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

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.59x
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
6.3 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3

We are not aware of any reasons to consider buying the Canon Rebel T3 over the Canon EOS 50D.
 
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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
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
Size Smaller 130x100x78 mm vs 146x108x74 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 700 shots vs 640 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Lowest price Cheaper $289.95 vs $1,299.00
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The best price we've seen is $1,009 cheaper (4.5x 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
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
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 6.3 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 2x faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.59x vs 0.54x
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More than 20% larger viewfinder
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 63.0 vs 62.0
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Almost the same
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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              Compared to recent DSLRs

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

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              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $774 body only

              $200 - $729 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

              $278 body only

              $380 - $427 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 much more shutter lag
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $329 - $567 body only

              $477 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 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $700 body only

              $450 - $1,199 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 EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $579 - $600 body only

              $200 - $672 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 Rebel T1i

              Canon Rebel T1i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $800 body only

              $756 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $352 - $415 body only

              $495 - $797 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
              Thickness Is thicker

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              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $700 body only

              $499 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Battery life Shorter battery life

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              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,399 body only

              $1,099 - $1,545 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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