Canon EOS 500D vs Canon EOS 1100D

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Canon EOS 500D

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Canon EOS 1100D

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 500D

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 20fps
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
920k dots
Really small
Size
Prosumer size 129x98x62 mm
Self cleaning sensor
Sensor cleaning
Avoids dust in your photos
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 1100D

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
100 ms startup delay
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
110 ms shutter lag
Battery life
Great battery life
700 shots

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Explore our gallery of 13 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 1100D. Explore our gallery of 12 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 500D.

differences

Advantages of the Canon 1100D

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Color depth
Better color depth
21.9 bits vs 21.7 bits
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Distinguishes 0.2 more bits of color
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
755 ISO vs 663 ISO
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The 1100D has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
700 shots vs 400 shots
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Around 80% more shots per battery charge
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
110 ms vs 159 ms
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More than 30% less delay when taking photos
Startup delay
Less startup delay
100 ms vs 300 ms
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3x less delay when turning on
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The 1100D's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Weight
Lighter
459 g vs 520 g
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More than 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Canon 500D

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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 20fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video but at a lower frame rate
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Screen size
Much larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.5 EV vs 11 EV
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0.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Sensor cleaning
Has a self cleaning sensor
Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
True resolution
Higher true resolution
15.1 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Size
Significantly smaller
129x98x62 mm vs 130x100x78 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Thickness
Much thinner
2.4" vs 3.1"
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More than 20% thinner
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
63.0 vs 62.0
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Almost the same
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
3.4 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 10% faster continuous shooting
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              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              1100D110 ms
              500D159 ms
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              1100D100 ms
              500D300 ms
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              197 lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
              1
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              1100D12.2 MP
              500D15.1 MP
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              1100D3 fps
              500D3.4 fps
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              1
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              9
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1100D6,400 ISO
              500D3,200 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              1100D720p @ 30fps
              500D1080p @ 20fps
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              1100D21.9 bits
              500D21.7 bits
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              1100D11 EV
              500D11.5 EV
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              1100D62.0
              500D63.0
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              0.54x
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              1100D755 ISO
              500D663 ISO

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $339 body only

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger
              Canon EOS 600D

              Canon EOS 600D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $527 - $570 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $259 body only

              $408 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon EOS 550D

              Canon EOS 550D

              Entry-level DSLR

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $279 - $547 body only

              $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon EOS 700D

              Canon EOS 700D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $863 with 18-55mm, 55-250mm lenses

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 450D

              Canon EOS 450D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $732 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon EOS 1100D Competitors

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              Canon EOS 500D Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS 500D.

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