Updated (February, 2011): Compare the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi vs Canon Rebel T3i

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Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T2i

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,040k dots
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
160 ms shutter lag
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 129x98x62 mm
Sensor cleaning
Self cleaning sensor
Avoids dust in your photos
Thickness
Thin
2.4"
 
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Advantages of the Canon Rebel XSi

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Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 160 ms vs 252 ms
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Around 40% less delay when taking photos
Battery life Longer battery life 500 shots vs 440 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
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Advantages of the Canon T2i

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Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4.5x higher resolution screen
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.5 EV vs 10.8 EV
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0.7 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality Better image quality 66.0 vs 61.0
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Around 10% better image quality
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 17.9 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 784 ISO vs 692 ISO
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The T2i has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Color depth Better color depth 22.1 bits vs 21.9 bits
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Distinguishes 0.2 more bits of color
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 12,800 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The T2i's boost ISO is 3 f-stops better
Lowest price Much cheaper $199.95 vs $695.00
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The best price we've seen is $495 cheaper (3.5x less)
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 800 ISO
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The T2i's maximum light sensitivity is 3 f-stops better
Sensor size Slightly larger sensor APS-C 22.3x14.9mm vs APS-C 22.2x14.8mm
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Size Very small Help
              Prosumer size 129x98x62 mm
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              400 ms startup delay
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              197 lenses
              Thickness Very thin Help
              2.4"
              Weight Light weight Help
              Rebel XSi:524 g
              T2i:530 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) Poor boost ISO Help
              Rebel XSi:1,600 ISO
              T2i: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 XSi:APS-C 22.2x14.8mm
              T2i:APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              Rebel XSi:3.5 fps
              T2i:3.7 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              Rebel XSi:800 ISO
              T2i:6,400 ISO
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              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 XSi:10.8 EV
              T2i:11.5 EV
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              Rebel XSi:500 shots
              T2i:440 shots
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              0.54x
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              Rebel XSi:61.0
              T2i:66.0
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              Rebel XSi:21.9 bits
              T2i:22.1 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              Rebel XSi:692 ISO
              T2i:784 ISO
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              Rebel XSi:None
              T2i:1080p @ 30fps

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              competitors

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $648 body only

              $200 - $570 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is much larger
              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
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

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

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is much larger
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $278 body only

              $427 - $480 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Sensor size Has a slightly larger sensor
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $567 body only

              $389 - $477 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 significantly larger
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 body only

              $450 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $699 - $849 body only

              $499 - $822 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi Competitors

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              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Entry-level DSLR

              Color depth Better color depth
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Live view No live view

              Canon EOS Rebel T2i Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS Rebel T2i.

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