Updated (June 2010): Compare the Canon EOS Rebel T1i vs Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

Canon Rebel T1i vs Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

Winner
Canon EOS Rebel T1i

53

Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

41

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T1i

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 20fps
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
920k dots
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
300 ms startup delay
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
159 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

Color depth
Great color depth
22.5 bits
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Storage slots
More storage slots
2

Items often bought with the Canon T1i or Sony DSLR-A390

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS Rebel T1i.
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differences

Advantages of the Canon T1i

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Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 20fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Screen size
Much larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
220 lenses vs 126 lenses
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More than 70% more lenses available
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.54x vs 0.48x
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More than 20% larger viewfinder
Thickness
Much thinner
2.4" vs 3.4"
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Around 30% thinner
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Size
Much smaller
129×98×62 mm vs 128×97×86 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
663 ISO vs 607 ISO
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The T1i has a slight edge (0.1 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
3.4 fps vs 2.5 fps
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Around 40% faster continuous shooting
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
159 ms vs 198 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
True resolution
Higher true resolution
15.1 MP vs 14 MP
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Capture around 10% more detail in your photos
Light sensitivity (boost)
Has boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Weight
Slightly lighter
520 g vs 549 g
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Around 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Sony DSLR-A390

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Color depth
Better color depth
22.5 bits vs 21.7 bits
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Distinguishes 0.8 more bits of color
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
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
Overall image quality
Better image quality
66.0 vs 63.0
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Almost the same
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Battery life
Longer battery life
500 shots vs 400 shots
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Around 30% more shots per battery charge
Lowest price
Cheaper
$422.15 vs $599.00
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The best price we've seen is $177 cheaper (around 30% less)
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths

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              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              T1i15.1 MP
              DSLR-A39014 MP
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              T1i12,800 ISO
              DSLR-A390None
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              T1i3.4 fps
              DSLR-A3902.5 fps
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              1
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              9
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              T1i1080p @ 20fps
              DSLR-A390None
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              T1i400 shots
              DSLR-A390500 shots
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              11.5 EV
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              T1i0.54x
              DSLR-A3900.48x
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              T1i663 ISO
              DSLR-A390607 ISO
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              T1i63.0
              DSLR-A39066.0

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $312 body only

              $360 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $339 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $459 body only

              $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is much larger
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $494 - $649 body only

              $579 - $649 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $263 body only

              $358 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger

              Canon EOS Rebel T1i Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $898 with 18-55mm, 75-300mm lenses

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Color depth Better color depth
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $509 body only

              $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A390 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $330 body only

              $498 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A290

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A290

              Entry-level DSLR

              Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
              Live view No live view
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
              Sony SLT-A33

              Sony SLT-A33

              Entry-level DSLR

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Sony SLT A77 II

              Sony SLT A77 II

              Pro DSLR

              $885 - $948 body only

              $1,548 with 16-50mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots

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