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

Canon EOS 50D

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Canon EOS 50D

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Canon EOS 600D

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Canon EOS 600D

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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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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

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        Canon EOS 700D

        Canon EOS 700D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $617 body only

        $681 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

        $477 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

        $641 - $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 - $562 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

        $646 - $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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