Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T5

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Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

Large screen
Screen size
3"
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
400 ms startup delay
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
160 ms shutter lag
Phase detection autofocus
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fast and accurate
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T5

Size
Really small
Super compact (94×60×20 mm)
Thickness
Thin
0.8"
Weight
Light-weight
139 g

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi.
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Advantages of the Canon Rebel XSi

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Screen size
Much larger screen
3" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
True resolution
Higher true resolution
12.2 MP vs 5 MP
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Capture around 2.5x more detail in your photos
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Pentamirror vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
30s vs 1s
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30x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-T5

Size
Significantly smaller
94×60×20 mm vs 129×98×62 mm
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6.9x smaller
Weight
Significantly lighter
139 g vs 524 g
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3.8x lighter
Thickness
Significantly thinner
0.8" vs 2.4"
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3.1x thinner
Movie format
Shoots movies
480p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots standard resolution video as well as still pictures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              Rebel XSiNone
              DSC-T5480p @ 30fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $325 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Entry-level DSLR

              $349 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $389 body only

              $360 - $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS Rebel T1i

              Canon Rebel T1i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $825 body only

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $509 body only

              $499 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
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              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT

              Entry-level DSLR

              $675 with 18-55mm lens

              Live view Doesn't let you preview your photos on the screen
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $566 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Movie format Shoots movies
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Movie format Shoots movies
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $275 body only

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

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Movie format Shoots movies
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Size Slightly larger

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Panasonic Lumix TS5

              Waterproof

              $289 - $299

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Size Slightly larger
              Weight Heavier
              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Ultra compact

              $80 - $90

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Thickness Thicker
              Canon PowerShot A3500 IS

              Canon PowerShot A3500 IS

              Compact

              $121

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Sony Cybershot DSC-W510

              Sony Cybershot W510

              Compact

              $89

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T10

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T10

              Compact

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Weight Slightly heavier

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