Updated (May, 2012): Compare the Canon Rebel T4i vs Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

Canon Rebel T3i vs Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

Winner
Canon Rebel T3i

58

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

40

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3i

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
Large screen
Screen size
3.0"
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,040k dots
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
164 ms shutter lag
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 126x98x65 mm
Thickness
Thin
2.6"

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Explore 23 sample photos taken by the Canon Rebel T3i and 4 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

differences

Advantages of the Canon T3i

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Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4.5x higher resolution screen
Screen size
Much larger screen
3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 10.1 MP
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Capture around 80% more detail in your photos
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.5 EV vs 10.9 EV
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0.6 f-stops more dynamic range
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
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
793 ISO vs 719 ISO
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The T3i has a slight edge (0.1 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Overall image quality
Better image quality
65.0 vs 62.0
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Almost the same
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.53x vs 0.50x
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More than 10% larger viewfinder
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
3.7 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 20% faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity (boost)
Has boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Color depth
Better color depth
22.1 bits vs 22 bits
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Distinguishes 0.1 more bits of color
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The T3i's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
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Advantages of the Canon Rebel XS

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Startup delay
Much less startup delay
300 ms vs 1500 ms
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5x less delay when turning on
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
164 ms vs 283 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
Size
Much smaller
126x98x65 mm vs 133x99x79 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Thickness
Much thinner
2.6" vs 3.1"
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Around 20% thinner
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
500 shots vs 440 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
Weight
Lighter
502 g vs 570 g
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More than 10% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$429.00 vs $499.00
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The best price we've seen is $70 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              197 lenses
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              T3i:$499.00
              Rebel XS:$429.00
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              T3i:12,800 ISO
              Rebel XS:None
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              T3i:3.7 fps
              Rebel XS:3 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              T3i:6,400 ISO
              Rebel XS:1,600 ISO
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              T3i:17.9 MP
              Rebel XS:10.1 MP
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              T3i:440 shots
              Rebel XS:500 shots
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              T3i:11.5 EV
              Rebel XS:10.9 EV
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              T3i:0.53x
              Rebel XS:0.50x
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              T3i:65.0
              Rebel XS:62.0
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              T3i:22.1 bits
              Rebel XS:22 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              T3i:793 ISO
              Rebel XS:719 ISO
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              T3i:1080p @ 30fps
              Rebel XS:None

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              competitors

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $699 body only

              $630 - $750 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $302 - $557 body only

              $379 - $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

              $699 body only

              $899 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 - $697 body only

              $499 - $647 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
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $334 body only

              $847 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 significantly larger
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $549 body only

              $499 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag

              Canon Rebel T3i Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon Rebel T3i.

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,000 body only

              $1,600 with 17-85mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Live view No live view
              Startup delay Much more startup delay

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