. This format is mostly used in DSLR cameras such as the ones in this comparison.

It is regarded as a medium-sized sensor as the sensor format partly determines the size of the sensor. Other sensor formats include the one inch, four-third, full-frame, APS-H, etc.

The CMOS sensor type is used by these cameras. The Nikon D7100’s sensor is manufactured by Toshiba while Canon manufactures the Canon 60D sensor.


The viewfinder is located at the back of a camera and is used to frame and control shots during image capture.

The photographer has to look through this feature to see that which he/she is capturing.

The Nikon D7100 and the Canon 60D make use of the same optical pentaprism viewfinder. This kind of viewfinder is advantageous in every regard.

The optical viewfinder has an edge over the electronic (aka digital) viewfinder which is the other option.

This is because the optical viewfinder is capable of operating without having to make use of power. An electronic viewfinder, on the other hand, is dependent on the camera’s battery power for it to function. This usually reduces the battery’s longevity in the process and is detrimental especially for cameras with poor battery life. It is because of this that most cameras make use of the optical viewfinders instead.

The material used to make a viewfinder also affects its performance level.

A viewfinder is made from either a pentamirror or a pentaprism material. The pentaprism has the edge because it allows more light in than the pentamirror material. Consequently, cameras like the D7100 and the 60D are capable of producing better images thanks to the use of a pentaprism.

The Nikon D7100 has 100% viewfinder coverage while the Canon 60D has 96% coverage. The D7100 offers better accuracy in this regard. When it comes to magnification, the 60D does better with a value of 0.95x while the Nikon D7100 has 0.94x viewfinder magnification.

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Built-in Flash

Sometimes one has to shoot in low light conditions such as at night and indoors. The amount of light available greatly affects the quality of the image produced. Therefore in such cases, a source of light must be provided if the image is to come out nicely.

Camera manufacturers know this and fit cameras with a built-in flash feature. The Nikon D7100 and the Canon 60D both possess this feature.

With a built-in flash, these cameras can produce a flash of light that illuminates the subject when the shutter button is pressed. Therefore, one can capture images in low light conditions.

Also, the presence of a built-in flash reduces the need for an external flash that adds more weight to the camera.

Watch the video below. It is a tutorial on the Canon 60D’s flash menu and settings.

Hot Shoe

The Nikon D7100 and the Canon 60D both possess a hot shoe feature.

This feature is found on the top of these cameras and is a platform that allows the attachment of certain accessories. These accessories include external flashes, rangefinders, viewfinders, light meters, etc.

Among these accessories, the external flash is the most commonly used accessory in association with the hot shoe feature. The external flash delivers more flash power and is more versatile than the built-in flash of both cameras.

Microphone Port

Both cameras in this comparison can record videos. Audio is also recorded in the process thanks to the built-in microphone feature found in both cameras.

The disadvantage, however, is that these microphones produce low audio quality. This can easily be corrected with the use of an external microphone which is connected to the camera via the microphone port.

With an external microphone like the Rode VideoMicro Compact On-Camera Microphone with Rycote Lyre Shock Mount, quality audio is produced.

Learn how to set-up and connect an external microphone to the Nikon D7100 in the video below. 


The Nikon D7100 and the Canon 60D are fitted with a mini HDMI outlet.

This allows the connection of a larger screen to these cameras via an HDMI cable. When this is done, a pure and uncompressed image is transmitted to the larger screen.

With a larger screen like the ESDDI 5 Inch Camera Field Monitor, editing is easier as angles and details can be easily spotted. Generally, the view is better than that which the screens of these cameras can offer.

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Unique Features – Nikon D7100 vs Canon 60D

These cameras possess features that make them distinct from the other. Therefore, this section treats those distinct features of the Nikon D7100 and the Canon 60D.

Nikon D7100 Unique Features – Nikon D7100 vs Canon 60D

The following are the features that the D7100 has that the 60D does not have:

i. Nikon F Lens Mount
ii. EXPEED 3 Image Processor
iii. Headphone Port
iv. Time-Lapse Recording
v. AF Micro Adjustment
vi. UHS Support
vii. HDR Mode

Nikon F Lens Mount

The Nikon Company produces its lens mount and it is exclusive to only Nikon cameras. Because of this policy, the Nikon D7100 uses a Nikon F lens mount that cannot be found in the Canon 60D. What is a lens mount in the first place?

