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

Canon Rebel T3i

Winner
Canon Rebel T3i

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3i

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,040k dots
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
Sensor shift
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
 

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
Help
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
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 2 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 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
Startup delay
Much less startup delay
600 ms vs 1500 ms
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2.5x less delay when turning on
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
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
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
Help
Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
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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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
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              T3i:12,800 ISO
              DSLR-A700:6,400 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Size Large Help
              T3i:133x99x79 mm
              DSLR-A700:142x105x80 mm
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              1
              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
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              T3i:3.7 fps
              DSLR-A700:5 fps
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              T3i:9
              DSLR-A700:11
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              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

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $310 - $527 body only

              $389 - $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
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $469 body only

              $429 - $499 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 D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $697 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

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

              $699 - $1,000 body only

              $959 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Cross type focus points Has significantly more cross-type focus points
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $398 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
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

              $679 - $1,025 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
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Canon Rebel T3i Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $750 body only

              $597 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $440 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $649 body only

              $549 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $549 body only

              $1,000 - $1,698 with 16-50mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              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
              Sony SLT A57

              Sony SLT A57

              Entry-level DSLR

              $605 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

              Entry-level DSLR

              Size Much smaller
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Nikon D300

              Nikon D300

              Pro DSLR

              $1,700 body only

              $3,000 with 18-135mm lens

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

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