Updated (February, 2011): Compare the Canon Rebel T3 vs Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T2i

Canon EOS Rebel T2i



Canon EOS Rebel T1i


Canon Rebel T1i


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 Rebel T1i

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 20fps
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
159 ms shutter lag
Really small
Prosumer size 129x98x62 mm
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Advantages of the Canon T1i

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Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 159 ms vs 252 ms
Around 40% less delay when taking photos
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 300 ms vs 400 ms
Around 30% less delay when turning on
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Advantages of the Canon T2i

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Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
Get that real film feel
Color depth Better color depth 22.1 bits vs 21.7 bits
Distinguishes 0.4 more bits of color
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 784 ISO vs 663 ISO
The T2i has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Movie format Lower frame rate movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 20fps
Both shoot Full HD (1080p) video, but T1i does so at a lower frame rate
Overall image quality Better image quality 66.0 vs 63.0
Almost the same
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 920k dots
More than 10% higher resolution screen
True resolution Higher true resolution 17.9 MP vs 15.1 MP
Capture around 20% more detail in your photos
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $674.00 vs $999.00
The best price we've seen is $325 cheaper (more than 30% less)
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 3.7 fps vs 3.4 fps
Around 10% faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
The T2i's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 440 shots vs 400 shots
10% more shots per battery charge
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              T1i:300 ms
              T2i:400 ms
              Size Very small Help
              Prosumer size 129x98x62 mm
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              197 lenses
              Thickness Very thin Help
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              12,800 ISO
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              T1i:3.4 fps
              T2i:3.7 fps
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              T1i:400 shots
              T2i:440 shots
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              T1i:3,200 ISO
              T2i:6,400 ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              11.5 EV
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              T1i:21.7 bits
              T2i:22.1 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              T1i:663 ISO
              T2i:784 ISO




              Shared Competitors



              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $774 body only

              $549 - $575 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 - $1,048 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $549 - $699 body only

              $489 - $816 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 T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $389 - $418 body only

              $399 - $539 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $415 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
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $265 - $387 body only

              $401 - $427 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
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $899 body only

              $959 - $999 with 18-135mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Canon EOS Rebel T1i Competitors



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

              Canon EOS Rebel T2i Competitors



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


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              Canon EOS Rebel T1i
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              Ripper5 (0:07 PM, April 02, 2012)
              I don't know why people keep concerning about the "best value"... What snapsort does is to compare the cameras technically and shows you which is the best. After all, what worths nothing to some people may worth the price difference to others. And snapsort can't install a mind-reading app that figures what people think is important. If for someone the 30fps worths US$500, what's the problem? Let the people take their own conclusions. Also, people all over the world use this site and the prices may vary absurdly (e.g. in my country the 60d is much cheaper than the t3i).
              The only thing i don't agree with snapsort at the moment is that dxomark stuff... I definitely can't see those numbers in actual pictures. The noise is somewhat okay though.

              The best way to compare the quality is by seeing pictures, the site could show some images at different ISOs and let the user see what the difference is like. Maybe an image that changes when you put the cursor over it... I know you could find a way to do this... Maybe associating with some big store...

              Best Regards.
              L. (4:39 AM, November 27, 2011)
              If price is the issue look at amazon. For new T1i vs T2i there is only a 16 dollar difference and that with the lens. What's $16 when you're spending $500 and some on a camera already? As far as I'm concerned, the only thing to consider with these two cameras is features.
              Walter (1:13 AM, March 27, 2011)
              La verdad hay tres modelos populares el T1i, T2i, T3i, de la primera T1i a la T2i hay una gran diferencia en features como en el precio, por lo cual yo personalmente optaria por la T2i mirando hacia el futuro, ahora entre la T2i y la T3i la diferencia en features is minima no hubo mucho cambio ecepto que la pantalla se puede sacar y la bateria dura aproximadamente 100 fotos mas y una que otra cosa minima, pero el precio relativamente es de $100 a $150 dls mas que la T2i, por lo tanto esta utlima seria su mejor inversion, logicamente la T1i es mas barata pero considere es solo 15MP, no tiene real HD, no tiene microfono y la en la noche las fotos salen mucho mejores con al T2i, espero que medite bien y tome la desicion mejor a su conveniencia, Buena Suerte
              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (2:23 PM, March 12, 2011)
              Hi Kev, as far as we can tell the T2i definitely does not have in-body image stabilization. It is often sold with the Canon EF-S 18-55 IS lens that has image stabilization.

              Some DSLRs like the Pentax K-x do have built in image stabilization, meaning that you'll get image stabilization benefits with every lens you use on that camera.
              Kev (6:26 AM, March 12, 2011)
              It may not say it but the T2i does have image stabilization.
              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (10:25 PM, January 13, 2011)
              Hey Dan, thanks for that note from time to time that does happen, we will make sure to fix it. I am glad you liked Snapsort, you might also like our sister site http://LensHero.com
              Thanks for the support.
              Dan (10:20 PM, January 13, 2011)
              First time ever being on this site but this is inaccurate. The price your back-end scraped for the T2i is not actually for the camera itself. Otherwise this is the coolest site I've seen in a long time and I can't believe it has taken me this long to find it.
              Pegb (0:26 AM, September 12, 2010)
              Hola. me gustaria Comprar Una camara canon Pero queria sable si es ¿ Una buena inversión Comprar la canon eos T1i ?
              Avatar for Drakar2007 Drakar2007 (2:39 AM, June 08, 2010)
              I agree that the t2i is the winner purely in terms of features. I guess such a word is a little subjective since the price may or may not play into it. But the "best value" is definitely the t1i for now.
              Avatar for Alex Black Alex Black (9:50 PM, June 07, 2010)
              Hi Mike, good call on the memory card differences, and on the overall comparison.

              Snapsort gives its recommendation without considering price, so I think it makes sense for it to declare the T2i the winner, even if its not a large difference.

              I think you're right though, the T1i definitely offers better value, and the 1080p with 30fps is overkill for most people.
              Avatar for Drakar2007 Drakar2007 (9:28 PM, June 07, 2010)
              It is somewhat inaccurate to say "they use different types of memory cards". The t2i uses SDXC, which is an upgrade of the SD card format; thus it will use any memory card the t1i uses, plus more. On the other hand, there aren't really any SD cards currently available in excess of 32gb, and SDXC only concerns cards which break this limit; so for the near future, this distinction is minimal.

              The verdict that the t2i is the "winner" is questionable at this price difference: there are only subtle upgrades in most cases; the SDXC memory card capability and the 30fps full-HD video are the only really dramatic departures, and average users may have no reason to care about those when the price jump is $300. I'd say at their current prices, the t1i is actually the winner, except for users who will be using it primarily for HD video shooting.