Canon Rebel T3 vs Sony Alpha DSLR-A330

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Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3

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

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A330

Color depth
Great color depth
22.4 bits
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
199 ms shutter lag
Storage slots
More storage slots
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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon Rebel T3.
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differences

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
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.54x vs 0.48x
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More than 20% larger viewfinder
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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 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 2 f-stops better
Weight
Lighter
459 g vs 529 g
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More than 10% lighter
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$325.30 vs $375.14
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The best price we've seen is $50 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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Advantages of the Sony DSLR-A330

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
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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1 f-stop 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
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Size
Smaller
128×97×71 mm vs 130×100×78 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Thickness
Significantly thinner
2.8" vs 3.1"
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Around 10% thinner
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              T3$325.30
              DSLR-A330$375.14
              Common Weaknesses
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              T3720p @ 30fps
              DSLR-A330None
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              T312.2 MP
              DSLR-A33010 MP
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              T33 fps
              DSLR-A3302.5 fps
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              T36,400 ISO
              DSLR-A3303,200 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              T311 EV
              DSLR-A33011.5 EV
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              T30.54x
              DSLR-A3300.48x
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              T362.0
              DSLR-A33064.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              T3755 ISO
              DSLR-A330535 ISO

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              competitors

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $566 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $275 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

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

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $300 - $547 body only

              $379 - $447 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
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $700 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $845 body only

              $725 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a much 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

              $825 body only

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $465 - $650 body only

              $589 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon Rebel T3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $389 body only

              $360 - $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Battery life Shorter battery life

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A330 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

              Entry-level DSLR

              Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Live view No live view
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A230

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A230

              Entry-level DSLR

              $280 body only

              Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
              Thickness Thinner
              Live view No live view
              Autofocus Slower autofocus

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