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

Weight
Light-weight
459 g
 
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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
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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
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.59x vs 0.54x
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More than 20% larger viewfinder
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
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
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
        Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
        300 ms startup delay
        Lens availability Many lenses available Help
        197 lenses
        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
        Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
        Won't autofocus with all lenses
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        T3:12.2 MP
        50D:15.1 MP
        Focus points Few focus points Help
        9
        Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
        T3:11 EV
        50D:11.4 EV
        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
        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
        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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        Disadvantages

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $648 body only

        $200 - $570 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

        $273 body only

        $427 - $489 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

        $319 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

        $641 - $699 body only

        $450 - $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 EOS Rebel T2i

        Canon Rebel T2i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $639 body only

        $200 - $674 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 40D

        Canon EOS 40D

        Pro DSLR

        $1,138 body only

        Color depth Has slightly more color depth
        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Canon EOS Rebel T1i

        Canon Rebel T1i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $999 body only

        $746 with 18-55mm lens

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

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        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Entry-level DSLR

        $681 - $700 body only

        $499 - $822 with 18-55mm lens

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

        Canon EOS 50D Competitors

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        Nikon D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $929 body only

        $848 - $940 with 18-105mm lens

        Dynamic range More dynamic range
        Color depth Better color depth
        Weather sealed No weather sealing
        Shutter lag More shutter lag

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