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

Canon Rebel T1i

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Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T1i

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 20fps
Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Live view
Has live view
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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

Live view
Has live view
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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 126x98x65 mm
 
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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 3.0" 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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0.6 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
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
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 63.0 vs 62.0
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Almost the same
Sensor size Slightly larger sensor APS-C 22.3x14.9mm vs APS-C 22.2x14.8mm
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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
Thickness Thinner 2.4" vs 2.6"
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Almost the same
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The T1i's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Size Slightly smaller 129x98x62 mm vs 126x98x65 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 Common Weaknesses
        Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
        300 ms startup delay
        Size Very small Help
        Rebel XS:126x98x65 mm
        T1i:129x98x62 mm
        Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
        Rebel XS:164 ms
        T1i:159 ms
        Lens availability Many lenses available Help
        197 lenses
        Thickness Very thin Help
        Rebel XS:2.6"
        T1i:2.4"
        Weight Light weight Help
        Rebel XS:502 g
        T1i:520 g
        Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
        1/4000 of a second
        Autofocus No video autofocus Help
        Manual focus only
        Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
        Rebel XS:None
        T1i:12,800 ISO
        Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
        95%
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Sensor size Very small sensors Help
        Rebel XS:APS-C 22.2x14.8mm
        T1i:APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        Rebel XS:3 fps
        T1i:3.4 fps
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        Rebel XS:10.1 MP
        T1i:15.1 MP
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        Rebel XS:1,600 ISO
        T1i:3,200 ISO
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur
        Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
        Need to shelter it from weather
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
        Rebel XS:10.9 EV
        T1i:11.5 EV
        Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
        Rebel XS:500 shots
        T1i:400 shots
        Movie format One shoots movies Help
        Rebel XS:None
        T1i:1080p @ 20fps
        Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
        Rebel XS:0.50x
        T1i:0.54x
        Overall image quality Low image quality Help
        Rebel XS:62.0
        T1i:63.0
        Color depth Poor color depth Help
        Rebel XS:22 bits
        T1i:21.7 bits
        Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
        Rebel XS:719 ISO
        T1i:663 ISO

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        Disadvantages

        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $290 - $370 body only

        $399 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

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

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $774 body only

        $200 - $729 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Canon EOS Rebel T2i

        Canon Rebel T2i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $579 - $600 body only

        $200 - $672 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $278 body only

        $375 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

        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 XSi

        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

        Entry-level DSLR

        $570 with 18-55mm lens

        Canon Rebel T5i

        Canon Rebel T5i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $200 - $1,148 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

        Entry-level DSLR

        Thickness Is thicker
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag

        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS Competitors

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

        Canon EOS Rebel T1i Competitors

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        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.