Updated (May, 2012): Compare the Canon Rebel T4i vs Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

Canon Rebel T3i

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Canon Rebel T3i

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

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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
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.5x15.7mm
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
198 ms shutter lag
 
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Advantages of the Canon T3i

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Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
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 Significantly larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 793 ISO vs 607 ISO
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The T3i has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 197 lenses vs 123 lenses
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More than 60% more lenses available
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
True resolution Higher true resolution 17.9 MP vs 14 MP
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Capture around 30% more detail in your photos
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.53x vs 0.48x
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Around 20% larger viewfinder
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 3.7 fps vs 2.5 fps
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Around 50% faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO 12,800 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Thickness Significantly thinner 3.1" vs 3.4"
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Around 10% thinner
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The T3i's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Size Slightly smaller 133x99x79 mm vs 128x97x86 mm
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Almost the same
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Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Sensor size Much larger sensor APS-C 23.5x15.7mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 198 ms vs 283 ms
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More than 30% less delay when taking photos
Color depth Better color depth 22.5 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 0.4 more bits of color
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 66.0 vs 65.0
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Almost the same
Battery life Longer battery life 500 shots vs 440 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
Weight Slightly lighter 549 g vs 570 g
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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
        Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
        1/4000 of a second
        Thickness Quite thick Help
        T3i:3.1"
        DSLR-A390:3.4"
        Autofocus No video autofocus Help
        Manual focus only
        Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
        T3i:12,800 ISO
        DSLR-A390:None
        Size Large Help
        T3i:133x99x79 mm
        DSLR-A390:128x97x86 mm
        Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
        95%
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        T3i:3.7 fps
        DSLR-A390:2.5 fps
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        T3i:6,400 ISO
        DSLR-A390:3,200 ISO
        Focus points Few focus points Help
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        Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
        Need to shelter it from weather
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
        T3i:0.53x
        DSLR-A390:0.48x
        Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
        11.5 EV
        Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
        T3i:440 shots
        DSLR-A390:500 shots
        Overall image quality Low image quality Help
        T3i:65.0
        DSLR-A390:66.0
        Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
        T3i:793 ISO
        DSLR-A390:607 ISO
        Movie format One shoots movies Help
        T3i:1080p @ 30fps
        DSLR-A390:None

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 - $567 body only

        $477 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
        Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $290 - $329 body only

        $369 - $449 with 18-55mm lens

        Startup delay Has much less startup delay
        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
        External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $370 - $400 body only

        $500 - $590 with 18-55mm lens

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

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $278 body only

        $392 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
        External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
        Sony SLT A58

        Sony SLT A58

        Entry-level DSLR

        $448 - $449 with 18-55mm lens

        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Color depth Has slightly more color depth
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder
        Canon EOS Rebel T1i

        Canon Rebel T1i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $828 body only

        $756 with 18-55mm lens

        Startup delay Has much less startup delay
        Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
        Lowest price Is much more expensive
        External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
        Nikon D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $629 - $769 body only

        $848 - $948 with 18-105mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
        Weight Is significantly heavier

        Canon Rebel T3i Competitors

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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
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Color depth Worse color depth
        Low light performance More noise at high ISO
        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Entry-level DSLR

        $599 - $681 body only

        $499 - $823 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
        Canon EOS 60D

        Canon EOS 60D

        Pro DSLR

        $699 - $871 body only

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

        Battery life Much longer battery life
        Weather sealed Weather sealed
        Size Significantly larger
        Weight Significantly heavier
        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
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Color depth Worse color depth
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A390 Competitors

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        Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

        Entry-level DSLR

        Battery life Longer battery life
        Size Smaller
        Autofocus Slower autofocus
        Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
        Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

        Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

        Digicam

        $180 - $300

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Size Much smaller
        Viewfinder No viewfinder
        Autofocus Slower autofocus
        Sony Alpha DSLR-A380

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A380

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,013 body only

        Dynamic range More dynamic range
        Size Much smaller
        Autofocus Slower autofocus
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

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