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

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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
Lowest price Cheaper $199.95 vs $479.99
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The best price we've seen is $280 cheaper (2.4x less)
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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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              competitors

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              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $200 - $1,148 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

              $329 - $567 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
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $700 body only

              $450 - $1,199 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 T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $290 - $370 body only

              $399 - $499 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
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $600 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 EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $579 - $600 body only

              $200 - $672 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $278 body only

              $380 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger

              Canon Rebel T3i Competitors

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              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $849 body only

              $499 - $550 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 D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $352 - $415 body only

              $495 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 body only

              $697 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 XT Competitors

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              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Entry-level DSLR

              $600 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Live view Has live view
              Size Larger
              Lowest price More expensive
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,000 body only

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Color depth Better color depth
              Lowest price Much more expensive
              Size Slightly larger
              Canon EOS 20D

              Canon EOS 20D

              Entry-level DSLR

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Significantly thicker

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