Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon Rebel SL1 vs Sony SLT-A65

Sony SLT-A55

Winner
Sony SLT-A55

75

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Canon Rebel SL1

60

Canon Rebel SL1

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Reasons to buy the Sony SLT-A55

Color depth
Great color depth
23 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12.4 EV
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.72x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel SL1

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 117x91x69 mm
Thickness
Thin
2.7"
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon SL1

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Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder Pentamirror vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 197 lenses vs 123 lenses
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More than 60% more lenses available
Size Much smaller 117x91x69 mm vs 124x92x85 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Startup delay Less startup delay 600 ms vs 900 ms
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More than 30% less delay when turning on
Thickness Much thinner 2.7" vs 3.3"
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Around 20% thinner
True resolution Higher true resolution 17.9 MP vs 16 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 843 ISO vs 816 ISO
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The SL1 has a slight edge (0 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 380 shots vs 330 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Weight Lighter 407 g vs 500 g
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Around 20% lighter
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Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder 0.72x vs 0.54x
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Around 80% larger viewfinder
Continuous shooting Shoots much faster 10 fps vs 4 fps
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2.5x faster continuous shooting
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.4 EV vs 11.3 EV
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1.1 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth Better color depth 23 bits vs 21.8 bits
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Distinguishes 1.2 more bits of color
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 73.0 vs 63.0
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Around 20% better image quality
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Autofocus Faster video autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
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
Sensor size Much larger sensor APS-C 23.5x15.6mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 220 ms vs 264 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Focus points More focus points 15 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 3 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Lowest price Cheaper $404.64 vs $494.00
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The best price we've seen is $89 cheaper (around 20% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Weight Light weight Help
              SL1:407 g
              SLT-A55:500 g
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              SL1:380 shots
              SLT-A55:330 shots
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              SL1:1
              SLT-A55:3
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              SL1:843 ISO
              SLT-A55:816 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 - $1,098 with 18-55mm lens

              Cross type focus points Has slightly more cross-type focus points
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $575 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $831 body only

              $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 - $747 body only

              $629 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $899 body only

              $959 - $999 with 18-135mm lens

              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $448 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon Rebel SL1 Competitors

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              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $680 - $700 body only

              $489 - $820 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $547 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Touch screen No touch screen
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR

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              Sony SLT A57

              Sony SLT A57

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Sony SLT-A65

              Sony SLT A65

              Entry-level DSLR

              $698 body only

              $631 - $798 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Sony SLT-A37

              Sony SLT-A37

              Entry-level DSLR

              $440 - $479 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $1,249 body only

              $1,199 - $1,296 with 18-135mm lens

              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Size Much larger

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