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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 50D

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
131 ms shutter lag
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 650D

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 
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Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
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
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
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
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
True resolution Higher true resolution 17.9 MP vs 15.1 MP
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Capture around 20% more detail in your photos
Weight Significantly lighter 575 g vs 822 g
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More than 30% lighter
Size Smaller 133x99x78 mm vs 146x108x74 mm
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More than 10% smaller
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
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Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 131 ms vs 269 ms
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2.1x less delay when taking photos
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.59x vs 0.53x
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More than 20% larger viewfinder
Color depth Better color depth 21.8 bits vs 21.7 bits
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Distinguishes 0.1 more bits of color
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.4 EV vs 11.2 EV
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0.2 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
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 6.3 fps vs 5 fps
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Around 30% faster continuous shooting
Battery life Longer battery life 640 shots vs 440 shots
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Around 50% more shots per battery charge
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 63.0 vs 62.0
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Almost the same
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Thickness Thinner 2.9" vs 3.1"
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Around 10% thinner
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        Compared to recent DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Lens availability Many lenses available Help
        197 lenses
        Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
        External flash not needed
        Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
        95%
        Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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        Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
        Won't autofocus with all lenses
        Focus points Few focus points Help
        9
        Color depth Poor color depth Help
        650D:21.7 bits
        50D:21.8 bits
        Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
        650D:11.2 EV
        50D:11.4 EV
        Sensor size Very small sensors Help
        APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        650D:17.9 MP
        50D:15.1 MP
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Overall image quality Low image quality Help
        650D:62.0
        50D:63.0
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur
        Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
        650D:0.53x
        50D:0.59x
        Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
        650D:722 ISO
        50D:696 ISO

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        Canon EOS 700D

        Canon EOS 700D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $617 body only

        $681 with 18-55mm lens

        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon EOS 600D

        Canon EOS 600D

        Entry-level DSLR

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

        Color depth Has slightly more color depth
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon EOS 60D

        Canon EOS 60D

        Pro DSLR

        $641 - $699 body only

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

        Color depth Has slightly more color depth
        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Nikon D5200

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $547 body only

        $646 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has much better image quality
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 body only

        $477 with 18-55mm lens

        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Color depth Has much more color depth
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
        Canon EOS 70D

        Canon EOS 70D

        Pro DSLR

        $999 - $1,231 body only

        $200 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Color depth Has significantly more color depth
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Canon EOS 550D

        Canon EOS 550D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,152 with 18-135mm lens

        Color depth Has slightly more color depth
        Size Is slightly smaller
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag

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        Canon EOS 1200D

        Canon EOS 1200D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $419 body only

        $500 with 18-55mm lens

        Color depth Better color depth
        Dynamic range More dynamic range
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        Touch screen No touch screen

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        Canon EOS 40D

        Canon EOS 40D

        Pro DSLR

        $1,138 body only

        Color depth Better color depth
        Battery life Longer battery life
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        Weather sealed No weather sealing

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