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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

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

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 500D

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
159 ms shutter lag
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 129x98x62 mm
Thickness
Thin
2.4"
 

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Advantages of the Canon 650D

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Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
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
Lower 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
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
5 fps vs 3.4 fps
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Around 50% faster continuous shooting
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
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
True resolution
Higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 15.1 MP
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Capture around 20% more detail in your photos
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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$719.99 vs $916.29
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The best price we've seen is $196 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              197 lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              650D:$719.99
              500D:$916.29
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              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
              9
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              650D:17.9 MP
              500D:15.1 MP
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              650D:0.53x
              500D:0.54x
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              650D:11.2 EV
              500D:11.5 EV
              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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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 700D

              Canon EOS 700D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $529 body only

              $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is much larger
              Canon EOS 600D

              Canon EOS 600D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $458 body only

              $544 with 18-135mm lens

              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is much larger
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $480 - $547 body only

              $480 - $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 significantly larger
              Canon EOS 1200D

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $400 body only

              $498 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 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $672 - $1,000 body only

              $959 - $1,299 with 18-135mm lens

              Color depth Has significantly more color depth
              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon EOS 550D

              Canon EOS 550D

              Entry-level DSLR

              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag

              Canon EOS 650D Competitors

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              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $745 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Touch screen No touch screen

              Canon EOS 500D Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 450D

              Canon EOS 450D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

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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.