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

Canon EOS 50D vs Canon EOS 500D

Winner
Canon EOS 50D

62

Canon EOS 500D

58

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 50D

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
6.3 fps
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Pentaprism
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
131 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 500D

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 20fps
Size
Really small
Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm)
Thickness
Thin
2.4"
Weight
Light-weight
520 g

galleries

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differences

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
Size
Significantly smaller
129×98×62 mm vs 146×108×74 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.5 EV vs 11.4 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Thickness
Much thinner
2.4" vs 2.9"
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Around 20% thinner
Weight
Significantly lighter
520 g vs 822 g
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Around 40% lighter
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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 significantly 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
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              300 ms startup delay
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              197 lenses
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              500D159 ms
              50D131 ms
              Common Weaknesses
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
              1
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              9
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              12,800 ISO
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              15.1 MP
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              500D21.7 bits
              50D21.8 bits
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              500D11.5 EV
              50D11.4 EV
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              63.0
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3"
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              500D663 ISO
              50D696 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 600D

              Canon EOS 600D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $515 - $556 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 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $649 - $699 body only

              $929 - $1,199 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 550D

              Canon EOS 550D

              Entry-level DSLR

              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

              $444 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 700D

              Canon EOS 700D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $776 with 18-55mm, 55-250mm lenses

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 1200D

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $339 body only

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $849 - $999 body only

              $929 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Has significantly more color depth
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon EOS 500D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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

              Canon EOS 50D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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

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