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

Canon Rebel T2i

Winner
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

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

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 20D

Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
5 fps
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
 

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
Help
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
Overall image quality
Better image quality
66.0 vs 62.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Size
Much smaller
129x98x62 mm vs 144x106x72 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Color depth
Better color depth
22.1 bits vs 21.9 bits
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Distinguishes 0.2 more bits of color
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$599.99 vs $1,831.21
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The best price we've seen is $1,231 cheaper (3.1x less)
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 (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
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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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              197 lenses
              Thickness Thin Help
              20D:2.8"
              T2i:2.4"
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              20D:1,600 ISO
              T2i:6,400 ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              20D:5 fps
              T2i:3.7 fps
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              20D:11 EV
              T2i:11.5 EV
              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
              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 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 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 T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $750 body only

              $597 - $700 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

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $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 Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $389 - $418 body only

              $399 - $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 body only

              $390 - $409 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 EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $899 body only

              $959 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 body only

              $1,129 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              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
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              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT

              Entry-level DSLR

              $570 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Much smaller
              Lowest price Much cheaper
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,000 body only

              $1,600 with 17-85mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Size Much smaller
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower

              Canon EOS Rebel T2i Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $549 body only

              $549 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Overall image quality Worse image quality

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