Updated (February 2011): Compare the Canon Rebel T3i vs Sony Alpha NEX-3

Canon Rebel T3i vs Sony Alpha NEX-3

Winner
Canon Rebel T3i

38

Sony Alpha NEX-3

32

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3i

Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-3

Size
Really small
Compact (117×62×33 mm)
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12 EV
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon Rebel T3i.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Alpha NEX-3.

competitors

Canon Rebel T3i Competitors

Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i

Entry-level DSLR

$470 - $649 body only

$549 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

Autofocus Video autofocus
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Entry-level DSLR

$399 body only

$325 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

Autofocus Video autofocus
Weight Lighter
Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$294 body only

$400 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

Autofocus Video autofocus
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

Sony Alpha NEX-3 Competitors

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$390 body only

$450 with 18-55mm lens

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

Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$349 body only

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
Sony NEX-5N

Sony NEX 5N

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$887 with 16-50mm lens

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Touch screen Has a touch screen
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

discussion

Canon Rebel T3i
Rebel T3i
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Alpha NEX-3
Sony

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