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

Sony SLT-A37

Winner
Sony SLT-A37

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Canon EOS 550D

56

Canon EOS 550D

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT-A37

Great image quality
Overall image quality
75.0
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
Great color depth
Color depth
23.3 bits
Wide dynamic range
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
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 129x98x62 mm
 

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
Startup delay
Less startup delay
400 ms vs 900 ms
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2.2x less delay when turning on
Thickness
Much thinner
2.4" vs 3.3"
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Around 30% thinner
Size
Significantly smaller
129x98x62 mm vs 124x92x85 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
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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
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
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
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
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
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
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
109 ms vs 252 ms
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2.3x less delay when taking photos
Sensor size
Much larger sensor
APS-C 23.4x15.6mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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Around 10% larger sensor
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
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
500 shots vs 440 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
Lowest price
Cheaper
$464.09 vs $588.36
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The best price we've seen is $124 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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
              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
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              550D:784 ISO
              SLT-A37:799 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 600D

              Canon EOS 600D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $979 with 18-55mm, 75-300mm lenses

              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 700D

              Canon EOS 700D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $753 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 significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 1200D

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $429 body only

              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $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 significantly larger
              Canon EOS 1100D

              Canon EOS 1100D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $412 with 18-55mm lens

              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
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 body only

              $409 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $899 body only

              $959 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS 550D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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

              Sony SLT-A37 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $398 - $455 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Sony SLT A57

              Entry-level DSLR

              $608 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Lowest price More expensive
              Sony SLT-A55

              Sony SLT-A55

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              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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