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

Canon Rebel T2i vs Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

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Canon EOS Rebel T2i

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Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

42

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Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T2i

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,040k dots
24p movies
Supports 24p
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
Slightly 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
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
3.7 fps vs 3.5 fps
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Around 10% faster continuous shooting
Lowest price
Cheaper
$569.00 vs $748.89
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The best price we've seen is $180 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Size Very small Help
              Prosumer size 129x98x62 mm
              Thickness Very thin Help
              2.4"
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              400 ms startup delay
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              197 lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              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
              Rebel XSi:3.5 fps
              T2i:3.7 fps
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              1
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              9
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              Rebel XSi:12.2 MP
              T2i:17.9 MP
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              Rebel XSi:800 ISO
              T2i:6,400 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              Rebel XSi:500 shots
              T2i:440 shots
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              Rebel XSi:10.8 EV
              T2i:11.5 EV
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              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 - $539 body only

              $553 - $599 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

              $349 body only

              $499 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 EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $699 body only

              $620 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is much larger
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $302 - $527 body only

              $379 - $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
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $233 body only

              $375 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $334 body only

              $847 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 Digital Rebel XSi Competitors

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              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,000 body only

              $1,600 with 17-85mm lens

              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

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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

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