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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
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 500D

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 20fps
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
 
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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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Advantages of the Canon 500D

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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
        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
        9
        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

        Shared Competitors

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        Canon EOS 600D

        Canon EOS 600D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $550 with 18-55mm lens

        Color depth Has significantly more color depth
        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is much larger
        Canon EOS 700D

        Canon EOS 700D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,042 body only

        $1,253 with 18-55mm lens

        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon EOS 60D

        Canon EOS 60D

        Pro DSLR

        $699 - $871 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

        $597 - $647 body only

        $544 - $747 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 - $656 body only

        $399 - $477 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 1100D

        Canon EOS 1100D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $450 with 18-55mm lens

        Color depth Has slightly more color depth
        Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
        Thickness Is thicker
        Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
        Canon EOS 550D

        Canon EOS 550D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,152 - $1,613 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 650D Competitors

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

        Canon EOS 500D Competitors

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        Canon EOS 450D

        Canon EOS 450D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,633 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.