Updated (February 2010): Compare the Canon EOS Rebel T1i vs Canon EOS Rebel T2i

Canon Rebel T2i vs Canon Rebel T1i

Winner
Canon EOS Rebel T2i

57

Canon EOS Rebel T1i

54

Runner-up

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 Rebel T1i

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
159 ms shutter lag
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 20fps
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS Rebel T1i.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS Rebel T2i.

competitors

Canon EOS Rebel T2i Competitors

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Entry-level DSLR

$274 body only

$340 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

Autofocus Video autofocus
Battery life Slightly longer battery life
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i

Entry-level DSLR

$430 with 18-55mm lens

Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Startup delay Much more startup delay
Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i

Entry-level DSLR

$429 - $649 body only

$520 - $649 with 18-55mm lens

Autofocus Video autofocus
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Color depth Worse color depth

Canon EOS Rebel T1i Competitors

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Entry-level DSLR

$274 body only

$340 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Autofocus Video autofocus
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
Canon Rebel T3

Canon Rebel T3

Entry-level DSLR

$345 with 18-55mm lens

Color depth Better color depth
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Movie format Lower resolution movies
Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i

Entry-level DSLR

$429 - $649 body only

$520 - $649 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Autofocus Video autofocus
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag

discussion

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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.