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

Canon EOS 5D Mark II vs Canon EOS 600D

Winner
Canon EOS 5D Mark II

83

Canon EOS 600D

61

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
1,815 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
79.0
Great color depth
Color depth
23.7 bits
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.71x
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 600D

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Weight
Light-weight
570 g
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed

galleries

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

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
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
220 lenses vs 165 lenses
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More than 30% more lenses available
Size
Smaller
133×100×80 mm vs 152×114×75 mm
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Around 20% smaller
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
Weight
Significantly lighter
570 g vs 850 g
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More than 30% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$533.07 vs $2,038.18
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The best price we've seen is $1,505 cheaper (3.8x less)
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Advantages of the Canon 5D Mark II

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Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,815 ISO vs 793 ISO
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The 5D Mark II has excellent image quality: 1.2 f-stops higher ISO than the 600D
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
79.0 vs 65.0
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More than 20% better image quality
Viewfinder size
Much larger viewfinder
0.71x vs 0.53x
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More than 80% larger viewfinder
Color depth
Better color depth
23.7 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 1.6 more bits of color
Startup delay
Much less startup delay
400 ms vs 1500 ms
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3.7x less delay when turning on
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.9 EV vs 11.5 EV
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0.8 f-stops more dynamic range
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
206 ms vs 283 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Battery life
Longer battery life
850 shots vs 440 shots
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More than 90% more shots per battery charge
Viewfinder coverage
Significantly better viewfinder coverage
98% vs 95%
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Almost the same
True resolution
Higher true resolution
21 MP vs 17.9 MP
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Capture around 20% more detail in your photos
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
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The 5D Mark II's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
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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
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              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
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              1
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              600D3.7 fps
              5D Mark II3.9 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3"
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              600D11.5 EV
              5D Mark II11.9 EV

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 700D

              Canon EOS 700D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $724 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
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,269 - $1,399 body only

              $1,799 with 24-105mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $724 body only

              $929 with 18-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Cross type focus points Has slightly more cross-type focus points
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 body only

              $1,019 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $834 body only

              $949 - $1,134 with 28-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon EOS 550D

              Canon EOS 550D

              Entry-level DSLR

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Thickness Is thinner
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $578 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Dynamic range Has significantly wider dynamic range
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed

              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
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $400 - $447 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
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $410 - $497 body only

              $489 - $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
              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 Mark II Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $2,240 - $2,499 body only

              $2,800 - $3,099 with 24-105mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,499 body only

              $1,800 - $1,849 with 18-135mm lens

              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $3,737 body only

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Focus points Significantly more focus points
              Movie format Does not take movies
              True resolution Lower true resolution

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