Updated (February, 2011): Compare the Canon Rebel T3 vs Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

Canon Rebel T1i

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Canon EOS Rebel T1i

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

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Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T1i

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 20fps
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
159 ms shutter lag
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 129x98x62 mm
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

Color depth
Great color depth
22.5 bits
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.5x15.7mm
 
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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 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Size Much smaller 129x98x62 mm vs 128x97x86 mm
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Around 30% smaller
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
Thickness Much thinner 2.4" vs 3.4"
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Around 30% thinner
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
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.54x vs 0.48x
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More than 20% larger viewfinder
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 159 ms vs 198 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking 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
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 3.4 fps vs 2.5 fps
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Around 40% faster continuous shooting
True resolution Slightly higher true resolution 15.1 MP vs 14 MP
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Capture around 10% more detail in your photos
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 Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Sensor size Much larger sensor APS-C 23.5x15.7mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
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
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        similarities

        Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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        Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
        1/4000 of a second
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Autofocus No video autofocus Help
        Manual focus only
        Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
        T1i:12,800 ISO
        DSLR-A390:None
        Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
        95%
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        T1i:3.4 fps
        DSLR-A390:2.5 fps
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        T1i:15.1 MP
        DSLR-A390:14 MP
        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
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
        Need to shelter it from weather
        3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
        No 3d support
        Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
        11.5 EV
        Movie format One shoots movies Help
        T1i:1080p @ 20fps
        DSLR-A390:None
        Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
        T1i:400 shots
        DSLR-A390:500 shots
        Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
        T1i:0.54x
        DSLR-A390:0.48x
        Overall image quality Low image quality Help
        T1i:63.0
        DSLR-A390:66.0
        Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
        T1i:663 ISO
        DSLR-A390:607 ISO

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $749 body only

        $550 - $600 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 much larger
        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $276 - $285 body only

        $385 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Lowest price Is much less expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
        Canon EOS Rebel T2i

        Canon Rebel T2i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $575 body only

        $546 - $779 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $392 - $430 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Thickness Is thicker
        Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

        Entry-level DSLR

        True resolution Takes slightly lower resolution photos
        Dynamic range Has slightly narrower dynamic range
        Canon EOS 60D

        Canon EOS 60D

        Pro DSLR

        $699 - $871 body only

        $999 - $1,052 with 18-135mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $497 - $580 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
        Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

        Canon EOS Rebel T1i Competitors

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        Canon Rebel T5i

        Canon Rebel T5i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $599 body only

        $749 - $1,148 with 18-55mm lens

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Size Much larger
        Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A390 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

        Entry-level DSLR

        Battery life Significantly longer battery life
        Size Smaller
        Autofocus Slower autofocus
        Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
        Sony SLT-A33

        Sony SLT-A33

        Entry-level DSLR

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
        Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
        Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

        Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

        Digicam

        $250 - $300

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Size Much smaller
        Viewfinder No viewfinder
        Autofocus Slower autofocus

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