Updated (May, 2012): Compare the Canon EOS 650D vs Canon EOS 5D

Canon EOS 600D

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Canon EOS 600D

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Canon EOS 5D

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Canon EOS 5D

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 600D

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,040k dots
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Badge
Phase detection autofocus
fast and accurate
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D

Color depth
Great color depth
22.9 bits
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.71x
Sensor size
Large sensor
Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
 
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Advantages of the Canon 600D

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Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4.5x higher resolution screen
Screen size Much larger screen 3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Live view Has live view Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
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
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.5 EV vs 11.1 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
True resolution Higher true resolution 17.9 MP vs 12.7 MP
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Capture more than 40% more detail in your photos
Lens availability More lenses available 197 lenses vs 156 lenses
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Around 30% more lenses available
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The 600D's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Size Smaller 133x99x79 mm vs 152x113x75 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Weight Significantly lighter 570 g vs 895 g
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Around 40% lighter
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 3.7 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 20% faster continuous shooting
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $549.99 vs $3,999.95
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The best price we've seen is $3,450 cheaper (7.3x less)
Built-in flash Built-in flash Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The 600D's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
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Advantages of the Canon 5D

Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder 0.71x vs 0.53x
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More than 80% larger viewfinder
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,368 ISO vs 793 ISO
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The 5D has a slight edge (0.8 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Sensor size Much larger sensor Full frame 36.0x24.0mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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More than 2.5x larger sensor
Overall image quality Better image quality 71.0 vs 65.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Color depth Better color depth 22.9 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 0.8 more bits of color
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Viewfinder coverage Better viewfinder coverage 96% vs 95%
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Almost the same
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Thickness Thinner 3" vs 3.1"
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Around 10% thinner
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              Compared to recent DSLRs

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              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              600D:95%
              5D:96%
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              600D:12,800 ISO
              5D:3,200 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              600D:3.7 fps
              5D:3 fps
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              600D:6,400 ISO
              5D:1,600 ISO
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              600D:11.5 EV
              5D:11.1 EV
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              600D:17.9 MP
              5D:12.7 MP
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              600D:65.0
              5D:71.0

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 700D

              Canon EOS 700D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,221 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $567 body only

              $389 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 body only

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

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $385 - $415 body only

              $495 - $556 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Dynamic range Has significantly wider dynamic range
              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

              Startup delay Has much less startup delay
              Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 550D

              Canon EOS 550D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,091 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has much less startup delay
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $659 - $847 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

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              Canon EOS 1200D

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $469 body only

              $548 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 D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 body only

              $549 - $697 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag

              Canon EOS 5D Competitors

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              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,595 body only

              $3,625 with 24-105mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen

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