Updated (February, 2011): Compare the Canon EOS 350D vs Canon EOS 1100D

Canon EOS 500D

Winner
Canon EOS 500D

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Canon EOS 350D

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Canon EOS 350D

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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 350D

Size
Really small
Prosumer size 127x94x64 mm
Thickness
Thin
2.5"
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon 350D

Color depth
Better color depth
21.8 bits vs 21.7 bits
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Distinguishes 0.1 more bits of color
Size
Slightly smaller
127x94x64 mm vs 129x98x62 mm
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Cheaper
$594.16 vs $683.52
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The best price we've seen is $89 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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Advantages of the Canon 500D

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Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 20fps 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
920k dots vs 115k dots
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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
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.5 EV vs 10.8 EV
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0.7 f-stops more dynamic range
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
15.1 MP vs 8 MP
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Capture around 90% more detail in your photos
Overall image quality
Better image quality
63.0 vs 60.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.54x vs 0.49x
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Around 20% larger viewfinder
Light sensitivity (boost)
Has boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
663 ISO vs 637 ISO
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The 500D has a slight edge (0.1 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
3.4 fps vs 2.8 fps
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More than 20% faster continuous shooting
Sensor size
Slightly larger sensor
APS-C 22.3x14.9mm vs APS-C 22.2x14.8mm
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Almost the same
Thickness
Thinner
2.4" vs 2.5"
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Almost the same
Weight
Slightly lighter
520 g vs 540 g
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Almost the same
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              197 lenses
              Size Very small Help
              350D:127x94x64 mm
              500D:129x98x62 mm
              Thickness Very thin Help
              350D:2.5"
              500D:2.4"
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              350D:None
              500D:12,800 ISO
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              350D:APS-C 22.2x14.8mm
              500D:APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              350D:2.8 fps
              500D:3.4 fps
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              350D:8 MP
              500D:15.1 MP
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              350D:1,600 ISO
              500D:3,200 ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              350D:21.8 bits
              500D:21.7 bits
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              350D:0.49x
              500D:0.54x
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              350D:10.8 EV
              500D:11.5 EV
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              350D:None
              500D:1080p @ 20fps
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              350D:60.0
              500D:63.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              350D:637 ISO
              500D:663 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 600D

              Canon EOS 600D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $491 body only

              $578 with 18-135mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is much larger
              Canon EOS 1100D

              Canon EOS 1100D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Canon EOS 700D

              Canon EOS 700D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 550D

              Canon EOS 550D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $913 with 18-135mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              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
              Color depth Has significantly more color depth
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger
              Canon EOS 1200D

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $429 body only

              $498 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              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 much better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger

              Canon EOS 350D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS 350D.

              Canon EOS 500D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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

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              discussion

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              Stig (1:53 PM, September 17, 2013)
              I have a 350D and my mate has the 500D. Must admit, the 500 is better to zoom in on whilst keeping the quality due to its amount of pixels and we both love the rear lcd panel, but we have both found the 350 is as much capable at taking photos, and in some conditions, better than the 500, perhaps due to its older ir filter. Both are awesome cameras for the price you can get them for now.
               
              Lookpoop (7:00 PM, March 23, 2011)
              how much do you think they both cost? like what's the average cost?