Updated (February, 2011): Compare the Canon EOS 10D vs Canon EOS 1100D

Canon EOS 500D

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 500D

Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
159 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 10D

Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
 
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Advantages of the Canon 10D

Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder 0.55x vs 0.54x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
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Screen size Much larger screen 3.0" vs 1.8"
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Around 70% larger screen
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 118k dots
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Around 8x 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
Color depth Better color depth 21.7 bits vs 21.1 bits
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Distinguishes 0.6 more bits of color
Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 20fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.5 EV vs 10.9 EV
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0.6 f-stops more dynamic range
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 15.1 MP vs 6.3 MP
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Capture around 2.5x more detail in your photos
Overall image quality Better image quality 63.0 vs 57.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Size Significantly smaller 129x98x62 mm vs 150x107x75 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Thickness Much thinner 2.4" vs 3"
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Around 20% thinner
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 663 ISO vs 571 ISO
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The 500D has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Weight Significantly lighter 520 g vs 875 g
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More than 40% lighter
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 3.4 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 10% faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The 500D's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The 500D's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
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        Compared to recent DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Lens availability Many lenses available Help
        197 lenses
        Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
        External flash not needed
        Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
        1/4000 of a second
        Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
        95%
        Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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        Autofocus No video autofocus Help
        Manual focus only
        Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
        Won't autofocus with all lenses
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        10D:3 fps
        500D:3.4 fps
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        10D:6.3 MP
        500D:15.1 MP
        Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
        10D:3,200 ISO
        500D:12,800 ISO
        Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
        Need to shelter it from weather
        Color depth Poor color depth Help
        10D:21.1 bits
        500D:21.7 bits
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        10D:1,600 ISO
        500D:3,200 ISO
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        Sensor size Very small sensors Help
        10D:APS-C 22.7x15.1mm
        500D:APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
        Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
        10D:10.9 EV
        500D:11.5 EV
        Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
        10D:0.55x
        500D:0.54x
        Overall image quality Low image quality Help
        10D:57.0
        500D:63.0
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur
        Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
        10D:571 ISO
        500D:663 ISO

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        Disadvantages

        Canon EOS 600D

        Canon EOS 600D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $626 with 18-55mm lens

        Color depth Has significantly more color depth
        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is slightly larger
        Canon EOS 550D

        Canon EOS 550D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,152 with 18-135mm lens

        Color depth Has significantly more color depth
        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
        Canon EOS 1100D

        Canon EOS 1100D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $450 with 18-55mm lens

        Color depth Has slightly more color depth
        Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
        Thickness Is thicker
        Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $273 body only

        $640 with 18-55mm lens

        Color depth Has significantly more color depth
        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Thickness Is thicker
        Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
        Canon EOS 450D

        Canon EOS 450D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,633 with 18-55mm lens

        Color depth Has slightly more color depth
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 body only

        $477 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Thickness Is thicker
        Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
        Canon EOS 100D

        Canon EOS 100D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $533 body only

        $572 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Thickness Is thicker
        Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag

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        Canon EOS 20D

        Canon EOS 20D

        Entry-level DSLR

        Color depth Better color depth
        Overall image quality Better image quality
        Canon EOS 300D

        Canon EOS 300D

        Entry-level DSLR

        Size Smaller
        Weight Significantly lighter
        Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
        Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
        Canon EOS 350D

        Canon EOS 350D

        Entry-level DSLR

        Color depth Better color depth
        Overall image quality Better image quality
        Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
        Viewfinder Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder

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        Canon EOS 700D

        Canon EOS 700D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $639 body only

        $708 with 18-55mm lens

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range
        Canon EOS 1200D

        Canon EOS 1200D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $419 body only

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Color depth Better color depth
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor

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