A lens mount is a camera part that functions as a holder for the lenses used by the camera. In other words, any lens that is used is fitted into the lens mount that holds it in place. The lens mount is usually found in interchangeable lens cameras.

It determines the number of lenses a camera can make use of. Any lens that does not fit a particular lens mount cannot be used.

EXPEED 3 Image Processor

Another feature that is usually different when we do a Nikon versus Canon comparison is the image processor. This is because of the same reason as that of the lens mount used. Nikon has its unique type of image processors called the EXPEED.

The Nikon D7100 uses the third generation of the EXPEED series which is the EXPEED 3. This processor is responsible for the speed, image processing and video capabilities of the D7100. It improves on the functions of the previous EXPEED 2 image processor.

Headphone Port

The headphone port allows one to connect an external headphone to the Nikon D7100. This feature is absent in the Canon 60D.

With an external headphone like the Sony MDR7506 Professional Large Diaphragm Headphone, you can easily monitor audio quality during video recording.

Time-Lapse Recording

The Nikon D7100 is fitted with an intervalometer. This feature enables one to make time-lapse videos.

Examples of such time-lapse sequences include moonrise, sunset, sunrise, blooming flower, etc. It also allows for low-frequency shooting.

A camera that lacks a built-in intervalometer cannot perform this recording function. However, if one purchases an external camera trigger as well as related software, such a camera could do so.

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AF Micro Adjustment

The Nikon D7100 is equipped with the AF Micro Adjustment feature. It is used for fine-tuning an image. With this feature, you can easily adjust the lens to achieve a more accurate focus.

UHS Support

Apart from the fact that the Nikon D7100 sports a dual card slot feature that supports SDXC cards, it still supports the use of a UHS-1 card. Files can be read and written at Ultra High Speeds; transfer can be made at 104MB/s.

HDR Mode

The Nikon D7100 comes fully equipped with an HDR (High Dynamic Range) mode. In this mode, two multi-exposed images are captured and then merged to form a single quality image by the camera. This image tends to have better tones, better details, less noise and has an overall better quality than normal images.

Canon 60D Unique Features – Nikon D7100 vs Canon 60D

The following are the features that the 60D has that the D7100 does not have:

i. Canon EF/EF-S Lens Mount
ii. DIGIC 4 Image Processor
iii. Articulating Screen
iv. Anti-Aliasing Filter

Canon EF/EF-S Lens Mount

Just like the Nikon Company, the Canon Company also uses its unique lens mount. The Canon 60D is therefore fitted with the Canon EF/EF-S lens mount which is only peculiar to Canon cameras. This lens mount allows the Canon 60D to make use of a specific number of lenses which we discuss in the Canon 60D distinct pros sub-section.

DIGIC 4 Image Processor

The Canon Company also has its series of unique image processors known as the DIGIC. This is why the Canon 60D makes use of the DIGIC 4 image processor which is the 4th generation of DIGIC processors.

The DIGIC 4 is responsible for the Canon 60D’s performance level and speed when it comes to imaging and processing rate. It is an upgrade on the DIGIC 3 image processor.

Articulating Screen

The Canon 60D is fitted with an articulating screen. This feature is very helpful when capturing difficult angles. The selfie-friendly screen makes it a great camera for vlogging; since the screen can be fully turned to face the user. It also makes for a great selfie camera.

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Anti-Aliasing Filter

The anti-aliasing filter also known as the low pass filter is located in front of the sensor. Its function is to prevent the occurrence of moiré in captured images.

The downside of this feature is that it reduces the sharpness of the image produced. This is especially devastating for cameras with not so high sensor resolution like the Canon 60D.

Many cameras do not make use of the anti-aliasing filter because of its negative effect. Also, cameras with higher sensor resolution and advanced sensor technology don’t use it because such sensors are less prone to producing images with moiré.

