Updated (February, 2011): Compare the Canon EOS 20D vs Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T2i

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Canon EOS Rebel T2i

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Canon EOS 20D

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Canon EOS 20D

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Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T2i

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,040k dots
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 20D

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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
Thickness
Thin
2.8"
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon 20D

Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 5 fps vs 3.7 fps
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Around 40% faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.56x vs 0.54x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 22.5x15.0mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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Almost the same
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 3.0" 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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0.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Size Much smaller 129x98x62 mm vs 144x106x72 mm
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Around 30% smaller
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
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
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The T2i's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
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 2 f-stops better
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        Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Lens availability Many lenses available Help
        197 lenses
        Thickness Thin Help
        20D:2.8"
        T2i:2.4"
        Autofocus No video autofocus Help
        Manual focus only
        Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
        20D:3,200 ISO
        T2i:12,800 ISO
        Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
        95%
        Sensor size Very small sensors Help
        20D:APS-C 22.5x15.0mm
        T2i:APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        20D:1,600 ISO
        T2i:6,400 ISO
        Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
        Need to shelter it from weather
        Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
        20D:11 EV
        T2i:11.5 EV
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        20D:5 fps
        T2i:3.7 fps
        Overall image quality Low image quality Help
        20D:62.0
        T2i:66.0
        Color depth Poor color depth Help
        20D:21.9 bits
        T2i:22.1 bits
        Movie format One shoots movies Help
        20D:None
        T2i:1080p @ 30fps
        Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
        20D:721 ISO
        T2i:784 ISO

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $749 body only

        $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $276 - $298 body only

        $385 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

        Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
        Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon EOS 60D

        Canon EOS 60D

        Pro DSLR

        $699 - $871 body only

        $999 - $1,150 with 18-135mm lens

        Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
        Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $392 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Sensor size Has a slightly larger sensor
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon Rebel T5i

        Canon Rebel T5i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $599 body only

        $749 - $1,148 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 D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $437 - $520 body only

        $528 - $696 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 Rebel T1i

        Canon Rebel T1i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $999 body only

        $400 with 18-55mm lens

        Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack

        Canon EOS 20D Competitors

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        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
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        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT

        Entry-level DSLR

        $426 with 18-55mm lens

        Size Much smaller
        Weight Significantly lighter
        Low light performance More noise at high ISO
        Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder

        Canon EOS Rebel T2i Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $497 with 18-55mm lens

        Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
        Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
        Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
        Size Significantly larger

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