Updated (February 2011): Compare the Canon Rebel T3i vs Pentax K-x

Pentax K-x vs Canon Rebel T3i

Winner
Pentax K-x

65

Canon Rebel T3i

56

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-x

Great color depth
Color depth
22.8 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
12.5 EV
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3i

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,040k dots
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies

Items often bought with the Pentax K-x or Canon T3i

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Advantages of the Canon T3i

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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4.5x higher resolution screen
Screen size
Much larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
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
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
220 lenses vs 113 lenses
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More than 90% more lenses available
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Lowest price
Cheaper
$458.89 vs $642.50
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The best price we've seen is $184 cheaper (around 30% less)
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Advantages of the Pentax K-x

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Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.5 EV vs 11.5 EV
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1.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
97 ms vs 283 ms
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2.9x less delay when taking photos
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Overall image quality
Better image quality
72.0 vs 65.0
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More than 10% better image quality
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Startup delay
Significantly less startup delay
600 ms vs 1500 ms
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2.5x less delay when turning on
Color depth
Better color depth
22.8 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 0.7 more bits of color
Size
Much smaller
123×92×68 mm vs 133×100×80 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.56x vs 0.53x
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More than 10% larger viewfinder
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
4.7 fps vs 3.7 fps
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Around 30% faster continuous shooting
Thickness
Much thinner
2.7" vs 3.1"
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More than 10% thinner
Viewfinder coverage
Better viewfinder coverage
96% vs 95%
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Almost the same
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/6000s vs 1/4000s
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More than 30% faster max shutter speed
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
11 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              12,800 ISO
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              T3i95%
              K-x96%
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              T3i17.9 MP
              K-x12.2 MP
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              T3i440 shots
              K-x420 shots
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              T3i9
              K-x11
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              T3i3.7 fps
              K-x4.7 fps
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              T3i1080p @ 30fps
              K-x720p @ 24fps
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              T3i793 ISO
              K-x811 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $490 - $649 body only

              $581 - $699 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $405 - $497 body only

              $479 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $898 with 18-55mm, 75-300mm lenses

              Thickness Is thinner
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $332 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $999 body only

              $919 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon Rebel T3i Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $325 body only

              $360 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $509 body only

              $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon EOS Rebel T6i

              Canon EOS Rebel T6i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 body only

              $849 with 18-55mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive

              Pentax K-x Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $295 body only

              $375 - $378 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Size Larger
              Pentax K-r

              Pentax K-r

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 body only

              $586 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $643 - $749 body only

              $1,039 - $1,047 with 18-135mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Size Significantly larger
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Pentax K-7

              Pentax K-7

              Entry-level DSLR

              $569 body only

              $1,229 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Pentax K-S2

              Pentax K-S2

              Boutique

              $450 - $597

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
              Startup delay More startup delay

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