Unique Pros – Nikon D7100 vs Canon 60D

This section deals with the advantages of the Nikon D7100 over the Canon 60D and vice versa.

Nikon D7100 Unique Pros – Nikon D7100 vs Canon 60D

Which is Smaller D7100 or 60D?

The Nikon D7100 is smaller than the 60D. It is 9mm narrower, 1mm taller and 3mm thinner. It has a size dimension of 136 x 107 x 76mm while the Canon 60D has a body measurement of 145 x 106 x 79mm.

A portable camera is more preferred to a larger camera especially when such delivers excellent images like that of the D7100.

Which has a Higher Sensor Resolution D7100 or 60D?

The D7100 has a higher sensor resolution than the 60D. It has a sensor resolution of 24 megapixels while the Canon 60D has 18.1 megapixels sensor resolution. Consequently, the D7100 possesses 33% more pixels than the 60D which gives it a huge advantage.

The sensor resolution also referred to as megapixels is probably the first feature that is considered by most folks. This is because of the advantages it offers.

The following are the advantages of a higher sensor resolution:

i. Better image details.

ii. Freedom to print large images.

iii. Images can be cropped liberally.

Despite this, it is important to note that the sensor resolution isn’t the sole determining factor of the resolving power of a camera. Other determinants such as low pass filter, sensor technology, optical size, and pixel size are also responsible for the final image’s resolution.

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Which has a Larger Sensor Size D7100 or 60D?

The D7100 has a larger sensor than the 60D. It has a sensor size of 25.5 x 15.6mm while the Canon 60D has a sensor size of 22.3 x 14.9mm: That’s about 11 percent difference.

Due to this size difference, the D7100 and the 60D have a crop factor of 1.5x and 1.6x respectively. The native aspect ratios of both sensors, however, are the same at 3:2.

Just as the sensor resolution has its advantages, the sensor size also has its advantages.

When images shot by two cameras using the same aperture and focal length are compared, the camera with the larger sensor offers the following advantages: There is a better depth of field control and the incidence of blurry background is greatly reduced.

Also, a larger sensor provides a richer color depth, wider dynamic range, and better low-light ISO than a smaller sensor. However, larger sensors are usually more expensive to manufacture as well as being heavier than smaller ones.

Watch the next video to discover why larger sensors produce better images.

Which has a Better Expanded ISO D7100 or 60D?

The D7100 has a better expanded ISO than the 60D.

The Nikon D7100 and the Canon 60D both possess the same native ISO range of 100 – 6400.

However, both cameras can be expanded to achieve better sensitivity. This is where the D7100 does better than the 60D.

The Nikon D7100 ISO can be expanded from a minimum of 50 to a maximum of 25600 (50 – 25600). The Canon 60D, on the other hand, has an expanded ISO of 100 – 12800.

A camera’s ISO is the measure of the senor’s sensitivity to available light. The camera’s ISO settings can be changed but can be done within the camera’s ISO range.

Despite the high ISO values available to both cameras, it is still advisable to avoid such high ISO. This is because at that range the image becomes more susceptible to noise. Many folks insist that the maximum ISO one should use is 6400.

Which has a Larger Screen Size D7100 or 60D?

The D7100 has a larger screen size than the 60D. The Nikon D7100 has a screen size of 3.2 inches while the Canon 60D is fitted with 3 inches LCD screen.

The 0.2 inches difference between both screens means the D7100 offers a larger view than the 60D.

Which has a Higher Screen Resolution D7100 or 60D?

The higher screen size of the Nikon D7100 would mean nothing if it had a poor screen resolution. However, the reverse is the case.

Not only does the D7100 possess a larger screen, but it also has a higher screen resolution than the Canon 60D.

Therefore, the Nikon D7100 and the Canon 60D have a screen resolution of 1,229,000 dots and 1,040,000 dots respectively. This means the D7100 has an 18% higher screen resolution than the 60D.

The screen resolution refers to the number of details a camera can efficiently render and display. It is measured in dots.

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Which has a Faster Continuous Shooting Speed D7100 or 60D?

