Updated (May, 2012): Compare the Canon EOS 650D vs Canon EOS 600D

Canon EOS 600D

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Canon EOS 600D

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Canon EOS 550D

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Canon EOS 550D

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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
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Sensor cleaning
Self cleaning sensor
Avoids dust in your photos
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 550D

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,040k dots
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 129x98x62 mm
 
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Advantages of the Canon 600D

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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
Lowest price Much cheaper $626.04 vs $1,151.89
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The best price we've seen is $526 cheaper (around 50% less)
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Advantages of the Canon 550D

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Startup delay Much less startup delay 400 ms vs 1500 ms
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3.7x less delay when turning on
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
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 252 ms vs 283 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 66.0 vs 65.0
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Almost the same
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder 0.54x vs 0.53x
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Almost the same
Weight Lighter 530 g vs 570 g
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Around 10% lighter
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              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              1,040k dots
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              197 lenses
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              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%
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              3.7 fps
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              440 shots
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              11.5 EV
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              600D:0.53x
              550D:0.54x
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              600D:65.0
              550D:66.0
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              22.1 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              600D:793 ISO
              550D:784 ISO
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps

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              competitors

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $419 body only

              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 700D

              Canon EOS 700D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $639 body only

              $708 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is much larger
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 body only

              $477 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
              Size Is significantly larger
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 body only

              $999 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 body only

              $564 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
              Size Is much larger
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 - $697 body only

              $549 - $647 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
              Size Is much larger
              Canon EOS 1100D

              Canon EOS 1100D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor

              Canon EOS 600D Competitors

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              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 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
              Startup delay More startup delay

              Canon EOS 550D Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS 550D.

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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.