Updated (February, 2011): Compare the Canon Rebel T3 vs Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

Canon PowerShot SX20 IS vs Canon Rebel T3

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay
Battery life
Great battery life
700 shots

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Advantages of the Canon T3

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Startup delay
Much less startup delay
300 ms vs 2400 ms
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8x less delay when turning on
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
309 ms vs 540 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
Screen size
Larger screen
2.7" vs 2.5"
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Around 10% larger screen
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
700 shots vs 340 shots
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More than 2x more shots per battery charge
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
True resolution
Higher true resolution
12.2 MP vs 9.8 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
3 fps vs 0.7 fps
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Around 4.5x faster continuous shooting
Weight
Lighter
459 g vs 600 g
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More than 20% lighter
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The T3's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentamirror vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Thickness
Thinner
3.1" vs 3.4"
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More than 10% thinner
Lowest price
Cheaper
$349.00 vs $699.99
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The best price we've seen is $351 cheaper (2x less)
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
30s vs 15s
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2x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Canon SX20 IS

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
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
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digital cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              T3:Pentamirror
              SX20 IS:Digital
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              T3:3.1"
              SX20 IS:3.4"
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              T3:3 fps
              SX20 IS:0.7 fps
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              T3:2.7"
              SX20 IS:2.5"
              Size Large Help
              T3:130x100x78 mm
              SX20 IS:128x88x87 mm
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $539 body only

              $553 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay

              Canon Rebel T3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $233 body only

              $375 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $302 - $527 body only

              $379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $569 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Weight Heavier
              Canon EOS Rebel T1i

              Canon Rebel T1i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $861 body only

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $845 body only

              $749 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Larger screen
              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Battery life Shorter battery life

              Canon PowerShot SX20 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $339 - $349

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

              Super zoom

              $700

              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              $456

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Zoom More zoom
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX1 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX1 IS

              Super zoom

              $850

              Screen size Larger screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $185 - $237

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Aperture Narrower aperture

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