Updated (February, 2011): Compare the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi vs Canon Rebel T3

Canon Rebel T1i vs Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

Winner
Canon EOS Rebel T1i

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Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

36

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T1i

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 20fps
Large screen
Screen size
3.0"
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
920k dots
Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

Size
Really small
Prosumer size 127x94x65 mm
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
200 ms shutter lag
Sensor cleaning
Self cleaning sensor
Avoids dust in your photos
Thickness
Thin
2.6"

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Explore our gallery of 17 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi. Explore our gallery of 12 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS Rebel T1i.

differences

Advantages of the Canon Rebel XTi

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Color depth
Better color depth
22.1 bits vs 21.7 bits
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Distinguishes 0.4 more bits of color
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Advantages of the Canon T1i

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Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 20fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Screen size
Much larger screen
3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Live view
Has live view
Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Startup delay
Much less startup delay
300 ms vs 2500 ms
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8.3x less delay when turning on
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.5 EV vs 11 EV
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0.5 f-stops more dynamic range
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
15.1 MP vs 10.1 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.54x vs 0.49x
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Around 20% larger viewfinder
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
159 ms vs 200 ms
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More than 20% less delay when taking photos
Light sensitivity (boost)
Has boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
63.0 vs 62.0
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Almost the same
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
3.4 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 10% faster continuous shooting
Thickness
Thinner
2.4" vs 2.6"
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Cheaper
$824.85 vs $999.95
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The best price we've seen is $175 cheaper (around 20% less)
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
400 shots vs 370 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Weight
Lighter
520 g vs 556 g
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Around 10% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Size Very small Help
              Rebel XTi127x94x65 mm
              T1i129x98x62 mm
              Thickness Very thin Help
              Rebel XTi2.6"
              T1i2.4"
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              197 lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              Rebel XTi$999.95
              T1i$824.85
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              Rebel XTiNone
              T1i12,800 ISO
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
              1
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              Rebel XTi10.1 MP
              T1i15.1 MP
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              Rebel XTi3 fps
              T1i3.4 fps
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              Rebel XTi370 shots
              T1i400 shots
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              Rebel XTi1,600 ISO
              T1i3,200 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              Rebel XTiNone
              T1i1080p @ 20fps
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              Rebel XTi11 EV
              T1i11.5 EV
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              Rebel XTi62.0
              T1i63.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              Rebel XTi664 ISO
              T1i663 ISO
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              Rebel XTi0.49x
              T1i0.54x
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              Rebel XTi22.1 bits
              T1i21.7 bits

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $629 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is much larger
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $325 body only

              $419 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is much less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $799 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $399 - $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $649 - $650 body only

              $649 - $650 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $259 body only

              $408 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $899 body only

              $749 with 18-55mm lens

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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

              Canon EOS Rebel T1i Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS Rebel T1i.

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