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
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
6.3 fps
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
131 ms shutter lag
 

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
Size Smaller 129x98x62 mm vs 146x108x74 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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0.1 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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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
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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
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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        Compared to recent DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
        300 ms startup delay
        Lens availability Many lenses available Help
        197 lenses
        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
        Autofocus No video autofocus Help
        Manual focus only
        Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
        Won't autofocus with all lenses
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        15.1 MP
        Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
        12,800 ISO
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        3,200 ISO
        Focus points Few focus points Help
        9
        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 600D

        Canon EOS 600D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $650 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

        $650 - $699 body only

        $450 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

        Color depth Has slightly more color depth
        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Canon EOS 550D

        Canon EOS 550D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,152 with 18-135mm 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

        $450 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 significantly heavier
        Canon EOS 700D

        Canon EOS 700D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $750 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon EOS 70D

        Canon EOS 70D

        Pro DSLR

        $999 - $1,231 body only

        $200 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

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

        Canon EOS 500D Competitors

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        Canon EOS 1200D

        Canon EOS 1200D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $419 body only

        $500 with 18-55mm lens

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Color depth Better color depth
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor

        Canon EOS 50D Competitors

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

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