Updated (May, 2012): Compare the Canon Rebel T4i vs Sony NEX C3

Canon Rebel T3i

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Canon Rebel T3i

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Sony Alpha NEX-3

46

Sony Alpha NEX-3

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Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3i

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-3

Size
Really small
Compact 117x62x33 mm
Light sensitivity
High ISO
12,800 ISO
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12 EV
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon T3i

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Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 283 ms vs 670 ms
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2.4x less delay when taking photos
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Lens availability Much more lenses available 197 lenses vs 21 lenses
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Around 9.5x more lenses available
True resolution Higher true resolution 17.9 MP vs 14 MP
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Capture around 30% more detail in your photos
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Built-in flash Built-in flash Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Pentamirror vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Battery life Longer battery life 440 shots vs 330 shots
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More than 30% more shots per battery charge
Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO 12,800 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Cross type focus points Slightly more cross-type focus points 1 vs 0
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $439.95 vs $498.00
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The best price we've seen is $58 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-3

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Size Significantly smaller 117x62x33 mm vs 133x99x79 mm
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4.4x smaller
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12 EV vs 11.5 EV
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0.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The NEX-3's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Thickness Significantly thinner 1.3" vs 3.1"
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2.4x thinner
Startup delay Less startup delay 1000 ms vs 1500 ms
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More than 30% less delay when turning on
Weight Significantly lighter 297 g vs 570 g
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Around 50% lighter
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 68.0 vs 65.0
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Almost the same
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 7 fps vs 3.7 fps
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Around 90% faster continuous shooting
Focus points More focus points 25 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Sensor size Slightly larger sensor APS-C 23.4x15.6mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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Around 10% larger sensor
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recommendations

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              T3i:1,040k dots
              NEX-3:920k dots
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              External mic jack You can plug a microphone into both of these Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              T3i:APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
              NEX-3:APS-C 23.4x15.6mm
              Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              T3i:1
              NEX-3:0
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $580 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $276 - $298 body only

              $399 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $392 - $430 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon Rebel T3i Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $749 - $1,148 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $520 body only

              $545 - $696 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $681 body only

              $549 - $823 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $871 body only

              $999 - $1,052 with 18-135mm lens

              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen

              Sony Alpha NEX-3 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $598 body only

              $565 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $320 body only

              $325 - $450 with 16-50mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $493 - $748 body only

              $668 - $898 with 16-50mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $200 with 10-30mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $360 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

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              Canon Rebel T3i Sony Alpha NEX-3
              Canon Rebel T3i Sony Alpha NEX-3

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