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

Pentax K20D

Winner
Pentax K20D

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Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

40

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

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
Sensor shift
Has live view
Live view
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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 126x98x65 mm
 

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Advantages of the Canon Rebel XS

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Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
197 lenses vs 109 lenses
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More than 80% 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
Much smaller
126x98x65 mm vs 142x101x70 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Weight
Much lighter
502 g vs 800 g
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Around 40% lighter
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
300 ms vs 400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Thickness
Thinner
2.6" vs 2.8"
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Around 10% thinner
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
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.62x vs 0.50x
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More than 50% larger viewfinder
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
2.7" vs 2.5"
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Around 10% larger screen
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Sensor size
Much larger sensor
APS-C 23.4x15.6mm vs APS-C 22.2x14.8mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
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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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$441.67 vs $714.86
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The best price we've seen is $273 cheaper (around 40% less)
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
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
530 shots vs 500 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              Rebel XS:300 ms
              K20D:400 ms
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              Rebel XS:164 ms
              K20D:174 ms
              Thickness Thin Help
              Rebel XS:2.6"
              K20D:2.8"
              Common Weaknesses
              Movie format Do not shoot movies Help
              No movies
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              Rebel XS:None
              K20D:6,400 ISO
              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%
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              3 fps
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              Rebel XS:10.1 MP
              K20D:14.5 MP
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              Rebel XS:2.5"
              K20D:2.7"
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              Rebel XS:1,600 ISO
              K20D:3,200 ISO
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              Rebel XS:10.9 EV
              K20D:11.1 EV
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              Rebel XS:62.0
              K20D:65.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              Rebel XS:719 ISO
              K20D:639 ISO

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              competitors

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $899 body only

              $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Thickness Is thinner
              Cross type focus points Has significantly fewer cross-type focus points
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $724 body only

              $549 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 body only

              $390 - $409 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $600 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $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 EOS 40D

              Canon EOS 40D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,138 body only

              $1,699 with 28-135mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $380 - $389 body only

              $399 - $520 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Size Much larger
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,000 body only

              $1,600 with 17-85mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Color depth Better color depth
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Live view No live view
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $699 body only

              $597 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag

              Pentax K20D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-7

              Pentax K-7

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $883 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-x

              Pentax K-x

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,999 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

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Live view No live view
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $350 - $400 body only

              $420 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
              Pentax K-r

              Pentax K-r

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 body only

              $569 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder

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