Updated (February, 2011): Compare the Canon Rebel T3 vs Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T1i

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
159 ms shutter lag
 
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Advantages of the Canon T1i

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Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 20fps vs 480p @ 30fps
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Shoots high resolution Full HD (1080p) video but at a lower frame rate
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Screen size Much larger screen 3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 159 ms vs 604 ms
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3.8x less delay when taking photos
Startup delay Much less startup delay 300 ms vs 2400 ms
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8x less delay when turning on
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Sensor size Significantly larger sensor APS-C 22.3x14.9mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
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More than 11.5x larger sensor
Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
True resolution Higher true resolution 15.1 MP vs 9.8 MP
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Capture more than 50% more detail in your photos
Supports RAW Shoots RAW Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Size Smaller 129x98x62 mm vs 128x88x87 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Thickness Thinner 2.4" vs 3.4"
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Around 30% thinner
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 3.4 fps vs 0.7 fps
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Around 5x faster continuous shooting
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 400 shots vs 340 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Weight Lighter 520 g vs 600 g
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More than 10% lighter
Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder Pentamirror vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
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
Longest exposure Longer exposures 30s vs 15s
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2x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Canon SX10 IS

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Image stabilization Image stabilization Lens vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Lowest price Cheaper $649.99 vs $999.00
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The best price we've seen is $349 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digital cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              T1i:Pentamirror
              SX10 IS:Digital
              Weight Heavy Help
              T1i:520 g
              SX10 IS:600 g
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              T1i:3.4 fps
              SX10 IS:0.7 fps
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Size Large Help
              T1i:129x98x62 mm
              SX10 IS:128x88x87 mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $575 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $389 - $418 body only

              $399 - $539 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $680 - $700 body only

              $489 - $820 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $270 - $387 body only

              $399 - $430 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $831 body only

              $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $415 body only

              $545 - $669 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Entry-level DSLR

              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Dynamic range Has slightly narrower dynamic range

              Canon EOS Rebel T1i Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $674 with 18-55mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 - $1,098 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Size Larger
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,153 body only

              $1,330 - $1,349 with 18-135mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Size Larger
              Startup delay More startup delay

              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $400

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

              Super zoom

              $600

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $536 - $550

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Canon PowerShot SX1 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX1 IS

              Super zoom

              $850

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Lowest price More expensive

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