Canon Rebel T3

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Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3

Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
300 ms startup delay
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
Sensor shift
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
199 ms shutter lag
Storage slots
More storage slots
2
 

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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
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
Startup delay
Less startup delay
300 ms vs 600 ms
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2x less delay when turning on
True resolution
Higher true resolution
12.2 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
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 1 f-stop better
Weight
Lighter
459 g vs 529 g
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More than 10% lighter
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$349.00 vs $384.22
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The best price we've seen is $35 cheaper (around 10% less)
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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
22.4 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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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:$349.00
              DSLR-A330:$384.22
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              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
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              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
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              T3:0.54x
              DSLR-A330:0.48x
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              T3:11 EV
              DSLR-A330:11.5 EV
              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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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $240 - $341 body only

              $385 - $410 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 significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $302 - $527 body only

              $389 - $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 Digital Rebel XSi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $899 body only

              $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Entry-level DSLR

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Autofocus Users slower contrast detection autofocus
              Screen size Has a significantly smaller screen
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,000 body only

              $1,600 with 17-85mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Sensor cleaning Has a self cleaning sensor
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3000

              Nikon D3000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Live view Doesn't let you preview your photos on the screen
              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag

              Canon Rebel T3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $648 body only

              $549 - $620 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $855 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon Rebel T1i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $890 body only

              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-A330 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

              Entry-level DSLR

              $950 with 75-300mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Startup delay More startup delay
              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
              Olympus E-420

              Olympus E-420

              Entry-level DSLR

              $999 body only

              $325 with 14-42mm lens

              Size Much smaller
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A290

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A290

              Entry-level DSLR

              Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Live view No live view
              Size Significantly larger

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