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

Canon Rebel T3i vs Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

Winner
Canon Rebel T3i

58

Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

41

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3i

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,040k dots
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
198 ms shutter lag
Storage slots
More storage slots
2
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies

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Explore our gallery of 23 sample photos taken by the Canon Rebel T3i. Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Alpha DSLR-A390.

differences

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
Much 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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Advantages of the Sony DSLR-A390

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
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
Slightly longer battery life
500 shots vs 440 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
Lowest price
Cheaper
$412.10 vs $519.00
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The best price we've seen is $107 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              T3i$519.00
              DSLR-A390$412.10
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              T3i3.1"
              DSLR-A3903.4"
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              T3i12,800 ISO
              DSLR-A390None
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Size Large Help
              T3i133x99x79 mm
              DSLR-A390128x97x86 mm
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              T3i3.7 fps
              DSLR-A3902.5 fps
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              1
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              9
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              T3i17.9 MP
              DSLR-A39014 MP
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              T3i6,400 ISO
              DSLR-A3903,200 ISO
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              T3i440 shots
              DSLR-A390500 shots
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              11.5 EV
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              T3i0.53x
              DSLR-A3900.48x
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              T3i65.0
              DSLR-A39066.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              T3i793 ISO
              DSLR-A390607 ISO
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              T3i1080p @ 30fps
              DSLR-A390None
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              T3i22.1 bits
              DSLR-A39022.5 bits

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $649 - $650 body only

              $620 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $279 - $557 body only

              $349 - $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
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $479 - $639 body only

              $799 - $899 with 18-135mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Size Is significantly larger
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $354 body only

              $429 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 EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has much less startup delay
              Size Is much smaller
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $339 body only

              $429 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

              $222 body only

              $355 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 significantly more shutter lag

              Canon Rebel T3i Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $399 - $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $549 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
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $547 body only

              $499 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $420 - $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

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A390 Competitors

              Advantages

              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
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A300

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $650 body only

              Thickness Much thinner
              Size Smaller
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

              Entry-level DSLR

              Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Live view No live view
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

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