Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 700D vs Canon EOS 600D

Canon EOS 650D

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Canon EOS 650D

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Canon EOS 550D

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Canon EOS 550D

Runner-up
     

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 550D

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,040k dots
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 129x98x62 mm
Sensor cleaning
Self cleaning sensor
Avoids dust in your photos
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon 650D

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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
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
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 3.7 fps
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Around 40% faster continuous shooting
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
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The 650D's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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Advantages of the Canon 550D

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Color depth
Better color depth
22.1 bits vs 21.7 bits
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Distinguishes 0.4 more bits of color
Overall image quality
Better image quality
66.0 vs 62.0
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Around 10% better image quality
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
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
784 ISO vs 722 ISO
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The 550D has a slight edge (0.1 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Thickness
Much thinner
2.4" vs 3.1"
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More than 20% thinner
Startup delay
Less startup delay
400 ms vs 700 ms
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More than 40% less delay when turning on
Viewfinder size
Slightly larger viewfinder
0.54x vs 0.53x
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Almost the same
Shutter lag
Slightly less shutter lag
252 ms vs 269 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
Lowest price
Cheaper
$588.36 vs $690.74
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The best price we've seen is $102 cheaper (more than 10% less)
Weight
Lighter
530 g vs 575 g
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Around 10% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              1,040k dots
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              197 lenses
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              440 shots
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              9
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              650D:0.53x
              550D:0.54x
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              650D:5 fps
              550D:3.7 fps
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              650D:11.2 EV
              550D:11.5 EV
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              650D:269 ms
              550D:252 ms
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              650D:62.0
              550D:66.0
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              650D:21.7 bits
              550D:22.1 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              650D:722 ISO
              550D:784 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 700D

              Canon EOS 700D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $753 with 18-55mm, 55-250mm lenses

              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 600D

              Canon EOS 600D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $979 with 18-55mm, 75-300mm lenses

              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              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
              Canon EOS 1200D

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $429 body only

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $899 body only

              $959 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 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 much larger
              Canon EOS 100D

              Canon EOS 100D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $532 body only

              $563 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Thickness Is thicker
              Autofocus Users slower contrast detection autofocus

              Canon EOS 650D Competitors

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              Canon EOS 550D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS 550D.

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              Avatar for Steve Fallon Steve Fallon (2:43 AM, January 14, 2014)
              So does the 550D
               
              john (4:43 AM, June 10, 2013)
              650d also has external mic socket