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Advantages of the Canon 550D

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Thickness
Much thinner
2.4" vs 3.1"
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More than 20% thinner
Size
Much smaller
129×98×62 mm vs 145×106×79 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Weight
Lighter
530 g vs 755 g
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Around 30% lighter
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$332.24 vs $554.94
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The best price we've seen is $223 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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Advantages of the Canon 60D

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Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
1100 shots vs 440 shots
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2.5x more shots per battery charge
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
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
5.3 fps vs 3.7 fps
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More than 40% faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.59x vs 0.54x
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Around 20% larger viewfinder
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Viewfinder coverage
Better viewfinder coverage
96% vs 95%
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              220 lenses
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Autofocus Both use faster phase detection autofocus Help
              fast and accurate
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Common Weaknesses
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              550D252 ms
              60D253 ms
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              400 ms startup delay
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              17.9 MP
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              9
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              550D95%
              60D96%
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              550D3.7 fps
              60D5.3 fps
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3"

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