Canon EOS 60Da vs Nikon D5000

This is a full comparison between the cameras Canon EOS 60Da and Nikon D5000. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Manufacturing

Canon EOS 60Da is manufacturered by Canon but Nikon D5000 is from Nikon. Both Canon and Nikon are well known brands though.

Canon EOS 60Da were released 2012 and Nikon D5000 was released 2009. That is a 3 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Canon EOS 60Da 2012
Nikon D5000 2009

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 D5000 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 D5000 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)

Resolution

Canon EOS 60Da has a 18 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon D5000 has 12,3 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 D5000 12,3 MP
12212224 pixels
4288 x 2848

Canon EOS 60Da has a 47 % larger resolution than Nikon D5000. 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 D5000. Canon EOS 60Da has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 51200 while Nikon D5000 has 200 to 6400.

Camera ISO Range
Canon EOS 60Da 100-51200
Nikon D5000 200-6400

Autofocus and lens compatibility

There is a big difference between these two cameras. Canon EOS 60Da has a built-in autofocus motor but Nikon D5000 does not. If you want to be able to use autofocus on Nikon D5000 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 D5000

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 D5000 can shoot up to 4 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Canon EOS 60Da 5,3
Nikon D5000 4

Ability to record movies

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

In this case, both Canon EOS 60Da and Nikon D5000 can shoot movies.

Weight

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 28% heavier than Nikon D5000 and its 590 gr (or 1.3 lb).

Camera Weight
Canon EOS 60Da 755 gr
1.66 lb
Nikon D5000 590 gr
1.3 lb

Canon EOS 60Da vs Nikon D5000 Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Canon EOS 60Da and Nikon D5000, 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.

Product
Canon EOS 60Da
Nikon D5000
Name Canon EOS 60Da Nikon D5000
Manufacturer Canon Nikon
Release Date and Price
Canon EOS 60Da
Nikon D5000
Release Year 2012 2009
Release Date 2012-04-07 2009-04-14
MSRP 1499 USD 849 USD
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Camera Type
Canon EOS 60Da
Nikon D5000
Camera Type DSLR DSLR
Sensor
Canon EOS 60Da
Nikon D5000
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 CMOS
Resolution 5184 x 3456 pixels 4288 x 2848 pixels
Megapixels 18 MP 12,3 MP
Image Processor DIGIC 4 EXPEED
Image
Canon EOS 60Da
Nikon D5000
ISO Range 100 - 51200 200 - 6400
White Balance Presets 8 12
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 D5000
Autofocus Motor Yes No
Autofocus Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Single
Continuous
Face Detection
LiveView
Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Single
Continuous
Face Detection
LiveView
Focus Points 9 11
Lens Mount Canon EF
Canon EF-S

See Compatible Lenses
Nikon F

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier APS-C Sensor
1.6x multiplier
Example:
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
Example:
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 D5000
Articulated LCD Fully articulated Fully articulated
Screen size 3 2,7
Screen dots 1040000 230000
Touch screen No No
Screen type Clear View TFT color LCD N/A
Live view Yes Yes
Viewfinder Type Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder Coverage 96% 95%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.95 (0.59 35mm equiv.) 0.78 (0.52 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder Resolution N/A N/A
Photography features
Canon EOS 60Da
Nikon D5000
Frames per second 5,3 fps 4 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
Spot
Partial
Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Exposure Compensation +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps) +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Videography features
Canon EOS 60Da
Nikon D5000
Video recording Yes Yes
Video format H.264
MPEG4
Video resolution 1280 x 720
1920 x 1080
1280 x 720
Built-in Microphone Yes Yes
Built-in Speakers Yes Yes
Storage
Canon EOS 60Da
Nikon D5000
Memory Card SD/SDHC
SD/SDHC
Connectivity
Canon EOS 60Da
Nikon D5000
HDMI Output Yes Yes
Microphone Port Yes No
Headphone Port No No
Wireless Yes
Eye-Fi Connected
Yes
Eye-Fi Connected
Remote Control Yes (Optional) Yes (Optional (ML-L3))
GPS No Yes
Optional
Body & Dimensions
Canon EOS 60Da
Nikon D5000
Enviromentally sealed Yes No
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details Lithium-Ion LP-E6 rechargeable battery & charger
Nikon EN-EL9a Lithium-Ion battery
Battery Life (CIPA) 1100 shots 510 shots
Width 145 mm 127 mm
Height 106 mm 104 mm
Depth 79 mm 80 mm
Weight 755 gram 590 gram