Updated (May, 2012): Compare the Canon Rebel T4i vs Sony Alpha DSLR-A560

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Canon Rebel T3i

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Canon Rebel T3i

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Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A560

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12.3 EV
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
7 fps
 

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
 
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Advantages of the Canon T3i

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Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 197 lenses vs 123 lenses
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More than 60% more lenses available
True resolution Higher true resolution 17.9 MP vs 14 MP
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Capture around 30% more detail in your photos
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Size Significantly smaller 133x99x79 mm vs 137x104x84 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Thickness Thinner 3.1" vs 3.3"
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Around 10% thinner
Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag 283 ms vs 295 ms
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Almost the same
Weight Slightly lighter 570 g vs 599 g
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Sony DSLR-A560

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Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.3 EV vs 11.5 EV
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0.8 f-stops more dynamic range
Battery life Much longer battery life 1050 shots vs 440 shots
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Around 2.5x more shots per battery charge
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
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Sensor size Much larger sensor APS-C 23.5x15.6mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Overall image quality Better image quality 70.0 vs 65.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Startup delay Significantly less startup delay 700 ms vs 1500 ms
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2.1x less delay when turning on
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 7 fps vs 3.7 fps
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Around 90% faster continuous shooting
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
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The DSLR-A560's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
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 DSLR-A560'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
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        Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
        Great for movies
        External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
        Record higher quality audio with a microphone
        Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
        1/4000 of a second
        Thickness Quite thick Help
        T3i:3.1"
        DSLR-A560:3.3"
        Size Large Help
        T3i:133x99x79 mm
        DSLR-A560:137x104x84 mm
        Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
        95%
        Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
        T3i:283 ms
        DSLR-A560:295 ms
        Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
        T3i:1
        DSLR-A560:3
        Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
        Need to shelter it from weather
        Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
        T3i:0.53x
        DSLR-A560:0.52x
        Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
        1080p @ 30fps
        Overall image quality Low image quality Help
        T3i:65.0
        DSLR-A560:70.0
        Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
        T3i:793 ISO
        DSLR-A560:817 ISO

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        Shared Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $497 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
        Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $437 - $520 body only

        $528 - $696 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $276 - $298 body only

        $385 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

        Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
        External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
        Nikon D5200

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $647 body only

        $650 - $747 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
        Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
        Nikon D3300

        Nikon D3300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $647 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
        Canon EOS 70D

        Canon EOS 70D

        Pro DSLR

        $1,099 - $1,231 body only

        $1,249 with 18-55mm lens

        Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Lowest price Is much more expensive
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Super zoom

        $399 - $400

        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Longest exposure Much shorter exposures

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        Canon Rebel T5i

        Canon Rebel T5i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $599 body only

        $749 - $1,148 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 EOS Rebel T5

        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Entry-level DSLR

        $599 - $681 body only

        $549 - $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

        $999 - $1,150 with 18-135mm lens

        Battery life Much longer battery life
        Startup delay Much less startup delay
        Size Significantly larger
        Weight Significantly heavier
        Canon Rebel T4i

        Canon Rebel T4i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $650 body only

        $715 - $720 with 18-55mm lens

        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Color depth Worse color depth
        Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO

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        Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

        Entry-level DSLR

        Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
        Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
        Samsung NX300

        Samsung NX300

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $500 body only

        $614 - $690 with 18-55mm lens

        Focus points Many more focus points
        Movie format Higher frame rate movies
        Viewfinder No viewfinder
        Autofocus Slower autofocus
        Fujifilm FinePix S4500

        Fujifilm FinePix S4500

        Super zoom

        $163

        Size Much smaller
        Weight Lighter
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Sensor size Much smaller sensor
        Canon PowerShot S110

        Canon PowerShot S110

        Pro digicam

        $235 - $250

        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Size Much smaller
        Sensor size Much smaller sensor
        Low light performance Much more noise at high ISO
        Sony NEX-F3

        Sony NEX-F3

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $400 - $730 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
        Movie format Higher frame rate movies
        Viewfinder No viewfinder
        Autofocus Slower autofocus

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