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

Sony SLT-A37 vs Canon EOS 550D

Winner
Sony SLT-A37

71

Canon EOS 550D

57

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT-A37

Great image quality
Overall image quality
75.0
Great color depth
Color depth
23.3 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
12.9 EV
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.71x
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 550D

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,040k dots
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Size
Really small
Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm)
Sensor cleaning
Self cleaning sensor
Avoids dust in your photos

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Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 550D.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony SLT-A37.

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" 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
220 lenses vs 126 lenses
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More than 70% more lenses available
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
Size
Significantly smaller
129×98×62 mm vs 124×92×85 mm
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Around 20% smaller
True resolution
Higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 16 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Lowest price
Cheaper
$570.91 vs $631.63
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The best price we've seen is $61 cheaper (around 10% less)
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Advantages of the Sony SLT-A37

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Autofocus
Video autofocus
Phase detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Viewfinder size
Much larger viewfinder
0.71x vs 0.54x
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More than 70% larger viewfinder
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.9 EV vs 11.5 EV
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1.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality
Better image quality
75.0 vs 66.0
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More than 10% better image quality
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
Color depth
Better color depth
23.3 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 1.2 more bits of color
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
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
109 ms vs 252 ms
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2.3x less delay when taking photos
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
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 2.6 f-stops better
Focus points
More focus points
15 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
500 shots vs 440 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
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-A37's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
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
              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
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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              SLT-A373
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              550D17.9 MP
              SLT-A3716 MP
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              550D440 shots
              SLT-A37500 shots
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              550D6,400 ISO
              SLT-A3716,000 ISO
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              550D784 ISO
              SLT-A37799 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 600D

              Canon EOS 600D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $530 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 1200D

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $332 body only

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Canon EOS 700D

              Canon EOS 700D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $720 with 18-55mm, 55-250mm lenses

              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
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $400 - $447 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
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon EOS 1100D

              Canon EOS 1100D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $529 body only

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Canon EOS 100D

              Canon EOS 100D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $596 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $263 body only

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

              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger

              Canon EOS 550D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $724 body only

              $929 with 18-135mm lens

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker

              Sony SLT-A37 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $498 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Sony SLT A57

              Entry-level DSLR

              $587 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Sony SLT-A55

              Sony SLT-A55

              Entry-level DSLR

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag

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