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
Lowest price Much cheaper $199.95 vs $749.00
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The best price we've seen is $549 cheaper (3.7x less)
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
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
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 7 fps vs 3.7 fps
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Around 90% faster continuous shooting
Startup delay Significantly less startup delay 700 ms vs 1500 ms
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2.1x less delay when turning on
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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              similarities

              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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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $339 - $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
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $700 body only

              $450 - $1,199 with 18-135mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Size Is significantly larger
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $352 - $415 body only

              $495 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $579 - $600 body only

              $200 - $672 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Size Is much smaller
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $448 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder
              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
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,257 body only

              $1,330 with 18-105mm lens

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

              Canon Rebel T3i Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $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

              $681 - $849 body only

              $499 - $822 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 Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $400 - $419 body only

              $399 - $580 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 body only

              $549 - $697 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

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A560 Competitors

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              Fujifilm FinePix S4800

              Fujifilm FinePix S4800

              Super zoom

              $129 - $140

              Lowest price Much cheaper
              Size Smaller
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sensor size Much smaller sensor
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              Canon D6000

              Entry-level DSLR

              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Size Much larger
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 body only

              $849 with 18-55mm lens

              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
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              Nikon Coolpix 3700

              Compact

              Size Much smaller
              Thickness Much thinner
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sensor size Much smaller sensor
              Fujifilm FinePix S4500

              Fujifilm FinePix S4500

              Super zoom

              $300

              Size Much smaller
              Lowest price Significantly cheaper
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sensor size Much smaller sensor

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