Canon EOS D60 vs Nikon D300

This is a full comparison between the cameras Canon EOS D60 and Nikon D300. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Manufacturing

Canon EOS D60 is manufacturered by Canon but Nikon D300 is from Nikon. Both Canon and Nikon are well known brands though.

Canon EOS D60 were released 2002 and Nikon D300 was released 2006. That is a 4 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Canon EOS D60 2002
Nikon D300 2006

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Canon EOS D60 has a "Canon APS-C"-sensor while Nikon D300 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 D60 80 mm
Canon APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.6
Nikon D300 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 D60 has a 6,3 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon D300 has 12,3 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Canon EOS D60 6,3 MP
6291456 pixels
3072 x 2048
Nikon D300 12,3 MP
12212224 pixels
4288 x 2848

Nikon D300 has a 94 % larger resolution than Canon EOS D60. 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

Nikon D300 has a larger ISO-range than Canon EOS D60. Nikon D300 has an ISO range that stretches from 200 to 6400 while Canon EOS D60 has 100 to 1000.

Camera ISO Range
Canon EOS D60 100-1000
Nikon D300 200-6400

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that support autofocus, do not have an autofocus motor of their own but this won't cause any problems with these two cameras.
Worth mentioning is that Canon EOS D60 do not work with Canon EF-S lenses but this is also shown at our compatibility charts.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS D60
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D300

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Canon EOS D60 can shoot up to 3 pictures per seconds and Nikon D300 can shoot up to 6 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Canon EOS D60 3
Nikon D300 6

Ability to record movies

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

Though, neither Canon EOS D60 or Nikon D300 can shoot movies so if that is a functionality that you are really looking for you should look elsewhere.

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.

Nikon D300 weighs 925 gr (equal to 2.04 lb) which is 8% heavier than Canon EOS D60 and its 855 gr (or 1.88 lb).

Camera Weight
Canon EOS D60 855 gr
1.88 lb
Nikon D300 925 gr
2.04 lb

Canon EOS D60 vs Nikon D300 Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Canon EOS D60 and Nikon D300, 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 D60
Nikon D300
Name Canon EOS D60 Nikon D300
Manufacturer Canon Nikon
Release Date and Price
Canon EOS D60
Nikon D300
Release Year 2002 2006
Release Date 2002-02-22 2007-08-23
MSRP 1199 USD 1799 USD
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Camera Type
Canon EOS D60
Nikon D300
Camera Type DSLR DSLR
Sensor
Canon EOS D60
Nikon D300
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 3072 x 2048 pixels 4288 x 2848 pixels
Megapixels 6,3 MP 12,3 MP
Image Processor Digital Signal Processing LSI (Image Engine) EXPEED
Image
Canon EOS D60
Nikon D300
ISO Range 100 - 1000 200 - 6400
White Balance Presets 5 12
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization No No
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW + TIFF
Optics & Focus
Canon EOS D60
Nikon D300
Autofocus Motor Yes Yes
Autofocus Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Single
Continuous
Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Single
Continuous
Face Detection
LiveView
Focus Points 3 51
Lens Mount Canon EF

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 D60
Nikon D300
Articulated LCD Fixed Fixed
Screen size 1.8 3
Screen dots N/A 922000
Touch screen No No
Screen type N/A Super Density TFT color LCD with wide-viewing angle
Live view No Yes
Viewfinder Type Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder Coverage 95% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.88 (0.55 35mm equiv.) 0.94 (0.63 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder Resolution N/A N/A
Photography features
Canon EOS D60
Nikon D300
Frames per second 3 fps 6 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000 seconds 1/8000 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 Yes
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Partial
Multi
Center Weighted
Average
Exposure Compensation +/- 2 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps) +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Videography features
Canon EOS D60
Nikon D300
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
Storage
Canon EOS D60
Nikon D300
Memory Card Compact Flash
Compact Flash
Connectivity
Canon EOS D60
Nikon D300
HDMI Output No Yes
Microphone Port No No
Headphone Port No No
Wireless No No
Remote Control Yes (N3 connector) Yes (Optional)
GPS No Yes
Optional through GP-1
Body & Dimensions
Canon EOS D60
Nikon D300
Enviromentally sealed No Yes
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details Battery Pack BP-511
Lithium-Ion EN-EL3e rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 620 shots 1000 shots
Width 150 mm 147 mm
Height 107 mm 114 mm
Depth 75 mm 74 mm
Weight 855 gram 925 gram