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

Canon EOS 500D vs Canon EOS 10D

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 500D

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 20fps
Large screen
Screen size
3.0"
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
920k dots
Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 10D

Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism

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differences

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
Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 20fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
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
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
63.0 vs 57.0
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More than 10% better image quality
True resolution
Higher true resolution
15.1 MP vs 6.3 MP
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Capture around 2.5x more detail in your photos
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 (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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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              197 lenses
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              10D:3,200 ISO
              500D:12,800 ISO
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              10D:21.1 bits
              500D:21.7 bits
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              10D:6.3 MP
              500D:15.1 MP
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              10D:1,600 ISO
              500D:3,200 ISO
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              10D:10.9 EV
              500D:11.5 EV
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              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
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              10D:1.8"
              500D:3.0"
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              10D:571 ISO
              500D:663 ISO

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 600D

              Canon EOS 600D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $520 - $649 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 1100D

              Canon EOS 1100D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $373 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Canon EOS 550D

              Canon EOS 550D

              Entry-level DSLR

              Color depth Has significantly more color depth
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $233 body only

              $375 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 100D

              Canon EOS 100D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $441 body only

              $532 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 450D

              Canon EOS 450D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $734 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Canon EOS 40D

              Canon EOS 40D

              Pro DSLR

              $700 body only

              $1,583 with 28-135mm lens

              Color depth Has significantly more color depth
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Canon EOS 10D Competitors

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              Canon EOS 20D

              Canon EOS 20D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,599 body only

              $1,762 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Canon EOS 350D

              Canon EOS 350D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $669 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon EOS 500D Competitors

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              Canon EOS 700D

              Canon EOS 700D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $717 with 18-55mm, 55-250mm lenses

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 1200D

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $350 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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