Updated (May, 2012): Compare the Canon Rebel T4i vs Sony SLT-A37

Sony SLT A35

Winner
Sony SLT A35

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Canon Rebel T3i

58

Canon Rebel T3i

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A35

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
Great color depth
Color depth
23.3 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
12.7 EV
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3i

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,040k dots
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon T3i

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Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentamirror vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
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
197 lenses vs 123 lenses
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More than 60% more lenses available
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
True resolution
Higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 16 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
793 ISO vs 763 ISO
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The T3i has a slight edge (0.1 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Thickness
Significantly thinner
3.1" vs 3.3"
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Around 10% thinner
Lowest price
Cheaper
$499.00 vs $679.00
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The best price we've seen is $180 cheaper (around 30% less)
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Advantages of the Sony SLT A35

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Autofocus
Video autofocus
Phase detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.7 EV vs 11.5 EV
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1.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality
Better image quality
74.0 vs 65.0
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More than 10% better image quality
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Color depth
Better color depth
23.3 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 1.2 more bits of color
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Sensor size
Much larger sensor
APS-C 23.4x15.6mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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Around 10% larger sensor
Startup delay
Significantly less startup delay
900 ms vs 1500 ms
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40% less delay when turning on
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
5.5 fps vs 3.7 fps
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Around 50% faster continuous shooting
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
223 ms vs 283 ms
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More than 20% less delay when taking photos
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The SLT A35's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
Size
Smaller
124x92x85 mm vs 133x99x79 mm
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Around 10% smaller
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 A35'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
Weight
Significantly lighter
415 g vs 570 g
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Around 30% lighter
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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
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              T3i:3.1"
              SLT A35:3.3"
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              T3i:1
              SLT A35:3
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              T3i:440 shots
              SLT A35:420 shots
              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 A35:763 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $440 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $310 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 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
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $469 body only

              $429 - $499 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
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $697 body only

              $597 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
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $389 - $418 body only

              $399 - $520 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Size Is significantly smaller
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon Rebel T3i Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $750 body only

              $597 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $649 body only

              $549 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $1,000 body only

              $959 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Size Significantly larger
              Weight Significantly heavier

              Sony SLT A35 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT-A37

              Sony SLT-A37

              Entry-level DSLR

              $440 - $479 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Sony SLT-A33

              Sony SLT-A33

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,027 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Sony SLT-A55

              Sony SLT-A55

              Entry-level DSLR

              $530 body only

              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Sony SLT A57

              Sony SLT A57

              Entry-level DSLR

              $605 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Size Larger
              Weight Significantly heavier

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              Ex Canon Owner. (11:18 PM, October 11, 2012)
              Wow, this is so paid for by Canon.


              Compare this comparison to the comparison between the T3i and the D5100.
              http://snapsort.com/compare/Canon-T3i-vs-Nikon-D5100




              For some reason the A35 and D5100 blow away the T3i in actual
              statistics for photography, I am not sure how they could have different
              results. The Canon doesn't have a built in motor, the Sony does. The
              sony records 1080 in either 60i or 30p. I dare you to actually take a
              video with the canon and sony and see which works without having to
              build a contraption to focus properly. As for stills, night and day. I
              used to have the T1i, but after 1.5 years (out of warranty) and 10,000
              shots, it's mainboard blew. Canon would only sell a new one or a fixed
              one with 90 days warranty. That is when I swore off Canon. Not the
              company they used to be.