• APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 18.0 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 18.1 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 550.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon 60D advantages over Nikon S9500

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 1/2.3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs none
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.30 vs 1.26 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 1100 vs 230 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • More dots on screen
    1040k vs 614k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 4 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    34 vs 5 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/1500 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    12800 vs 3200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Nikon S9500 advantages over Canon 60D

  • Less expensive
    $200* vs $1299
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Thinner
    30 mm vs 78 mm
    Thinner
  • Newer
    6 years vs 8 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    7.5 fps vs 5.3 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

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Review Excerpt

  • Excellent 18-megapixel sensor with superb detail; Very good high ISO performance, especially for 18-megapixel subframe sensor; 3.0-inch, 1,040K-dot Vari-angle LCD is very useful for video and Live View; Sharp 18-135 kit lens with above average zoom range and I.S.; Full HD (1920x1080) movies at 30/25/24p, 60/50p at 1280x720.

  • Body not as rugged as mag-alloy 50D; AF assist only works when flash is up, though flash can be forced off; Auto-exposure not reliable in very low light; No continuous autofocus in Movie mode.

The Competition

Compared to Canon 7D

Canon 60D
Canon 7D
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1399
  • APS-C
  • More cross-type AF points
  • Less shutter lag
Nikon S9500
Canon 7D
  • $215
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $1399
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Nikon D7000

Canon 60D
Nikon D7000
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Higher effective ISO
Nikon S9500
Nikon D7000
  • $215
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Canon T3i

Canon 60D
Canon T3i
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $549
  • APS-C
Nikon S9500
Canon T3i
  • $215
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Panasonic ZS30

Canon 60D
Panasonic ZS30
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $319
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Nikon S9500
Panasonic ZS30
  • $215
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Slower slow-motion
  • $319
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Panasonic ZS25

Canon 60D
Panasonic ZS25
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Larger sensor
  • $199
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Nikon S9500
Panasonic ZS25
  • $215
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Built-in GPS
  • $199
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Longer exposure
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
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