Updated (June, 2011): Compare the Canon Rebel T3 vs Sony SLT A35

Sony SLT-A33

Winner
Sony SLT-A33

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Canon EOS Rebel T1i

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Canon Rebel T1i

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Reasons to buy the Sony SLT-A33

Great image quality
Overall image quality
70.0
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
Great color depth
Color depth
22.8 bits
Wide dynamic range
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
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
159 ms shutter lag
 

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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
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
Startup delay
Less startup delay
300 ms vs 800 ms
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2.7x less delay when turning on
Thickness
Much thinner
2.4" vs 3.3"
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Around 30% thinner
Size
Significantly smaller
129x98x62 mm vs 124x92x85 mm
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Around 20% smaller
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
Higher true resolution
15.1 MP vs 14 MP
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Capture around 10% more detail in your photos
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$999.00 vs $1,027.15
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Almost the same
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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
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.6 EV vs 11.5 EV
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1.1 f-stops more dynamic range
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
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
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
7 fps vs 3.4 fps
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More than 2x faster continuous shooting
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
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
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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              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Weight Light weight Help
              T1i:520 g
              SLT-A33:500 g
              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              T1i:$999.00
              SLT-A33:$1,027.15
              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
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              T1i:63.0
              SLT-A33:70.0

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              competitors

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 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

              $389 - $418 body only

              $399 - $520 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is much less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $750 body only

              $597 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 - $387 body only

              $410 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

              $310 - $527 body only

              $389 - $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 significantly larger
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $469 body only

              $429 - $499 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
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $697 body only

              $597 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 much larger

              Canon EOS Rebel T1i Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Color depth Better color depth
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $440 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Size Much larger

              Sony SLT-A33 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT-A55

              Sony SLT-A55

              Entry-level DSLR

              $530 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
              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $398 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony SLT A35

              Sony SLT A35

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,110 body only

              $679 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-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 Alpha ILC-3000

              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Autofocus Slower autofocus

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