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Canon SX410 vs T1i

The Canon PowerShot SX410 IS and the Canon EOS Rebel T1i (labelled Canon 500D in some countries) are two digital cameras that were announced, respectively, in February 2015 and March 2009. The SX410 is a fixed lens compact, while the T1i is a DSLR. The cameras are based on a 1/2.3-inch (SX410) and an APS-C (T1i) sensor. The SX410 has a resolution of 19.9 megapixels, whereas the T1i provides 15.1 MP.

Below is an overview of the main specs of the two cameras as a starting point for the comparison.

Headline Specifications
Canon SX410
versus
Canon T1i
Canon SX410 Canon T1i
Fixed lens compact camera Digital single lens reflex
24-960mm f/3.5-5.6 Canon EF mount lenses
19.9 MP, 1/2.3" Sensor 15.1 MP, APS-C Sensor
720/30p Video 1080/20p Video
ISO 100-1,600 ISO 100-6,400 (100 - 12,800)
No viewfinder, LCD framing Optical viewfinder
3.0 LCD, 230k dots 3.0 LCD, 920k dots
Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive) Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive)
0.5 shutter flaps per second 3.4 shutter flaps per second
185 shots per battery charge400 shots per battery charge
104 x 69 x 85 mm, 325 g 129 x 98 x 62 mm, 520 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Canon PowerShot SX410 IS and the Canon EOS Rebel T1i? Which one should you buy? Read on to find out how these two cameras compare with respect to their body size, their imaging sensors, their shooting features, their input-output connections, and their reception by expert reviewers.

Body comparison

The physical size and weight of the Canon SX410 and the Canon T1i are illustrated in the side-by-side display below. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three successive views from the front, the top, and the rear are shown. All size dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

The SX410 can be obtained in two different colors (black, red), while the T1i is only available in black.

Size Canon SX410 vs Canon T1i
Compare SX410 versus T1i top
Comparison SX410 or T1i rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Canon T1i is considerably larger (76 percent) than the Canon SX410. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the SX410 nor the T1i are weather-sealed.

The above size and weight comparisons are to some extent incomplete and possibly misleading, as the SX410 has a lens built in, whereas the T1i is an interchangeable lens camera that requires a separate lens. Attaching the latter will add extra weight and bulk to the setup. You can compare the optics available for the T1i and their specifications in the Canon EF Lens Catalog.

Concerning battery life, the SX410 gets 185 shots out of its NB-11LH battery, while the T1i can take 400 images on a single charge of its LP-E5 power pack.

The table below summarizes the key physical specs of the two cameras alongside a broader set of comparators. In case you want to display and compare another camera duo, you can use the CAM-parator app to select your camera combination among a large number of options.

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Body Specifications
    Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
Weather
Sealing
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Canon SX410 104 mm 69 mm 85 mm 325 g 185 n Feb 2015 279 i
2.
 
Canon T1i 129 mm 98 mm 62 mm 520 g 400 n Mar 2009 799 i
3.
 
Canon SX430 104 mm 69 mm 85 mm 323 g 195 n Jan 2017 299 i
4.
 
Canon SX730 110 mm 64 mm 40 mm 300 g 250 n Apr 2017 399 i
5.
 
Canon G7 X Mark II 106 mm 61 mm 42 mm 319 g 265 n Feb 2016 699 i
6.
 
Canon SX420 104 mm 69 mm 85 mm 325 g 195 n Jan 2016 299 i
7.
 
Canon SX620 97 mm 57 mm 28 mm 182 g 295 n May 2016 279 i
8.
 
Canon SX720 110 mm 64 mm 36 mm 270 g 250 n Feb 2016 379 i
9.
 
Canon G5 X 112 mm 76 mm 44 mm 353 g 210 n Oct 2015 799 i
10.
 
Canon SX610 105 mm 61 mm 27 mm 191 g 270 n Jan 2015 249 i
11.
 
Canon SX710 113 mm 66 mm 35 mm 269 g 230 n Jan 2015 349 i
12.
 
Canon SX400 104 mm 69 mm 80 mm 313 g 190 n Jul 2014 249 i
13.
 
Canon T5 130 mm 100 mm 78 mm 480 g 500 n Feb 2014 449 i
14.
 
