Updated (February 2011): Compare the Canon EOS 600D vs Canon EOS 50D

Canon EOS 50D vs Canon EOS 600D

Winner
Canon EOS 50D

60

Canon EOS 600D

58

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 50D

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

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 600D

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies

Items often bought with the 50D or 600D

galleries

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

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
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
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.5 EV vs 11.4 EV
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0.2 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
True resolution
Higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 15.1 MP
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Capture around 20% more detail in your photos
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
Weight
Lighter
570 g vs 822 g
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More than 30% lighter
Size
Smaller
133×100×80 mm vs 146×108×74 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Lowest price
Cheaper
$568.41 vs $1,499.00
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The best price we've seen is $931 cheaper (2.6x less)
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Advantages of the Canon 50D

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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
131 ms vs 283 ms
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2.2x less delay when taking photos
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly 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
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              220 lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
              1
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              9
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              12,800 ISO
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              600D6,400 ISO
              50D3,200 ISO
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              600D11.5 EV
              50D11.4 EV
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              600D17.9 MP
              50D15.1 MP
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              600D22.1 bits
              50D21.8 bits
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              600D65.0
              50D63.0
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3"
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              600D793 ISO
              50D696 ISO

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              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $259 - $649 body only

              $581 - $649 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
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 body only

              $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

              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 much more shutter lag
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 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
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $509 body only

              $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $405 - $497 body only

              $479 - $500 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 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $818 body only

              $960 with 18-135mm lens

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

              Canon EOS 600D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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

              Canon EOS 50D Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon Kiss X5

              Canon Kiss X5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Color depth Better color depth
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 40D

              Canon EOS 40D

              Pro DSLR

              $700 body only

              $1,670 with 28-135mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Weather sealed No weather sealing

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