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

Canon EOS 600D vs Canon EOS 5D

Winner
Canon EOS 600D

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Canon EOS 5D

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Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 600D

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,040k dots
Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D

Color depth
Great color depth
22.9 bits
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.71x
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 600D.
Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 5D.

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
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" 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
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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0.8 f-stops more dynamic range
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
220 lenses vs 165 lenses
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More than 30% more lenses available
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
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$536.19 vs $3,464.65
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The best price we've seen is $2,928 cheaper (6.5x less)
Size
Smaller
133×100×80 mm vs 152×113×75 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
3.7 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 20% faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The 600D's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops better
Weight
Significantly lighter
570 g vs 895 g
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Around 40% lighter
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
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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
Color depth
Better color depth
22.9 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 0.8 more bits of color
Overall image quality
Better image quality
71.0 vs 65.0
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Around 10% better image quality
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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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              600D95%
              5D96%
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              600D12,800 ISO
              5D3,200 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              600D3.7 fps
              5D3 fps
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              600D6,400 ISO
              5D1,600 ISO
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              600D11.5 EV
              5D11.1 EV
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              600D17.9 MP
              5D12.7 MP
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              600D3"
              5D2.5"
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              600D65.0
              5D71.0

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 700D

              Canon EOS 700D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $729 with 18-55mm, 55-250mm lenses

              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

              $289 body only

              $447 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

              $724 body only

              $929 - $949 with 18-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Startup delay Has much less startup delay
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $413 - $497 body only

              $489 - $550 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
              Canon EOS 550D

              Canon EOS 550D

              Entry-level DSLR

              Startup delay Has much less startup delay
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $368 body only

              $640 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 650D

              Canon EOS 650D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $674 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

              Canon EOS 600D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $339 body only

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Canon EOS 100D

              Canon EOS 100D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $596 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen

              Canon EOS 5D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,150 body only

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen size Much larger screen

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