Unless you already have some lenses, I would go with the more basic camera and invest your money in to the lenses that you'll need to go with it. A cheaper body with good lenses is generally better than a top spec body with cheap glass. Money is never wasted on good glass and in any case, the T3i is a great camera and will do most of what you need it to do. Having said that, the camera and lens is just a tool for the job, you still need to know how to use it and get the best from it.
Equipment: 2x Canon EOS 50D; Sigma 10-20 EX DC HSM, 50-500 EX APO DG, Canon 24-105 f/4 L, Speedlite 430EX
You can also compare many other bodies with that website.
The prices you give are kit prices, if you already have some lenses there isn't much point getting a kit. Also it would be cheeper buying from resellers then direct. Resellers mostly have lower prices.
lhrman From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 398 posts, RR: 6 Reply 7, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2950 times:
Quoting epten (Reply 5): 600D vs 60D? I thing there's no contest here. Get 60D.
Couldn't disagree more. Although agreed, the 60D is a larger build and therefore more comforable, with a BG-E8 attached the 600D/T3i becomes just as comforatble to use. Bearing in mind, you can get a grip + body for a minimum of £100 off a 60D price, becomes a very pleasing proposition.
600D and the 60D are so similar in specs (with the exception of FPS) that either is a sound purchase. The 7D would be considered a upgrade to the 60/600D.