Updated (May 2012): Compare the Canon EOS 650D vs Canon EOS 1100D

Canon EOS 600D vs Canon EOS 500D

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Canon EOS 600D

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Canon EOS 500D

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Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 600D

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,040k dots
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 500D

Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
159 ms shutter lag
Size
Really small
Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm)
Thickness
Thin
2.4"
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 20fps

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differences

Advantages of the Canon 600D

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Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
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
Lower noise at high ISO
793 ISO vs 663 ISO
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The 600D has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
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
Movie format
Lower frame rate movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 20fps
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Both shoot Full HD (1080p) video, but 600D does so at a higher frame rate
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
True resolution
Higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 15.1 MP
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Capture around 20% more detail in your photos
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
65.0 vs 63.0
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Almost the same
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
3.7 fps vs 3.4 fps
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Around 10% faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The 600D's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
440 shots vs 400 shots
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10% more shots per battery charge
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Advantages of the Canon 500D

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Startup delay
Much less startup delay
300 ms vs 1500 ms
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5x less delay when turning on
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
159 ms vs 283 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
Size
Much smaller
129×98×62 mm vs 133×100×80 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Thickness
Much thinner
2.4" vs 3.1"
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More than 20% thinner
Viewfinder size
Slightly larger viewfinder
0.54x vs 0.53x
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Almost the same
Weight
Lighter
520 g vs 570 g
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Around 10% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              220 lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              12,800 ISO
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              600D3.7 fps
              500D3.4 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              600D6,400 ISO
              500D3,200 ISO
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              600D17.9 MP
              500D15.1 MP
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              600D440 shots
              500D400 shots
              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
              11.5 EV
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              600D0.53x
              500D0.54x
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              600D65.0
              500D63.0
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              600D22.1 bits
              500D21.7 bits
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              600D1080p @ 30fps
              500D1080p @ 20fps
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              600D793 ISO
              500D663 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 700D

              Canon EOS 700D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $727 with 18-55mm, 55-250mm lenses

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 1200D

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $339 body only

              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $400 - $447 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 slightly larger
              Canon EOS 550D

              Canon EOS 550D

              Entry-level DSLR

              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 1100D

              Canon EOS 1100D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $417 body only

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $410 - $497 body only

              $489 - $500 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 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $724 body only

              $929 with 18-135mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS 600D Competitors

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              Disadvantages

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

              Canon EOS 500D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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

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              toja (9:21 PM, May 01, 2014)
              what about wireless speedlite control?