Updated (May 2012): Compare the Canon Rebel T4i vs Sony SLT A35

Canon Rebel T3i vs Sony SLT-A33

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Sony SLT-A33

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Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3i

24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT-A33

Color depth
Great color depth
22.8 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12.6 EV
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
7 fps

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differences

Advantages of the Canon T3i

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Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
793 ISO vs 591 ISO
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The T3i has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentamirror vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
220 lenses vs 126 lenses
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More than 70% 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 921k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Battery life
Longer battery life
440 shots vs 270 shots
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More than 60% more shots per battery charge
Thickness
Significantly thinner
3.1" vs 3.3"
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Around 10% thinner
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Advantages of the Sony SLT-A33

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Autofocus
Video autofocus
Phase 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
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.6 EV vs 11.5 EV
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1.3 f-stops more dynamic range
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
7 fps vs 3.7 fps
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Around 90% faster continuous shooting
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Overall image quality
Better image quality
70.0 vs 65.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Color depth
Better color depth
22.8 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 0.7 more bits of color
Startup delay
Significantly less startup delay
800 ms vs 1500 ms
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Around 50% less delay when turning on
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
215 ms vs 283 ms
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More than 20% less delay when taking photos
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The SLT-A33's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Focus points
More focus points
15 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Size
Smaller
124×92×85 mm vs 133×100×80 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Cross type focus points
Slightly more cross-type focus points
3 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The SLT-A33's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Weight
Lighter
500 g vs 570 g
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More than 10% lighter
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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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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              T3i3.1"
              SLT-A333.3"
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              T3i1
              SLT-A333
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              T3i17.9 MP
              SLT-A3314 MP
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              T3i440 shots
              SLT-A33270 shots
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              T3i6,400 ISO
              SLT-A3312,800 ISO
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              T3i793 ISO
              SLT-A33591 ISO
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              T3i65.0
              SLT-A3370.0

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $360 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $413 - $497 body only

              $489 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $509 body only

              $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Size Is significantly smaller
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $368 body only

              $640 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $274 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS Rebel T1i

              Canon Rebel T1i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $825 body only

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack

              Canon Rebel T3i Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $475 - $649 body only

              $589 - $699 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $724 body only

              $929 - $949 with 18-135mm lens

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Size Significantly larger
              Weight Significantly heavier
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen

              Sony SLT-A33 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT-A55

              Sony SLT-A55

              Entry-level DSLR

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Sony SLT-A37

              Sony SLT-A37

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,036 with 18-135mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony SLT A35

              Sony SLT A35

              Entry-level DSLR

              $549 body only

              $649 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower

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