Sony Alpha DSLR-A230 vs Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

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Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A230

Great color depth
Color depth
22.3 bits
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
More storage slots
Storage slots
2
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
194 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
164 ms shutter lag
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light

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Advantages of the Canon Rebel XS

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Live view
Has live view
Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
719 ISO vs 531 ISO
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The Rebel XS has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
197 lenses vs 123 lenses
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More than 60% more lenses available
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Startup delay
Less startup delay
300 ms vs 600 ms
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2x less delay when turning on
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
164 ms vs 194 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
3 fps vs 2.5 fps
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20% faster continuous shooting
Size
Smaller
126x98x65 mm vs 128x97x68 mm
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Almost the same
Thickness
Thinner
2.6" vs 2.7"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Sony DSLR-A230

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Screen size
Significantly larger screen
2.7" vs 2.5"
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Around 10% larger screen
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.4 EV vs 10.9 EV
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0.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.54x vs 0.50x
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Around 20% larger viewfinder
Color depth
Better color depth
22.3 bits vs 22 bits
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Distinguishes 0.3 more bits of color
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
63.0 vs 62.0
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$373.57 vs $429.00
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The best price we've seen is $55 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              Rebel XS:164 ms
              DSLR-A230:194 ms
              Size Fairly small Help
              Rebel XS:126x98x65 mm
              DSLR-A230:128x97x68 mm
              Thickness Very thin Help
              Rebel XS:2.6"
              DSLR-A230:2.7"
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              Rebel XS:$429.00
              DSLR-A230:$373.57
              Weight Light weight Help
              Rebel XS:502 g
              DSLR-A230:490 g
              Common Weaknesses
              Movie format Do not shoot movies Help
              No movies
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              Rebel XS:10.1 MP
              DSLR-A230:10 MP
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              Rebel XS:3 fps
              DSLR-A230:2.5 fps
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              Rebel XS:2.5"
              DSLR-A230:2.7"
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              Rebel XS:1,600 ISO
              DSLR-A230:3,200 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              Rebel XS:10.9 EV
              DSLR-A230:11.4 EV
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              Rebel XS:500 shots
              DSLR-A230:510 shots
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              Rebel XS:62.0
              DSLR-A230:63.0
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              Rebel XS:0.50x
              DSLR-A230:0.54x
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              Rebel XS:719 ISO
              DSLR-A230:531 ISO
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              Rebel XS:22 bits
              DSLR-A230:22.3 bits

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $349 body only

              $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records lower quality movies
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $845 body only

              $749 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,000 body only

              $1,600 with 17-85mm lens

              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $539 body only

              $529 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $237 body only

              $375 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D3000

              Nikon D3000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Autofocus Focuses automatically
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Canon EOS Rebel T1i

              Canon Rebel T1i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $861 body only

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Color depth Has slightly less color depth

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Size Significantly larger
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $569 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A230 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

              Entry-level DSLR

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A100

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A100

              Entry-level DSLR

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag

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