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

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Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3

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
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12 EV
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 
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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
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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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 Support 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
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              T3:309 ms
              NEX-3:670 ms
              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 EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $680 - $700 body only

              $489 - $820 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $575 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

              $270 - $387 body only

              $399 - $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

              $319 - $831 body only

              $477 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
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $415 body only

              $545 - $669 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,000 body only

              $1,600 with 17-85mm lens

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Live view Doesn't let you preview your photos on the screen
              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Startup delay Has much more startup delay

              Canon Rebel T3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $674 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Weight Heavier
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 - $1,098 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $899 body only

              $695 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Battery life Shorter battery life

              Sony Alpha NEX-3 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $320 body only

              $300 - $420 with 16-50mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $473 body only

              $436 - $575 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 A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $398 - $410 with 16-50mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Sony NEX C3

              Sony NEX C3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $316 body only

              $571 with 18-55mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $399 - $574 body only

              $739 - $759 with 16-50mm lens

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

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