Canon EOS 500D vs Canon EOS 450D

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Canon EOS 500D

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Canon EOS 450D

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 500D

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 20fps
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
920k dots
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
159 ms shutter lag
Really small
Size
Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm)
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 450D

Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
160 ms shutter lag
Size
Really small
Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm)
Sensor cleaning
Self cleaning sensor
Avoids dust in your photos
Thickness
Thin
2.4"

galleries

Explore our gallery of 48 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 450D.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 500D.

differences

Advantages of the Canon 450D

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Color depth
Better color depth
21.9 bits vs 21.7 bits
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Distinguishes 0.2 more bits of color
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
692 ISO vs 663 ISO
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The 450D has a slight edge (0.1 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Battery life
Longer battery life
500 shots vs 400 shots
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Around 30% more shots per battery charge
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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 resolution
Much higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.5 EV vs 10.8 EV
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1.4 f-stops more dynamic range
True resolution
Higher true resolution
15.1 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
63.0 vs 61.0
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Almost the same
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
300 ms vs 400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The 500D's boost ISO is 6 f-stops better
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 800 ISO
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The 500D's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops better
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              450D160 ms
              500D159 ms
              Size Fairly small Help
              Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm)
              Thickness Very thin Help
              2.4"
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              450D400 ms
              500D300 ms
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              220 lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              450D12.2 MP
              500D15.1 MP
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              450D1,600 ISO
              500D12,800 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              450D3.5 fps
              500D3.4 fps
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              1
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              450D800 ISO
              500D3,200 ISO
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              9
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              450DNone
              500D1080p @ 20fps
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              450D500 shots
              500D400 shots
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              450D21.9 bits
              500D21.7 bits
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              450D10.8 EV
              500D11.5 EV
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              450D61.0
              500D63.0
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              0.54x
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              450D692 ISO
              500D663 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $312 body only

              $360 - $399 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
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $339 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Canon Kiss X5

              Canon Kiss X5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $898 with 18-55mm, 75-300mm lenses

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $494 - $649 body only

              $579 - $649 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $509 body only

              $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              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
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger

              Canon EOS 450D Competitors

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              Canon EOS 500D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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

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