Updated (April, 2012): Compare the Canon EOS 20D vs Sony SLT-A37

Sony SLT A35 vs Canon EOS 20D

Winner
Sony SLT A35

61

Canon EOS 20D

29

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A35

Great image quality
Overall image quality
74.0
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
Great color depth
Color depth
23.3 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
12.7 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 20D

Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second

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Explore our gallery of 17 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 20D. Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony SLT A35.

differences

Advantages of the Canon 20D

Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
197 lenses vs 123 lenses
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More than 60% more lenses available
Thickness
Much thinner
2.8" vs 3.3"
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Around 20% thinner
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Sony SLT A35

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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
Screen size
Much larger screen
3.0" vs 1.8"
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Around 70% larger screen
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 118k dots
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Around 8x higher resolution screen
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Phase detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.7 EV vs 11 EV
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1.7 f-stops more dynamic range
Live view
Has live view
Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
74.0 vs 62.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Color depth
Better color depth
23.3 bits vs 21.9 bits
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Distinguishes 1.4 more bits of color
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
16 MP vs 8.2 MP
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Capture around 2x more detail in your photos
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$579.00 vs $1,599.00
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The best price we've seen is $1,020 cheaper (2.8x less)
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The SLT A35's boost ISO is 3 f-stops better
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
763 ISO vs 721 ISO
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The SLT A35 has a slight edge (0.1 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Weight
Much lighter
415 g vs 770 g
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Around 50% lighter
Size
Smaller
124x92x85 mm vs 144x106x72 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The SLT A35's maximum light sensitivity is 3 f-stops better
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
5.5 fps vs 5 fps
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10% faster continuous shooting
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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
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              20D8.2 MP
              SLT A3516 MP
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              20D1,600 ISO
              SLT A3512,800 ISO
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              20D721 ISO
              SLT A35763 ISO
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              20DNone
              SLT A351080p @ 30fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $566 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $339 body only

              $349 - $429 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $649 - $650 body only

              $620 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $227 body only

              $355 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $399 - $400 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS 20D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 30D

              Canon EOS 30D

              Entry-level DSLR

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Canon EOS 40D

              Canon EOS 40D

              Pro DSLR

              $700 body only

              $1,639 with 28-135mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Live view Has live view
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Placeholder

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT

              Entry-level DSLR

              $675 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Much smaller
              Lowest price Much cheaper
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,000 body only

              $1,600 with 17-85mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Color depth Better color depth
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower
              Canon EOS 50D

              Canon EOS 50D

              Pro DSLR

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO

              Sony SLT A35 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT-A37

              Sony SLT-A37

              Entry-level DSLR

              $383 - $577 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Sony SLT-A55

              Sony SLT-A55

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,806 with 18-55mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $445 - $498 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $279 - $557 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Autofocus Slower video autofocus
              Sony SLT-A33

              Sony SLT-A33

              Entry-level DSLR

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Worse image quality

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