The Nikon D7100 is capable of shooting 6 frames per second (fps) thereby making it 1 fps faster than the Canon 60D with its 5 frames per second speed.

The continuous shooting speed is a feature that is used in burst mode. Burst mode allows you to shoot several pictures continuously for a while.

The continuous shooting speed of a camera determines how many pictures can be captured per second.

Which has a Better Video Capture D7100 or 60D?

The Nikon D7100 and the Canon 60D can both capture full HD (1920 x 1080) video resolution. However, the D7100 does this at a faster rate of 60 frames per second while the 60D manages at 30 frames per second.

The Nikon D7100 can also record in MPEG-4 and H.264 video formats while the Canon 60D can only shoot H.264 video format.

Which has More Focus Points D7100 or 60D?

The D7100 has more focus points than the 60D. It has 51 focus points while the latter has just 9. This means the D7100 is capable of setting a more accurate focus of subjects in the frame.

More Cross-Type Focus Points

The D7100 has more cross-type autofocus points than the 60D.

The Canon 60D has 9 focus points and all of them are cross-type focus points. This would have been an advantage over the Nikon D7100 if not that it possesses 6 more of such cross-type focus points totaling it at 15.

Therefore, the D7100 still possesses a better autofocus system than the 60D.

Which has a Higher Color Depth D7100 or 60D?

The D7100 has a higher color depth than the 60D. The Nikon D7100 and the Canon 60D have a color depth of 24.2 bits and 22.2 bits respectively.

The D7100 will deliver 2.2 bits more color details than the 60D.

The color depth or accuracy also known as DXO sports is a measurement of a sensor’s ability to detect, capture, and produce distinct colors.

A camera with a higher color depth will have a richer color depth filled with more natural colors. The color depth is measured in bits.

Which has a Higher Dynamic Range  D7100 or 60D?

The D7100 has a higher dynamic range than the 60D. It has a 13.7EV dynamic range while the Canon 60D has 11EV dynamic range.  

This 2.7EV difference allows the Nikon D7100 to capture better-detailed landscape images than the 60D.

The dynamic range (aka DXO landscape) is another sensor measurement that deals with the sensor’s ability to capture details in the lightest and darkest image parts. It allows for better detail retention in highlights and shadows.

Which has a Better Low Light ISO D7100 or 60D?

The D7100 has a better low light ISO than the 60D. The Nikon D7100 and the Canon 60D have 1256 and 813 low light ISO.

The D7100, therefore, has a better low light ISO performance and is capable of shooting in low light with the occurrence of less noise.

The low light ISO is the third sensor measurement that has to do with a sensor’s ability to capture a clear image in low light. The low light ISO is also known as DXO sports.

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Which has a Longer Shutter Life D7100 or 60D?

The D7100 has a longer shutter life than the 60D. It has an expected shutter life of 150,000 cycles. The Canon 60D, on the other hand, has a shutter life expectancy of 100,000 cycles.

Which has more More Storage Card Slots D7100 or 60D?

The D7100 has more storage card slots than the 60D. It is capable of housing two SD cards due to its dual card slots feature. The Canon 60D on the other is fitted with a single card slot.

The Nikon D7100 and the 60D both store their pictures and videos on SDXC cards. These cards are housed in a storage card slot.

Therefore, the Nikon D7100 is capable of storing more pictures and videos than the 60D.

This feature also offers the D7100 storage versatility. One can decide to store only pictures on one card and videos on the other. Or since supports RAW format, such files can be stored in one card and JPEG on the other one. The other card can also be used as a backup for other files stored on the main storage cared. There are a lot of storage options available thanks to this feature.

Which has a Faster Startup D7100 or 60D?

The D7100 has a faster startup time than the 60D and will be operational in less time than the Canon 60D when both cameras’ power buttons are pressed.

The Nikon D7100 has a startup time of 0.3 seconds while the 60D will start up in 0.4 seconds.

Nevertheless, the difference is so minute that it won’t even be noticed in real-life experience.

Which is Cheaper D7100 or 60D?

The D7100 is cheaper than the 60D. At the time of launching, the Nikon D7100 had a lower launch price of about 14% less than the Canon 60D.

