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

Canon Rebel T3i

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Canon Rebel T3i

58

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

41

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
Lowest price Cheaper $449.00 vs $615.04
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The best price we've seen is $166 cheaper (around 30% less)
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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              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
              Size Large Help
              T3i:133x99x79 mm
              DSLR-A390:128x97x86 mm
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              T3i:12,800 ISO
              DSLR-A390:None
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              T3i:3.7 fps
              DSLR-A390:2.5 fps
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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              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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              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              T3i:0.53x
              DSLR-A390:0.48x
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              11.5 EV
              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

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $517 body only

              $389 - $447 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
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $400 body only

              $458 - $669 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
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $389 - $390 body only

              $399 - $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 D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 - $387 body only

              $401 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Startup delay Has much 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

              $398 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $899 body only

              $695 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has much less startup delay
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out

              Canon Rebel T3i Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $549 - $699 body only

              $399 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 - $1,048 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $599 body only

              $549 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A390 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

              Entry-level DSLR

              $950 with 75-300mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Thickness Much thinner
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Nikon D3000

              Nikon D3000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $379 body only

              $575 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Live view No live view
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A290

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A290

              Entry-level DSLR

              Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
              Live view No live view
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A380

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A380

              Entry-level DSLR

              $331 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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