Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon Rebel SL1 vs Canon Rebel T4i

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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 T3i

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,040k dots
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Sensor cleaning
Self cleaning sensor
Avoids dust in your photos
 
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Advantages of the Canon SL1

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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
Size Much smaller 117x91x69 mm vs 133x99x79 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Startup delay Significantly less startup delay 600 ms vs 1500 ms
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2.5x less delay when turning on
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 843 ISO vs 793 ISO
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The SL1 has a slight edge (0.1 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The SL1's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
Thickness Much thinner 2.7" vs 3.1"
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More than 10% thinner
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The SL1's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag 264 ms vs 283 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
Weight Significantly lighter 407 g vs 570 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
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 4 fps vs 3.7 fps
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Around 10% faster continuous shooting
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Advantages of the Canon T3i

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Color depth Better color depth 22.1 bits vs 21.8 bits
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Distinguishes 0.3 more bits of color
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
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.5 EV vs 11.3 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 65.0 vs 63.0
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Almost the same
Battery life Longer battery life 440 shots vs 380 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $439.95 vs $489.00
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The best price we've seen is $49 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              1,040k dots
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              197 lenses
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              SL1:$489.00
              T3i:$439.95
              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
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              SL1:4 fps
              T3i:3.7 fps
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              SL1:380 shots
              T3i:440 shots
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              SL1:264 ms
              T3i:283 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 Lacks video autofocus Help
              SL1:Contrast detection
              T3i:None
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              SL1:11.3 EV
              T3i:11.5 EV
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              SL1:0.54x
              T3i:0.53x
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              SL1:63.0
              T3i:65.0
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              SL1:21.8 bits
              T3i:22.1 bits
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              SL1:843 ISO
              T3i:793 ISO

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              Shared Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              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 significantly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

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

              Cross type focus points Has significantly more cross-type focus points
              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 significantly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $871 body only

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

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $276 - $298 body only

              $399 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              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 Rebel SL1 Competitors

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              Canon Rebel T3i Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon Rebel T3i.

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