As well as being compared against other entry-level DSLRs, the Canon EOS Rebel T2i is also often compared to pro DSLRs, mirrorless and super zooms. The Canon EOS Rebel T2i's top rivals come from Canon (such as the Rebel T3i and the Rebel T3) and Sony (such as the Alpha a6500 and the SLT A58)

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon T2i compared to other entry-level DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps), has a much higher resolution screen (1,040k dots vs 460k dots), slightly larger viewfinder (0.54x vs 0.51x), records movies in 24p and has much less startup delay (400 ms vs 1500 ms).

However, on average it takes much lower resolution photos (17.9 MP vs 24 MP), doesn't have a screen which flips out, is older (february 2010 vs february 2014) and is less popular.

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the T3i (vs the T2i)

  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the T3i (vs the T2i)

  • 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 T2i

  • High resolution screens: 1,040k dots vs 1,040k dots
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Canon Rebel T3

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

Significant advantages of the T3 (vs the T2i)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the T3 (vs the T2i)

  • Much lower true resolution: 12.2 MP vs 17.9 MP
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 1,040k dots
  • No 24p support

common strengths of the T3 and T2i

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

Canon EOS Rebel T5

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

Significant advantages of the Rebel T5 (vs the T2i)

  • Significantly higher true resolution: 18 MP vs 17.9 MP

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel T5 (vs the T2i)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 1,040k dots
  • Lacks an external mic jack
  • Much larger: Professional size (130×100×78 mm) vs Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm)

common strengths of the Rebel T5 and T2i

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

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6
6 years newer
$310 - $549 (body only)
$393 - $399 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel T6 (vs the T2i)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel T6 (vs the T2i)

  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 920k dots vs 1,040k dots
  • Lacks an external mic jack
  • Much larger: Professional size (129×101×78 mm) vs Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm)

common strengths of the Rebel T6 and T2i

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

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
2 years newer
$550 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D3200 (vs the T2i)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24.1 MP vs 17.9 MP

Significant disadvantages of the D3200 (vs the T2i)

  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 921k dots vs 1,040k dots
  • Much thicker: 3" vs 2.4"
  • Significantly larger: Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm) vs Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm)

common strengths of the D3200 and T2i

  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Canon EOS Rebel T6i

Canon EOS Rebel T6i
5 years newer
$549 (body only)
$729 18-55mm, 75-300mm lenses

Significant advantages of the T6i (vs the T2i)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 17.9 MP
  • Has a touch screen
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the T6i (vs the T2i)

  • Much larger: Professional size (132×101×78 mm) vs Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 2.4"

common strengths of the T6i and T2i

  • High resolution screens: 1,040k dots vs 1,040k dots
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon T2i compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs none), has a slightly higher resolution screen (1,040k dots vs 230k dots), has much less startup delay (400 ms vs 500 ms), is significantly smaller (prosumer size (129×98×62 mm) vs professional size (152×114×75 mm)) and is thinner (2.4" vs 3.1").

However, on average it slightly smaller viewfinder (0.54x vs 0.71x), it's body is not weather sealed, doesn't shoot as fast continuously (3.7 fps vs 6.5 fps), has a lower quality type of viewfinder (pentamirror vs pentaprism) and has much more shutter lag (252 ms vs 131 ms).

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 7D Mark II
3 years newer
$949 - $1,399 (body only)
$1,275 - $1,799 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7D Mark II (vs the T2i)

  • Shoots much faster: 10 fps vs 3.7 fps
  • Many more focus points: 65 vs 9
  • Weather sealed

Significant disadvantages of the 7D Mark II (vs the T2i)

  • Much larger: Professional size (149×112×78 mm) vs Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 2.4"
  • Significantly heavier: 910 g vs 530 g

common strengths of the 7D Mark II and T2i

  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 220 lenses
  • Built-in flashes

Canon EOS 40D

Canon EOS 40D
2 years older
$1,800 28-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 40D (vs the T2i)

  • Shoots much faster: 6.5 fps vs 3.7 fps
  • Significantly longer battery life: 1100 shots vs 440 shots
  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror

Significant disadvantages of the 40D (vs the T2i)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 1,040k dots
  • Much lower true resolution: 10.1 MP vs 17.9 MP
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (146×108×74 mm) vs Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm)

common strengths of the 40D and T2i

  • 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"

Canon EOS 50D

Canon EOS 50D
1 year older
$532 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 50D (vs the T2i)

  • Shoots much faster: 6.3 fps vs 3.7 fps
  • Weather sealed
  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror

Significant disadvantages of the 50D (vs the T2i)

  • 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 530 g

common strengths of the 50D and T2i

  • 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"

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D
3 years newer
$1,877 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 70D (vs the T2i)

  • Shoots much faster: 7 fps vs 3.7 fps
  • Has a touch screen
  • Weather sealed

Significant disadvantages of the 70D (vs the T2i)

