Canon EOS 500D

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Canon EOS 500D

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Canon EOS 1100D

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Canon EOS 1100D

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 500D

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 20fps
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
159 ms shutter lag
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Phase detection autofocus
fast and accurate
 

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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Phase detection autofocus
fast and accurate
 
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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
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $399.95 vs $749.00
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The best price we've seen is $349 cheaper (around 50% less)
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 Significantly 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
Size Much smaller 129x98x62 mm vs 130x100x78 mm
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More than 20% smaller
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
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
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 22.3x14.9mm vs APS-C 22.2x14.7mm
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Almost the same
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly 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 Common Weaknesses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              1100D:100 ms
              500D:300 ms
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              1100D:110 ms
              500D:159 ms
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              197 lenses
              Weight Light weight Help
              1100D:459 g
              500D:520 g
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              1100D:APS-C 22.2x14.7mm
              500D:APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              1100D:3 fps
              500D:3.4 fps
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              1100D:12.2 MP
              500D:15.1 MP
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1100D:6,400 ISO
              500D:3,200 ISO
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              1100D:11 EV
              500D:11.5 EV
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              1100D:21.9 bits
              500D:21.7 bits
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              1100D:720p @ 30fps
              500D:1080p @ 20fps
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              0.54x
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              1100D:62.0
              500D:63.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              1100D:755 ISO
              500D:663 ISO

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 600D

              Canon EOS 600D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $249 body only

              $375 - $430 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 1200D

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $659 body only

              $620 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $329 - $567 body only

              $477 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 significantly larger
              Canon EOS 550D

              Canon EOS 550D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,152 - $1,648 with 18-135mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 450D

              Canon EOS 450D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,633 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 700D

              Canon EOS 700D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,042 body only

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS 1100D Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS 1100D.

              Canon EOS 500D Competitors

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

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              Avatar for ant_mest ant_mest (6:17 PM, September 22, 2012)
              toys....
               
              Tripletjay (2:34 PM, October 19, 2011)
              it is ezsy to use and operate. Clear pictures 
               
              Lalaala (5:15 AM, September 25, 2011)
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