Updated (May 2012): Compare the Canon EOS 650D vs Canon EOS 1100D

Canon EOS 650D vs Canon EOS 500D

Winner
Canon EOS 650D

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Canon EOS 500D

53

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 650D

Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

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 (129×98×62 mm)
Thickness
Thin
2.4"

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differences

Advantages of the Canon 650D

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Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
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
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
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
Cross type focus points
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
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 4 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 2 f-stops 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
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.5 EV vs 11.2 EV
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0.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Size
Much smaller
129×98×62 mm vs 133×100×79 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Thickness
Much thinner
2.4" vs 3.1"
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More than 20% thinner
Startup delay
Less startup delay
300 ms vs 700 ms
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2.3x less delay when turning on
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
              220 lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              650D17.9 MP
              500D15.1 MP
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              9
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              21.7 bits
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              650D440 shots
              500D400 shots
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              650D12,800 ISO
              500D3,200 ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              650D11.2 EV
              500D11.5 EV
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              650D62.0
              500D63.0
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              650D0.53x
              500D0.54x
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              650D722 ISO
              500D663 ISO
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              650D1080p @ 30fps
              500D1080p @ 20fps

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              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $495 - $649 body only

              $581 - $649 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is much less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Kiss X5

              Canon Kiss X5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              Color depth Has significantly more color depth
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is much larger
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Lowest price Is much less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Canon Kiss X8i

              Canon Kiss X8i

              Entry-level DSLR

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

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $405 - $497 body only

              $479 - $500 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
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $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 slightly larger
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $509 body only

              $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is much less expensive
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag

              Canon EOS 650D Competitors

              Advantages

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

              Canon EOS 500D Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $263 body only

              $358 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Color depth Better color depth
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag

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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.