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

common strengths of the 70D and T2i

  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 220 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm)
  • Light weight: 755 g vs 530 g

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D
2 years newer
$999 - $1,499 (body only)
$1,330 - $1,899 24-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the 6D (vs the T2i)

  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.71x vs 0.54x
  • Weather sealed
  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror

Significant disadvantages of the 6D (vs the T2i)

  • Significantly larger: Professional size (145×111×71 mm) vs Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm)
  • Much thicker: 2.8" vs 2.4"
  • Heavier: 770 g vs 530 g

common strengths of the 6D and T2i

  • Fairly small: Professional size (145×111×71 mm) vs Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.8" vs 2.4"
  • Light weight: 770 g vs 530 g

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
1 year older
$2,311 24-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the 5D Mark II (vs the T2i)

  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.71x vs 0.54x
  • Weather sealed
  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror

Significant disadvantages of the 5D Mark II (vs the T2i)

  • Much larger: Professional size (152×114×75 mm) vs Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3" vs 2.4"
  • Significantly heavier: 850 g vs 530 g

common strengths of the 5D Mark II and T2i

  • None found

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon T2i compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps), has a slightly higher resolution screen (1,040k dots vs 460k dots), has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentamirror vs none), records movies in 24p and much more lenses available (220 lenses vs 62 lenses).

However, on average it doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't have a screen which flips out, much less viewfinder coverage (95% vs 100%) and has slightly fewer focus points (9 vs 325).

Sony Alpha a6500

Sony Alpha a6500
6 years newer
$1,098 (body only)
$1,498 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the Alpha a6500 (vs the T2i)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Has a touch screen
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%

Significant disadvantages of the Alpha a6500 (vs the T2i)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 220 lenses
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentamirror

common strengths of the Alpha a6500 and T2i

  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Each has a built-in flash

Fujifilm X-T20

Fujifilm X-T20
7 years newer
$699 - $749 (body only)
$700 - $999 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the X-T20 (vs the T2i)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the X-T20 (vs the T2i)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 58 lenses vs 220 lenses
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentamirror

common strengths of the X-T20 and T2i

  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Each has a built-in flash

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2
7 months newer
$1,195 14-140mm lens

Significant advantages of the DMC-GH2 (vs the T2i)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Significantly longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 30 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-GH2 (vs the T2i)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 1,040k dots
  • Much fewer lenses available: 108 lenses vs 220 lenses
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the DMC-GH2 and T2i

  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 220 lenses
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Each has a built-in flash

Canon EOS M50 (EOS Kiss M)

Placeholder
8 years newer

Significant advantages of the EOS M50 (EOS Kiss M) (vs the T2i)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the EOS M50 (EOS Kiss M) (vs the T2i)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 13 lenses vs 220 lenses
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Shorter battery life: 235 shots vs 440 shots

common strengths of the EOS M50 (EOS Kiss M) and T2i

  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Each has a built-in flash

Sony NEX 7

Sony NEX-7
1 year newer
$737 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the NEX 7 (vs the T2i)

  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 17.9 MP

Significant disadvantages of the NEX 7 (vs the T2i)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 220 lenses
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentamirror

common strengths of the NEX 7 and T2i

  • Have external mic jacks
  • Each has a built-in flash

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1
5 months older
$900 14-45mm lens

Significant advantages of the DMC-GF1 (vs the T2i)

  • Significantly smaller: Mid size (119×71×36 mm) vs Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm)
  • Significantly thinner: 1.4" vs 2.4"
  • Lighter: 330 g vs 530 g

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-GF1 (vs the T2i)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 1,040k dots
  • No 24p support
  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentamirror

common strengths of the DMC-GF1 and T2i

  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 220 lenses
  • Each has a built-in flash

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon T2i compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a significantly larger screen (3" vs 2.5"), has a much higher resolution screen (1,040k dots vs 207k dots), takes significantly higher resolution photos (17.9 MP vs 8 MP), slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO) and has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD).

However, on average it doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens) and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Canon Powershot SX40

Canon Powershot SX40
1 year newer
$429

Significant advantages of the SX40 (vs the T2i)

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

Significant disadvantages of the SX40 (vs the T2i)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 1,040k dots
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the SX40 and T2i

  • Fairly small: Professional size (123×92×108 mm) vs Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm)
  • Great battery life: 380 shots vs 440 shots
  • Thin: 4.3" vs 2.4"

Canon PowerShot S5 IS

Canon PowerShot S5 IS
2 years older
$281

Significant advantages of the S5 IS (vs the T2i)

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

Significant disadvantages of the S5 IS (vs the T2i)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 207k dots vs 1,040k dots
  • Much shorter battery life: 170 shots vs 440 shots
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS

common strengths of the S5 IS and T2i

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (117×80×78 mm) vs Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm)
  • Thin: 3.1" vs 2.4"
  • Light weight: 550 g vs 530 g