Updated (February 2011): Compare the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS vs Canon Rebel T3

Canon Rebel T1i vs Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

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Canon EOS Rebel T1i

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Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

39

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T1i

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 20fps
Large screen
Screen size
3"
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
920k dots
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
159 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
164 ms shutter lag
Size
Really small
Prosumer size (126×98×65 mm)

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS.
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differences

Advantages of the Canon Rebel XS

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Color depth
Better color depth
22 bits vs 21.7 bits
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Distinguishes 0.3 more bits of color
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
719 ISO vs 663 ISO
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The Rebel XS has a slight edge (0.1 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Battery life
Longer battery life
500 shots vs 400 shots
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Around 30% more shots per battery charge
Weight
Slightly lighter
502 g vs 520 g
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Canon T1i

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Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 20fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Screen size
Much larger screen
3" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.5 EV vs 10.9 EV
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1.2 f-stops more dynamic range
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
15.1 MP vs 10.1 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.54x vs 0.50x
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Around 20% larger viewfinder
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
63.0 vs 62.0
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Almost the same
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
3.4 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 10% faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity (boost)
Has boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Thickness
Thinner
2.4" vs 2.6"
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Almost the same
Size
Slightly smaller
129×98×62 mm vs 126×98×65 mm
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Almost the same
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              300 ms startup delay
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              Rebel XS164 ms
              T1i159 ms
              Size Fairly small Help
              Rebel XS126×98×65 mm
              T1i129×98×62 mm
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              220 lenses
              Thickness Very thin Help
              Rebel XS2.6"
              T1i2.4"
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              Rebel XS10.1 MP
              T1i15.1 MP
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              Rebel XSNone
              T1i12,800 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              Rebel XS3 fps
              T1i3.4 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              Rebel XS1,600 ISO
              T1i3,200 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              Rebel XSNone
              T1i1080p @ 20fps
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              Rebel XS500 shots
              T1i400 shots
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              Rebel XS10.9 EV
              T1i11.5 EV
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              Rebel XS62.0
              T1i63.0
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              Rebel XS0.50x
              T1i0.54x
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              Rebel XS22 bits
              T1i21.7 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              Rebel XS719 ISO
              T1i663 ISO

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              competitors

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $332 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is much less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $699 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $485 - $649 body only

              $587 - $699 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $845 body only

              $725 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $263 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3000

              Nikon D3000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $629 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Live view No live view
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO

              Canon EOS Rebel T1i Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS Rebel T1i.

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              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (7:19 PM, December 26, 2010)
              Glad we could help, now that you have decided on a camera you should check out www.LensHero.com to find a great lens for your T1i
               
              Adam (7:17 PM, December 26, 2010)
              Wow! What a help!

              Was looking between the Canon XS and the Canon T1i and finalized on the T1i because of this site!!!

              Thank you.