Updated (August 2011): Compare the Canon Rebel T3i vs Sony SLT-A77

Canon Rebel T3i vs Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

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Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3i

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.59x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
180 ms shutter lag

Items often bought with the Canon T3i or Sony DSLR-A700

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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
Live view
Has live view
Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
793 ISO vs 581 ISO
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The T3i has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
220 lenses vs 126 lenses
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More than 70% more lenses available
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Size
Smaller
133×100×80 mm vs 142×105×80 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Weight
Significantly lighter
570 g vs 768 g
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Around 30% lighter
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The T3i's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops better
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The T3i's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
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Advantages of the Sony DSLR-A700

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.9 EV vs 11.5 EV
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0.8 f-stops more dynamic range
Startup delay
Significantly less startup delay
600 ms vs 1500 ms
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2.5x less delay when turning on
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
180 ms vs 283 ms
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Around 40% less delay when taking photos
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.59x vs 0.53x
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More than 20% larger viewfinder
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
5 fps vs 3.7 fps
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Around 40% faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Battery life
Longer battery life
650 shots vs 440 shots
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Around 50% more shots per battery charge
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Color depth
Better color depth
22.3 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Almost the same
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
66.0 vs 65.0
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Almost the same
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
11 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              3.1"
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              T3i12,800 ISO
              DSLR-A7006,400 ISO
              Size Large Help
              T3i133×100×80 mm
              DSLR-A700142×105×80 mm
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              T3i6,400 ISO
              DSLR-A7001,600 ISO
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              T3i17.9 MP
              DSLR-A70012.2 MP
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              T3i9
              DSLR-A70011
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              T3i65.0
              DSLR-A70066.0
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              T3i1080p @ 30fps
              DSLR-A700None
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              T3i793 ISO
              DSLR-A700581 ISO
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              T3i22.1 bits
              DSLR-A70022.3 bits

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $490 - $649 body only

              $581 - $699 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 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
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $859 body only

              $960 with 18-135mm lens

              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Cross type focus points Has slightly more cross-type focus points
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $999 body only

              $919 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $368 body only

              $640 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $263 body only

              $358 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $498 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder

              Canon Rebel T3i Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $325 body only

              $360 - $399 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
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $405 - $497 body only

              $479 - $500 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
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $509 body only

              $499 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
              Canon EOS Rebel T6i

              Canon EOS Rebel T6i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 body only

              $849 with 18-55mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 body only

              $1,499 with 18-135mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
              Sony SLT-A65

              Sony SLT A65

              Entry-level DSLR

              $593 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,109 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,198 - $1,698 body only

              $1,498 with 28-70mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,198 body only

              $1,215 with 15mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
              Autofocus Slower autofocus

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