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

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
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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Phase detection autofocus
fast and accurate
 
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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 Significantly 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
Sensor size Significantly larger sensor APS-C 22.2x14.7mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
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Around 11.5x larger sensor
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
Weight Lighter 459 g vs 600 g
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More than 20% lighter
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 3 fps vs 0.7 fps
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Around 4.5x faster continuous shooting
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 Slightly thinner 3.1" vs 3.4"
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More than 10% thinner
Lowest price Cheaper $224.95 vs $599.99
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The best price we've seen is $375 cheaper (2.7x 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 Common Weaknesses
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              T3:Pentamirror
              SX20 IS:Digital
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              T3:3.1"
              SX20 IS:3.4"
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Weight Heavy Help
              T3:459 g
              SX20 IS:600 g
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Size Large Help
              T3:130x100x78 mm
              SX20 IS:128x88x87 mm
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              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"
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              T3:309 ms
              SX20 IS:540 ms
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $273 body only

              $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 body only

              $389 - $506 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $639 body only

              $200 - $674 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $415 body only

              $495 - $564 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $400

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon Rebel T3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $681 - $700 body only

              $499 - $822 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Lowest price More expensive
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $648 body only

              $200 - $579 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $695 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 EOS Rebel T1i

              Canon Rebel T1i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $999 body only

              $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Color depth Worse color depth

              Canon PowerShot SX20 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

              Super zoom

              $652

              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $199 - $250

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Super zoom

              $398

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              External flash No external flash support
              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              $420

              Zoom More zoom
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $315 - $405

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Zoom More zoom
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker

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