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Reasons to buy the Sony SLT-A33

Overall image quality
Great image quality
70.0
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Color depth
Great color depth
22.8 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12.6 EV
 

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
 
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differences

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 197 lenses vs 123 lenses
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More than 60% more lenses available
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
Thickness Much thinner 2.4" vs 3.3"
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Around 30% thinner
Size Much smaller 129x98x62 mm vs 124x92x85 mm
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Around 20% smaller
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
Battery life Longer battery life 400 shots vs 270 shots
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Around 50% more shots per battery charge
True resolution Slightly 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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Color depth Better color depth 22.8 bits vs 21.7 bits
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Distinguishes 1.1 more bits of color
Autofocus Video autofocus Phase detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.6 EV vs 11.5 EV
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1.1 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality Better image quality 70.0 vs 63.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Sensor size Much larger sensor APS-C 23.5x15.6mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
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
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 7 fps vs 3.4 fps
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More than 2x faster continuous shooting
Movie format Lower 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 2 f-stops better
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The SLT-A33's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
Focus points More focus points 15 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 3 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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 Common Weaknesses
              Weight Light weight Help
              T1i:520 g
              SLT-A33:500 g
              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
              T1i:15.1 MP
              SLT-A33:14 MP
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              T1i:400 shots
              SLT-A33:270 shots
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              T1i:1
              SLT-A33:3
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              T1i:663 ISO
              SLT-A33:591 ISO
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              T1i:1080p @ 20fps
              SLT-A33:1080p @ 30fps
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              T1i:63.0
              SLT-A33:70.0

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $480 - $774 body only

              $200 - $617 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $276 - $290 body only

              $350 - $409 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $450 body only

              $200 - $400 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $380 - $427 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

              $319 - $656 body only

              $399 - $477 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 significantly larger
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $871 body only

              $450 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $370 - $400 body only

              $485 - $590 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon EOS Rebel T1i Competitors

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              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $200 - $749 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Size Much larger
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $480 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

              Sony SLT-A33 Competitors

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              Sony SLT A35

              Sony SLT A35

              Entry-level DSLR

              $593 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-A55

              Sony SLT-A55

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,073 body only

              $1,075 - $1,165 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              GPS Has a GPS
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Sony SLT-A37

              Sony SLT-A37

              Entry-level DSLR

              $440 - $479 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $448 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Sony SLT A57

              Sony SLT A57

              Entry-level DSLR

              $530 body only

              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier

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