Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 650D vs Canon Rebel T5i

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Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T4i

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,040k dots
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 600D

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,040k dots
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Sensor cleaning
Self cleaning sensor
Avoids dust in your photos
 
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Advantages of the Canon 600D

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Color depth Better color depth 22.1 bits vs 21.7 bits
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Distinguishes 0.4 more bits of color
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 793 ISO vs 722 ISO
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The 600D has a slight edge (0.1 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.5 EV vs 11.2 EV
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0.3 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality Better image quality 65.0 vs 62.0
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Canon T4i

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Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Startup delay Significantly less startup delay 700 ms vs 1500 ms
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2.1x less delay when turning on
Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points 9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 5 fps vs 3.7 fps
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Around 40% faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The T4i's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The T4i's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $199.95 vs $549.99
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The best price we've seen is $350 cheaper (2.8x less)
Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag 269 ms vs 283 ms
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Almost the same
Size Slightly smaller 133x99x78 mm vs 133x99x79 mm
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Thickness Slightly thinner 3.1" vs 3.1"
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              1,040k dots
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              197 lenses
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              3.1"
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Size Large Help
              600D:133x99x79 mm
              T4i:133x99x78 mm
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              440 shots
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              600D:283 ms
              T4i:269 ms
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              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
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              0.53x
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              600D:11.5 EV
              T4i:11.2 EV
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus Help
              600D:None
              T4i:Contrast detection
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              600D:3.7 fps
              T4i:5 fps
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              600D:65.0
              T4i:62.0
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              600D:22.1 bits
              T4i:21.7 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              600D:793 ISO
              T4i:722 ISO
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps

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              competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $200 - $749 with 18-55mm lens

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $656 body only

              $399 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $681 body only

              $499 - $823 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $276 - $290 body only

              $350 - $409 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $871 body only

              $450 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Size Is significantly larger
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $370 - $400 body only

              $485 - $590 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              True resolution Takes slightly lower resolution photos
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 - $647 body only

              $544 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive

              Canon EOS 600D Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS 600D.

              Canon Rebel T4i Competitors

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              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $774 body only

              $200 - $617 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              Touch screen No touch screen
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR

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