Updated (February, 2011): Compare the Canon EOS 600D vs Canon EOS 5D

Canon EOS 550D

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Canon EOS 550D

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Canon EOS 5D

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 550D

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,040k dots
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D

Color depth
Great color depth
22.9 bits
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.71x
Sensor size
Large sensor
Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
Badge
Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
 
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Advantages of the Canon 550D

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Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4.5x higher resolution screen
Screen size Much larger screen 3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Live view Has live view Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.5 EV vs 11.1 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
True resolution Higher true resolution 17.9 MP vs 12.7 MP
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Capture more than 40% more detail in your photos
Lens availability More lenses available 197 lenses vs 156 lenses
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Around 30% more lenses available
Size Significantly smaller 129x98x62 mm vs 152x113x75 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Thickness Much thinner 2.4" vs 3"
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Around 20% thinner
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The 550D's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Weight Significantly lighter 530 g vs 895 g
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More than 40% lighter
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 3.7 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 20% faster continuous shooting
Lowest price Cheaper $830.23 vs $3,999.95
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The best price we've seen is $3,170 cheaper (4.8x less)
Built-in flash Built-in flash Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The 550D's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
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Advantages of the Canon 5D

Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,368 ISO vs 784 ISO
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The 5D has a slight edge (0.8 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder 0.71x vs 0.54x
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More than 70% larger viewfinder
Sensor size Much larger sensor Full frame 36.0x24.0mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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More than 2.5x larger sensor
Color depth Better color depth 22.9 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 0.8 more bits of color
Overall image quality Better image quality 71.0 vs 66.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
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
              Thickness Thin Help
              550D:2.4"
              5D:3"
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              550D:95%
              5D:96%
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              550D:12,800 ISO
              5D:3,200 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              550D:3.7 fps
              5D:3 fps
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              550D:6,400 ISO
              5D:1,600 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              550D:11.5 EV
              5D:11.1 EV
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              550D:17.9 MP
              5D:12.7 MP
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              550D:66.0
              5D:71.0

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              Shared Competitors

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              Canon EOS 600D

              Canon EOS 600D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $520 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $871 body only

              $999 - $1,052 with 18-135mm lens

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 1100D

              Canon EOS 1100D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $580 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $392 - $430 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
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $437 - $520 body only

              $530 - $696 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Dynamic range Has significantly wider dynamic range
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $3,120 body only

              $3,299 with 24-105mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS 550D Competitors

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              Canon EOS 700D

              Canon EOS 700D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $642 - $760 body only

              $689 - $937 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Overall image quality Worse image quality

              Canon EOS 5D Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS 5D.

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