Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon Rebel SL1 vs Canon Rebel T5i

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Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel SL1

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,040k dots
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T4i

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,040k dots
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon SL1

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Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 843 ISO vs 722 ISO
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The SL1 has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Size Much smaller 117x91x69 mm vs 133x99x78 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Color depth Better color depth 21.8 bits vs 21.7 bits
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Distinguishes 0.1 more bits of color
Thickness Much thinner 2.7" vs 3.1"
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More than 10% thinner
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 63.0 vs 62.0
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Almost the same
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.3 EV vs 11.2 EV
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0.1 f-stops more dynamic range
Weight Significantly lighter 407 g vs 575 g
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Around 30% lighter
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder 0.54x vs 0.53x
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Almost the same
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 600 ms vs 700 ms
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More than 10% less delay when turning on
Lowest price Cheaper $489.00 vs $650.00
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The best price we've seen is $161 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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Advantages of the Canon T4i

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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 4 fps
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Around 30% faster continuous shooting
Battery life Longer battery life 440 shots vs 380 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Less buttons
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              1,040k dots
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              197 lenses
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              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
              SL1:380 shots
              T4i:440 shots
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              SL1:11.3 EV
              T4i:11.2 EV
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              SL1:21.8 bits
              T4i:21.7 bits
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              SL1:264 ms
              T4i:269 ms
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection video autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              SL1:4 fps
              T4i:5 fps
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              SL1:0.54x
              T4i:0.53x
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              SL1:63.0
              T4i:62.0
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              SL1:843 ISO
              T4i:722 ISO

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              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $749 body only

              $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $749 - $1,148 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $580 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $871 body only

              $999 - $1,052 with 18-135mm lens

              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $681 body only

              $549 - $823 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $520 body only

              $545 - $696 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
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Canon Rebel SL1 Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon Rebel SL1.

              Canon Rebel T4i Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon Rebel T4i.

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