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Advantages of the Canon 500D

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Thickness
Much thinner
2.4" vs 3.1"
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More than 20% thinner
Size
Smaller
129×98×62 mm vs 145×106×79 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$327.46 vs $2,359.99
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The best price we've seen is $2,033 cheaper (7.2x less)
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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Overall image quality
Much better image quality
66.0 vs 63.0
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Almost the same
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
Battery life
Much longer battery life
1100 shots vs 400 shots
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Around 3x more shots per battery charge
Movie format
Higher frame rate movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 20fps
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Both shoot Full HD (1080p) video, but 500D does so at a lower frame rate
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
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
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.59x vs 0.54x
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Around 20% larger viewfinder
True resolution
Higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 15.1 MP
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Capture around 20% more detail in your photos
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
5.3 fps vs 3.4 fps
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Around 60% faster continuous shooting
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Viewfinder coverage
Better viewfinder coverage
96% vs 95%
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Dynamic range Excellent dynamic range Help
              11.5 EV
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              220 lenses
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Common Weaknesses
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              500D159 ms
              60D253 ms
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              500D300 ms
              60D400 ms
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              500D21.7 bits
              60D22.2 bits
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              500D95%
              60D96%
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              500D15.1 MP
              60D17.9 MP
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              9
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              500D663 ISO
              60D813 ISO
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              500D1080p @ 20fps
              60D1080p @ 30fps
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              500D3,200 ISO
              60D6,400 ISO
              Screen size Very small screens Help
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