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Advantages of the Canon T3i

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Lens availability
Much more lenses available
220 lenses vs 62 lenses
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More than 3.5x more lenses available
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentamirror vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
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Advantages of the Sony NEX 7

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Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
223 ms vs 283 ms
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More than 20% less delay when taking photos
Viewfinder coverage
Much better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Size
Significantly smaller
111×59×38 mm vs 133×100×80 mm
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4.2x smaller
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 3.7 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
True resolution
Higher true resolution
24 MP vs 17.9 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.5" vs 3.1"
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2.1x thinner
Startup delay
Less startup delay
1200 ms vs 1500 ms
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20% less delay when turning on
Weight
Lighter
350 g vs 570 g
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Around 40% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Supports 24p 24p support Help
              For that film look
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              T3i440 shots
              NEX 7430 shots
              Interchangeable lenses Interchangeable lenses Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              T3iPentamirror
              NEX 7Digital
              Common Weaknesses
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              T3i283 ms
              NEX 7223 ms
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              T3i1500 ms
              NEX 71200 ms
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              T3i1080p @ 30fps
              NEX 71080p @ 60fps

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