Sony Alpha DSLR-A230 vs Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A230

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Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

39

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A230

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
More storage slots
Storage slots
2
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
194 ms shutter lag
Thin
Thickness
2.7"
 

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
Size
Really small
Prosumer size (126×98×65 mm)

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS.
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differences

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
220 lenses vs 126 lenses
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More than 70% 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
126×98×65 mm vs 128×97×68 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
  1. 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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1 f-stop 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
Weight
Slightly lighter
490 g vs 502 g
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              Rebel XS126×98×65 mm
              DSLR-A230128×97×68 mm
              Thickness Very thin Help
              Rebel XS2.6"
              DSLR-A2302.7"
              Weight Light weight Help
              Rebel XS502 g
              DSLR-A230490 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
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              Rebel XS10.1 MP
              DSLR-A23010 MP
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              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 XS3 fps
              DSLR-A2302.5 fps
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              Rebel XS2.5"
              DSLR-A2302.7"
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              Rebel XS1,600 ISO
              DSLR-A2303,200 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              Rebel XS10.9 EV
              DSLR-A23011.4 EV
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              Rebel XS62.0
              DSLR-A23063.0
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              Rebel XS0.50x
              DSLR-A2300.54x
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              Rebel XS719 ISO
              DSLR-A230531 ISO
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              Rebel XS22 bits
              DSLR-A23022.3 bits

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $332 body only

              $399 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

              $725 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Entry-level DSLR

              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $263 body only

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

              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

              $629 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Autofocus Focuses automatically
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS.

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A230 Competitors

              Advantages

              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-A290

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A290

              Entry-level DSLR

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Thickness Much thicker
              Size Significantly larger
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A300

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $420 body only

              Live view Has live view
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots

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