Updated (April, 2012): Compare the Canon EOS 600D vs Sony SLT-A37

Sony SLT-A37

Winner
Sony SLT-A37

66

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Canon EOS 550D

55

Canon EOS 550D

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Reasons to buy the Sony SLT-A37

Overall image quality
Great image quality
75.0
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Color depth
Great color depth
23.3 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12.9 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 550D

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,040k dots
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon 550D

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Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4.5x higher resolution screen
Screen size Much larger screen 3.0" vs 2.6"
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Around 20% larger screen
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 197 lenses vs 123 lenses
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More than 60% more lenses available
Size Much smaller 129x98x62 mm vs 124x92x85 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Thickness Much thinner 2.4" vs 3.3"
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Around 30% thinner
Startup delay Less startup delay 400 ms vs 900 ms
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2.2x less delay when turning on
True resolution Higher true resolution 17.9 MP vs 16 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
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Advantages of the Sony SLT-A37

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Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.9 EV vs 11.5 EV
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1.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Autofocus Video autofocus Phase detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Overall image quality Better image quality 75.0 vs 66.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder 0.71x vs 0.54x
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More than 70% larger viewfinder
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Color depth Better color depth 23.3 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 1.2 more bits of color
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Sensor size Much larger sensor APS-C 23.4x15.6mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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Around 10% larger sensor
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 109 ms vs 252 ms
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2.3x less delay when taking photos
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 7 fps vs 3.7 fps
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Around 90% faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder coverage Significantly better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 16,000 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The SLT-A37's maximum light sensitivity is 1.3 f-stops better
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The SLT-A37's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
Focus points More focus points 15 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 3 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $464.09 vs $830.23
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The best price we've seen is $366 cheaper (more than 40% less)
Battery life Longer battery life 500 shots vs 440 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
Weight Slightly lighter 506 g vs 530 g
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Weight Light weight Help
              550D:530 g
              SLT-A37:506 g
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              550D:1
              SLT-A37:3
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              550D:440 shots
              SLT-A37:500 shots
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              550D:784 ISO
              SLT-A37:799 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 600D

              Canon EOS 600D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $520 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 1100D

              Canon EOS 1100D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $435 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $871 body only

              $999 - $1,150 with 18-135mm lens

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $392 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $437 - $520 body only

              $528 - $696 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Canon EOS 700D

              Canon EOS 700D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $634 - $750 body only

              $813 - $907 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Cross type focus points Has slightly more cross-type focus points
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS 550D Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS 550D.

              Sony SLT-A37 Competitors

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              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $448 - $498 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony SLT A57

              Sony SLT A57

              Entry-level DSLR

              $580 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Sony Alpha A3000

              Sony Alpha A3000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Viewfinder size Much smaller viewfinder
              Autofocus Slower autofocus

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