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
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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
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
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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        Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Size Very small Help
        Prosumer size 129x98x62 mm
        Lens availability Many lenses available Help
        197 lenses
        Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
        400 ms startup delay
        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
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        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%
        Sensor size Very small sensors Help
        Rebel XSi:APS-C 22.2x14.8mm
        T2i:APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
        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
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        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur
        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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        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
        Need to shelter it from weather
        3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
        No 3d support
        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
        Movie format One shoots movies Help
        Rebel XSi:None
        T2i:1080p @ 30fps
        Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
        Rebel XSi:692 ISO
        T2i:784 ISO

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        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $749 body only

        $550 - $600 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

        $276 - $285 body only

        $385 - $450 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
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $384 - $430 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Sensor size Has a slightly larger sensor
        Thickness Is thicker
        Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
        Canon EOS 60D

        Canon EOS 60D

        Pro DSLR

        $699 - $871 body only

        $999 - $1,052 with 18-135mm lens

        Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
        Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $497 - $580 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
        Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
        Canon EOS Rebel T1i

        Canon Rebel T1i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $756 with 18-55mm lens

        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
        Canon Rebel T5i

        Canon Rebel T5i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $599 body only

        $749 - $1,148 with 18-55mm lens

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

        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi Competitors

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        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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