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

Canon Rebel T4i vs Canon EOS 550D

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Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T4i

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 550D

Size
Really small
Prosumer size 129x98x62 mm
Thickness
Thin
2.4"
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,040k dots

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon Rebel T4i. Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 550D.

differences

Advantages of the Canon T4i

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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
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
5 fps vs 3.7 fps
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Around 40% faster continuous shooting
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$525.00 vs $607.07
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The best price we've seen is $82 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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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
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.5 EV vs 11.2 EV
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0.3 f-stops more dynamic range
Size
Much smaller
129x98x62 mm vs 133x99x78 mm
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Around 30% smaller
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
Weight
Lighter
530 g vs 575 g
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Around 10% lighter
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              197 lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
              1
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              17.9 MP
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              9
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              440 shots
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              T4i11.2 EV
              550D11.5 EV
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              T4i12,800 ISO
              550D6,400 ISO
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              T4i62.0
              550D66.0
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              T4i0.53x
              550D0.54x
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              T4i21.7 bits
              550D22.1 bits
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              T4i722 ISO
              550D784 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $649 - $650 body only

              $649 - $650 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $629 body only

              $549 - $615 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is much larger
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $399 - $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $279 - $547 body only

              $447 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 slightly larger
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $579 - $673 body only

              $899 - $1,199 with 18-135mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $549 body only

              $499 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $547 body only

              $499 - $550 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
              Size Is significantly larger

              Canon Rebel T4i Competitors

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              Disadvantages

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

              Canon EOS 550D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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??????????????