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

Canon Rebel T3i

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Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3i

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,040k dots
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT

Size
Really small
Prosumer size 127x94x64 mm
Thickness
Thin
2.5"
 
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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 1.8"
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Around 70% larger screen
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 115k dots
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More than 9x higher resolution screen
Live view Has live view Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
True resolution Much higher true resolution 17.9 MP vs 8 MP
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Capture around 2.5x more detail in your photos
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 793 ISO vs 637 ISO
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The T3i has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.5 EV vs 10.8 EV
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0.7 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth Better color depth 22.1 bits vs 21.8 bits
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Distinguishes 0.3 more bits of color
Overall image quality Better image quality 65.0 vs 60.0
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Around 10% better image quality
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
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.53x vs 0.49x
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More than 10% larger viewfinder
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
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 3.7 fps vs 2.8 fps
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More than 30% faster continuous shooting
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
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 XT

Size Much smaller 127x94x64 mm vs 133x99x79 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Thickness Much thinner 2.5" vs 3.1"
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Around 20% thinner
Weight Slightly lighter 540 g vs 570 g
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Around 10% lighter
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        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 XT:None
        Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
        95%
        Sensor size Very small sensors Help
        T3i:APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
        Rebel XT:APS-C 22.2x14.8mm
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        T3i:3.7 fps
        Rebel XT:2.8 fps
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        T3i:6,400 ISO
        Rebel XT: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
        Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
        T3i:0.53x
        Rebel XT:0.49x
        Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
        T3i:11.5 EV
        Rebel XT:10.8 EV
        Overall image quality Low image quality Help
        T3i:65.0
        Rebel XT:60.0
        Color depth Poor color depth Help
        T3i:22.1 bits
        Rebel XT:21.8 bits
        Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
        T3i:793 ISO
        Rebel XT:637 ISO
        Movie format One shoots movies Help
        T3i:1080p @ 30fps
        Rebel XT:None

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        Canon Rebel T5i

        Canon Rebel T5i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $599 body only

        $200 - $749 with 18-55mm lens

        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is much larger
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 - $656 body only

        $399 - $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 Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $276 - $290 body only

        $350 - $409 with 18-55mm lens

        Startup delay Has much less startup delay
        Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
        Thickness Is thicker
        Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $400 - $670 body only

        $485 - $625 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon EOS 60D

        Canon EOS 60D

        Pro DSLR

        $699 - $871 body only

        $450 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

        Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
        Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Canon Rebel SL1

        Canon Rebel SL1

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $500 body only

        $599 - $650 with 18-55mm lens

        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon Rebel T4i

        Canon Rebel T4i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $609 body only

        $200 - $699 with 18-55mm lens

        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is much larger

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        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Entry-level DSLR

        $599 - $681 body only

        $499 - $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

        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT Competitors

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        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

        Entry-level DSLR

        $430 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen size Much larger screen
        Live view Has live view
        Size Larger
        Thickness Slightly thicker
        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

        Entry-level DSLR

        Screen size Much larger screen
        Color depth Better color depth
        Size Slightly larger
        Thickness Slightly thicker

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