Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon Rebel T5i vs Canon EOS 600D

Canon Rebel T4i

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Canon Rebel T4i

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Canon EOS 550D

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Canon EOS 550D

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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
 

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
 
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Advantages of the Canon T4i

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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
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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 T4i'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 T4i'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 $551.99 vs $669.00
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The best price we've seen is $117 cheaper (around 20% 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 Common Weaknesses
              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
              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
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              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              T4i:11.2 EV
              550D:11.5 EV
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              T4i:0.53x
              550D:0.54x
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              T4i:5 fps
              550D:3.7 fps
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              T4i:62.0
              550D:66.0
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              T4i:21.7 bits
              550D:22.1 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              T4i:722 ISO
              550D:784 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

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              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $575 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is much larger
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 - $1,098 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is much larger
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $831 body only

              $477 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 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $899 body only

              $959 - $999 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
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $680 - $700 body only

              $489 - $820 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is much larger
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $415 body only

              $545 - $669 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 Rebel T4i Competitors

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

              Canon EOS 550D Competitors

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

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              Rana Mahfuz (11:20 AM, February 11, 2014)
              Rebel T4i
              CANON Only rs.4000/-!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! who is mad??????????????