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"
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" 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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1.2 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
129×98×62 mm vs 150×107×75 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 2 f-stops better
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              220 lenses
              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
              1
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              10D3 fps
              500D3.4 fps
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              10D3,200 ISO
              500D12,800 ISO
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              10D1,600 ISO
              500D3,200 ISO
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              10D21.1 bits
              500D21.7 bits
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              10D6.3 MP
              500D15.1 MP
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              10D10.9 EV
              500D11.5 EV
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              10D0.55x
              500D0.54x
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              10D57.0
              500D63.0
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              10D1.8"
              500D3"
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              10D571 ISO
              500D663 ISO

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $339 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $259 - $649 body only

              $581 - $649 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon Kiss X5

              Canon Kiss X5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              Color depth Has significantly more color depth
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $898 with 18-55mm, 75-300mm lenses

              Color depth Has significantly more color depth
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $509 body only

              $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $263 body only

              $358 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 10D Competitors

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              Canon EOS 20D

              Canon EOS 20D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $942 body only

              $1,499 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Overall image quality Better image quality

              Canon EOS 500D Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS 500D.

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