• APS-H 525.5mm2
  • 10.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • APS-C 372.9mm2
  • 10.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 1600

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Differences

Canon 1D Mark III advantages over Nikon D60

  • Larger sensor
    APS-H vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 7.23 vs 6.10 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Fast startup
    ~0.10 vs 0.5 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,078 vs 562 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 2200 vs 500 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • More cross-type AF points
    19 vs 1
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/300 vs 1/200 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Less shutter lag
    0.09 vs 0.26 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.58x vs 0.53x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • More AF points
    19 vs 3
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    9.9 fps vs 3.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    6400 vs 3200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Nikon D60 advantages over Canon 1D Mark III

  • Less expensive
    $700 vs $4500 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Lighter weight
    544g vs 1155g
    Lighter weight
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    100 vs 12 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Neither provide
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • HDMI out
    Neither provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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The Competition

Compared to Sony DSLR-A200

Canon 1D Mark III
Sony DSLR-A200
  • $4500
  • APS-H
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $470
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Nikon D60
Sony DSLR-A200
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $470
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Canon XSi

Canon 1D Mark III
Canon XSi
  • $4500
  • APS-H
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $649
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Internal flash
Nikon D60
Canon XSi
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $649
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Less shutter lag

Compared to Sony DSLR-A300

Canon 1D Mark III
Sony DSLR-A300
  • $4500
  • APS-H
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $563
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Nikon D60
Sony DSLR-A300
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • More viewfinder magnification
  • $563
  • APS-C
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Canon XS

Canon 1D Mark III
Canon XS
  • $4500
  • APS-H
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $440
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Internal flash
Nikon D60
Canon XS
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $440
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Less shutter lag

Compared to Pentax K2000

Canon 1D Mark III
Pentax K2000
  • $4500
  • APS-H
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $556
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Nikon D60
Pentax K2000
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $556
  • APS-C
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • More cross-type AF points
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