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

Canon EOS 550D

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Canon EOS 550D

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Canon EOS 1000D

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Canon EOS 1000D

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 550D

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

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 1000D

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
Thickness
Thin
2.6"
 
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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 Longer battery life 500 shots vs 440 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
Lowest price Cheaper $985.45 vs $1,263.96
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The best price we've seen is $279 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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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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
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
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
Color depth Better color depth 22.1 bits vs 22 bits
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Distinguishes 0.1 more bits of color
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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              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              1000D:300 ms
              550D:400 ms
              Size Very small Help
              1000D:126x98x65 mm
              550D:129x98x62 mm
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              197 lenses
              Thickness Very thin Help
              1000D:2.6"
              550D:2.4"
              Weight Light weight Help
              1000D:502 g
              550D:530 g
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              1000D:$985.45
              550D:$1,263.96
              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
              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
              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
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              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
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              1000D:10.9 EV
              550D:11.5 EV
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              1000D:500 shots
              550D:440 shots
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              1000D:0.50x
              550D:0.54x
              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
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              1000D:None
              550D:1080p @ 30fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 600D

              Canon EOS 600D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 1100D

              Canon EOS 1100D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $400 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 D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $278 body only

              $427 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
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $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
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger
              Canon EOS 700D

              Canon EOS 700D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,221 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              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 EOS 500D

              Canon EOS 500D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p

              Canon EOS 1000D Competitors

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              Nikon D3000

              Nikon D3000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $475 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Live view No live view
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO

              Canon EOS 550D Competitors

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

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              open XS (2:28 PM, February 10, 2011)
              Exactly, great comparison.
               
              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (2:30 PM, September 26, 2010)
              Great to hear!
               
              Adelle (0:02 PM, September 26, 2010)
              this is the best camera comparison site I have come across! Makes it super easy to see which camera suits my needs