As well as being compared against other entry-level DSLRs, the Canon EOS Rebel T1i is also often compared to pro DSLRs and super zooms. The Canon EOS Rebel T1i's top rivals come from Canon (such as the EOS Rebel T5 and the Rebel T3) and Nikon (such as the D5100 and the D610)

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon T1i compared to other entry-level DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 20fps vs 720p @ 30fps), has a significantly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 460k dots), has much less startup delay (300 ms vs 700 ms), has much less shutter lag (159 ms vs 283 ms) and is much smaller (prosumer size (129×98×62 mm) vs professional size (130×100×78 mm)).

However, on average it takes much lower resolution photos (15.1 MP vs 17.9 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p, doesn't have a screen which flips out, lacks and external mic jack and is older (march 2009 vs march 2013).

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5
4 years newer
$337 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel T5 (vs the T1i)

  • Much higher true resolution: 18 MP vs 15.1 MP
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel T5 (vs the T1i)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • Much larger: Professional size (130×100×78 mm) vs Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 2.4"

common strengths of the Rebel T5 and T1i

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Inexpensive: $337.37 vs $339.77

Canon Rebel T3

Canon Rebel T3
1 year newer
$394 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T3 (vs the T1i)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the T3 (vs the T1i)

  • Much lower true resolution: 12.2 MP vs 15.1 MP
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots
  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"

common strengths of the T3 and T1i

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Inexpensive: $393.99 vs $339.77

Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i
4 years newer
$1,095 (body only)
$539 - $549 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T5i (vs the T1i)

  • Much higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 15.1 MP
  • Supports 24p
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 920k dots

Significant disadvantages of the T5i (vs the T1i)

  • Much larger: Professional size (133×100×79 mm) vs Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 2.4"

common strengths of the T5i and T1i

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
2 years newer
$372 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D5100 (vs the T1i)

  • Much higher true resolution: 16.1 MP vs 15.1 MP
  • Supports 24p
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the D5100 (vs the T1i)

  • Much larger: Prosumer size (127×97×79 mm) vs Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 2.4"

common strengths of the D5100 and T1i

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Inexpensive: $372.11 vs $339.77

Canon Rebel T2i

Canon EOS Rebel T2i
10 months newer

Significant advantages of the T2i (vs the T1i)

  • Much higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 15.1 MP
  • Supports 24p
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 920k dots

Significant disadvantages of the T2i (vs the T1i)

  • None found

common strengths of the T2i and T1i

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Very small: Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm) vs Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.4" vs 2.4"

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the T3i (vs the T1i)

  • Much higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 15.1 MP
  • Supports 24p
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 920k dots

Significant disadvantages of the T3i (vs the T1i)

  • Much larger: Professional size (133×100×80 mm) vs Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 2.4"

common strengths of the T3i and T1i

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon T1i compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 20fps vs none), has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.5"), lets you preview your photos on the screen, has much less startup delay (300 ms vs 3100 ms) and has much less shutter lag (159 ms vs 253 ms).

However, on average it significantly smaller viewfinder (0.54x vs 0.70x), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), takes slightly lower resolution photos (15.1 MP vs 24 MP), it's body is not weather sealed and doesn't record movies in 24p.

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 T1i)

  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Much higher true resolution: 24.2 MP vs 15.1 MP
  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.70x vs 0.54x

Significant disadvantages of the D610 (vs the T1i)

  • Much thicker: 3.2" vs 2.4"
  • Much larger: Professional size (141×113×82 mm) vs Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm)
  • Heavier: 760 g vs 520 g

common strengths of the D610 and T1i

  • Very inexpensive: $789.99 vs $339.77
  • Light weight: 760 g vs 520 g
  • Built-in flashes

Canon EOS 50D

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

Significant advantages of the 50D (vs the T1i)

  • Shoots much faster: 6.3 fps vs 3.4 fps
  • Weather sealed
  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror

Significant disadvantages of the 50D (vs the T1i)

  • Significantly larger: Professional size (146×108×74 mm) vs Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm)
  • Much thicker: 2.9" vs 2.4"
  • Significantly heavier: 822 g vs 520 g

common strengths of the 50D and T1i

  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 220 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size (146×108×74 mm) vs Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm)
  • Thin: 2.9" vs 2.4"

Sony SLT A77

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

Significant advantages of the SLT A77 (vs the T1i)

  • Shoots much faster: 12 fps vs 3.4 fps
  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.72x vs 0.54x
  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 15.1 MP

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A77 (vs the T1i)

  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Significantly fewer lenses available: 126 lenses vs 220 lenses
  • Much thicker: 3.2" vs 2.4"

common strengths of the SLT A77 and T1i

  • Fairly small: Professional size (143×104×81 mm) vs Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm)
  • Inexpensive: $1,577.19 vs $339.77
  • Light weight: 732 g vs 520 g

Canon EOS 5D

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

Significant advantages of the 5D (vs the T1i)

  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.71x vs 0.54x
  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/8000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the 5D (vs the T1i)

  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"
  • No live view
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots

common strengths of the 5D and T1i

  • None found

Canon EOS 60D

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

Significant advantages of the 60D (vs the T1i)

  • Much longer battery life: 1100 shots vs 400 shots
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Shoots significantly faster: 5.3 fps vs 3.4 fps

Significant disadvantages of the 60D (vs the T1i)

  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 2.4"
  • Much larger: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm)
  • Heavier: 755 g vs 520 g

common strengths of the 60D and T1i

  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 220 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm)
  • Very inexpensive: $554.94 vs $339.77

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon T1i compared to super zoom competitors include: it 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), has a much longer battery life (400 shots vs 250 shots) and focuses automatically (phase detection vs contrast detection).

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 T1i)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the SX510 HS (vs the T1i)

  • Much 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 T1i

  • 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 T1i)

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

Significant disadvantages of the P500 (vs the T1i)

  • 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 T1i

  • 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 S6000fd

Fujifilm FinePix S6000fd
2 years older

Significant advantages of the S6000fd (vs the T1i)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the S6000fd (vs the T1i)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 235k dots vs 920k dots
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Much shorter battery life: 200 shots vs 400 shots

common strengths of the S6000fd and T1i

  • 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 T1i)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the L820 (vs the T1i)

  • 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 T1i

  • 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 T1i)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot SX420 IS (vs the T1i)

  • 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 T1i

  • 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 T1i)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the L830 (vs the T1i)

  • 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 T1i

  • 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"