Updated (February, 2011): Compare the Canon EOS 450D vs Canon EOS 1100D

Canon EOS 500D

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Canon EOS 500D

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Canon EOS 450D

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Canon EOS 450D

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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
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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 450D

Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
160 ms shutter lag
 

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
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$423.19 vs $683.52
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The best price we've seen is $260 cheaper (around 40% 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 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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0.7 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
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The 500D's boost ISO is 3 f-stops better
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
300 ms vs 400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
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 800 ISO
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The 500D's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
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              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              450D:400 ms
              500D:300 ms
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              197 lenses
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              450D:160 ms
              500D:159 ms
              Size Very small Help
              Prosumer size 129x98x62 mm
              Thickness Very thin Help
              2.4"
              Weight Light weight Help
              450D:524 g
              500D:520 g
              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) Poor boost ISO Help
              450D:1,600 ISO
              500D:12,800 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              450D:APS-C 22.2x14.8mm
              500D:APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              450D:3.5 fps
              500D:3.4 fps
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              450D:12.2 MP
              500D:15.1 MP
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              450D:800 ISO
              500D:3,200 ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              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
              0.54x
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              450D:10.8 EV
              500D:11.5 EV
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              450D:500 shots
              500D:400 shots
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              450D:21.9 bits
              500D:21.7 bits
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              450D:None
              500D:1080p @ 20fps
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              450D:61.0
              500D:63.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              450D:692 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

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              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 slightly 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 significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 550D

              Canon EOS 550D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $895 with 18-135mm lens

              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 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 D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 - $387 body only

              $410 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $310 - $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 450D Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS 450D.

              Canon EOS 500D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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

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