Currently, the D7100 is still the cheaper of the two cameras despite the Canon 60D being the more discounted one.

The higher discount of the 60D is because it has been available for 2 years and 5 months longer than the Nikon D7100.

Which is Newer D7100 or 60D?

The D7100 is 2 years and 5 months newer than the 60D.

Newer cameras usually benefit from newer technological advancements and this gives them an edge over older ones. Hence, the Nikon D7100 benefit from such technological advancements.

Canon 60D Unique Pros – Nikon D7100 vs Canon 60D

Which has More Available Lenses 60D or D7100?

The 60D has more available lenses than the D7100. It has 17 more native lenses and 3 more optical stabilization lenses at its disposal.

The Canon 60D thanks to its Canon EF/EF-S mount can make use of 319 native lenses and 91 optical stabilization lenses.

While the Nikon D7100 with its Nikon F mount has 302 native lenses and 88 optical stabilization lenses available for use.

Since both cameras are interchangeable lens cameras, the lenses available for these cameras are of great importance.

We stated earlier that the lens mount used by a camera determines the number of lenses that will be available. The Nikon D7100 and the Canon 60D use different lens mounts hence the difference.

The next video informs you about what lens to buy that will be suitable for you.

Which has a Farther Telephoto Lens Coverage 60D or D7100?

The 60D has a farther telephoto lens coverage than the D7100. It has a coverage of 216mm while the Nikon D7100 can only cover a distance of 158mm.

When a telephoto lens is used with these cameras, the Canon 60D can capture subjects that are farther away.

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Which has a Longer Battery Life 60D or D7100?

The 60D has a longer battery life than the D7100. It is fitted with an LP-E6 Lithium-ion battery that provides it with the capacity to shoot 1100 after a single charge.

The Nikon D7100, in contrast, can capture 950 shots before going off once its EN-EL15 Lithium-ion power pack is fully charged.

Therefore, the Canon 60D offers 150 more shots than the D7100.

Which has a Bigger Buffer 60D or D7100?

The Canon 60D has a bigger buffer for both RAW and JPEG pictures than the D7100. It can store 15 RAW pictures and 34 JPEG pictures before getting filled up.

In contrast, the Nikon D7100 can shoot 5 RAW pictures and 12 JPEG pictures, before its buffer gets filled.  

Earlier on we mentioned that the continuous shooting speed functions while in burst mode. Nevertheless, the buffer could be said to be a more important factor when shooting in burst mode.

The buffer is a temporary storage area where captured pictures are stored before it is transferred to the main storage memory.

The size of the buffer determines how many shots can be captured and how long you can continue shooting in burst mode. Once the buffer is filled up, continuous shooting stops as the pictures captured are first transferred to the main storage. After this is done, the photographer can continue shooting again and the process repeats itself as often as possible.  

The Nikon D7100 might be able to shoot faster in burst mode, but the Canon 60D will shoot for longer thanks to its buffer size.

Which is Lighter 60D or D7100?

The 60D is lighter than the D7100 by 10g. It weighs 755g while the Nikon D7100 weighs 765g.

One of the significant factors that need to be considered when picking a camera is its weight. The weight of the camera in part determines how easy it will be for you during image capturing.

The weight is much more an important factor when you are interested in interchangeable camera bodies like the ones in this camera. This is because the lenses that will be used by these cameras tend to increase the original camera weight.

Given that both cameras sport the same APS-C sensor format, the weight of the lenses used by these cameras is bound to be similar. This is the case when the lenses used by both cameras have the same focal length as well as aperture.

Which has a Longer Flash Coverage 60D or D7100?

The 60D has a longer flash coverage than the D7100. It can reach a distance of 13m while the Nikon D7100 stops at 12m.

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Which has a Larger Sensor Pixel Area 60D or D7100?

The 60D has a larger sensor pixel area than the D7100. It is 21% larger since it has a sensor pixel area of 18.54µm2 while the Nikon D7100 is measured at 15.28µm2.

