Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon Rebel SL1 vs Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel SL1

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Canon Rebel SL1

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Canon EOS Rebel T2i

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Canon Rebel T2i

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Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel SL1

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

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T2i

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 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
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
843 ISO vs 784 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
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
Size
Smaller
117x91x69 mm vs 129x98x62 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
4 fps vs 3.7 fps
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Around 10% faster continuous shooting
Lowest price
Cheaper
$449.00 vs $599.99
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The best price we've seen is $151 cheaper (around 30% less)
Weight
Lighter
407 g vs 530 g
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More than 20% lighter
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Advantages of the Canon T2i

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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
Overall image quality
Better image quality
66.0 vs 63.0
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Almost the same
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.5 EV vs 11.3 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Startup delay
Less startup delay
400 ms vs 600 ms
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More than 30% less delay when turning on
Thickness
Significantly thinner
2.4" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% thinner
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
440 shots vs 380 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Shutter lag
Slightly less shutter lag
252 ms vs 264 ms
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Almost the same
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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
              Size Very small Help
              SL1:117x91x69 mm
              T2i:129x98x62 mm
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Thickness Thin Help
              SL1:2.7"
              T2i:2.4"
              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
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              SL1:4 fps
              T2i:3.7 fps
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              SL1:380 shots
              T2i:440 shots
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              0.54x
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              SL1:11.3 EV
              T2i:11.5 EV
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              SL1:264 ms
              T2i:252 ms
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              SL1:63.0
              T2i:66.0
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              SL1:21.8 bits
              T2i:22.1 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              SL1:843 ISO
              T2i:784 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $699 body only

              $597 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 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 EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $899 body only

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

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 body only

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

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $389 body only

              $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor

              Canon Rebel SL1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Touch screen No touch screen

              Canon EOS Rebel T2i Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS Rebel T2i.

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