Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 600D vs Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 60D vs Canon EOS 550D

Winner
Canon EOS 60D

66

Canon EOS 550D

58

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 60D

Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
Great battery life
Battery life
1100 shots
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 550D

Size
Really small
Prosumer size 129x98x62 mm
Thickness
Thin
2.4"
Weight
Light-weight
530 g

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differences

Advantages of the Canon 550D

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Size
Significantly smaller
129x98x62 mm vs 145x106x79 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Thickness
Much thinner
2.4" vs 3.1"
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More than 20% thinner
Weight
Lighter
530 g vs 755 g
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Around 30% lighter
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Advantages of the Canon 60D

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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
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
1100 shots vs 440 shots
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2.5x more shots per battery charge
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.59x vs 0.54x
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Around 20% larger viewfinder
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
5.3 fps vs 3.7 fps
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More than 40% faster continuous shooting
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
Color depth
Better color depth
22.2 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Almost the same
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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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
              197 lenses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              400 ms startup delay
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              550D$518.80
              60D$479.00
              Common Weaknesses
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
              1
              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%
              60D96%
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              9
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              12,800 ISO
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              11.5 EV
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              17.9 MP
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              550D22.1 bits
              60D22.2 bits
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              66.0
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3.0"
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              550D784 ISO
              60D813 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $825 - $999 body only

              $1,049 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 700D

              Canon EOS 700D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $737 with 18-55mm, 55-250mm lenses

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 600D

              Canon EOS 600D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $509 - $636 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $749 - $857 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 D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 - $697 body only

              $569 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              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 significantly better image quality
              Color depth Has significantly more color depth
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 1200D

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $369 body only

              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 550D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS 550D.

              Canon EOS 60D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $619 with 18-55mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen

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              Avatar for goodday BALI goodday BALI (10:35 PM, May 14, 2014)
              you know what I used both of them, both are great the score you just make it im personally disagree : 60d point only flip LCD this great when you have limit space for shooting e.g. ground picture , wall hitting etc and for the 550D good point they LCD sensor this good when you hunt in the night less light ...:))
               
              Avatar for Muhammad Farooqi Muhammad Farooqi (6:33 PM, February 08, 2014)
              I've also experienced with both of these camera. I only see two differences. Fastest shutter speed. 1/8000.. and other is focus points.. otherwise.. both are the same.. exactly same... I would say.. instead of "compare" them.. there should be an option of "match" them ..


              what i see.. all the differences pointed above are totally negligible..
               
              Avatar for Muhammad Farooqi Muhammad Farooqi (6:33 PM, February 08, 2014)
              I've also experienced with both of these camera. I only see two differences. Fastest shutter speed. 1/8000.. and other is focus points.. otherwise.. both are the same.. exactly same... I would say.. instead of "compare" them.. there should be an option of "match" them ..

              Would you please tell me what other major difference you see in 60D not available in 550D...

              what i see.. all the differences pointed above are totally negligible..
               
              WolfHeart (9:21 PM, January 23, 2012)
              To name a few that I havent seen on the net before is the ability to master strobes, in camera RAW processing, Battery Grip individual battery life indicator, Adjustable volume for external mic (seen that a couple of times) horizontal indicator, top screen, 1/250th x sync vs 200 which is an awesome feature and many more not to forget that on the other hand there are two EXTREMELY @n@l features in the 60 newly introduced that are the wheel dial lock and the top mode selector lock.
               
              WolfHeart (9:14 PM, January 23, 2012)
              There are TOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO many advantages in the 60D over the 550 except the ISO handling in dark situations where I dont know how and why the 60D is worse than the 550 and that was the reason I sold the 60 to get a 550, Im a pixel peeper, I do product photography and for me handling low key photography is my bread and butter.
               
              Majomkukac (9:48 AM, August 10, 2011)
              this 2 cameras are both damn good. i also tried both of em. There is no debate on wich one is better cos 60d is better, BUT 550d is 40% cheeper, and you get the same sensor and everithing is the same that in the 60d. So 550 is better!
               
              Avatar for technobaboy technobaboy (3:15 PM, April 26, 2011)
              i vote 60D
              www.technobaboy.com
               
              Tom (4:58 AM, April 22, 2011)
              Well the much-improved weather sealing on the 60D makes it a no brainer for me as I do a lot of bush photography in wet weather. And the grip is much better. And the mode dial has a LOCK! Hurrah!
               
              Arijt Gupta (7:21 PM, April 13, 2011)
              Same here bro... there is no competition what so ever!!!
               
              Vcfh1945 (0:37 AM, March 18, 2011)
              If you take away the "popularity" score which in my opinion is a misnomer which gives the 550 a +of 35 over the 60 (obviously because it's a consumer model) the 60D wins. I have handled both and there is no contest. The 60D is a much, much better camera than the 550d