Canon EOS 50D vs Canon Rebel T3

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Canon EOS 50D

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Canon Rebel T3

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 50D

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

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3

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

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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
130×100×78 mm vs 146×108×74 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 2 f-stops better
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
700 shots vs 640 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
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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" 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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0.8 f-stops more dynamic range
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
6.3 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 2x faster continuous shooting
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
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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
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
              220 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
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              9
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              T3720p @ 30fps
              50DNone
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              T36,400 ISO
              50D3,200 ISO
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              T312.2 MP
              50D15.1 MP
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              T311 EV
              50D11.4 EV
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              T321.9 bits
              50D21.8 bits
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              T362.0
              50D63.0
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              T32.7"
              50D3"
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              T3755 ISO
              50D696 ISO

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              competitors

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $550 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
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $360 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $699 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

              $724 body only

              $929 with 18-135mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $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 much more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $485 - $649 body only

              $589 - $699 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 EOS Rebel T1i

              Canon Rebel T1i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $825 body only

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

              Canon Rebel T3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $274 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $845 body only

              $725 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

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              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $834 body only

              $949 - $1,134 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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