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Canon EOS 650D

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Canon EOS 650D

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Canon EOS 500D

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Canon EOS 500D

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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
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 500D

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 20fps
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
159 ms shutter lag
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 129x98x62 mm
Sensor cleaning
Self cleaning sensor
Avoids dust in your photos
 
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Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
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
Movie format Higher frame rate movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 20fps
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Both shoot Full HD (1080p) video, but 650D does so at a higher frame rate
Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points 9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 722 ISO vs 663 ISO
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The 650D has a slight edge (0.1 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
True resolution Higher true resolution 17.9 MP vs 15.1 MP
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Capture around 20% more detail in your photos
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 5 fps vs 3.4 fps
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Around 50% faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The 650D's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
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
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 440 shots vs 400 shots
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10% more shots per battery charge
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Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 159 ms vs 269 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
Size Much smaller 129x98x62 mm vs 133x99x78 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.5 EV vs 11.2 EV
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0.3 f-stops more dynamic range
Startup delay Less startup delay 300 ms vs 700 ms
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2.3x less delay when turning on
Thickness Much thinner 2.4" vs 3.1"
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More than 20% thinner
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 63.0 vs 62.0
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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 520 g vs 575 g
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Around 10% lighter
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              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              197 lenses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              650D:$719.99
              500D:$732.75
              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
              650D:440 shots
              500D:400 shots
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              21.7 bits
              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
              650D:11.2 EV
              500D:11.5 EV
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus Help
              650D:Contrast detection
              500D:None
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              650D:5 fps
              500D:3.4 fps
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              650D:0.53x
              500D:0.54x
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              650D:62.0
              500D:63.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              650D:722 ISO
              500D:663 ISO
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              650D:1080p @ 30fps
              500D:1080p @ 20fps

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              competitors

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              Canon EOS 700D

              Canon EOS 700D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $627 body only

              $697 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is much larger
              Canon EOS 600D

              Canon EOS 600D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,299 with 18-135mm, 75-300mm lenses

              Color depth Has significantly more color depth
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 body only

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

              Color depth Has significantly more color depth
              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 body only

              $549 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is much larger
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 body only

              $389 - $506 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 significantly larger
              Canon EOS 550D

              Canon EOS 550D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,152 with 18-135mm lens

              Color depth Has significantly more color depth
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 1200D

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $419 body only

              $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor

              Canon EOS 650D Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS 500D.

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              vijayakumar (6:26 PM, October 15, 2012)
              i bought cannon 500d. It is excellent , but lags in number of focus points/lags is display-difficult for a starter to adopt / should be made simple.