Updated (February 2010): Compare the Canon EOS 500D vs Canon EOS 550D

Canon EOS 550D vs Canon EOS 500D

Winner
Canon EOS 550D

57

Canon EOS 500D

54

Runner-up

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 500D

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
159 ms shutter lag
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 20fps
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 500D.
Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 550D.

competitors

Canon EOS 550D Competitors

Canon EOS 1200D

Canon EOS 1200D

Entry-level DSLR

$289 - $435 body only

$332 - $566 with 18-55mm lens

Autofocus Video autofocus
Battery life Slightly longer battery life
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
Canon EOS 600D

Canon EOS 600D

Entry-level DSLR

$1,095 body only

$837 - $849 with 18-55mm lens

Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Startup delay Much more startup delay
Canon EOS 700D

Canon EOS 700D

Entry-level DSLR

$489 with 18-55mm lens

Autofocus Video autofocus
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Color depth Worse color depth

Canon EOS 500D Competitors

Canon EOS 1200D

Canon EOS 1200D

Entry-level DSLR

$289 - $435 body only

$332 - $566 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Autofocus Video autofocus
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
Canon EOS 1100D

Canon EOS 1100D

Entry-level DSLR

$396 body only

$381 with 18-55mm, 55-250mm lenses

Color depth Better color depth
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Movie format Lower resolution movies
Canon EOS 600D

Canon EOS 600D

Entry-level DSLR

$1,095 body only

$837 - $849 with 18-55mm lens

Color depth Better color depth
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Startup delay Much more startup delay

discussion

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Avatar for PC1512 PC1512 (2:19 PM, May 02, 2012)
It doesn't need one - the EOS range has *always* put the AF motor in the lens, ever since the system was devised in 1987 (for film cameras) - so no EOS body has an internal motor, but every EOS body can work with every EF lens.

Nikon started out putting motors in the camera bodies and none in their AF lenses, and even now most of their camera range have motors inside to power those motorless AF lenses, some of which are still on sale.  It was only much more recently that they started to adopt the Canon method, and put motors in newer lens designs.  Cutting out the internal motor from the lower end bodies like the D5100 reduces Nikon's costs, but means their users are restricted to autofocus with ONLY those much newer lenses - not the whole AF range that's open to any EOS user.
 
Avatar for PC1512 PC1512 (2:12 PM, May 02, 2012)
This is all a little inaccurate - there is no internal focussing motor in the 500D, the 550D, or in fact ANY Canon DSLR.  The EOS range (ever since the system was designed for the first film cameras in 1987) has always put the motor in the lens, not the camera.  There are no mechanical linkages between an EOS body and an EF lens, only electrical contacts.  The result of that is that any of Canon's DLSR's today can work perfectly with virtually any EF lens created since 1987.

Nikon are different, as instead of creating a whole new lens mount from scratch as Canon did with the EOS system, they adapted their existing F mount dating back to 1959 (which obviously predates autofocus by some way).  For many years, their AF bodies (film and digital) had an autofocus motor inside which drove the matching AF lens range via a "screw" in the mount.  Only much more recently have they ended up rethinking this approach, and copying Canon's original idea - putting the motor in newer lenses.  Most Nikon bodies still have the motor inside as well, so can autofocus with the whole range of lenses, but newer lower-end bodies like the D5100, D3100 etc do not - they can ONLY autofocus with those newer lenses which have their own built in motor.

So it's wrong to say the 500D, 550D etc have a focus motor, but right to say they still have an advantage over the equally motorless D5100, because they never needed one in the first place - unlike the Nikon.
 
Youssef Funky (11:35 AM, January 08, 2012)
500d Doesnt Have A Built In Focus Motor :s
 
Flona (10:33 PM, December 06, 2011)
Canon t2i is just another name of the canon 550d.
 
Flona (10:32 PM, December 06, 2011)
The 550d is better than the 500d but the lenses 75-300 is for zooming a lot, and the 18-55mm is the lenses of the kit, but he doesnt zoom a lot. Take the 550d, and after when you know how using it buy the 75-300mm.
Hope i help you :)
 
Frans (8:07 AM, November 26, 2011)
I have to make a choice between the canon EOS500D with lenses18-55mm and 75-300mm and the canon 550d with only a 18-55 IS lens. The Canon550D is a little more expensive. Please help! I dont have photography experience. And which has the best zoom?
 
Vishnucia@yahoo.co.in (9:07 AM, July 18, 2011)
:P
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (6:25 PM, June 16, 2011)
Hi Sam, you're correct, they're the same camera.  Its a bit subtle, but if you check Snapsort's page on the Canon T2i you'll see part way down it says "also known as Canon 550D".  Canon markets the camera in North America as the Rebel T2i, and as the 550D everywhere else.
 
Sam (6:22 PM, June 16, 2011)
Is there any difference between Canon T2i and Canon 550D? Most of the websites refer them as the same.
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (0:40 PM, April 19, 2011)
Like you said most lenses on the market today have internal motors in them. Some older ones do not.
 
Ajay Sarda (10:19 AM, April 19, 2011)
How does the internal moter play a role. If i buy 550d it has and d3100 doesnt has. Are there any lens that dont have internal motor these days?
 
Avatar for claicers claicers (3:24 PM, April 09, 2010)
Eos 550D is better