Updated (May, 2012): Compare the Canon Rebel T4i vs Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

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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-A580

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
1,121 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
80.0
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Color depth
Great color depth
23.8 bits
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3i

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,040k dots
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon T3i

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Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 197 lenses vs 123 lenses
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More than 60% more lenses available
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
True resolution Higher true resolution 17.9 MP vs 16 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
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-A580

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Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 80.0 vs 65.0
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More than 20% better image quality
Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO 1,121 ISO vs 793 ISO
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The DSLR-A580 has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.3 EV vs 11.5 EV
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1.8 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth Better color depth 23.8 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 1.7 more bits of color
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
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 800 ms vs 1500 ms
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Around 50% less delay when turning on
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-A580'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-A580'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-A580:3.3"
              Size Large Help
              T3i:133x99x79 mm
              DSLR-A580:137x104x84 mm
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              T3i:283 ms
              DSLR-A580:295 ms
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              T3i:1
              DSLR-A580:3
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              T3i:0.53x
              DSLR-A580:0.52x
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $339 - $567 body only

              $389 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $699 - $849 body only

              $499 - $822 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $415 body only

              $495 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 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 D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 body only

              $549 - $697 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $400 - $419 body only

              $399 - $580 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 - $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out

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              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

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 Competitors

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              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $1,398 body only

              $1,398 with 16-50mm lens

              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Startup delay Much more startup delay

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