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

Canon Rebel T3i

Winner
Canon Rebel T3i

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Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

42

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

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Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3i

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

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
160 ms shutter lag
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 129x98x62 mm
Sensor cleaning
Self cleaning sensor
Avoids dust in your photos
Thickness
Thin
2.4"
 

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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 resolution
Much higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4.5x higher resolution screen
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.5 EV vs 10.8 EV
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0.7 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 692 ISO
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The T3i has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Overall image quality
Better image quality
65.0 vs 61.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Color depth
Better color depth
22.1 bits vs 21.9 bits
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Distinguishes 0.2 more bits of color
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The T3i's boost ISO is 3 f-stops better
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 800 ISO
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The T3i's maximum light sensitivity is 3 f-stops better
Sensor size
Slightly larger sensor
APS-C 22.3x14.9mm vs APS-C 22.2x14.8mm
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Almost the same
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
3.7 fps vs 3.5 fps
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Around 10% faster continuous shooting
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Advantages of the Canon Rebel XSi

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Startup delay
Much less startup delay
400 ms vs 1500 ms
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3.7x less delay when turning on
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
160 ms vs 283 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
Size
Much smaller
129x98x62 mm vs 133x99x79 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Thickness
Much thinner
2.4" vs 3.1"
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More than 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
Viewfinder size
Slightly larger viewfinder
0.54x vs 0.53x
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Almost the same
Weight
Lighter
524 g vs 570 g
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Around 10% lighter
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$450.00 vs $499.00
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The best price we've seen is $49 cheaper (around 10% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              197 lenses
              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) Poor boost ISO Help
              T3i:12,800 ISO
              Rebel XSi:1,600 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              T3i:APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
              Rebel XSi:APS-C 22.2x14.8mm
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              T3i:3.7 fps
              Rebel XSi:3.5 fps
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              T3i:6,400 ISO
              Rebel XSi:800 ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              T3i:0.53x
              Rebel XSi:0.54x
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              T3i:11.5 EV
              Rebel XSi:10.8 EV
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              T3i:440 shots
              Rebel XSi:500 shots
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              T3i:65.0
              Rebel XSi:61.0
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              T3i:22.1 bits
              Rebel XSi:21.9 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              T3i:793 ISO
              Rebel XSi:692 ISO

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              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $699 body only

              $597 - $700 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

              $319 - $527 body only

              $389 - $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 significantly larger
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $724 body only

              $549 - $550 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
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $360 - $378 body only

              $429 - $499 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 - $1,000 body only

              $959 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger

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              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 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

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Entry-level DSLR

              $715 body only

              Color depth Better color depth
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Autofocus Slower autofocus

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