Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 1100D vs Canon EOS 70D

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

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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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
Thickness Much thinner 2.4" vs 3.1"
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More than 20% thinner
Size Significantly 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 Significantly 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 Better image quality 66.0 vs 63.0
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Almost the same
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
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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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              similarities

              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
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              500D:95%
              60D:96%
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              12,800 ISO
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              500D:3,200 ISO
              60D:6,400 ISO
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              11.5 EV
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              500D:15.1 MP
              60D:17.9 MP
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              500D:3.4 fps
              60D:5.3 fps
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              500D:63.0
              60D:66.0
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              500D:21.7 bits
              60D:22.2 bits
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              500D:0.54x
              60D:0.59x
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              500D:663 ISO
              60D:813 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,147 body only

              $1,330 - $1,349 with 18-135mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon EOS 700D

              Canon EOS 700D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $750 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 600D

              Canon EOS 600D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $492 body only

              $579 with 18-135mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,079 body only

              $1,099 - $1,978 with 28-135mm lens

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

              $950 - $1,025 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 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
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $415 body only

              $389 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Color depth Has significantly more color depth
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS 500D Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 - $387 body only

              $401 - $430 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              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

              $697 - $747 body only

              $629 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

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

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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?