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

Canon Rebel T3

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Canon Rebel T3

53

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Sony Alpha NEX-3

46

Sony Alpha NEX-3

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3

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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
Battery life
Great battery life
700 shots
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Phase detection autofocus
fast and accurate
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-3

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Size
Really small
Compact 117x62x33 mm
Light sensitivity
High ISO
12,800 ISO
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12 EV
 
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differences

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
Cross type focus points Slightly more cross-type focus points 1 vs 0
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $275.99 vs $398.00
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The best price we've seen is $122 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-3

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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
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Screen size Significantly 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
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
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
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12 EV vs 11 EV
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1 f-stop more dynamic range
Overall image quality Better image quality 68.0 vs 62.0
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Around 10% better image quality
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
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
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
Weight Lighter 297 g vs 459 g
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Around 40% lighter
Color depth Better color depth 22.1 bits vs 21.9 bits
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Distinguishes 0.2 more bits of color
Sensor size Slightly larger sensor APS-C 23.4x15.6mm vs APS-C 22.2x14.7mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 830 ISO vs 755 ISO
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The NEX-3 has a slight edge (0.1 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              T3:APS-C 22.2x14.7mm
              NEX-3:APS-C 23.4x15.6mm
              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
              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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              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
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $375 - $430 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $580 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon Rebel T3 Competitors

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              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $681 body only

              $549 - $823 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Lowest price More expensive
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $575 body only

              $546 - $779 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Weight Heavier
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $520 body only

              $545 - $696 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Canon EOS Rebel T1i

              Canon Rebel T1i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity

              Sony Alpha NEX-3 Competitors

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              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $598 body only

              $565 with 18-55mm 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

              $320 body only

              $325 - $450 with 16-50mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $493 - $748 body only

              $664 - $898 with 16-50mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $200 with 10-30mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $360 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

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              discussion

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