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

Canon EOS 500D

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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

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 20fps
Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 350D

Size
Really small
Prosumer size 127x94x64 mm
Thickness
Thin
2.5"
 
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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
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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 Significantly 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 slightly 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
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The 500D's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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        Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Size Very small Help
        350D:127x94x64 mm
        500D:129x98x62 mm
        Lens availability Many lenses available Help
        197 lenses
        Thickness Very thin Help
        350D:2.5"
        500D:2.4"
        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
        Color depth Poor color depth Help
        350D:21.8 bits
        500D:21.7 bits
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        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
        350D:10.8 EV
        500D:11.5 EV
        Movie format One shoots movies Help
        350D:None
        500D:1080p @ 20fps
        Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
        350D:0.49x
        500D:0.54x
        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

        $550 with 18-55mm 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 550D

        Canon EOS 550D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,264 body only

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Color depth Has slightly more color depth
        Lowest price Is much more expensive
        Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $278 body only

        $427 - $440 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 700D

        Canon EOS 700D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,221 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $339 - $567 body only

        $477 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 450D

        Canon EOS 450D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,633 with 18-55mm lens

        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Lowest price Is much more expensive

        Canon EOS 350D Competitors

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        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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        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?