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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 650D

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,040k dots
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3i

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
 
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Advantages of the Canon 650D

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Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Startup delay Significantly less startup delay 700 ms vs 1500 ms
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2.1x less delay when turning on
Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points 9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 5 fps vs 3.7 fps
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Around 40% faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The 650D's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The 650D's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag 269 ms vs 283 ms
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Almost the same
Thickness Slightly thinner 3.1" vs 3.1"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Canon T3i

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Color depth Better color depth 22.1 bits vs 21.7 bits
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Distinguishes 0.4 more bits of color
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 793 ISO vs 722 ISO
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The T3i has a slight edge (0.1 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.5 EV vs 11.2 EV
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0.3 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality Better image quality 65.0 vs 62.0
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Almost the same
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $449.00 vs $719.99
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The best price we've seen is $271 cheaper (around 40% less)
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              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              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
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              3.1"
              Size Large Help
              650D:133x99x78 mm
              T3i:133x99x79 mm
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              440 shots
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              650D:269 ms
              T3i:283 ms
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              0.53x
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              650D:11.2 EV
              T3i:11.5 EV
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              650D:5 fps
              T3i:3.7 fps
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              650D:62.0
              T3i:65.0
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              650D:21.7 bits
              T3i:22.1 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              650D:722 ISO
              T3i:793 ISO

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              competitors

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              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 - $1,048 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $549 - $699 body only

              $399 - $816 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $415 body only

              $389 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $1,000 body only

              $959 - $999 with 18-135mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $469 body only

              $458 - $669 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              True resolution Takes slightly lower resolution photos

              Canon EOS 650D Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS 650D.

              Canon Rebel T3i Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon Rebel T3i.

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