Updated (June, 2011): Compare the Canon Rebel T3 vs Sony SLT A35

Sony SLT-A33

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Sony SLT-A33

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Canon Rebel T3

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Canon Rebel T3

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Reasons to buy the Sony SLT-A33

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Color depth
Great color depth
22.8 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12.6 EV
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay
Battery life
Great battery life
700 shots
 
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Advantages of the Canon T3

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Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 755 ISO vs 591 ISO
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The T3 has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Battery life Much longer battery life 700 shots vs 270 shots
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More than 2.5x more shots per battery charge
Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder Pentamirror vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 197 lenses vs 123 lenses
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More than 60% more lenses available
Startup delay Less startup delay 300 ms vs 800 ms
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2.7x less delay when turning on
Thickness Significantly thinner 3.1" vs 3.3"
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Around 10% thinner
Weight Lighter 459 g vs 500 g
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Around 10% lighter
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Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.6 EV vs 11 EV
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1.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Autofocus Video autofocus Phase 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
Overall image quality Better image quality 70.0 vs 62.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Color depth Better color depth 22.8 bits vs 21.9 bits
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Distinguishes 0.9 more bits of color
Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Sensor size Much larger sensor APS-C 23.5x15.6mm vs APS-C 22.2x14.7mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 7 fps vs 3 fps
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Around 2.5x faster continuous shooting
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
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 215 ms vs 309 ms
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More than 30% less delay when taking photos
Sensor cleaning Has a self cleaning sensor Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
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 15 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The SLT-A33's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 3 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Size Smaller 124x92x85 mm vs 130x100x78 mm
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Almost the same
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              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Weight Light weight Help
              T3:459 g
              SLT-A33:500 g
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              T3:3.1"
              SLT-A33:3.3"
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              T3:12.2 MP
              SLT-A33:14 MP
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              T3:1
              SLT-A33:3
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              T3:755 ISO
              SLT-A33:591 ISO
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              T3:720p @ 30fps
              SLT-A33:1080p @ 30fps
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              T3:62.0
              SLT-A33:70.0

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              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $480 - $774 body only

              $200 - $617 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $390 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 - $656 body only

              $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $520 body only

              $200 - $400 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $370 - $400 body only

              $500 - $625 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              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 slightly better image quality
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Lens availability Much fewer lenses available
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $870 body only

              $450 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Weight Is much heavier
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity

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              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $681 body only

              $499 - $822 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Canon EOS Rebel T1i

              Canon Rebel T1i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $745 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO

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              Sony SLT-A55

              Sony SLT-A55

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,073 body only

              $1,075 - $1,165 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              GPS Has a GPS
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Sony SLT A35

              Sony SLT A35

              Entry-level DSLR

              $440 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Sony SLT A57

              Sony SLT A57

              Entry-level DSLR

              $580 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Sony SLT-A37

              Sony SLT-A37

              Entry-level DSLR

              $440 - $479 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen size Much smaller screen

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