Updated (May 2012): Compare the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS vs Pentax K-30

Pentax K20D vs Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

Winner
Pentax K20D

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Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

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Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Pentax K20D

Great color depth
Color depth
22.9 bits
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.62x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

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)
Thickness
Thin
2.6"

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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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Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
220 lenses vs 113 lenses
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More than 90% more lenses available
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
719 ISO vs 639 ISO
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The Rebel XS has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Size
Significantly smaller
126×98×65 mm vs 142×101×70 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Weight
Much lighter
502 g vs 800 g
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Around 40% lighter
Thickness
Significantly thinner
2.6" vs 2.8"
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Around 10% thinner
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
300 ms vs 400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Shutter lag
Slightly less shutter lag
164 ms vs 174 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
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Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Viewfinder size
Much larger viewfinder
0.62x vs 0.50x
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More than 50% larger viewfinder
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
2.7" vs 2.5"
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Around 10% larger screen
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Color depth
Better color depth
22.9 bits vs 22 bits
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Distinguishes 0.9 more bits of color
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
14.5 MP vs 10.1 MP
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Capture more than 40% more detail in your photos
Overall image quality
Better image quality
65.0 vs 62.0
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Almost the same
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.1 EV vs 10.9 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
530 shots vs 500 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Light sensitivity (boost)
Has boost ISO
6,400 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              Rebel XS164 ms
              K20D174 ms
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              Rebel XS300 ms
              K20D400 ms
              Thickness Thin Help
              Rebel XS2.6"
              K20D2.8"
              Common Weaknesses
              Movie format Do not shoot movies Help
              No movies
              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 XSNone
              K20D6,400 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              Rebel XS10.1 MP
              K20D14.5 MP
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              3 fps
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              Rebel XS2.5"
              K20D2.7"
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              Rebel XS1,600 ISO
              K20D3,200 ISO
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              Rebel XS10.9 EV
              K20D11.1 EV
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              Rebel XS62.0
              K20D65.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              Rebel XS719 ISO
              K20D639 ISO

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              competitors

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              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
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $400 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              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 size Has a much larger screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS Rebel T1i

              Canon Rebel T1i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $825 body only

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Cross type focus points Has slightly fewer cross-type focus points
              Color depth Has slightly less color depth
              Canon EOS 40D

              Canon EOS 40D

              Pro DSLR

              $700 body only

              $1,670 with 28-135mm lens

              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $332 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $845 body only

              $725 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Size Significantly larger
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Entry-level DSLR

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Color depth Better color depth
              Live view No live view
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $699 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life

              Pentax K20D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-7

              Pentax K-7

              Entry-level DSLR

              $569 body only

              $1,229 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Pentax K-30

              Pentax K-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $365 body only

              $531 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Pentax K-x

              Pentax K-x

              Entry-level DSLR

              $845 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Pentax K10D

              Pentax K10D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $298 body only

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Lowest price Much cheaper
              Live view No live view
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Pentax K-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,196 body only

              $748 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
              Startup delay More startup delay

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