Canon EOS 60Da vs Nikon D40x

This is a full comparison between the cameras Canon EOS 60Da and Nikon D40x. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.


Canon EOS 60Da is manufacturered by Canon but Nikon D40x is from Nikon. Both Canon and Nikon are well known brands though.

Canon EOS 60Da were released 2012 and Nikon D40x was released 2007. That is a 5 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Canon EOS 60Da 2012
Nikon D40x 2007

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Canon EOS 60Da has a "Canon APS-C"-sensor while Nikon D40x 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 60Da 80 mm
Canon APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.6
Nikon D40x 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 60Da has a 18 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon D40x has 10 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Canon EOS 60Da 18 MP
17915904 pixels
5184 x 3456
Nikon D40x 10 MP
10036224 pixels
3872 x 2592

Canon EOS 60Da has a 79 % larger resolution than Nikon D40x. 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

Canon EOS 60Da has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D40x. Canon EOS 60Da has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 51200 while Nikon D40x has 100 to 3200.

Camera ISO Range
Canon EOS 60Da 100-51200
Nikon D40x 100-3200

Autofocus and lens compatibility

There is a big difference between these two cameras. Canon EOS 60Da has a built-in autofocus motor but Nikon D40x does not. If you want to be able to use autofocus on Nikon D40x 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 60Da
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D40x

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Canon EOS 60Da can shoot up to 5,3 pictures per seconds and Nikon D40x can shoot up to 3 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Canon EOS 60Da 5,3
Nikon D40x 3

Ability to record movies

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

When comparing these two cameras there is only one of them that can shoot movies and that is Canon EOS 60Da. Unfortunately Nikon D40x does not support recording movies and movie clips.


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 60Da weighs 755 gr (equal to 1.66 lb) which is 45% heavier than Nikon D40x and its 522 gr (or 1.15 lb).

Camera Weight
Canon EOS 60Da 755 gr
1.66 lb
Nikon D40x 522 gr
1.15 lb

Canon EOS 60Da vs Nikon D40x Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Canon EOS 60Da and Nikon D40x, 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 60Da
Nikon D40x
Name Canon EOS 60Da Nikon D40x
Manufacturer Canon Nikon
Release Date and Price
Canon EOS 60Da
Nikon D40x
Release Year 2012 2007
Release Date 2012-04-07 2007-03-06
MSRP 1499 USD 729 USD
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Camera Type
Canon EOS 60Da
Nikon D40x
Camera Type DSLR DSLR
Canon EOS 60Da
Nikon D40x
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 5184 x 3456 pixels 3872 x 2592 pixels
Megapixels 18 MP 10 MP
Image Processor DIGIC 4 EXPEED
Canon EOS 60Da
Nikon D40x
ISO Range 100 - 51200 100 - 3200
White Balance Presets 8 6
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization Yes No
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW
Optics & Focus
Canon EOS 60Da
Nikon D40x
Autofocus Motor Yes No
Autofocus Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Face Detection
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 60Da
Nikon D40x
Articulated LCD Fully articulated Fixed
Screen size 3 2,5
Screen dots 1040000 230000
Touch screen No No
Screen type Clear View TFT color LCD N/A
Live view Yes No
Viewfinder Type Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder Coverage 96% 95%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.95 (0.59 35mm equiv.) 0.8 (0.53 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder Resolution N/A N/A
Photography features
Canon EOS 60Da
Nikon D40x
Frames per second 5,3 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 13 meters 17 meters
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse Yes Yes
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Center Weighted
Exposure Compensation +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps) +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
Canon EOS 60Da
Nikon D40x
Video recording Yes No
Video format H.264
Video resolution 1280 x 720
1920 x 1080
Built-in Microphone Yes No
Built-in Speakers Yes No
Canon EOS 60Da
Nikon D40x
Memory Card SD/SDHC
Canon EOS 60Da
Nikon D40x
HDMI Output Yes No
Microphone Port Yes No
Headphone Port No No
Wireless Yes
Eye-Fi Connected
Remote Control Yes (Optional) Yes (Optional (ML-L3))
Body & Dimensions
Canon EOS 60Da
Nikon D40x
Enviromentally sealed Yes No
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details Lithium-Ion LP-E6 rechargeable battery & charger
Nikon EN-EL9 Lithium-Ion & charger included
Battery Life (CIPA) 1100 shots 520 shots
Width 145 mm 124 mm
Height 106 mm 94 mm
Depth 79 mm 64 mm
Weight 755 gram 522 gram