Updated (May, 2012): Compare the Canon Rebel T4i vs Sony SLT-A65

Sony SLT A65

Winner
Sony SLT-A65

72

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Canon Rebel T3i

58

Canon Rebel T3i

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Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A65

Overall image quality
Great image quality
74.0
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 60fps
Color depth
Great color depth
23.4 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12.6 EV
 

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
Sensor cleaning
Self cleaning sensor
Avoids dust in your photos
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon T3i

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Startup delay Much less startup delay 1500 ms vs 2800 ms
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Around 50% less delay when turning on
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
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 793 ISO vs 717 ISO
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The T3i has a slight edge (0.1 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $199.95 vs $649.00
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The best price we've seen is $449 cheaper (3.2x less)
Weight Lighter 570 g vs 622 g
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Around 10% lighter
Thickness Thinner 3.1" vs 3.2"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Sony SLT A65

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Movie format Lower frame rate movies 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
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Both shoot Full HD (1080p) video, but T3i does so at a lower frame rate
Autofocus Video autofocus Phase detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder 0.71x vs 0.53x
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More than 80% larger viewfinder
Overall image quality Better image quality 74.0 vs 65.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.6 EV vs 11.5 EV
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1.1 f-stops more dynamic range
Continuous shooting Shoots much faster 10 fps vs 3.7 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
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
Color depth Better color depth 23.4 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 1.3 more bits of color
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Sensor size Much larger sensor APS-C 23.5x15.6mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 138 ms vs 283 ms
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2.1x less delay when taking photos
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 24 MP vs 17.9 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Viewfinder coverage Significantly better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 16,000 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The SLT A65's maximum light sensitivity is 1.3 f-stops better
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The SLT A65's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
Focus points More focus points 15 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Battery life Longer battery life 510 shots vs 440 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 3 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Size Slightly smaller 132x97x81 mm vs 133x99x79 mm
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              T3i:3.1"
              SLT A65:3.2"
              Size Large Help
              T3i:133x99x79 mm
              SLT A65:132x97x81 mm
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              T3i:1500 ms
              SLT A65:2800 ms
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              T3i:1
              SLT A65:3
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              T3i:793 ISO
              SLT A65:717 ISO

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              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $200 - $1,148 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Color depth Has significantly less color depth
              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 slightly better image quality
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              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
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $870 body only

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

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Size Is significantly larger
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 - $647 body only

              $544 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $500 body only

              $599 - $650 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel T4i

              Canon Rebel T4i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $609 body only

              $200 - $660 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Color depth Has significantly less color depth

              Canon Rebel T3i Competitors

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              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $276 - $290 body only

              $300 - $390 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $681 body only

              $499 - $822 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

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              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $798 body only

              $1,098 with 18-135mm lens

              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Size Significantly larger
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Sony SLT A57

              Sony SLT A57

              Entry-level DSLR

              $580 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              True resolution Much lower true resolution
              GPS No built-in GPS

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