• APS-C 342.8mm2
  • 6.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • APS-C 328.6mm2
  • 12.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 1600

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Differences

Canon 10D advantages over Canon XSi

  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 7.39 vs 5.20 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • Higher extended ISO
    3200 vs 1600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Canon XSi advantages over Canon 10D

  • Less expensive
    $900 vs $1999 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Fast startup
    ~0.40 vs 2.3 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Higher effective ISO
    692 vs 571 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Newer
    11 years vs 16 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Lighter weight
    539g vs 790g
    Lighter weight
  • More dots on screen
    230k vs 118k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • More pixels
    12.2 vs 6.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    3.5 fps vs 2.9 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    53 vs 9 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Neither provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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The Competition

Compared to Nikon D60

Canon 10D
Nikon D60
  • $1999
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
  • Top deck display
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
Canon XSi
Nikon D60
  • $649
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Less shutter lag
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Sony DSLR-A350

Canon 10D
Sony DSLR-A350
  • $1999
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
  • Top deck display
  • $900
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Canon XSi
Sony DSLR-A350
  • $649
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $900
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Sony DSLR-A300

Canon 10D
Sony DSLR-A300
  • $1999
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
  • Top deck display
  • $563
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Canon XSi
Sony DSLR-A300
  • $649
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $563
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Pentax K2000

Canon 10D
Pentax K2000
  • $1999
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
  • Top deck display
  • $556
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Canon XSi
Pentax K2000
  • $649
  • APS-C
  • More pixels
  • More AF points
  • $556
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Canon T1i

Canon 10D
Canon T1i
  • $1999
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $900
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
Canon XSi
Canon T1i
  • $649
  • APS-C
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $900
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • HDMI out
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