Canon Rebel T2i vs Canon EOS 20D

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Canon EOS Rebel T2i

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Canon EOS 20D

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Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T2i

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
Large screen
Screen size
3"
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,040k dots
Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 20D

Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
Thickness
Thin
2.8"

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differences

Advantages of the Canon 20D

Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
5 fps vs 3.7 fps
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Around 40% faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.56x vs 0.54x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Canon T2i

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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" vs 1.8"
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Around 70% larger screen
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 118k dots
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Around 9x 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
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 8.2 MP
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Capture more than 2x more detail in your photos
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.5 EV vs 11 EV
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1 f-stop more dynamic range
Overall image quality
Better image quality
66.0 vs 62.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Color depth
Better color depth
22.1 bits vs 21.9 bits
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Distinguishes 0.2 more bits of color
Size
Much smaller
129×98×62 mm vs 144×106×72 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
784 ISO vs 721 ISO
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The T2i has a slight edge (0.1 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Thickness
Much thinner
2.4" vs 2.8"
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More than 10% thinner
Weight
Much lighter
530 g vs 770 g
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More than 30% lighter
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The T2i's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops better
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The T2i's boost ISO is 4 f-stops better
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$898.00 vs $942.01
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              220 lenses
              Thickness Thin Help
              20D2.8"
              T2i2.4"
              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              20D$942.01
              T2i$898.00
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              20D3,200 ISO
              T2i12,800 ISO
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              20D1,600 ISO
              T2i6,400 ISO
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              20D8.2 MP
              T2i17.9 MP
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              20D11 EV
              T2i11.5 EV
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              20D62.0
              T2i66.0
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              20D21.9 bits
              T2i22.1 bits
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              20DNone
              T2i1080p @ 30fps
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              20D721 ISO
              T2i784 ISO

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $325 body only

              $360 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $459 body only

              $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lowest price Is much less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $490 - $649 body only

              $581 - $699 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $999 body only

              $919 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $509 body only

              $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $332 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is much less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS 20D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 30D

              Canon EOS 30D

              Entry-level DSLR

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Entry-level DSLR

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Color depth Better color depth
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower

              Canon EOS Rebel T2i Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T6i

              Canon EOS Rebel T6i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 body only

              $849 with 18-55mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker

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