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Reasons to buy the Sony SLT-A33

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Color depth
Great color depth
22.8 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12.6 EV
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
 

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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        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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        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $699 body only

        $200 - $729 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

        $400 - $415 body only

        $399 - $500 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
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $278 body only

        $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

        $567 body only

        $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 Rebel T5

        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Entry-level DSLR

        $699 - $849 body only

        $499 - $822 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
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $352 - $415 body only

        $495 - $797 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
        Nikon D5200

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $547 body only

        $647 - $697 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

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        Canon EOS Rebel T2i

        Canon Rebel T2i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $579 - $600 body only

        $200 - $672 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 Rebel T5i

        Canon Rebel T5i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $200 - $1,148 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

        $570 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-A55

        Sony SLT-A55

        Entry-level DSLR

        $699 body only

        $799 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 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 A35

        Sony SLT A35

        Entry-level DSLR

        $599 body only

        $699 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 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
        Sony SLT-A37

        Sony SLT-A37

        Entry-level DSLR

        $430 - $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

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