Canon T4i 133 mm 100 mm 79 mm 575 g 440 n Jun 2012 849 i
15.
 
Canon T3i 133 mm 100 mm 80 mm 570 g 440 n Feb 2011 599 i
16.
 
Canon T2i 129 mm 98 mm 62 mm 530 g 440 n Feb 2010 699 i
17.
 
Canon XSi 129 mm 98 mm 62 mm 524 g 500 n Jan 2008 799 i
Notes: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

Any camera decision will obviously take relative prices into account. The retail prices at the time of the camera’s release place the model in the market relative to other models in the producer’s line-up and the competition. The SX410 was launched at a lower price than the T1i, despite having a lens built in. Normally, street prices remain initially close to the MSRP, but after a couple of months, the first discounts appear. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down.

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Sensor comparison

The size of the sensor inside a digital camera is one of the key determinants of image quality. A large sensor will tend to have larger individual pixels that provide better low-light sensitivity, wider dynamic range, and richer color-depth than smaller pixel-units in a sensor of the same technological generation. Furthermore, a large sensor camera will give the photographer more possibilities to use shallow depth-of-field in order to isolate a subject from the background. On the downside, larger sensors tend to be more expensive and lead to bigger and heavier cameras and lenses.

Of the two cameras under consideration, the Canon SX410 features a 1/2.3-inch sensor and the Canon T1i an APS-C sensor. The sensor area in the T1i is 1086 percent bigger. As a result of these sensor size differences, the cameras have a format factor of, respectively, 5.6 and 1.6. The sensor in the SX410 has a native 4:3 aspect ratio, while the one in the T1i offers a 3:2 aspect.

In terms of chip-set technology, the SX410 uses a more advanced image processing engine (DIGIC 4+) than the T1i (DIGIC 4), with benefits for noise reduction, color accuracy, and processing speed.

Canon SX410 and Canon T1i sensor measures

Despite having a smaller sensor, the Canon SX410 offers a higher resolution of 19.9 megapixels, compared with 15.1 MP of the Canon T1i. This megapixels advantage comes at the cost of a higher pixel density and a smaller size of the individual pixel (with a pixel pitch of 1.19μm versus 4.69μm for the T1i). However, it should be noted that the SX410 is much more recent (by 5 years and 10 months) than the T1i, and its sensor will have benefitted from technological advances during this time that make it possible to gather light more efficiently. Coming back to sensor resolution, it should be mentioned that the SX410 has no anti-alias filter installed, so that it can capture all the detail its sensor resolves.

The resolution advantage of the Canon SX410 implies greater flexibility for cropping images or the possibility to print larger pictures. The maximum print size of the SX410 for good quality output (200 dots per inch) amounts to 25.8 x 19.3 inches or 65.4 x 49.1 cm, for very good quality (250 dpi) 20.6 x 15.5 inches or 52.3 x 39.3 cm, and for excellent quality (300 dpi) 17.2 x 12.9 inches or 43.6 x 32.7 cm. The corresponding values for the Canon T1i are 23.8 x 15.8 inches or 60.4 x 40.2 cm for good quality, 19 x 12.7 inches or 48.3 x 32.2 cm for very good quality, and 15.8 x 10.6 inches or 40.2 x 26.8 cm for excellent quality prints.

The Canon PowerShot SX410 IS has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 1600. The corresponding ISO settings for the Canon EOS Rebel T1i are ISO 100 to ISO 6400, with the possibility to increase the ISO range to 100-12800.

SX410 versus T1i MP

For many cameras, data on sensor performance has been reported by DXO Mark. This service assesses and scores the color depth ("DXO Portrait"), dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), and low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports") of camera sensors, and also publishes an overall camera score. The adjacent table reports on the physical sensor characteristics and the outcomes of the DXO sensor quality tests for a sample of comparator-cameras.

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Sensor Characteristics
    Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
1.
 
Canon SX410 1/2.3 19.9 5152 3864720/30p...... ..
2.
 
Canon T1i APS-C 15.1 4752 31681080/20p21.711.5663 63
3.
 
Canon SX430 1/2.3 19.9 5152 3864720/25p...... ..
4.
 
Canon SX730 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/60p...... ..
5.
 
Canon G7 X Mark II 1-inch 20.0 5472 36481080/60p...... ..
6.
 
