Canon EOS 50D

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Canon EOS 50D

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Canon Rebel T3

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Canon Rebel T3

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 50D

Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.59x
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
6.3 fps
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
300 ms startup delay
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay
Weight
Light-weight
459 g
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon T3

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Movie format
Shoots movies
720p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots HD (720p) video as well as still pictures
Color depth
Better color depth
21.9 bits vs 21.8 bits
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Distinguishes 0.1 more bits of color
Weight
Significantly lighter
459 g vs 822 g
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More than 40% lighter
Size
Smaller
130x100x78 mm vs 146x108x74 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The T3's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
700 shots vs 640 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$389.00 vs $750.00
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The best price we've seen is $361 cheaper (around 50% less)
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Advantages of the Canon 50D

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Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Screen size
Much larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
131 ms vs 309 ms
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2.4x less delay when taking photos
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
6.3 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 2x faster continuous shooting
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.4 EV vs 11 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Sensor cleaning
Has a self cleaning sensor
Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.59x vs 0.54x
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More than 20% larger viewfinder
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
True resolution
Higher true resolution
15.1 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Thickness
Thinner
2.9" vs 3.1"
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Around 10% thinner
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              300 ms startup delay
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              197 lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
              1
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              T3:12.2 MP
              50D:15.1 MP
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              T3:720p @ 30fps
              50D:None
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              9
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              T3:6,400 ISO
              50D:3,200 ISO
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              T3:11 EV
              50D:11.4 EV
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              T3:APS-C 22.2x14.7mm
              50D:APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              T3:21.9 bits
              50D:21.8 bits
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              T3:62.0
              50D:63.0
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              T3:0.54x
              50D:0.59x
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              T3:755 ISO
              50D:696 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $440 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 - $387 body only

              $410 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $310 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $1,000 body only

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

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $750 body only

              $597 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon Rebel T3 Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon Rebel T3.

              Canon EOS 50D Competitors

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              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,499 body only

              $1,099 - $1,978 with 28-135mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Color depth Better color depth
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Size Slightly larger

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