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

Canon Rebel T3i

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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
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
200 ms shutter lag
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 127x94x65 mm
Sensor cleaning
Self cleaning sensor
Avoids dust in your photos
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
Live view Has live view Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
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
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 793 ISO vs 664 ISO
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The T3i has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
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
Startup delay Significantly less startup delay 1500 ms vs 2500 ms
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40% less delay when turning on
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.5 EV vs 11 EV
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0.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality Better image quality 65.0 vs 62.0
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Almost the same
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 3 fps
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More than 20% faster continuous shooting
Battery life Longer battery life 440 shots vs 370 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
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 XTi

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Size Much smaller 127x94x65 mm vs 133x99x79 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 200 ms vs 283 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
Thickness Much thinner 2.6" vs 3.1"
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Around 20% thinner
Weight Slightly lighter 556 g vs 570 g
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Almost the same
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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 XTi: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 XTi:APS-C 22.2x14.8mm
        Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
        T3i:1500 ms
        Rebel XTi:2500 ms
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        T3i:3.7 fps
        Rebel XTi:3 fps
        Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
        T3i:440 shots
        Rebel XTi:370 shots
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        T3i:6,400 ISO
        Rebel XTi: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 XTi:0.49x
        Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
        T3i:11.5 EV
        Rebel XTi:11 EV
        Overall image quality Low image quality Help
        T3i:65.0
        Rebel XTi:62.0
        Color depth Poor color depth Help
        22.1 bits
        Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
        T3i:793 ISO
        Rebel XTi:664 ISO
        Movie format One shoots movies Help
        T3i:1080p @ 30fps
        Rebel XTi:None

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon Rebel T5i

        Canon Rebel T5i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $200 with 18-55mm lens

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

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 body only

        $389 - $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

        $650 - $699 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 T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $225 - $389 body only

        $399 - $550 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

        $599 - $600 body only

        $599 - $610 with 18-55mm lens

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

        Canon Rebel T4i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $669 - $700 body only

        $200 - $725 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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        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $378 - $415 body only

        $495 - $564 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

        $547 body only

        $646 - $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 XTi Competitors

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        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

        Entry-level DSLR

        $900 with 18-55mm lens

        Live view Has live view
        Startup delay Much less startup delay
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range
        Color depth Worse color depth

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