Updated (March 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 500D vs Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 60D vs Canon EOS 500D

Winner
Canon EOS 60D

63

Canon EOS 500D

57

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 60D

24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Pentaprism
Great battery life
Battery life
1100 shots
 

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
Size
Really small
Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm)
Thickness
Thin
2.4"

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differences

Advantages of the Canon 500D

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Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
159 ms vs 253 ms
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Around 40% less delay when taking photos
Size
Significantly smaller
129×98×62 mm vs 145×106×79 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Thickness
Much thinner
2.4" vs 3.1"
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More than 20% thinner
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
300 ms vs 400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Weight
Lighter
520 g vs 755 g
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More than 30% lighter
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Advantages of the Canon 60D

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Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Color depth
Better color depth
22.2 bits vs 21.7 bits
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Distinguishes 0.5 more bits of color
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
1100 shots vs 400 shots
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Around 3x more shots per battery charge
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
66.0 vs 63.0
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Almost the same
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
5.3 fps vs 3.4 fps
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Around 60% faster continuous shooting
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
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
813 ISO vs 663 ISO
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The 60D has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
True resolution
Higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 15.1 MP
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Capture around 20% more detail in your photos
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The 60D's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Viewfinder coverage
Better viewfinder coverage
96% vs 95%
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Almost the same
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
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              220 lenses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              500D300 ms
              60D400 ms
              Common Weaknesses
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              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
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              500D95%
              60D96%
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              9
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              12,800 ISO
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              500D3,200 ISO
              60D6,400 ISO
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              11.5 EV
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              500D15.1 MP
              60D17.9 MP
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              500D21.7 bits
              60D22.2 bits
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              500D63.0
              60D66.0
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3"
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              500D663 ISO
              60D813 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $999 body only

              $919 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $490 - $649 body only

              $581 - $699 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Kiss X5

              Canon Kiss X5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS Rebel T6i

              Canon EOS Rebel T6i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 body only

              $849 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Dynamic range Has significantly wider dynamic range
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $840 body only

              $1,099 - $1,138 with 18-135mm lens

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $325 body only

              $360 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,269 - $1,399 body only

              $1,799 with 24-105mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash

              Canon EOS 500D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $332 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $263 body only

              $358 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Color depth Better color depth
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag

              Canon EOS 60D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $480 - $647 body only

              $549 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Battery life Shorter battery life

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              Pappy (7:46 PM, February 13, 2014)
              Will the 500D take as good an image as the 60D under the same conditions?