Updated (February 2011): Compare the Canon Rebel T3i vs Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

Canon Rebel T2i vs Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

Winner
Canon EOS Rebel T2i

55

Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

47

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T2i

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 PowerShot SX20 IS

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

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS Rebel T2i.
Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX20 IS.

differences

Advantages of the Canon T2i

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Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4.5x higher resolution screen
Screen size
Much larger screen
3" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
252 ms vs 540 ms
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2.1x less delay when taking photos
Startup delay
Much less startup delay
400 ms vs 2400 ms
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6x less delay when turning on
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
True resolution
Higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 9.8 MP
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Capture more than 80% more detail in your photos
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Size
Smaller
129×98×62 mm vs 128×88×87 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
3.7 fps vs 0.7 fps
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Around 5.5x faster continuous shooting
Battery life
Longer battery life
440 shots vs 340 shots
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Around 30% more shots per battery charge
Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentamirror vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The T2i's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops better
Weight
Lighter
530 g vs 600 g
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More than 10% lighter
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
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/3200s
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20% faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Canon SX20 IS

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. 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
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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
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              T2iPentamirror
              SX20 ISDigital
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              T2i530 g
              SX20 IS600 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
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              T2i3.7 fps
              SX20 IS0.7 fps
              Size Large Help
              T2i129×98×62 mm
              SX20 IS128×88×87 mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $332 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $724 body only

              $929 - $949 with 18-135mm lens

              Viewfinder coverage Slightly better viewfinder coverage
              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon EOS Rebel T2i Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $360 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $475 - $649 body only

              $589 - $699 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Size Larger
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $274 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Canon EOS Rebel T1i

              Canon Rebel T1i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $825 body only

              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

              Canon PowerShot SX20 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $329 - $349

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

              Super zoom

              $399

              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Canon PowerShot SX1 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX1 IS

              Super zoom

              $649

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $479 - $480

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger

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