Canon EOS 20D vs Nikon D60

This is a full comparison between the cameras Canon EOS 20D and Nikon D60. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.


Canon EOS 20D is manufacturered by Canon but Nikon D60 is from Nikon. Both Canon and Nikon are well known brands though.

Canon EOS 20D were released 2004 and Nikon D60 was released 2008. That is a 4 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Canon EOS 20D 2004
Nikon D60 2008

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Canon EOS 20D has a "Canon APS-C"-sensor while Nikon D60 has a "Nikon DX"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also affect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **
Canon EOS 20D 80 mm
Canon APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.6
Nikon D60 75 mm
Nikon DX sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5

** Experienced focal length when using a lens such as a common "50mm f/1.8"

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Canon)
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Nikon)


Canon EOS 20D has a 8,2 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon D60 has 10,2 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Canon EOS 20D 8,2 MP
8185344 pixels
3504 x 2336
Nikon D60 10,2 MP
10036224 pixels
3872 x 2592

Nikon D60 has a 23 % larger resolution than Canon EOS 20D. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterward while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Both of these cameras offer the exact same ISO range. They both have 100 to 3200.

Camera ISO Range
Canon EOS 20D 100-3200
Nikon D60 100-3200

Autofocus and lens compatibility

There is a big difference between these two cameras. Canon EOS 20D has a built-in autofocus motor but Nikon D60 does not. If you want to be able to use autofocus on Nikon D60 there is a need for having an autofocus motor inside the lens. We really encourage you to look closely at our lens compatibility charts at the links below.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS 20D
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D60

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Canon EOS 20D can shoot up to 5 pictures per seconds and Nikon D60 can shoot up to 3 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Canon EOS 20D 5
Nikon D60 3

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

Though, neither Canon EOS 20D or Nikon D60 can shoot movies so if that is a functionality that you are really looking for you should look elsewhere.


The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, or carried around, for several hours at a time.

Canon EOS 20D weighs 770 gr (equal to 1.7 lb) which is 48% heavier than Nikon D60 and its 522 gr (or 1.15 lb).

Camera Weight
Canon EOS 20D 770 gr
1.7 lb
Nikon D60 522 gr
1.15 lb

Canon EOS 20D vs Nikon D60 Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Canon EOS 20D and Nikon D60, next to each other. Each category of data is a link to an article covering the subject, giving you a deeper understanding so you can better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the two camera models.

Canon EOS 20D
Nikon D60
Name Canon EOS 20D Nikon D60
Manufacturer Canon Nikon
Release Date and Price
Canon EOS 20D
Nikon D60
Release Year 2004 2008
Release Date 2004-08-19 2008-01-29
MSRP 1499 USD 649 USD
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Camera Type
Canon EOS 20D
Nikon D60
Camera Type DSLR DSLR
Canon EOS 20D
Nikon D60
Sensor Size APS-C (approx 22.3 x 14.9 mm) APS-C (approx 23.7 x 15.5 mm)
Also known as "DX"
Sensor Type CMOS CCD
Resolution 3504 x 2336 pixels 3872 x 2592 pixels
Megapixels 8,2 MP 10,2 MP
Image Processor DIGIC 2 Nikon LSI (Large Scale Integration)
Canon EOS 20D
Nikon D60
ISO Range 100 - 3200 100 - 3200
White Balance Presets 6 12
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization No No
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW
Optics & Focus
Canon EOS 20D
Nikon D60
Autofocus Motor Yes No
Autofocus Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Focus Points 9 3
Lens Mount Canon EF
Canon EF-S

See Compatible Lenses
Nikon F

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier APS-C Sensor
1.6x multiplier
24 mm becomes 38 mm
50 mm becomes 80 mm
100 mm becomes 160 mm
200 mm becomes 320 mm
DX / APS-C (1.5x)
1.5x multiplier
24 mm becomes 36 mm
50 mm becomes 75 mm
100 mm becomes 150 mm
200 mm becomes 300 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Canon EOS 20D
Nikon D60
Articulated LCD Fixed No
Screen size 1,8 2.5
Screen dots 118000 230000
Touch screen No No
Screen type N/A N/A
Live view No No
Viewfinder Type Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder Coverage 95% 95%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.9 (0.56 35mm equiv.) 0.8 (0.53 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder Resolution N/A N/A
Photography features
Canon EOS 20D
Nikon D60
Frames per second 5 fps 3 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/8000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Built-in Flash Yes Yes
Built-in Flash Range 12 meters 12 meters
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse Yes No
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Center Weighted
Exposure Compensation +/- 2 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps) +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Videography features
Canon EOS 20D
Nikon D60
Video recording No No
Video format N/A N/A
Video resolution N/A N/A
Built-in Microphone No No
Built-in Speakers No No
Canon EOS 20D
Nikon D60
Memory Card Compact Flash
Canon EOS 20D
Nikon D60
HDMI Output No No
Microphone Port No No
Headphone Port No No
Wireless No No
Remote Control Yes (N3 connector) Yes (Optional (ML-L3))
Body & Dimensions
Canon EOS 20D
Nikon D60
Enviromentally sealed No No
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details BP-511A Lithium-Ion battery pack

Battery Life (CIPA) 700 shots 500 shots
Width 144 mm 126 mm
Height 106 mm 94 mm
Depth 72 mm 64 mm
Weight 770 gram 522 gram