Updated (June 2011): Compare the Canon EOS Rebel T1i vs Sony SLT A35

Sony SLT-A33 vs Canon Rebel T1i

Winner
Sony SLT-A33

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Canon EOS Rebel T1i

53

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT-A33

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
Great color depth
Color depth
22.8 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
12.6 EV
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T1i

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
159 ms shutter lag
Size
Really small
Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm)
Sensor cleaning
Self cleaning sensor
Avoids dust in your photos

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Advantages of the Canon T1i

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Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentamirror vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
220 lenses vs 126 lenses
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More than 70% more lenses available
Thickness
Much thinner
2.4" vs 3.3"
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Around 30% thinner
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
663 ISO vs 591 ISO
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The T1i has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Startup delay
Less startup delay
300 ms vs 800 ms
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2.7x less delay when turning on
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
159 ms vs 215 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
Size
Significantly smaller
129×98×62 mm vs 124×92×85 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Battery life
Longer battery life
400 shots vs 270 shots
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Around 50% more shots per battery charge
True resolution
Higher true resolution
15.1 MP vs 14 MP
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Capture around 10% more detail in your photos
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Advantages of the Sony SLT-A33

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Autofocus
Video autofocus
Phase detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Color depth
Better color depth
22.8 bits vs 21.7 bits
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Distinguishes 1.1 more bits of color
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.6 EV vs 11.5 EV
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1.3 f-stops more dynamic range
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
7 fps vs 3.4 fps
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More than 2x faster continuous shooting
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Overall image quality
Better image quality
70.0 vs 63.0
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More than 10% better image quality
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
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
Movie format
Higher frame rate movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 20fps
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Both shoot Full HD (1080p) video, but T1i does so at a lower frame rate
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The SLT-A33's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops better
Focus points
More focus points
15 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Cross type focus points
Slightly more cross-type focus points
3 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The SLT-A33's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Weight
Slightly lighter
500 g vs 520 g
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Almost the same
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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
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              T1i15.1 MP
              SLT-A3314 MP
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              T1i400 shots
              SLT-A33270 shots
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              T1i1
              SLT-A333
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              T1i3,200 ISO
              SLT-A3312,800 ISO
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              T1i663 ISO
              SLT-A33591 ISO
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              T1i1080p @ 20fps
              SLT-A331080p @ 30fps
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              T1i63.0
              SLT-A3370.0

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $325 body only

              $360 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $490 - $649 body only

              $581 - $699 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $459 body only

              $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

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

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              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
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $999 body only

              $919 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS Rebel T1i Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $332 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              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 SLT-A33 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $498 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Sony SLT-A37

              Sony SLT-A37

              Entry-level DSLR

              $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Sony SLT A35

              Sony SLT A35

              Entry-level DSLR

              $549 body only

              $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Sony SLT-A65

              Sony SLT A65

              Entry-level DSLR

              $593 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Lower frame rate movies
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Size Larger
              Sony SLT-A55

              Sony SLT-A55

              Entry-level DSLR

              $900 body only

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay

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