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

Canon Rebel T3i

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Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3i

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,040k dots
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Sensor cleaning
Self cleaning sensor
Avoids dust in your photos
 

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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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 size Much larger screen 3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4.5x higher resolution 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
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
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
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $499.00 vs $899.99
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The best price we've seen is $401 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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
Color depth Better color depth 22.1 bits vs 22 bits
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Distinguishes 0.1 more bits of color
Sensor size Slightly larger sensor APS-C 22.3x14.9mm vs APS-C 22.2x14.8mm
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Almost the same
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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 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
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              197 lenses
              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
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              T3i:APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
              Rebel XS:APS-C 22.2x14.8mm
              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
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              T3i:0.53x
              Rebel XS:0.50x
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              T3i:11.5 EV
              Rebel XS:10.9 EV
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              T3i:440 shots
              Rebel XS:500 shots
              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

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $681 - $700 body only

              $499 - $822 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
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $847 with 75-300mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 body only

              $477 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 EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 body only

              $999 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 body only

              $564 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 T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 body only

              $580 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Canon Rebel T4i

              Canon Rebel T4i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $725 with 18-55mm lens

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

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              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 - $697 body only

              $549 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Startup delay More startup delay

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS Competitors

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              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Entry-level DSLR

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Color depth Better color depth
              Live view No live view
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Nikon D3000

              Nikon D3000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $548 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Live view No live view
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO

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