Updated (February 2011): Compare the Canon EOS 600D vs Canon EOS 20D

Canon EOS 600D vs Canon EOS 20D

Winner
Canon EOS 600D

56

Canon EOS 20D

29

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 600D

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
Large screen
Screen size
3"
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,040k dots
Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 20D

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.56x
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
Thickness
Thin
2.8"
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second

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galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 600D.
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differences

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" vs 1.8"
Help
Around 70% larger screen
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 118k dots
Help
Around 9x higher resolution screen
Live view
Has live view
Yes vs No
Help
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
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.5 EV vs 11 EV
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1 f-stop more dynamic range
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
Help
Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
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
Help
Almost the same
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$566.05 vs $942.01
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The best price we've seen is $376 cheaper (around 40% less)
Weight
Significantly lighter
570 g vs 770 g
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Around 30% lighter
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The 600D's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops better
Size
Smaller
133×100×80 mm vs 144×106×72 mm
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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 4 f-stops better
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Advantages of the Canon 20D

Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
5 fps vs 3.7 fps
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Around 40% faster continuous shooting
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
Help
Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Thickness
Much thinner
2.8" vs 3.1"
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Around 10% thinner
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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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              220 lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              600D12,800 ISO
              20D3,200 ISO
              Size Large Help
              600D133×100×80 mm
              20D144×106×72 mm
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              600D6,400 ISO
              20D1,600 ISO
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              600D17.9 MP
              20D8.2 MP
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              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
              600D11.5 EV
              20D11 EV
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              600D65.0
              20D62.0
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              600D22.1 bits
              20D21.9 bits
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              600D1080p @ 30fps
              20DNone
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              600D793 ISO
              20D721 ISO

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              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $494 - $649 body only

              $579 - $649 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
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $312 body only

              $360 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 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
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is much 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 Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $509 body only

              $499 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
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $819 body only

              $960 with 18-135mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Startup delay Has much less startup delay
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $898 with 18-55mm, 75-300mm lenses

              Startup delay Has much less startup delay
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive

              Canon EOS 600D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $405 - $497 body only

              $479 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder

              Canon EOS 20D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Kiss X5

              Canon Kiss X5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              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 Kiss Digital X

              Canon EOS Kiss Digital X

              Entry-level DSLR

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Color depth Better color depth
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower
              Canon EOS 40D

              Canon EOS 40D

              Pro DSLR

              $700 body only

              $1,670 with 28-135mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Live view Has live view
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker

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