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

Canon Rebel T3i vs Sony Alpha NEX-3

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Canon Rebel T3i

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Sony Alpha NEX-3

42

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 117x62x33 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

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Advantages of the Canon T3i

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Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
283 ms vs 670 ms
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2.4x less delay when taking photos
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Lens availability
Much more lenses available
197 lenses vs 21 lenses
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Around 9.5x more lenses available
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
True resolution
Higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 14 MP
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Capture around 30% more detail in your photos
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
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-3

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Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Size
Significantly smaller
117x62x33 mm vs 133x99x79 mm
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4.4x smaller
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
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
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
68.0 vs 65.0
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Almost the same
Weight
Significantly lighter
297 g vs 570 g
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Around 50% lighter
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
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
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$368.00 vs $499.00
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The best price we've seen is $131 cheaper (around 30% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              External mic jack You can plug a microphone into both of these Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              T3i:1,040k dots
              NEX-3:920k dots
              Interchangeable lenses Interchangeable lenses 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
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $302 - $527 body only

              $379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $569 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $349 body only

              $499 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

              $233 body only

              $375 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS Rebel T1i

              Canon Rebel T1i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $861 body only

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon Rebel T3i Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $699 body only

              $620 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Size Slightly smaller
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $719 body only

              $899 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 body only

              $499 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $334 body only

              $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              True resolution Slightly lower true resolution

              Sony Alpha NEX-3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $473 body only

              $398 with 16-50mm 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

              $300 body only

              $420 with 16-50mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $435 - $448 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Sony NEX-F3

              Sony NEX-F3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $379 body only

              $394 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $557 body only

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

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              Canon Rebel T3i Sony Alpha NEX-3

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