Unique Cons – Nikon D7100 vs Canon 60D

Nikon D7100 Unique Cons – Nikon D7100 vs Canon 60D

i. No Articulating Screen

Canon 60D Unique Cons – Nikon D7100 vs Canon 60D

i. No Headphone Port

ii. No Time-Lapse Recording

Common Pros – Nikon D7100 vs Canon 60D

  Nikon D7100 Canon 60D
Environmental Sealing The Nikon D7100 is fitted with an environmental sealing feature.

This allows the camera to shoot in tough weather conditions such as fog, wind, etc. The interference from these elemental factors is greatly reduced.
Same as Nikon D7100
RAW Support The RAW format is of higher quality than the JPEG format commonly used.

Due to its high quality, it takes more space hence, not all cameras support the use of the RAW format.

The Nikon D7100 is capable of shooting RAW pictures.

Not only does it produce quality images; it allows for easy editing due to its unprocessed nature.
Same as Nikon D7100
Face Detection Focus The face detection focus is a handy portrait photography feature.

With this feature, the Nikon D7100 can automatically detect the faces of people within the frame and applies the right amount of focus required.
Same as Nikon D7100
Top LCD The top LCD display allows the user of the Nikon D7100 to view and change settings easily. Same as Nikon D7100
AE Bracketing This feature allows one to capture in tough light conditions and HDR mode.

The Nikon D7100 automatically adjusts its settings to accommodate a change in lighting conditions when such occurs.
Same as Nikon D7100
Bulb Shutter The bulb shutter of the Nikon D7100 allows the shutter to be held open manually for a long period to enable proper exposure rate. Same as Nikon D7100
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Common Cons – Nikon D7100 vs Canon 60D

  Nikon D7100 Canon 60D
No Built-in Image Stabilization The Nikon D7100 lacks a built-in image stabilization feature.

The occurrence of a blurred image which is caused by a shake during image capture is greatly reduced via the image stabilization feature.

Since the D7100 lacks this, it is bound to produce more blurred images.

Nevertheless, one can remedy this if he/she purchases and uses any of the 88 optical stabilization lenses available for these cameras use.
Same as Nikon D7100 except the Canon 60D has 91 optical stabilization lenses at its disposal.
No Built-in Wi-Fi The built-in Wi-Fi feature is used for wireless connection and transfer of files.

This feature also allows one to share files wirelessly to social media platforms.

The Nikon D7100 cannot perform these functions as this feature is lacking.
Same as Nikon D7100
No Built-in GPS Geotagging is becoming an important aspect of photography nowadays. And it is made possible with the use of a built-in GPS feature found in cameras.

This is not the case with the Nikon D7100 as it does not have a built-in GPS.
Same as Nikon D7100
No Built-in Bluetooth The Nikon D7100 also lacks a built-in Bluetooth feature which is also used for wireless connection.

If connectivity is a big deal for you then this camera really fails the pass mark.
Same as Nikon D7100
No NFC The Near Field Communication (NFC) feature is used in association with a camera’s built-in Wi-Fi feature.

It makes the pairing and transfer of files to supported phones simpler and faster.

The Nikon D7100 can’t do this as it lacks this feature.
Same as Nikon D7100
Touch Screen With the touch screen feature, you can interact with your camera the same way you do with your smartphone.

It eliminates the need for certain buttons and operating the camera is made easier.

The Nikon D7100 is not fitted with the touch screen feature.
Same as Nikon D7100
No Panorama A panoramic picture is made when several pictures are stitched together using the panorama feature.

The Nikon D7100 cannot make such a picture as it does not have the panorama feature.
Same as Nikon D7100
No On-Sensor Phase Detect With the on-sensor phase detect feature, live view and video AF performance are greatly enhanced.