Canon SX420 1/2.3 19.9 5152 3864720/25p...... ..
7.
 
Canon SX620 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/30p...... ..
8.
 
Canon SX720 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/60p...... ..
9.
 
Canon G5 X 1-inch 20.0 5472 36481080/60p...... ..
10.
 
Canon SX610 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/30p...... ..
11.
 
Canon SX710 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/60p...... ..
12.
 
Canon SX400 1/2.3 15.9 4608 3456720/30p...... ..
13.
 
Canon T5 APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.911.3724 63
14.
 
Canon T4i APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.711.2722 62
15.
 
Canon T3i APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p22.111.5793 65
16.
 
Canon T2i APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p22.111.5784 66
17.
 
Canon XSi APS-C 12.2 4272 2848none21.910.8692 61

Many modern cameras cannot only take still pictures, but also record videos. Both cameras under consideration have a sensor with sufficiently fast read-out times for moving pictures, but the T1i provides a better video resolution than the SX410. It can shoot movie footage at 1080/20p, while the SX410 is limited to 720/30p.

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Feature comparison

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a variety of features. For example, the T1i has an optical viewfinder, which can be very useful when shooting in bright sunlight. In contrast, the SX410 relies on live view and the rear LCD for framing. The adjacent table lists some of the other core features of the Canon SX410 and Canon T1i along with similar information for a selection of comparators.

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Core Features
    Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Size
(inch)
LCD
Resolution
(000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Mech
Shutter
Speed
Shutter
Flaps
(1/sec)
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
1.
 
Canon SX410none n 3.0 230 fixed n 1/4000s 0.5 Y Y
2.
 
Canon T1ioptical n 3.0 920 fixed n 1/4000s 3.4 Y n
3.
 
Canon SX430none n 3.0 230 fixed n 1/4000s 0.5 Y Y
4.
 
Canon SX730none n 3.0 922 tilting n 1/3200s 5.9 Y Y
5.
 
Canon G7 X Mark IInone n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/2000s 8.0 Y Y
6.
 
Canon SX420none n 3.0 230 fixed n 1/4000s 0.5 Y Y
7.
 
Canon SX620none n 3.0 922 fixed n 1/2000s 2.5 Y Y
8.
 
Canon SX720none n 3.0 922 fixed n 1/3200s 5.9 Y Y
9.
 
Canon G5 X2360 n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/2000s 5.9 Y Y
10.
 
Canon SX610none n 3.0 922 fixed n 1/2000s 2.5 Y Y
11.
 
Canon SX710none n 3.0 922 fixed n 1/3200s 6.0 Y Y
12.
 
Canon SX400none n 3.0 230 fixed n 1/1600s 0.8 Y Y
13.
 
Canon T5optical n 3.0 460 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
14.
 
Canon T4ioptical n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
15.
 
Canon T3ioptical n 3.0 1040 swivel n 1/4000s 3.7 Y n
16.
 
Canon T2ioptical n 3.0 1040 fixed n 1/4000s 3.7 Y n
17.
 
Canon XSioptical n 3.0 230 fixed n 1/4000s 3.5 Y n

The SX410 writes its imaging data to SDXC cards, while the T1i uses SDHC cards.

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Connectivity comparison

For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Canon PowerShot SX410 IS and Canon EOS Rebel T1i and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

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Input-Output Connections
    Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Microphone
Internal
Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
1.
 
Canon SX410-stereomono---2.0---
2.
 
Canon T1iYmonomono--mini2.0---
3.
 
Canon SX430-monomono---2.0YY-
4.
 
Canon SX730-stereomono--micro2.0YYY
5.
 
Canon G7 X Mark II-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
6.
 
Canon SX420-monomono---2.0YY-
7.
 
Canon SX620-monomono--micro2.0YY-
8.
 
Canon SX720-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
9.
 
Canon G5 XYstereomono--mini2.0YY-
10.
 
Canon SX610-----micro2.0YY-
11.
 
Canon SX710-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
12.
 
Canon SX400-stereomono---2.0---
13.
 
Canon T5Ymonomono--mini2.0---
14.
 
Canon T4iYstereomonoY-mini2.0---
15.
 
Canon T3iYmonomonoY-mini2.0---
16.
 
Canon T2iYstereo-Y-mini2.0---
17.
 
