Updated (May, 2012): Compare the Canon EOS 650D vs Canon EOS 50D

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 50D

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.59x
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
6.3 fps
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 600D

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,040k dots
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Sensor cleaning
Self cleaning sensor
Avoids dust in your photos
 
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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
Color depth Better color depth 22.1 bits vs 21.8 bits
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Distinguishes 0.3 more bits of color
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
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
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.5 EV vs 11.4 EV
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0.1 f-stops more dynamic range
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 793 ISO vs 696 ISO
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The 600D has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Weight Significantly lighter 570 g vs 822 g
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More than 30% lighter
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
Size Smaller 133x99x79 mm vs 146x108x74 mm
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Around 10% smaller
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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
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 131 ms vs 283 ms
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2.2x less delay when taking photos
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 6.3 fps vs 3.7 fps
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More than 70% faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.59x vs 0.53x
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More than 20% larger viewfinder
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Battery life Longer battery life 640 shots vs 440 shots
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Around 50% more shots per battery charge
Thickness Thinner 2.9" 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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              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              197 lenses
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              12,800 ISO
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              600D:6,400 ISO
              50D:3,200 ISO
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              600D:11.5 EV
              50D:11.4 EV
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              600D:17.9 MP
              50D:15.1 MP
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              600D:22.1 bits
              50D:21.8 bits
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              600D:65.0
              50D:63.0
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              600D:0.53x
              50D:0.59x
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              600D:793 ISO
              50D:696 ISO

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              Shared Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 700D

              Canon EOS 700D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $627 body only

              $697 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              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

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Color depth Has significantly more color depth
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 body only

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

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $415 body only

              $495 - $564 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 body only

              $549 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly 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 1100D

              Canon EOS 1100D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 650D

              Canon EOS 650D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $720 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

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              Canon EOS 1200D

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $419 body only

              $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Startup delay More startup delay

              Canon EOS 50D Competitors

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