The Nikon D7100 lacks this feature.
Same as Nikon D7100
No Slow Motion Video You cannot make slow-motion videos with the Nikon D7100 as it cannot do so. Same as Nikon D7100

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General Feeling among Users – Nikon D7100 vs Canon 60D

Nikon D7100 Canon 60D
Although the Nikon D7100 could shoot in burst mode, users complained about its low buffer capacity. They said it constantly affected the continuous shooting experience. Some Canon 60D users were not comfortable with the body of the camera. They felt it was not as sturdy as its predecessor; the Canon 50D.
The autofocus on the part of some Nikon users felt somewhat slow compared to other cameras in the same class. There was intense displeasure at the camera’s inefficient autofocus assist feature. This set of users said that the only time this feature functioned was when the flash was in use.
Certain users pointed out that while in movie mode; there is no real-time control over the aperture. Users of the Canon 60D complained that the continuous autofocus does not work when in movie mode.
There were some complaints about the occurrence of moiré in certain images captured. The users said that this, however, happened when the patterns of the fabrics captured were so different. Certain users observed and stated that when shooting in awfully low-light conditions, the auto-exposure is not so efficient.

Nikon D7100 vs Canon 60D – FAQs

Is Nikon D7100 still a good camera?

The Nikon D7100 is still a good camera even though it was announced over 7 years ago.

It is common for many to ask such questions about discontinued cameras like the D7100. However, the Nikon D7100 is still an excellent camera that is capable of capturing high quality images.

The semi-professional camera is fitted with a 24-megapixel APS-C sensor that lacks an Anti-aliasing filter. Hence, you are guaranteed of sharp and high resolution images. You can even shoot at ISO 3200 without worrying about much noise.

The D7100 is weather sealed and can be used in any weather conditions. Furthermore, its 51-points autofocus system is a huge plus.

Is Canon 60D a professional camera?

The Canon 60D is not a professional camera. It was manufactured to serve as an upgrade from Canon’s rebel amateur line of cameras.

Unfortunately, the 60D still doesn’t measure up to the level of a semi-professional camera as it was intended to. Yet, it still has some features that enthusiast photographers would appreciate.

While the Canon 60D falters when it comes to sensor resolution, it has 9 cross-type Autofocus points that allows the camera to track fast-moving subjects efficiently. The issue with the AF system is that it lacks the autofocus fine tuning.

The 60D is also capable of producing fine and sharp images from 800 ISO to 12800 ISO. Noise is not visible when compared to other cameras in the same category using the same ISO.

Can Canon 60D use EF lenses?

The Canon 60D can work with any type of EF lens. It is compatible with any EF-lens mount ever designed.

Special EF-S lenses that are lighter and smaller than full-frame lenses can also be used on the EOS 60D.

The Canon 60D is compatible with any of Canon’s manufactured full-frame lenses.

Regardless of the lens used on the 60D, the field of view will always be the same as the field of view of a lens with a greater focal length of 1.6X when used with a 35mm camera.

What is the best lens for Canon 60D?

The following are the best lenses for the Canon 60D:

All-in-one lenses

Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

Macro lenses

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM

Standard Zoom lenses

Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art

Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM

Wide-angle Zoom lenses

Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X116 Pro DX II

Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM

Telephoto Zoom lenses

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

Prime lenses

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM

Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM

Wide-angle Prime lenses

Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art

Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art

Telephoto Prime lenses

Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM

Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM

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Does the Nikon D7100 have a built in focus motor?

The Nikon D7100 has a built-in focus motor. This focus motor is compatible with any AF-S lens that has been manufactured since 1986. Also, thanks to its aperture-ring feeler, the D7100 is able to meter with every AI lens and newer manual focus lenses.

Not all off-brand lenses such as Sigma, Tamron will be compatible with the Nikon D7100’s built-in focus motor.

Sadly, the built-in focus motor is known to perform slowly. To get the best of the D7100 autofocus, we recommend you use a lens that has its own built-in focus motor.

Final Thoughts – Nikon D7100 vs Canon 60D

Nikon D7100 Canon 60D
The Nikon D7100 is an amazing semi-pro DSLR camera that delivers impeccable image quality for a camera in its category.

The major shortcoming was in the connectivity functions. Looking away from that, you cannot but just admire this camera for its proficiency and efficiency.
The Canon 6D does a good job as a semi-pro DSLR camera.

Enthusiast photographers who made an upgrade from an amateur camera would relish this camera.
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Victor is a student of mass communication with special focus on digital media. He has an insatiable craving for knowledge. When he is not learning new things, he is busy writing about them.


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