Updated (February, 2011): Compare the Canon EOS 1100D vs Canon EOS 600D

Canon EOS 550D

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Canon EOS 550D

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Canon EOS 1100D

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Canon EOS 1100D

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 550D

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,040k dots
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

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
Weight
Light-weight
459 g
 
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Advantages of the Canon 1100D

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Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 110 ms vs 252 ms
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2.3x less delay when taking photos
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 700 shots vs 440 shots
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Around 60% more shots per battery charge
Startup delay Less startup delay 100 ms vs 400 ms
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4x less delay when turning on
Lowest price Much cheaper $449.95 vs $1,151.89
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The best price we've seen is $702 cheaper (2.6x less)
Weight Lighter 459 g vs 530 g
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More than 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Canon 550D

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Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4.5x higher resolution screen
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.5 EV vs 11 EV
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0.5 f-stops more dynamic range
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 17.9 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Overall image quality Better image quality 66.0 vs 62.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Color depth Better color depth 22.1 bits vs 21.9 bits
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Distinguishes 0.2 more bits of color
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
Thickness Much thinner 2.4" vs 3.1"
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More than 20% thinner
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 784 ISO vs 755 ISO
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The 550D has a slight edge (0.1 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
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 faster 3.7 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 20% 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
              550D:400 ms
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              197 lenses
              Weight Light weight Help
              1100D:459 g
              550D:530 g
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              1100D:APS-C 22.2x14.7mm
              550D:APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              1100D:3 fps
              550D:3.7 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              9
              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
              550D:11.5 EV
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              0.54x
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              1100D:62.0
              550D:66.0
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              1100D:21.9 bits
              550D:22.1 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              1100D:755 ISO
              550D:784 ISO
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              1100D:720p @ 30fps
              550D:1080p @ 30fps

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 600D

              Canon EOS 600D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 1200D

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $469 body only

              $548 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is much larger
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $278 body only

              $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Sensor size Has a slightly larger sensor
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $339 - $567 body only

              $389 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon EOS 700D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,221 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 500D

              Canon EOS 500D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $415 body only

              $495 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon EOS 1100D Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS 550D.

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              Avatar for Dylan Sheldon Dylan Sheldon (0:56 AM, October 04, 2013)
              I've recently upgraded to a 7D from my 550D which served be extremely well for 2 years. My friend shoots on an 1100D, so I've had hands-on experience with both models. Firstly, both cameras perform superbly for their price range. Although the 1100d is a newer model, the 550D has quite a few advantages over it, which is to be expected as the 1100 is canons most basic DSLR. The 1100Ds auto settings are better than the 550Ds, however if you plan to get more serious with DSLR photography and move out of the auto settings, the 550D shines over the 1100. Higher ISO and faster shutter speeds to name a few. Also, for film enthusiasts the 550D is the obvious option. Another thing that personally bothered me about the 1100D was the somewhat cheap feel. Both cameras don't have an amazing build quality, but the 1100 is made almost completely of cheap feeling plastic. The 550D is plastic as well, but feels a lot sturdier in the hand. Ultimately, the 1100D is canons most basic camera, and although it's older, the 550D is part of a slightly more advanced range of cameras, so is obviously gaining to trump many features of the 1100D. If you have the money, go for the 550D (it's honestly not that expensive anyway), but if you are on a budget, or you are brand new to DSLR photography and plan to use auto settings predominantly, than the 1100D will suit you just as well.
               
              Avatar for Photography! Photography! (4:01 PM, December 26, 2012)
              1100D is kicking 550D.because 550D shooting images is risk of blur.1100D is Significantly higher true İmage quality :)
               
              Avatar for bubbleezgi_gs_007 bubbleezgi_gs_007 (10:11 AM, August 27, 2012)
              EOS1100D picture quality is better than 550D but 550D video quality is much better than 1100D.
               
              Alps (2:45 PM, August 20, 2012)
              read at the first row..
              Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 1100D : Built-in focus motor

              is that really, a Canon 1100D has a built in focus motor??
               
              guest (0:15 PM, April 12, 2012)
              to my mind 1100d is so much better. i've seen pictures from 550d and i did not like them. they look really bad, and from 1100d pictures are so much better. They are more realistic maybe. 1100d has easier menu then 550d and it's a perfect for beginners.  
               
              Not a Professional (11:52 PM, December 11, 2011)
              I have seen images from the 550 and 1100 and have to say, the 550 takes a much much better picture (although this is just my humble opinion)_
               
              Avatar for Sean Varley Sean Varley (1:44 AM, November 29, 2011)
              video is important so i agree 1 len with the 550d should be fine. thanks

               
              anonymous (9:04 PM, November 28, 2011)
              is video important to you? and continuos shooting rate? personally i would get the 550d with the 1 kit lens then over time save up abit more and get a better lens. although many 'pros' tell you to go get good glass then with what ever is left a body as they go obsolete. The average person probably wont be upgrading their body often, so i think a higher quality body would be more appreciated. 
               
              Avatar for Sean Varley Sean Varley (5:09 AM, November 27, 2011)
              Easy to see the 550d is better, but is it worth getting the 550d with 1 lens or the 1100d with 2 lens( EF-S 18-55mm and EF-S 55-250m) for the same price???. Any help appreciated. 
               
              Avatar for Satyam Joshi Satyam Joshi (3:06 AM, November 24, 2011)
              on basis of image quality and low light performance, please rate these cameras.? response needed very urgently !!