Updated (July, 2012): Compare the Canon EOS M vs Canon Rebel T4i

Canon Rebel T3i vs Canon EOS M

Winner
Canon Rebel T3i

79

Canon EOS M

47

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3i

Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS M

Size
Really small
Compact 109x66x32 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
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Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection

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Explore 12 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS M and 23 sample photos taken by the Canon Rebel T3i

differences

Advantages of the Canon EOS M

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Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Size
Significantly smaller
109x66x32 mm vs 133x99x79 mm
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4.6x smaller
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
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.3" vs 3.1"
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2.5x thinner
Weight
Significantly lighter
298 g vs 570 g
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Around 50% lighter
Focus points
More focus points
31 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The EOS M's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The EOS M's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
Lowest price
Cheaper
$239.00 vs $499.00
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The best price we've seen is $260 cheaper (2.1x less)
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Advantages of the Canon T3i

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Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
283 ms vs 742 ms
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2.6x less delay when taking photos
Lens availability
Much more lenses available
197 lenses vs 4 lenses
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Around 49.5x more lenses available
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
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
Startup delay
Significantly less startup delay
1500 ms vs 2700 ms
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More than 40% less delay when turning on
Battery life
Longer battery life
440 shots vs 230 shots
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More than 90% more shots per battery charge
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.5 EV vs 11.2 EV
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0.3 f-stops more dynamic range
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Pentamirror vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              1,040k dots
              External mic jack You can plug a microphone into both of these Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Supports 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              For that film look
              Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              17.9 MP
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              EOS M11.2 EV
              T3i11.5 EV
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $699 body only

              $620 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $399 - $419 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $290 body only

              $379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $479 - $675 body only

              $800 - $900 with 18-135mm lens

              Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
              Viewfinder coverage Slightly better viewfinder coverage
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $549 body only

              $499 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel T4i

              Canon Rebel T4i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $525 body only

              $900 with 18-135mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $816 - $999 body only

              $1,129 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS M Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $435 - $448 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Canon EOS M3

              Canon EOS M3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $889 - $890 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Size Slightly larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $449

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Overall image quality Worse image quality

              Canon Rebel T3i Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $547 body only

              $499 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $354 body only

              $627 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              True resolution Slightly lower true resolution
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $677 body only

              $420 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen

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