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

Sony SLT-A33 vs Canon Rebel T3

Winner
Sony SLT-A33

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Canon Rebel T3

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Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT-A33

Great image quality
Overall image quality
70.0
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
Great color depth
Color depth
22.8 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
12.6 EV
 

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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Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentamirror vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
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
Significantly longer battery life
700 shots vs 270 shots
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More than 2.5x more shots per battery charge
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
Much 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
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
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.6 EV vs 11 EV
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1.6 f-stops more dynamic range
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Screen size
Much 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
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
7 fps vs 3 fps
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Around 2.5x faster continuous shooting
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
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
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
Cross type focus points
Slightly more cross-type focus points
3 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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
Size
Smaller
124x92x85 mm vs 130x100x78 mm
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Weight Light weight Help
              T3459 g
              SLT-A33500 g
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              T33.1"
              SLT-A333.3"
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
              1
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              T312.2 MP
              SLT-A3314 MP
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              T31
              SLT-A333
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              T36,400 ISO
              SLT-A3312,800 ISO
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              T3755 ISO
              SLT-A33591 ISO
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              T362.0
              SLT-A3370.0
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              T3720p @ 30fps
              SLT-A331080p @ 30fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $539 body only

              $569 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $227 body only

              $355 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

              $279 - $557 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $649 - $650 body only

              $620 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $354 body only

              $630 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              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
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $479 - $659 body only

              $999 - $1,299 with 18-200mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is much heavier

              Canon Rebel T3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $399 - $400 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $845 body only

              $749 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Canon EOS Rebel T1i

              Canon Rebel T1i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $861 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 SLT-A33 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT-A55

              Sony SLT-A55

              Entry-level DSLR

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Sony SLT-A37

              Sony SLT-A37

              Entry-level DSLR

              $386 - $560 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
              Sony SLT A35

              Sony SLT A35

              Entry-level DSLR

              $579 body only

              $500 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 A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $445 - $498 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

              Entry-level DSLR

              $950 with 75-300mm lens

              Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

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