Updated (May, 2012): Compare the Canon Rebel T4i vs Sony SLT-A77

Canon Rebel T3i

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Canon Rebel T3i

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

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Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3i

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,040k dots
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.59x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
 
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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 197 lenses vs 123 lenses
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More than 60% 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 Significantly smaller 133x99x79 mm vs 142x105x80 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The T3i's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Weight Significantly lighter 570 g vs 768 g
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Around 30% lighter
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The T3i's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
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Advantages of the Sony DSLR-A700

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Image stabilization Image stabilization 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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0.4 f-stops more 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
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
Battery life Longer battery life 650 shots vs 440 shots
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Around 50% more shots per battery charge
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 5 fps vs 3.7 fps
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Around 40% faster continuous shooting
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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Distinguishes 0.2 more bits of color
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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        Thickness Quite thick Help
        3.1"
        Autofocus No video autofocus Help
        Manual focus only
        Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
        T3i:12,800 ISO
        DSLR-A700:6,400 ISO
        Size Large Help
        T3i:133x99x79 mm
        DSLR-A700:142x105x80 mm
        Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
        95%
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        T3i:6,400 ISO
        DSLR-A700:1,600 ISO
        Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
        Need to shelter it from weather
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Focus points Few focus points Help
        T3i:9
        DSLR-A700:11
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        T3i:3.7 fps
        DSLR-A700:5 fps
        Overall image quality Low image quality Help
        T3i:65.0
        DSLR-A700:66.0
        Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
        T3i:793 ISO
        DSLR-A700:581 ISO
        Movie format One shoots movies Help
        T3i:1080p @ 30fps
        DSLR-A700:None
        Color depth Poor color depth Help
        T3i:22.1 bits
        DSLR-A700:22.3 bits

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $567 body only

        $433 - $477 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
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $378 - $415 body only

        $495 - $556 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
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Canon EOS 60D

        Canon EOS 60D

        Pro DSLR

        $699 body only

        $450 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

        Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
        Battery life Has a much longer battery life
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Size Is significantly larger
        Nikon D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $747 body only

        $695 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has much better image quality
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Lowest price Is much more expensive
        Sony SLT A58

        Sony SLT A58

        Entry-level DSLR

        $448 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
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Nikon D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $929 body only

        $835 - $940 with 18-105mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Lowest price Is much more expensive
        Nikon D7000

        Nikon D7000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,257 body only

        $1,300 with 18-105mm lens

        Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has significantly 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

        $699 - $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
        Nikon D5200

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $547 body only

        $600 - $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
        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

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Sony SLT-A77

        Sony SLT A77

        Pro DSLR

        $1,398 body only

        $1,398 with 16-50mm lens

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Live view Has live view
        Startup delay Much more startup delay
        Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
        Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

        Entry-level DSLR

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
        Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
        Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
        Nikon D300

        Nikon D300

        Pro DSLR

        $1,700 body only

        Live view Has live view
        Focus points Many more focus points
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Shutter lag More shutter lag
        Sony SLT A57

        Sony SLT A57

        Entry-level DSLR

        $861 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Live view Has live view
        Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
        Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
        Sony SLT-A55

        Sony SLT-A55

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,073 body only

        $1,075 - $1,165 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Live view Has live view
        Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
        Battery life Significantly shorter battery life

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