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

Canon EOS 550D vs Canon EOS 5D

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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

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
Large screen
Screen size
3.0"
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,040k dots
Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D

Color depth
Great color depth
22.9 bits
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.71x
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second

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Advantages of the Canon 550D

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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
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
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.5 EV vs 11.1 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
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
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
Thickness
Much thinner
2.4" vs 3"
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Around 20% thinner
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$522.99 vs $3,488.76
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The best price we've seen is $2,966 cheaper (6.7x less)
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
3.7 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 20% faster continuous shooting
Weight
Significantly lighter
530 g vs 895 g
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More than 40% lighter
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
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

Viewfinder size
Much larger viewfinder
0.71x vs 0.54x
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More than 70% larger viewfinder
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
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

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              Common Weaknesses
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              550D95%
              5D96%
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              550D3.7 fps
              5D3 fps
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              550D12,800 ISO
              5D3,200 ISO
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              550D6,400 ISO
              5D1,600 ISO
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              550D11.5 EV
              5D11.1 EV
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              550D17.9 MP
              5D12.7 MP
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              550D3.0"
              5D2.5"
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              550D66.0
              5D71.0

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 600D

              Canon EOS 600D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $513 - $641 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 EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $479 - $679 body only

              $800 - $900 with 18-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 700D

              Canon EOS 700D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $743 with 18-55mm, 55-250mm lenses

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $290 body only

              $379 - $447 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
              Canon EOS 1100D

              Canon EOS 1100D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $369 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $749 - $891 body only

              $849 with 28-135mm lens

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $354 body only

              $630 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              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 550D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $369 body only

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

              Canon EOS 5D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $619 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO

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