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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
Lowest price Cheaper $699.90 vs $799.99
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The best price we've seen is $100 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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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
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              Rebel XS:$799.99
              T1i:$699.90
              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

              $400 - $419 body only

              $399 - $580 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $699 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

              $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 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 XSi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $695 with 18-55mm lens

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $699 - $849 body only

              $499 - $822 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 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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              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.