As well as being compared against other entry-level DSLRs, the Canon EOS 500D is also often compared to pro DSLRs and super zooms. The Canon EOS 500D's top rivals come from Canon (such as the EOS 1200D and the EOS 1100D) and Nikon (such as the D5100 and the D610)

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Canon EOS 1200D

Canon EOS 1200D
4 years newer
$385 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the 1200D (vs the 500D)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 1200D (vs the 500D)

  • None found

common strengths of the 1200D and 500D

  • None found

Canon EOS 1100D

Canon EOS 1100D
1 year newer
$332 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 1100D (vs the 500D)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 1100D (vs the 500D)

  • None found

common strengths of the 1100D and 500D

  • None found

Canon EOS 700D

Canon EOS 700D
4 years newer
$532 (body only)
$598 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the 700D (vs the 500D)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 700D (vs the 500D)

  • None found

common strengths of the 700D and 500D

  • None found

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
2 years newer
$372 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D5100 (vs the 500D)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D5100 (vs the 500D)

  • None found

common strengths of the D5100 and 500D

  • None found

Canon EOS 550D

Canon EOS 550D
10 months newer
$332 (body only)
$598 18-55mm, 55-250mm lenses

Significant advantages of the 550D (vs the 500D)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 550D (vs the 500D)

  • None found

common strengths of the 550D and 500D

  • None found

Canon EOS 600D

Canon EOS 600D
1 year newer
$425 (body only)
$532 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the 600D (vs the 500D)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 600D (vs the 500D)

  • None found

common strengths of the 600D and 500D

  • None found

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Nikon D610

Nikon D610
4 years newer
$790 - $1,497 (body only)
$1,774 - $2,447 28-300mm lens

Significant advantages of the D610 (vs the 500D)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D610 (vs the 500D)

  • None found

common strengths of the D610 and 500D

  • None found

Canon EOS 50D

Canon EOS 50D
7 months older
$532 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 50D (vs the 500D)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 50D (vs the 500D)

  • None found

common strengths of the 50D and 500D

  • None found

Sony SLT A77

Sony SLT-A77
2 years newer
$1,967 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the SLT A77 (vs the 500D)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A77 (vs the 500D)

  • None found

common strengths of the SLT A77 and 500D

  • None found

Canon EOS 5D

Canon EOS 5D
3 years older
$2,499 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 5D (vs the 500D)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 5D (vs the 500D)

  • None found

common strengths of the 5D and 500D

  • None found

Canon EOS 60D

Canon EOS 60D
1 year newer
$555 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 60D (vs the 500D)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 60D (vs the 500D)

  • None found

common strengths of the 60D and 500D

  • None found

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon 500D compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.5"), has a significantly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 461k dots), takes significantly higher resolution photos (15.1 MP vs 6.1 MP), has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD) and has a much longer battery life (400 shots vs 250 shots).

However, on average it doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift) and is older (march 2009 vs january 2013).

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS
4 years newer
$289

Significant advantages of the SX510 HS (vs the 500D)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the SX510 HS (vs the 500D)

  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 461k dots vs 920k dots
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Much shorter battery life: 250 shots vs 400 shots

common strengths of the SX510 HS and 500D

  • Fairly small: Standard size (104×70×80 mm) vs Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm)
  • Light weight: 349 g vs 520 g
  • Thin: 3.1" vs 2.4"

Nikon Coolpix P500

Nikon Coolpix P500
1 year newer
$546

Significant advantages of the P500 (vs the 500D)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the P500 (vs the 500D)

  • Much shorter battery life: 220 shots vs 400 shots
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the P500 and 500D

  • Fairly small: Professional size (116×84×103 mm) vs Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm)
  • Light weight: 481 g vs 520 g
  • Thin: 4.1" vs 2.4"

Fujifilm FinePix S6500fd

Fujifilm FinePix S6500fd
2 years older

Significant advantages of the S6500fd (vs the 500D)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the S6500fd (vs the 500D)

  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"
  • Much lower resolution screen: 235k dots vs 920k dots
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS

common strengths of the S6500fd and 500D

  • Light weight: 700 g vs 520 g
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

Nikon Coolpix L820

Nikon Coolpix L820
3 years newer

Significant advantages of the L820 (vs the 500D)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the L820 (vs the 500D)

  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Built-in lens only
  • Lower true resolution: 9.7 MP vs 15.1 MP

common strengths of the L820 and 500D

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (111×76×85 mm) vs Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm)
  • Thin: 3.3" vs 2.4"
  • Light weight: 470 g vs 520 g

Canon PowerShot SX420 IS

Canon PowerShot SX420 IS
6 years newer
$229 - $237

Significant advantages of the PowerShot SX420 IS (vs the 500D)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot SX420 IS (vs the 500D)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Much shorter battery life: 195 shots vs 400 shots

common strengths of the PowerShot SX420 IS and 500D

  • Fairly small: Standard size (104×69×85 mm) vs Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm)
  • Light weight: 325 g vs 520 g
  • Thin: 3.3" vs 2.4"

Nikon Coolpix L830

Nikon Coolpix L830
4 years newer
$244

Significant advantages of the L830 (vs the 500D)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the L830 (vs the 500D)

  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Built-in lens only
  • Lower true resolution: 9.7 MP vs 15.1 MP

common strengths of the L830 and 500D

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (111×76×91 mm) vs Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm)
  • Great battery life: 390 shots vs 400 shots
  • Thin: 3.6" vs 2.4"