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

Sony SLT A35 vs Canon Rebel T3i

Winner
Sony SLT A35

61

Canon Rebel T3i

58

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A35

Great color depth
Color depth
23.3 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
12.7 EV
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
5.5 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3i

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
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps

galleries

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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
$478.99 vs $549.00
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The best price we've seen is $70 cheaper (more than 10% 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
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.7 EV vs 11.5 EV
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1.3 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
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. 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
Color depth
Better color depth
23.3 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 1.2 more bits of color
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
5.5 fps vs 3.7 fps
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Around 50% faster continuous shooting
Startup delay
Significantly less startup delay
900 ms vs 1500 ms
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40% less delay when turning on
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
223 ms vs 283 ms
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More than 20% less delay when taking photos
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 2 f-stops better
Focus points
More focus points
15 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Size
Smaller
124×92×85 mm vs 133×100×80 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Weight
Significantly lighter
415 g vs 570 g
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Around 30% lighter
Cross type focus points
Slightly more cross-type focus points
3 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The SLT A35's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
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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
              T3i3.1"
              SLT A353.3"
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              T3i1
              SLT A353
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              T3i17.9 MP
              SLT A3516 MP
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              T3i440 shots
              SLT A35420 shots
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              T3i6,400 ISO
              SLT A3512,800 ISO
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              T3i793 ISO
              SLT A35763 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $399 - $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $300 - $547 body only

              $379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly 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

              $413 - $497 body only

              $489 - $550 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 significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $677 body only

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $368 body only

              $479 - $640 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $240 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $350 body only

              $448 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag

              Canon Rebel T3i Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $465 - $650 body only

              $589 - $650 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $649 - $699 body only

              $929 - $1,199 with 18-135mm lens

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Size Significantly larger
              Weight Significantly heavier
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $509 body only

              $499 - $500 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

              Sony SLT A35 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT-A37

              Sony SLT-A37

              Entry-level DSLR

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Lower frame rate movies
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Many more focus points
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Sony SLT-A55

              Sony SLT-A55

              Entry-level DSLR

              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

              $608 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Weight Significantly heavier
              Size Larger

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              discussion

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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.