Updated (February, 2011): Compare the Canon EOS 1100D vs Canon EOS 50D

Canon EOS 50D

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Canon EOS 50D

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Canon EOS 500D

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Canon EOS 500D

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 50D

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
131 ms shutter lag
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 500D

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 129x98x62 mm
Thickness
Thin
2.4"
Weight
Light-weight
520 g
 
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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
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.5 EV vs 11.4 EV
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0.1 f-stops more dynamic range
Size Smaller 129x98x62 mm vs 146x108x74 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Thickness Much thinner 2.4" vs 2.9"
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Around 20% thinner
Weight Lighter 520 g vs 822 g
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Around 40% lighter
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $1,198.56 vs $1,688.99
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The best price we've seen is $490 cheaper (around 30% less)
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Advantages of the Canon 50D

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Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 6.3 fps vs 3.4 fps
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Around 90% faster continuous shooting
Color depth Better color depth 21.8 bits vs 21.7 bits
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Distinguishes 0.1 more bits of color
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.59x vs 0.54x
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Around 20% larger viewfinder
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Battery life Longer battery life 640 shots vs 400 shots
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60% more shots per battery charge
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 131 ms vs 159 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              197 lenses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              300 ms startup delay
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              500D:159 ms
              50D:131 ms
              Thickness Thin Help
              500D:2.4"
              50D:2.9"
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
              1
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              12,800 ISO
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              15.1 MP
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              9
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              500D:21.7 bits
              50D:21.8 bits
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              500D:11.5 EV
              50D:11.4 EV
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              63.0
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              500D:0.54x
              50D:0.59x
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              500D:663 ISO
              50D:696 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $871 body only

              $999 - $1,150 with 18-135mm lens

              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 600D

              Canon EOS 600D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $520 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 550D

              Canon EOS 550D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $830 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 1100D

              Canon EOS 1100D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $435 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 40D

              Canon EOS 40D

              Pro DSLR

              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 - $1,231 body only

              $1,249 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has significantly more color depth
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $392 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Has significantly more color depth
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS 500D Competitors

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              Canon EOS 50D Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS 50D.

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