Updated (February 2011): Compare the Canon EOS 600D vs Canon EOS 550D

Canon EOS 550D vs Canon EOS 600D

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 550D

Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
400 ms startup delay
Really small
Size
Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm)
Thin
Thickness
2.4"
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 600D

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

galleries

Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 600D.
Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 550D.

competitors

Canon EOS 550D Competitors

Canon EOS 1200D

Canon EOS 1200D

Entry-level DSLR

$290 - $437 body only

$333 - $568 with 18-55mm lens

Autofocus Video autofocus
Battery life Slightly longer battery life
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
Canon EOS 700D

Canon EOS 700D

Entry-level DSLR

$488 with 18-55mm lens

Autofocus Video autofocus
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Color depth Worse color depth
Canon EOS 100D

Canon EOS 100D

Entry-level DSLR

$559 with 18-55mm lens

Autofocus Video autofocus
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Autofocus Slower autofocus

Canon EOS 600D Competitors

Canon EOS 700D

Canon EOS 700D

Entry-level DSLR

$488 with 18-55mm lens

Autofocus Video autofocus
Startup delay Much less startup delay
Color depth Worse color depth
Canon EOS 1200D

Canon EOS 1200D

Entry-level DSLR

$290 - $437 body only

$333 - $568 with 18-55mm lens

Autofocus Video autofocus
Lowest price Significantly cheaper
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$294 body only

$400 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Overall image quality Much better image quality
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

discussion

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Avatar for ShivanshuBaweja ShivanshuBaweja (6:56 PM, December 04, 2013)
Hi ..IS 600D best choice ??
 
vicks (8:15 PM, June 12, 2013)
coz its BEST in the WORLD canon LOLZ
 
Avatar for Anoop Velayudhan Anoop Velayudhan (6:13 AM, April 26, 2013)
because you're a nikon fan
 
Solisbury (5:46 AM, March 28, 2012)
600D have not a build motor!
 
luis (2:25 AM, February 14, 2012)
so witch is better?
 
Jatinderkumar6063 (0:38 PM, February 12, 2012)
Ilike 550D
 
Ec.guezz@gmail.com (9:59 AM, February 12, 2012)
I want canon 550d slr
 
Cynep (11:40 PM, January 23, 2012)
this camera will help to beginner with a different tipps, and it has some creative filters, that can make nice pictures without photoshop
 
Sdfg (11:34 PM, January 23, 2012)
I think it looks brilliant
 
Bashkug_17 (9:19 PM, January 21, 2012)
wireless flash as well
 
Mousetrap (9:09 AM, January 19, 2012)
Trust me - they will soon all have a flip screen.  Once you have used one you will see how very good they are.  Great for movies - very good for macro.  Good for viewing if the the sun is on the screen you can tilt it.  Great for candid shots when you want to point one way but look the other.  Good for holding high over peoples heads.  I have the 7D and 5D11 but now use the 60D more often than these because of the flip screen.  I use my cameras every day and the 60D I dropped onto the road - it was OK.  I think these cameras are pretty tough.
 
Ghot200 (0:30 AM, January 19, 2012)
u r wrong. 550D has filters but different than that of 600D
 
Jess (5:26 AM, January 07, 2012)
Pretty much.  As well as some creative filters
 
Jess (5:24 AM, January 07, 2012)
Thanks to this comparison I have decided to purchase the canon eos 550d.  I was leaning towards the 600d but to me the flip out screen is just another thing that can go wrong, plus I don't need it!
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (2:01 PM, December 19, 2011)
The only big difference is the 600D has a flip out screen, and cost $80-$100 more.
 
gen (3:16 AM, December 18, 2011)
im planning to buy a camara, but im thinking over canon 550D or canon 600D. i dont know which is better. can someone help me?
 
Mieczyslaw (6:13 PM, December 10, 2011)
There are other important differences besides the flip-out screen and the slightly larger size of the 600D. The newer model also has some creative filters, as well as several different aspect ratios, while 550D only has the standard 3:2. Most importantly, 600D has wireless IR triggering of external slave flashes. With the 550D, you need a separate transmitter or a Speedlite 580EX for that.
 
luis (10:45 AM, November 30, 2011)
i am planing to buy my 1st dslr what do you think is the best for an entry level?tanx
 
Moy (9:39 PM, November 27, 2011)
Both of them shoot 720p 60fps!
 
Admin (5:07 AM, November 11, 2011)
going to buy 600D. thanks for this comparison list.
 
Robbert (5:00 AM, November 11, 2011)
Thanks for this kind of list. going to purchase new camera for X-mas Gift.
 
Photographer (3:05 AM, October 02, 2011)
550D has a better image quality than 600D ? why ? they used the same sensor.
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (0:33 PM, September 06, 2011)
Hi Amir, the 600D has 9 AF points, and only the center point is a crosstype focus point. 

Phase detection focus points (found on DSLRs) work by detecting contrast.  Often they can only detect one of horizontal contrast OR vertical contrast, but crosstype focus points can detect both.

Crosstype focus points are better at focusing in difficult situations.
 
Amir Al Amin (3:44 AM, September 06, 2011)
I made a mistake. what's the difference of 9 AF point and crosstype focus point??
 
Amir Al Amin (3:40 AM, September 06, 2011)
600D has 9 auto focus point!!! your data is inaccurate.