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

61

Canon Rebel SL1

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT-A55

Great color depth
Color depth
23 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
12.4 EV
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
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"
 

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
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$449.00 vs $479.00
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The best price we've seen is $30 cheaper (around 10% less)
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Advantages of the Sony SLT-A55

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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
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              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
              Common Weaknesses
              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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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $699 body only

              $597 - $700 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 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 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 body only

              $599 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly 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 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

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

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $398 - $455 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

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Sony SLT-A55 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A57

              Sony SLT A57

              Entry-level DSLR

              $601 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-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $998 - $1,050 with 16-50mm lens

              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Size Much larger
              Sony SLT-A37

              Sony SLT-A37

              Entry-level DSLR

              $464 - $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-A65

              Sony SLT A65

              Entry-level DSLR

              $600 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

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