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

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 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
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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
 
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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
Overall image quality Better image quality 65.0 vs 61.0
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Around 10% better image quality
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
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
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $439.95 vs $779.89
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The best price we've seen is $340 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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 XSi

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Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 160 ms vs 283 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
Startup delay Significantly less startup delay 400 ms vs 1500 ms
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3.7x less delay when turning on
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 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
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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
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              T3i:12,800 ISO
              Rebel XSi:1,600 ISO
              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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              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              T3i:6,400 ISO
              Rebel XSi:800 ISO
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              T3i:11.5 EV
              Rebel XSi:10.8 EV
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              T3i:0.53x
              Rebel XSi:0.54x
              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
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              T3i:1080p @ 30fps
              Rebel XSi:None
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              T3i:793 ISO
              Rebel XSi:692 ISO

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              competitors

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $580 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
              Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $749 - $1,148 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $520 body only

              $545 - $696 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
              Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $276 - $298 body only

              $399 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $871 body only

              $999 - $1,052 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
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $500 body only

              $639 - $743 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 T4i

              Canon Rebel T4i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $650 body only

              $715 - $1,044 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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              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $681 body only

              $549 - $823 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi Competitors

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              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Entry-level DSLR

              $425 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,000 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Live view No live view

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