Updated (February, 2011): Compare the Canon EOS 450D vs Canon EOS 600D

Canon EOS 550D

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Canon EOS 550D

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Canon EOS 450D

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Canon EOS 450D

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 550D

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,040k dots
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 450D

Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
160 ms shutter lag
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 129x98x62 mm
Sensor cleaning
Self cleaning sensor
Avoids dust in your photos
Thickness
Thin
2.4"
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon 450D

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Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
160 ms vs 252 ms
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Around 40% less delay when taking photos
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
500 shots vs 440 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
Lowest price
Cheaper
$423.19 vs $576.83
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The best price we've seen is $154 cheaper (around 30% less)
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Advantages of the Canon 550D

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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 resolution
Much higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4.5x 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
Overall image quality
Better image quality
66.0 vs 61.0
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Around 10% better image quality
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
784 ISO vs 692 ISO
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The 550D has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Color depth
Better color depth
22.1 bits vs 21.9 bits
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Distinguishes 0.2 more bits of color
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The 550D's boost ISO is 3 f-stops better
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 800 ISO
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The 550D's maximum light sensitivity is 3 f-stops better
Sensor size
Slightly larger sensor
APS-C 22.3x14.9mm vs APS-C 22.2x14.8mm
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Almost the same
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
3.7 fps vs 3.5 fps
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Around 10% faster continuous shooting
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              400 ms startup delay
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              197 lenses
              Size Very small Help
              Prosumer size 129x98x62 mm
              Thickness Very thin Help
              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) Poor boost ISO Help
              450D:1,600 ISO
              550D: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
              550D:APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              450D:3.5 fps
              550D:3.7 fps
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              450D:800 ISO
              550D:6,400 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
              550D: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
              550D:440 shots
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              450D:61.0
              550D:66.0
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              450D:21.9 bits
              550D:22.1 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              450D:692 ISO
              550D:784 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

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is much larger
              Canon EOS 700D

              Canon EOS 700D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 1200D

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $429 body only

              $498 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Canon EOS 1100D

              Canon EOS 1100D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              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 significantly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger
              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
              Sensor size Has a slightly larger sensor
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon EOS 500D

              Canon EOS 500D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $684 body only

              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack

              Canon EOS 450D Competitors

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              Canon EOS 400D

              Canon EOS 400D

              Entry-level DSLR

              Color depth Better color depth
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Live view No live view

              Canon EOS 550D Competitors

              Advantages

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS 550D.

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              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (0:51 PM, November 14, 2011)
              You can see how we scored this review here, votes do not have an effect on our score.
               
              Avatar for Satyam Joshi Satyam Joshi (2:43 PM, November 13, 2011)
              this fake...bad info....how come 450d is expensive much than 550D ...even it got nearly equal votes against 550d ....HOW ?450d doesn't shoot movie  so it cost more than 2000 kr...amazing !!!