Canon XSiY----mini2.0---

It is notable that the T1i has a hotshoe, which makes it possible to easily attach optional accessories, such as an external flash gun. The SX410 does not feature such an accessory-socket.

Both the SX410 and the T1i have been discontinued, but can regularly be found used on eBay. The T1i was replaced by the Canon T2i, while the SX410 was followed by the Canon SX420. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Canon website.

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Review summary

So what conclusions can be drawn? Is there a clear favorite between the Canon SX410 and the Canon T1i? Which camera is better? Below is a summary of the relative strengths of each of the two contestants.


Arguments in favor of the Canon PowerShot SX410 IS:

  • More detail: Offers more megapixels (19.9 vs 15.1MP) with a 13% higher linear resolution.
  • Maximized detail: Lacks an anti-alias filter to exploit the sensor's full resolution potential.
  • Better jpgs: Has a more modern image processing engine (DIGIC 4+ vs DIGIC 4).
  • Ready to shoot: Comes with a built-in lens, while the T1i requires a separate lens.
  • More compact: Is smaller (104x69mm vs 129x98mm) and thus needs less room in the bag.
  • Less heavy: Is lighter even though it comes with a built-in lens (unlike the T1i).
  • Sharper images: Has hand-shake reducing image stabilization built-in.
  • More affordable: Was introduced at a lower price, despite coming with a built-in lens.
  • More modern: Reflects 5 years and 10 months of technical progress since the T1i launch.


Advantages of the Canon EOS Rebel T1i:

  • Better moiré control: Has an anti-alias filter to avoid artificial patterns to appear in images.
  • Better image quality: Features bigger pixels on a larger sensor for higher quality imaging.
  • Richer colors: The pixel size advantage translates into images with better, more accurate colors.
  • More dynamic range: Larger pixels capture a wider spectrum of light and dark details.
  • Better low-light sensitivity: Larger pixels means good image quality even under poor lighting.
  • Better video: Provides higher definition movie capture (1080/20p vs 720/30p).
  • Easier framing: Has an optical viewfinder for image composition and settings control.
  • More detailed LCD: Has a higher resolution rear screen (920k vs 230k dots).
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (3.4 vs 0.5 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • More flexible: Makes it possible to change lenses and thus to use specialty optics.
  • Longer lasting: Gets more shots (400 versus 185) out of a single battery charge.
  • Better lighting: Features a hotshoe and can thus hold and trigger an external flash gun.
  • More heavily discounted: Has been around for much longer (launched in March 2009).

If the number of relative strengths (bullet points above) is taken as a guide, the T1i is the clear winner of the contest (13 : 9 points). However, the relevance of individual strengths will vary across photographers, so that you might want to apply your own weighing scheme to the summary points when reflecting and deciding on a new camera. A professional sports photographer will view the differences between cameras in a way that diverges from the perspective of a street photog, and a person interested in family portraits has distinct needs from a landscape shooter. Hence, the decision which camera is best and worth buying is often a very personal one.

SX410 09:13 T1i

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Canon SX410 and the Canon T1i place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best Superzoom Camera and Best DSLR Camera listings whether the two cameras rank among the cream of the crop.

In any case, while the comparison of the spec-sheets of cameras can offer a general idea of their imaging potential, it says little about, for example, the shooting experience and imaging performance of the SX410 and the T1i in practical situations. User reviews, such as those found at amazon, can sometimes inform about these issues, but such feedback is often incomplete, inconsistent, and biased.

Expert reviews

This is where reviews by experts come in. The following table reports the overall ratings of the cameras as published by some of the major camera review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], dpreview [DPR], ephotozine [EPZ], photographyblog [PB]). As can be seen, the professional reviewers agree in many cases on the quality of different cameras, but sometimes their assessments diverge, reinforcing the earlier point that a camera decision is often a very personal choice.

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Expert Camera Reviews
     Camera 
 Model 
 AP 
 score 
 CL 
 score 
 DPR 
 score 
 EPZ 
 score 
 PB 
 score 
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Canon SX410..o...... Feb 2015 279 i
2.
 
Canon T1i..+ +74/1004.5/54.5/5 Mar 2009 799 i
3.
 
Canon SX430......3.5/53.5/5 Jan 2017 299 i
4.
 
