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

Canon EOS 600D

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Canon EOS 600D

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Canon EOS 500D

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Canon EOS 500D

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 600D

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

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 500D

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 20fps
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
159 ms shutter lag
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 129x98x62 mm
Sensor cleaning
Self cleaning sensor
Avoids dust in your photos
 
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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
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
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
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 Higher 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
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 65.0 vs 63.0
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Almost the same
True resolution Higher true resolution 17.9 MP vs 15.1 MP
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Capture around 20% more detail in your photos
Lowest price Much cheaper $609.00 vs $1,198.56
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The best price we've seen is $590 cheaper (around 50% less)
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The 600D's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 440 shots vs 400 shots
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10% more shots per battery charge
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 3.7 fps vs 3.4 fps
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Around 10% faster continuous shooting
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Startup delay Significantly less startup delay 300 ms vs 1500 ms
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5x less delay when turning on
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 159 ms vs 283 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
Size Much smaller 129x98x62 mm vs 133x99x79 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 Common Weaknesses
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              197 lenses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              12,800 ISO
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              600D:3.7 fps
              500D:3.4 fps
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              600D:440 shots
              500D:400 shots
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              600D:6,400 ISO
              500D:3,200 ISO
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              11.5 EV
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              600D:0.53x
              500D:0.54x
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              600D:65.0
              500D:63.0
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              600D:22.1 bits
              500D:21.7 bits
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              600D:1080p @ 30fps
              500D:1080p @ 20fps
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              600D:793 ISO
              500D:663 ISO

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              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $580 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
              Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Canon EOS 700D

              Canon EOS 700D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $634 - $750 body only

              $797 - $907 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $520 body only

              $545 - $696 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
              Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Canon EOS 1200D

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $515 - $562 body only

              $531 - $703 with 18-55mm lens

              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
              Canon EOS 1100D

              Canon EOS 1100D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $435 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $871 body only

              $999 - $1,052 with 18-135mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $747 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
              Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

              Canon EOS 600D Competitors

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              Canon EOS 500D Competitors

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

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