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Canon EOS 60D

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Canon EOS 60D

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Canon EOS 500D

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Canon EOS 500D

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 60D

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Battery life
Great battery life
1100 shots
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
 

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 129x98x62 mm
Thickness
Thin
2.4"
 
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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
Thickness Much thinner 2.4" vs 3.1"
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More than 20% thinner
Size Smaller 129x98x62 mm vs 145x106x79 mm
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Around 40% smaller
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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Color depth Better color depth 22.2 bits vs 21.7 bits
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Distinguishes 0.5 more bits of color
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
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 Better image quality 66.0 vs 63.0
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Almost the same
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
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 5.3 fps vs 3.4 fps
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Around 60% faster continuous shooting
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
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
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 1 f-stop 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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        Compared to recent DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Lens availability Many lenses available Help
        197 lenses
        Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
        500D:300 ms
        60D:400 ms
        Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
        External flash not needed
        Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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        Autofocus No video autofocus Help
        Manual focus only
        Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
        500D:95%
        60D:96%
        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
        Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
        12,800 ISO
        Focus points Few focus points Help
        9
        Sensor size Very small sensors Help
        APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        500D:3,200 ISO
        60D:6,400 ISO
        Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
        11.5 EV
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        500D:15.1 MP
        60D:17.9 MP
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        500D:3.4 fps
        60D:5.3 fps
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur
        Color depth Poor color depth Help
        500D:21.7 bits
        60D:22.2 bits
        Overall image quality Low image quality Help
        500D:63.0
        60D:66.0
        Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
        500D:663 ISO
        60D:813 ISO

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        Canon EOS 70D

        Canon EOS 70D

        Pro DSLR

        $1,049 - $1,150 body only

        $200 - $1,249 with 18-55mm lens

        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Canon EOS 600D

        Canon EOS 600D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $550 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

        $1,042 body only

        $1,253 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 EOS 7D

        Canon EOS 7D

        Pro DSLR

        $999 - $1,399 body only

        $1,299 - $1,699 with 18-135mm lens

        Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
        Cross type focus points Has slightly more cross-type focus points
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Nikon D5200

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $597 - $647 body only

        $544 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon EOS 6D

        Canon EOS 6D

        Pro DSLR

        $1,899 body only

        $2,209 - $2,499 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 650D

        Canon EOS 650D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $720 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 EOS 500D Competitors

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        Canon EOS 450D

        Canon EOS 450D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,633 with 18-55mm lens

        Color depth Better color depth
        Battery life Slightly longer battery life
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        Movie format Does not take movies

        Canon EOS 60D Competitors

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        Nikon D7000

        Nikon D7000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $701 - $840 body only

        $913 - $989 with 18-105mm lens

        Dynamic range More dynamic range
        Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
        Nikon D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $720 - $747 body only

        $847 with 18-55mm lens

        Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
        Dynamic range More dynamic range
        Weather sealed No weather sealing
        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?