Updated (February 2011): Compare the Canon EOS 50D vs Canon Rebel T3i

Canon EOS 50D vs Canon Rebel T2i

Winner
Canon EOS 50D

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Canon EOS Rebel T2i

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Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 50D

Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.59x
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
6.3 fps
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
300 ms startup delay
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T2i

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,040k dots
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone

galleries

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differences

Advantages of the Canon 50D

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Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
131 ms vs 252 ms
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Around 50% less delay when taking photos
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
6.3 fps vs 3.7 fps
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More than 70% 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
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Battery life
Longer battery life
640 shots vs 440 shots
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Around 50% more shots per battery charge
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
300 ms vs 400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
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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Advantages of the Canon T2i

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Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Color depth
Better color depth
22.1 bits vs 21.8 bits
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Distinguishes 0.3 more bits of color
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
Size
Significantly smaller
129×98×62 mm vs 146×108×74 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.5 EV vs 11.4 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Thickness
Much thinner
2.4" vs 2.9"
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Around 20% thinner
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
784 ISO vs 696 ISO
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The T2i has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
True resolution
Higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 15.1 MP
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Capture around 20% more detail in your photos
Weight
Significantly lighter
530 g vs 822 g
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Around 40% lighter
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The T2i's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent DSLRs, and ignoring price

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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
              50D300 ms
              T2i400 ms
              Common Weaknesses
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              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
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              9
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              12,800 ISO
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              50D3,200 ISO
              T2i6,400 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              50D11.4 EV
              T2i11.5 EV
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              50D15.1 MP
              T2i17.9 MP
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              50D21.8 bits
              T2i22.1 bits
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              50D63.0
              T2i66.0
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3"
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              50D696 ISO
              T2i784 ISO

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              competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $475 - $649 body only

              $589 - $699 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 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 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $724 body only

              $929 - $949 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $849 - $999 body only

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

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $447 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 Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $332 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS 50D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS 50D.

              Canon EOS Rebel T2i Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS Rebel T2i.

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              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (11:08 PM, February 05, 2011)
              No, the 50D doesn't shoot video. The newer Canon 60d does though.
               
              Lazaroruiz (11:04 PM, February 05, 2011)
              Does the EOS 50D shoot video?
               
              Avatar for christopherreid christopherreid (5:56 PM, April 30, 2010)
              Hi Eliana, thanks for visiting us, we have tons of info on Samsung's cameras, just go to the main site snapsort.com and type in the two cameras you want to compare.

              You were looking at the 50d vs T2i so perhaps you want a Samsung close to those, how about the Samsung HZ25W - see the T2i vs HZ25W compared

              Looks like you're from brazil. Thanks for checking us out! The above post is by me I logged in under the incorrect disqus account. Hopefully all this helps you.
               
              Avatar for ca2reid ca2reid (5:50 PM, April 30, 2010)
              Eliana, you should be able to find info on all of Samsungs cameras on the website, for instance the WB600 a popular model with big zoom and hd movies shooting capability. You can see comparisons against top competitors like the samsung st1000 vs sony DSC HX5. Simply type in the camera or comparison you'd like to see and discover more info. You can compare the 50d or T2i against any of Samsungs models and see the differences.
               
              Avatar for Eliana Eliana (5:30 PM, April 30, 2010)
              I would like to see something about Sansung's cameras.
              I coudn't see anything about in this website.

              Thank you