Updated (June, 2011): Compare the Canon Rebel T3 vs Sony NEX C3

Canon Rebel T3

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Canon Rebel T3

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Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3

Great battery life
Battery life
700 shots
Phase detection autofocus
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fast and accurate
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-3

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Size
Really small
Compact 117x62x33 mm
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12 EV
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 

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Advantages of the Canon T3

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Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
309 ms vs 670 ms
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2.2x less delay when taking photos
Lens availability
Much more lenses available
197 lenses vs 21 lenses
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Around 9.5x more lenses available
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
700 shots vs 330 shots
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More than 2x more shots per battery charge
Startup delay
Less startup delay
300 ms vs 1000 ms
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3.3x less delay when turning on
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Pentamirror vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-3

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Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Size
Significantly smaller
117x62x33 mm vs 130x100x78 mm
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4.2x smaller
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
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
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12 EV vs 11 EV
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1 f-stop more dynamic range
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Overall image quality
Better image quality
68.0 vs 62.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.3" vs 3.1"
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2.4x thinner
Sensor cleaning
Has a self cleaning sensor
Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
7 fps vs 3 fps
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Around 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Weight
Lighter
297 g vs 459 g
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Around 40% lighter
True resolution
Higher true resolution
14 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 20% more detail in your photos
Focus points
More focus points
25 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Color depth
Better color depth
22.1 bits vs 21.9 bits
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Distinguishes 0.2 more bits of color
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The NEX-3's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$200.00 vs $349.00
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The best price we've seen is $149 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              T3:1
              NEX-3:0
              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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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $240 - $280 body only

              $389 - $410 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS Rebel T1i

              Canon Rebel T1i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $890 body only

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon Rebel T3 Competitors

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              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $443 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $700 body only

              $590 - $750 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Startup delay More startup delay

              Sony Alpha NEX-3 Competitors

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              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $473 body only

              $398 - $475 with 16-50mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $286 body only

              $373 - $420 with 16-50mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $440 - $448 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $675 - $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Focus points Many more focus points
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Slightly larger
              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $229 with 10-30mm lens

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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