Canon SX730..+..4/54/5 Apr 2017 399 i
5.
 
Canon G7 X Mark II4.5/5+ +81/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2016 699 i
6.
 
Canon SX420........3/5 Jan 2016 299 i
7.
 
Canon SX620........4/5 May 2016 279 i
8.
 
Canon SX720..+..4/54.5/5 Feb 2016 379 i
9.
 
Canon G5 X5/5+ +78/1004.5/54.5/5 Oct 2015 799 i
10.
 
Canon SX610......4/54/5 Jan 2015 249 i
11.
 
Canon SX710..+..4/53.5/5 Jan 2015 349 i
12.
 
Canon SX400..+...... Jul 2014 249 i
13.
 
Canon T53/5+..4/54.5/5 Feb 2014 449 i
14.
 
Canon T4i4/5+ +77/1004.5/54.5/5 Jun 2012 849 i
15.
 
Canon T3i3/5o77/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2011 599 i
16.
 
Canon T2i..+ +77/1004/54.5/5 Feb 2010 699 i
17.
 
Canon XSi..+ ++ +4/54.5/5 Jan 2008 799 i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

Care should be taken when interpreting the review scores above, though. The ratings are only valid when referring to cameras in the same category and of the same age. A score, therefore, has to be seen in close connection to the price and market introduction time of the camera, and comparing ratings of very distinct cameras or ones that are far apart in terms of their release date have little meaning. Also, kindly note that some of the listed sites have over time developped their review approaches and their reporting style.

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    Specifications: Canon SX410 vs Canon T1i

    Below is a side-by-side comparison of the specs of the two cameras to facilitate a quick review of their differences and common features.

    Camera Specifications
    Camera Model Canon SX410 Canon T1i
    Camera Type Fixed lens compact camera Digital single lens reflex
    Camera Lens 24-960mm f/3.5-5.6 Canon EF mount lenses
    Launch Date February 2015 March 2009
    Launch Price USD 279 USD 799
    Sensor Specs Canon SX410 Canon T1i
    Sensor Technology CCD CMOS
    Sensor Format 1/2.3" Sensor APS-C Sensor
    Sensor Size 6.17 x 4.55 mm 22.3 x 14.9 mm
    Sensor Area 28.0735 mm2 332.27 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 7.7 mm 26.8 mm
    Crop Factor 5.6x 1.6x
    Sensor Resolution 19.9 Megapixels 15.1 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 5152 x 3864 pixels 4752 x 3168 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 1.19 μm 4.69 μm
    Pixel Density 70.91 MP/cm2 4.53 MP/cm2
    Moiré control no AA filter Anti-Alias filter
    Movie Capability 720/30p Video 1080/20p Video
    ISO Setting 100 - 1,600 ISO 100 - 6,400 ISO
    ISO Boost no Enhancement 100 - 12,800 ISO
    Image Processor DIGIC 4+ DIGIC 4
    DXO Sensor Quality (score) .. 63
    DXO Color Depth (bits) .. 21.7
    DXO Dynamic Range (EV) .. 11.5
    DXO Low Light (ISO) .. 663
    Screen Specs Canon SX410 Canon T1i
    Viewfinder Type no viewfinder Optical viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 95%
    Viewfinder Magnification 0.54x
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 3.0inch 3.0inch
    LCD Resolution 230k dots 920k dots
    LCD Attachment Fixed screen Fixed screen
    Shooting Specs Canon SX410 Canon T1i
    Focus System Contrast-detect AF Phase-detect AF
    Continuous Shooting 0.5 shutter flaps/s 3.4 shutter flaps/s
    Fill Flash Built-in Flash Built-in Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards SDHC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot Single card slot
    UHS card support no no
    Connectivity Specs Canon SX410 Canon T1i
    External Flash no Hotshoe Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port no HDMI mini HDMI
    Wifi Support no Wifi no Wifi
    Body Specs Canon SX410 Canon T1i
    Battery Type NB-11LH LP-E5
    Battery Life (CIPA)185 shots per charge400 shots per charge
    Body Dimensions 104 x 69 x 85 mm
    (4.1 x 2.7 x 3.3 in)
    129 x 98 x 62 mm
    (5.1 x 3.9 x 2.4 in)
    Camera Weight 325 g (11.5 oz) 520 g (18.3 oz)

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