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

Sony SLT-A55 vs Canon Rebel SL1

Winner
Sony SLT-A55

74

Canon Rebel SL1

62

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT-A55

Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
12.4 EV
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.72x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
10 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel SL1

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Size
Really small
Prosumer size (117×91×69 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
Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentamirror vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
197 lenses vs 123 lenses
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More than 60% more lenses available
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Size
Significantly smaller
117×91×69 mm vs 124×92×85 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Thickness
Much thinner
2.7" vs 3.3"
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Around 20% thinner
Startup delay
Less startup delay
600 ms vs 900 ms
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More than 30% less delay when turning on
True resolution
Higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 16 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$399.00 vs $740.00
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The best price we've seen is $341 cheaper (around 50% less)
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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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
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
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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1.6 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
Better image quality
73.0 vs 63.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Autofocus
Faster video autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
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
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
Slightly more cross-type focus points
3 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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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
              SL1407 g
              SLT-A55500 g
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              SL1380 shots
              SLT-A55330 shots
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              SL11
              SLT-A553
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              SL117.9 MP
              SLT-A5516 MP
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              12,800 ISO
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              SL1843 ISO
              SLT-A55816 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $465 - $650 body only

              $589 - $650 with 18-55mm lens

              Cross type focus points Has slightly more cross-type focus points
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $300 - $547 body only

              $379 - $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 D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $677 body only

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $548 - $566 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $413 - $497 body only

              $489 - $580 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $579 - $747 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

              $649 - $699 body only

              $929 - $1,199 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

              Canon Rebel SL1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $370 - $400 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
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $849 - $999 body only

              $929 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster video autofocus
              Color depth Better color depth
              Size Much larger
              Weight Much heavier

              Sony SLT-A55 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A57

              Sony SLT A57

              Entry-level DSLR

              $608 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Lower frame rate movies
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $1,238 - $1,345 with 16-50mm lens

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

              Sony SLT-A37

              Entry-level DSLR

              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

              $591 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Lower frame rate movies
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO

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