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

Canon Rebel T3

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Canon Rebel T3

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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
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 
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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
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
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
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 $289.95 vs $549.99
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The best price we've seen is $260 cheaper (around 50% 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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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              External flash Each supports an 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"
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              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 Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $774 body only

              $200 - $617 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
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $567 body only

              $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $370 - $400 body only

              $500 - $590 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Movie format Doesn't record movies
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Entry-level DSLR

              $593 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Movie format Doesn't record 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 PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $199 - $229

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash

              Canon Rebel T3 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $278 body only

              $392 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $681 body only

              $499 - $823 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Lowest price More expensive
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $600 body only

              $200 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Weight Heavier

              Canon PowerShot SX20 IS Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

              Super zoom

              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Canon PowerShot SX1 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX1 IS

              Super zoom

              $676

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen size Larger screen
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $325 - $390

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Zoom More zoom
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

              Super zoom

              $551

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              External flash No external flash support

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