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Canon EOS 500D

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Canon EOS 500D

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Nikon D3000

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Nikon D3000

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 500D

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 20fps
Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3000

Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 126x97x64 mm
Thickness
Thin
2.5"
 
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Advantages of the Canon 500D

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Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 20fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Live view Has live view Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 663 ISO vs 563 ISO
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The 500D has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.5 EV vs 11.1 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 159 ms vs 262 ms
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Around 40% less delay when taking photos
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 15.1 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture 50% more detail in your photos
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Startup delay Less startup delay 300 ms vs 700 ms
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2.3x less delay when turning on
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 63.0 vs 62.0
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Almost the same
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The 500D's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder 0.54x vs 0.52x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 3.4 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 10% faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The 500D's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Thickness Thinner 2.4" vs 2.5"
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Almost the same
Weight Slightly lighter 520 g vs 536 g
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Almost the same
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Color depth Better color depth 22.3 bits vs 21.7 bits
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Distinguishes 0.6 more bits of color
Sensor size Much larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
Battery life Longer battery life 550 shots vs 400 shots
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Around 40% more shots per battery charge
Lens availability Slightly more lenses available 205 lenses vs 197 lenses
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Almost the same
Focus points Slightly more focus points 11 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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        Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Size Very small Help
        500D:129x98x62 mm
        D3000:126x97x64 mm
        Lens availability Many lenses available Help
        500D:197 lenses
        D3000:205 lenses
        Thickness Very thin Help
        500D:2.4"
        D3000:2.5"
        Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
        1/4000 of a second
        Autofocus No video autofocus Help
        Manual focus only
        Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
        500D:12,800 ISO
        D3000:3,200 ISO
        Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
        95%
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        500D:3.4 fps
        D3000:3 fps
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        500D:15.1 MP
        D3000:10 MP
        Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        500D:3,200 ISO
        D3000:1,600 ISO
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur
        Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
        Need to shelter it from weather
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
        500D:11.5 EV
        D3000:11.1 EV
        Focus points Few focus points Help
        500D:9
        D3000:11
        Movie format One shoots movies Help
        500D:1080p @ 20fps
        D3000:None
        Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
        500D:0.54x
        D3000:0.52x
        Overall image quality Low image quality Help
        500D:63.0
        D3000:62.0
        Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
        500D:663 ISO
        D3000:563 ISO
        Color depth Poor color depth Help
        500D:21.7 bits
        D3000:22.3 bits

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        Disadvantages

        Canon EOS 1100D

        Canon EOS 1100D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $450 with 18-55mm lens

        Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon EOS 600D

        Canon EOS 600D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $550 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $380 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is slightly larger
        Canon EOS 550D

        Canon EOS 550D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,152 - $1,613 with 18-135mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Lowest price Is much more expensive
        Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 - $656 body only

        $399 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has much better image quality
        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is significantly larger
        Canon EOS 1000D

        Canon EOS 1000D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $974 with 18-55mm lens

        Lowest price Is much more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon EOS 450D

        Canon EOS 450D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,633 with 18-55mm lens

        Lowest price Is much more expensive

        Canon EOS 500D Competitors

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        Canon EOS 700D

        Canon EOS 700D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,042 body only

        $1,253 with 18-55mm lens

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
        Size Much larger

        Nikon D3000 Competitors

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        Nikon D60

        Nikon D60

        Entry-level DSLR

        Overall image quality Better image quality
        Dynamic range More dynamic range
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Focus points Fewer focus points

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