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Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3

Battery life
Great battery life
700 shots
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A330

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.5x15.7mm
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
199 ms shutter lag
Storage slots
More storage slots
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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
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 755 ISO vs 535 ISO
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The T3 has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
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
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.54x vs 0.48x
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More than 20% larger viewfinder
Battery life Longer battery life 700 shots vs 510 shots
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Around 40% more shots per battery charge
True resolution Higher true resolution 12.2 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Startup delay Less startup delay 300 ms vs 600 ms
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2x less delay when turning on
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 3 fps vs 2.5 fps
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20% faster continuous shooting
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 529 g
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More than 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Sony DSLR-A330

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Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Sensor size Much larger sensor APS-C 23.5x15.7mm vs APS-C 22.2x14.7mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
Color depth Better color depth 22.4 bits vs 21.9 bits
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Distinguishes 0.5 more bits of color
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.5 EV vs 11 EV
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0.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 199 ms vs 309 ms
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Around 40% less delay when taking photos
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 64.0 vs 62.0
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Almost the same
Size Significantly smaller 128x97x71 mm vs 130x100x78 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Thickness Significantly thinner 2.8" vs 3.1"
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Around 10% thinner
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        Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Weight Light weight Help
        T3:459 g
        DSLR-A330:529 g
        Movie format One shoots movies Help
        T3:720p @ 30fps
        DSLR-A330:None
        Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
        1/4000 of a second
        Autofocus No video autofocus Help
        Manual focus only
        Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
        95%
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        T3:12.2 MP
        DSLR-A330:10 MP
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        T3:3 fps
        DSLR-A330:2.5 fps
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        230k dots
        Screen size Very small screens Help
        2.7"
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        T3:6,400 ISO
        DSLR-A330:3,200 ISO
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
        Need to shelter it from weather
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
        T3:11 EV
        DSLR-A330:11.5 EV
        Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
        T3:0.54x
        DSLR-A330:0.48x
        Overall image quality Low image quality Help
        T3:62.0
        DSLR-A330:64.0
        Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
        T3:755 ISO
        DSLR-A330:535 ISO

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        competitors

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        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 significantly larger screen
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $278 body only

        $392 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Thickness Is thicker
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 - $567 body only

        $477 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has much better image quality
        Thickness Is thicker
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $370 - $400 body only

        $500 - $590 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Thickness Is thicker
        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 significantly larger screen
        Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
        Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Canon EOS Rebel T1i

        Canon Rebel T1i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $828 body only

        $756 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
        Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

        Entry-level DSLR

        Size Is slightly smaller
        Sensor cleaning Has a self cleaning sensor
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life

        Canon Rebel T3 Competitors

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        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Entry-level DSLR

        $599 - $681 body only

        $499 - $823 with 18-55mm lens

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

        Canon Rebel T2i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $600 body only

        $200 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
        Startup delay Slightly more startup delay

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A330 Competitors

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        Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

        Entry-level DSLR

        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        True resolution Higher true resolution
        Autofocus Slower autofocus
        Startup delay More startup delay
        Sony Alpha DSLR-A230

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A230

        Entry-level DSLR

        Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
        Size Smaller
        Live view No live view
        Autofocus Slower autofocus
        Sony Alpha DSLR-A300

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A300

        Entry-level DSLR

        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster
        Autofocus Slower autofocus
        Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
        Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

        Entry-level DSLR

        Battery life Significantly longer battery life
        Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
        Live view No live view
        Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
        Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

        Entry-level DSLR

        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
        Size Much larger
        Thickness Much thicker

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