Updated (May, 2012): Compare the Canon EOS 650D vs Canon EOS 20D

Canon EOS 600D

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Canon EOS 600D

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Canon EOS 20D

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Canon EOS 20D

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 600D

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,040k dots
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 20D

Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
Thickness
Thin
2.8"
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
 
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Advantages of the Canon 600D

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Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Screen size Much larger screen 3.0" vs 1.8"
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Around 70% larger screen
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 118k dots
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Around 9x higher resolution screen
Live view Has live view Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
True resolution Much higher true resolution 17.9 MP vs 8.2 MP
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Capture more than 2x more detail in your photos
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.5 EV vs 11 EV
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0.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth Better color depth 22.1 bits vs 21.9 bits
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Distinguishes 0.2 more bits of color
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 793 ISO vs 721 ISO
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The 600D has a slight edge (0.1 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Overall image quality Better image quality 65.0 vs 62.0
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Almost the same
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The 600D's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The 600D's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Weight Significantly lighter 570 g vs 770 g
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Around 30% lighter
Size Smaller 133x99x79 mm vs 144x106x72 mm
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Canon 20D

Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.56x vs 0.53x
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More than 10% larger viewfinder
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 5 fps vs 3.7 fps
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Around 40% faster continuous shooting
Thickness Significantly thinner 2.8" vs 3.1"
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Around 10% thinner
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 22.5x15.0mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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Almost the same
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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        similarities

        Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Lens availability Many lenses available Help
        197 lenses
        Autofocus No video autofocus Help
        Manual focus only
        Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
        600D:12,800 ISO
        20D:3,200 ISO
        Size Large Help
        600D:133x99x79 mm
        20D:144x106x72 mm
        Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
        95%
        Sensor size Very small sensors Help
        600D:APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
        20D:APS-C 22.5x15.0mm
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        600D:6,400 ISO
        20D:1,600 ISO
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur
        Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
        Need to shelter it from weather
        Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
        600D:11.5 EV
        20D:11 EV
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        600D:3.7 fps
        20D:5 fps
        Overall image quality Low image quality Help
        600D:65.0
        20D:62.0
        Color depth Poor color depth Help
        600D:22.1 bits
        20D:21.9 bits
        Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
        600D:793 ISO
        20D:721 ISO
        Movie format One shoots movies Help
        600D:1080p @ 30fps
        20D:None

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon EOS 700D

        Canon EOS 700D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $627 body only

        $697 with 18-55mm lens

        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 body only

        $389 - $506 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon EOS 60D

        Canon EOS 60D

        Pro DSLR

        $699 body only

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

        Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
        Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Canon EOS 1100D

        Canon EOS 1100D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $450 with 18-55mm lens

        Startup delay Has much less startup delay
        Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon EOS 550D

        Canon EOS 550D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,152 with 18-135mm lens

        Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
        Size Is much smaller
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Canon EOS 70D

        Canon EOS 70D

        Pro DSLR

        $999 - $1,231 body only

        $200 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Canon EOS 7D

        Canon EOS 7D

        Pro DSLR

        $999 - $1,199 body only

        $1,099 - $1,530 with 28-135mm lens

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

        Canon EOS 600D Competitors

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        Canon EOS 1200D

        Canon EOS 1200D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $419 body only

        $500 with 18-55mm lens

        Autofocus Video autofocus
        Lowest price Much cheaper
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $378 - $415 body only

        $495 - $564 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
        Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
        Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
        True resolution Lower true resolution
        Nikon D5200

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $547 body only

        $549 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
        Overall image quality Much better image quality
        Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
        Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
        Nikon D3300

        Nikon D3300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $547 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
        Overall image quality Much better image quality
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        Startup delay More startup delay

        Canon EOS 20D Competitors

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        Canon EOS 30D

        Canon EOS 30D

        Entry-level DSLR

        Screen size Much larger screen
        Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
        Color depth Worse color depth
        Overall image quality Worse image quality
        Canon EOS 400D

        Canon EOS 400D

        Entry-level DSLR

        Screen size Much larger screen
        Size Much smaller
        Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
        Continuous shooting Shoots slower

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