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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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
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

        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Entry-level DSLR

        $681 - $700 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 significantly more expensive
        Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 body only

        $389 - $506 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 60D

        Canon EOS 60D

        Pro DSLR

        $699 body only

        $450 - $1,182 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

        $378 - $415 body only

        $495 - $564 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
        Nikon D5200

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $547 body only

        $549 - $647 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
        Nikon D3300

        Nikon D3300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $547 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
        Nikon D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $747 body only

        $650 - $847 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 T3i Competitors

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        Canon Rebel T5i

        Canon Rebel T5i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $200 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

        $1,298 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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