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Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3

Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Battery life
Great battery life
700 shots
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Badge
Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
189 ms shutter lag
Battery life
Great battery life
750 shots
 
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Advantages of the Canon T3

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Movie format Shoots movies 720p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots HD (720p) video as well as still pictures
Live view Has live view Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 755 ISO vs 521 ISO
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The T3 has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Startup delay Significantly less startup delay 300 ms vs 1500 ms
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5x less delay when turning on
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 197 lenses vs 123 lenses
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More than 60% more lenses available
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 10 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The T3's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Weight Lighter 459 g vs 572 g
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Around 20% lighter
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Advantages of the Sony DSLR-A200

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Sensor size Much larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs APS-C 22.2x14.7mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Color depth Better color depth 22.3 bits vs 21.9 bits
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Distinguishes 0.4 more bits of color
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 189 ms vs 309 ms
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Around 40% less delay when taking photos
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.3 EV vs 11 EV
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0.3 f-stops more dynamic range
Size Smaller 131x99x71 mm vs 130x100x78 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 63.0 vs 62.0
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Almost the same
Thickness Significantly thinner 2.8" vs 3.1"
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Around 10% thinner
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 750 shots vs 700 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
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        Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Battery life Great battery life Help
        T3:700 shots
        DSLR-A200:750 shots
        Movie format One shoots movies Help
        T3:720p @ 30fps
        DSLR-A200:None
        Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
        1/4000 of a second
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Autofocus No video autofocus Help
        Manual focus only
        Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
        95%
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        T3:12.2 MP
        DSLR-A200:10 MP
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        3 fps
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        230k dots
        Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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        Screen size Very small screens Help
        2.7"
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
        T3:11 EV
        DSLR-A200:11.3 EV
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        T3:6,400 ISO
        DSLR-A200:3,200 ISO
        Focus points Few focus points Help
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        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
        Need to shelter it from weather
        3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
        No 3d support
        Overall image quality Low image quality Help
        T3:62.0
        DSLR-A200:63.0
        Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
        0.54x
        Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
        T3:755 ISO
        DSLR-A200:521 ISO
        Color depth Poor color depth Help
        T3:21.9 bits
        DSLR-A200:22.3 bits

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $749 body only

        $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $392 - $430 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
        Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $497 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has much better image quality
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $449 - $520 body only

        $545 - $696 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has much better image quality
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

        Entry-level DSLR

        $765 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
        Size Is significantly smaller
        Lowest price Is much more expensive
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

        Entry-level DSLR

        $400 with 18-55mm lens

        Size Is significantly smaller
        Thickness Is thinner
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
        Nikon D3000

        Nikon D3000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $343 - $408 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
        Size Is significantly smaller
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

        Canon Rebel T3 Competitors

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        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Entry-level DSLR

        $599 - $681 body only

        $549 - $1,035 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Screen size Much larger screen
        Battery life Shorter battery life
        Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
        Canon EOS Rebel T2i

        Canon Rebel T2i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $575 body only

        $650 - $779 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
        Lowest price Significantly more expensive
        Canon EOS Rebel T1i

        Canon Rebel T1i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $400 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Color depth Worse color depth
        Low light performance More noise at high ISO

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A200 Competitors

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        Sony Alpha DSLR-A230

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A230

        Entry-level DSLR

        Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
        Storage slots Has more storage slots
        Autofocus Slower autofocus
        Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
        Sony Alpha DSLR-A100

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A100

        Entry-level DSLR

        Startup delay Less startup delay
        Size Slightly smaller
        Autofocus Slower autofocus
        Screen size Significantly smaller screen
        Sony Alpha DSLR-A300

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A300

        Entry-level DSLR

        Live view Has live view
        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        Autofocus Slower autofocus
        Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder

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