Updated (February, 2011): Compare the Canon EOS 1000D vs Canon EOS 600D

Canon EOS 550D

Winner
Canon EOS 550D

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Canon EOS 1000D

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Canon EOS 1000D

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 550D

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,040k dots
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 1000D

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
164 ms shutter lag
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 126x98x65 mm
Sensor cleaning
Self cleaning sensor
Avoids dust in your photos
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon 1000D

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Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
164 ms vs 252 ms
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More than 30% less delay when taking photos
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
500 shots vs 440 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
300 ms vs 400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Weight
Slightly lighter
502 g vs 530 g
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Around 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Canon 550D

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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
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
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.5 EV vs 10.9 EV
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0.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality
Better image quality
66.0 vs 62.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
784 ISO vs 719 ISO
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The 550D has a slight edge (0.1 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.54x vs 0.50x
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Around 20% larger viewfinder
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
3.7 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 20% faster continuous shooting
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
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$588.36 vs $839.77
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The best price we've seen is $251 cheaper (around 30% less)
Color depth
Better color depth
22.1 bits vs 22 bits
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Distinguishes 0.1 more bits of color
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The 550D'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
Thickness
Thinner
2.4" vs 2.6"
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Almost the same
Size
Slightly smaller
129x98x62 mm vs 126x98x65 mm
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Almost the same
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              1000D:300 ms
              550D:400 ms
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              197 lenses
              Size Fairly small Help
              1000D:126x98x65 mm
              550D:129x98x62 mm
              Thickness Very thin Help
              1000D:2.6"
              550D:2.4"
              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) One has boost ISO Help
              1000D:None
              550D:12,800 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
              1000D:APS-C 22.2x14.8mm
              550D:APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              1000D:3 fps
              550D:3.7 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1000D:1,600 ISO
              550D:6,400 ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              1000D:0.50x
              550D:0.54x
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              1000D:10.9 EV
              550D:11.5 EV
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              1000D:500 shots
              550D:440 shots
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              1000D:62.0
              550D:66.0
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              1000D:22 bits
              550D:22.1 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              1000D:719 ISO
              550D:784 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 600D

              Canon EOS 600D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $979 with 18-55mm, 75-300mm lenses

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 700D

              Canon EOS 700D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $753 with 18-55mm, 55-250mm lenses

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 1200D

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $429 body only

              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
              Canon EOS 1100D

              Canon EOS 1100D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $412 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $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
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 body only

              $409 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Sensor size Has a slightly larger sensor
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon EOS 100D

              Canon EOS 100D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $532 body only

              $563 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 EOS 1000D Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 400D

              Canon EOS 400D

              Entry-level DSLR

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Color depth Better color depth
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Live view No live view

              Canon EOS 550D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS 550D.

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