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Canon 300D vs Canon 550D

Portability
63
Imaging
43
Features
33
Overall
39
Canon EOS 300D front
 
Canon EOS 550D front
Portability
70
Imaging
58
Features
63
Overall
60

Canon 300D vs Canon 550D Key Specs

Canon 300D
(Full Review)
  • 6MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 1.8" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • No Video
  • Canon EF/EF-S Mount
  • 645g - 142 x 99 x 72mm
  • Announced September 2003
  • Other Name is EOS Digital Rebel / EOS Kiss Digital
  • Successor is Canon 350D
Canon 550D
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400 (Expand to 12800)
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Canon EF/EF-S Mount
  • 530g - 129 x 98 x 62mm
  • Announced April 2010
  • Also Known as EOS Rebel T2i / EOS Kiss X4
  • Earlier Model is Canon 500D
  • Later Model is Canon 600D
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Canon 300D vs Canon 550D Overview

Below is a thorough assessment of the Canon 300D and Canon 550D, both Entry-Level DSLR digital cameras and they are both sold by Canon. There is a sizeable difference between the sensor resolutions of the 300D (6MP) and 550D (18MP) but both cameras have the same sensor size (APS-C).

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The 300D was announced 7 years prior to the 550D and that is quite a large gap as far as tech is concerned. Both of these cameras have the same body design (Compact SLR).

Before getting into a complete comparison, here is a short view of how the 300D grades vs the 550D when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Canon 300D over the Canon 550D

 300D 550D 

Reasons to pick Canon 550D over the Canon 300D

 550D 300D 
AnnouncedApril 2010September 2003More recent by 80 months
Screen dimensions3"1.8"Bigger screen (+1.2")
Screen resolution1040k118kCrisper screen (+922k dot)

Common features in the Canon 300D and Canon 550D

 300D 550D 
Manually focus Dial accurate focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Missing Touch friendly screen

Canon 300D vs Canon 550D Physical Comparison

If you are planning to lug around your camera regularly, you will have to take into account its weight and size. The Canon 300D features physical measurements of 142mm x 99mm x 72mm (5.6" x 3.9" x 2.8") with a weight of 645 grams (1.42 lbs) whilst the Canon 550D has specifications of 129mm x 98mm x 62mm (5.1" x 3.9" x 2.4") having a weight of 530 grams (1.17 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ based on the lens you are employing at that moment. Below is a front view over all size comparison of the 300D and the 550D.

Canon 300D vs Canon 550D size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability grade of the 300D and 550D is 63 and 70 respectively.

Canon 300D vs Canon 550D top view buttons comparison

Canon 300D vs Canon 550D Sensor Comparison

Generally, it is very hard to see the gap between sensor measurements purely by reading specs. The photograph below will help provide you a better sense of the sensor sizing in the 300D and 550D.

As you can plainly see, the 2 cameras have the same sensor dimensions albeit not the same MP. You should expect the Canon 550D to offer greater detail with its extra 12MP. Higher resolution will make it easier to crop photographs a bit more aggressively. The older 300D is going to be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor technology.

Canon 300D vs Canon 550D sensor size comparison

Canon 300D vs Canon 550D Screen and ViewFinder

Canon 300D vs Canon 550D Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon 300D Portrait photography features
Canon 550D Portrait photography features
49
manual focus
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
exports RAW files
does not have liveview
megapixel count low (6 megapixels)
74
focusing manually
good resolution (18MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
includes face detect focusing
delivers RAW files
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Street Comparison

Canon 300D as a Street photography camera
Canon 550D as a Street photography camera
54
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
exports RAW files
fixed screen
no image stabilization
60
decent sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
screen is fixed
no image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Canon 300D Sports photography factors
Canon 550D Sports photography factors
38
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
supports phase detect auto focus
does not have liveview
low frames per second (3.0 fps)
no image stabilization
megapixel count low (6MP)
54
good resolution (18 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
sensor has phase detect AF
low frames per second (4.0 frames/s)
no image stabilization
terrible battery life (470 per charge)
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Travel Comparison

Canon 300D Travel photography info
Canon 550D Travel photography info
43
built-in flash
doesn't have Timelapse mode
megapixel count low (6 megapixels)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
55
good resolution (18MP)
flash built-in
does not have Timelapse function
terrible battery life (470 per charge)
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Canon 300D Landscape photography features
Canon 550D Landscape photography features
45
manual focus
switch lenses (Canon EF/EF-S mount)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
exports RAW files
screen is small (1.8 inches)
does not have liveview
no image stabilization
megapixel count low (6 megapixels)
doesn't have Timelapse mode
63
focusing manually
switch lenses (Canon EF/EF-S mount)
screen is a good size (3 inch)
good resolution (18MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
no image stabilization
terrible battery life (470 CIPA)
does not have Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon 300D Vlogging details
Canon 550D Vlogging details
9
no video shooting
31
includes face detect focusing
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
includes microphone jack
display isn't selfie friendly
no image stabilization
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Canon 300D vs Canon 550D Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon 300D and Canon 550D
 Canon EOS 300DCanon EOS 550D
General Information
Manufacturer Canon Canon
Model Canon EOS 300D Canon EOS 550D
Also called EOS Digital Rebel / EOS Kiss Digital EOS Rebel T2i / EOS Kiss X4
Class Entry-Level DSLR Entry-Level DSLR
Announced 2003-09-04 2010-04-01
Body design Compact SLR Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Processor - Digic 4
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor measurements 22.7 x 15.1mm 22.3 x 14.9mm
Sensor surface area 342.8mm² 332.3mm²
Sensor resolution 6 megapixels 18 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2
Max resolution 3072 x 2048 5184 x 3456
Max native ISO 1600 6400
Max enhanced ISO - 12800
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points 7 9
Lens
Lens mounting type Canon EF/EF-S Canon EF/EF-S
Available lenses 326 326
Crop factor 1.6 1.6
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 1.8 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 118 thousand dot 1,040 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Display tech - TFT color liquid-crystal LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentamirror) Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage 95% 95%
Viewfinder magnification 0.5x 0.55x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shutter speed 3.0 frames per sec 4.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 12.00 m (ISO 100) 13.00 m
Flash options Auto, On, Red-eye reduction, Off Auto, On, Off, Red-eye
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash sync 1/200 secs 1/200 secs
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions - 1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (60, 50 fps)
Max video resolution None 1920x1080
Video data format - H.264
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 1.0 (1.5 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 645 grams (1.42 pounds) 530 grams (1.17 pounds)
Physical dimensions 142 x 99 x 72mm (5.6" x 3.9" x 2.8") 129 x 98 x 62mm (5.1" x 3.9" x 2.4")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 55 66
DXO Color Depth score 21.0 22.0
DXO Dynamic range score 10.8 11.6
DXO Low light score 544 807
Other
Battery life - 470 shots
Battery format - Battery Pack
Battery model - LP-E8
Self timer Yes (10 sec) Yes (2 sec or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage Compact Flash (Type I or II) SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots 1 1
Pricing at release $54 $599