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Advantages of the Canon T2i

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Screen size
Much larger screen
3" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4.5x higher resolution screen
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
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Startup delay
Significantly less startup delay
400 ms vs 2400 ms
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6x less delay when turning on
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
252 ms vs 540 ms
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2.1x less delay when taking photos
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
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Size
Smaller
129×98×62 mm vs 128×88×87 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Thickness
Thinner
2.4" vs 3.4"
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Around 30% thinner
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
3.7 fps vs 0.7 fps
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Around 5.5x faster continuous shooting
Battery life
Slightly 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
Weight
Slightly lighter
530 g vs 600 g
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More than 10% lighter
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
30s vs 15s
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2x longer exposures
Fastest shutter speed
Slightly 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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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Common Weaknesses
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              T2i3.7 fps
              SX20 IS0.7 fps

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