Sony Alpha NEX-3 vs Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

Winner
Sony Alpha NEX-3

35

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

31

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-3

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
920k dots
Really small
Size
Compact (117×62×33 mm)
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
7 fps
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
160 ms shutter lag
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
220 lenses
Badge
Phase detection autofocus
fast and accurate

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Alpha NEX-3.

competitors

Sony Alpha NEX-3 Competitors

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
Sony NEX F3

Sony NEX F3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$450 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Battery life Significantly longer battery life
Startup delay Much more startup delay
Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$398 - $448 body only

$490 - $498 with 16-50mm lens

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Size Slightly larger

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi Competitors

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Entry-level DSLR

$298 - $550 body only

$343 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Movie format Shoots movies
Size Larger
Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i

Entry-level DSLR

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Startup delay Much more startup delay
Canon EOS Rebel T2i

Canon Rebel T2i

Entry-level DSLR

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Movie format Shoots movies
Battery life Shorter battery life

discussion

Sony Alpha NEX-3
Alpha NEX-3
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Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi
EOS Digital Rebel XSi
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