Updated (February, 2011): Compare the Canon Rebel T3i vs Sony Alpha DSLR-A330

Canon Rebel T2i

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Canon EOS Rebel T2i

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A330

40

Sony Alpha DSLR-A330

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Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T2i

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,040k dots
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A330

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.5x15.7mm
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
199 ms shutter lag
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 128x97x71 mm
 
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Advantages of the Canon T2i

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Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4.5x higher resolution screen
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 784 ISO vs 535 ISO
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The T2i has a slight edge (0.6 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
True resolution Much higher true resolution 17.9 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture around 80% more detail in your photos
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 197 lenses vs 123 lenses
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More than 60% more lenses available
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.54x vs 0.48x
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More than 20% larger viewfinder
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 3.7 fps vs 2.5 fps
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Around 50% faster continuous shooting
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 66.0 vs 64.0
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Almost the same
Size Smaller 129x98x62 mm vs 128x97x71 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Startup delay Less startup delay 400 ms vs 600 ms
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More than 30% less delay when turning on
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
Thickness Much thinner 2.4" vs 2.8"
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More than 10% thinner
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The T2i's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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Advantages of the Sony DSLR-A330

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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
Color depth Better color depth 22.4 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 0.3 more bits of color
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 199 ms vs 252 ms
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More than 20% less delay when taking photos
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 510 shots vs 440 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $422.07 vs $674.00
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The best price we've seen is $252 cheaper (around 40% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Size Fairly small Help
              T2i:129x98x62 mm
              DSLR-A330:128x97x71 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              T2i:2.4"
              DSLR-A330:2.8"
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              T2i:12,800 ISO
              DSLR-A330:None
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              T2i:3.7 fps
              DSLR-A330:2.5 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              T2i:6,400 ISO
              DSLR-A330:3,200 ISO
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              11.5 EV
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              T2i:0.54x
              DSLR-A330:0.48x
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              T2i:66.0
              DSLR-A330:64.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              T2i:784 ISO
              DSLR-A330:535 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $774 body only

              $449 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is much larger
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $415 body only

              $389 - $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 Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $389 - $418 body only

              $399 - $539 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 - $387 body only

              $401 - $430 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $899 body only

              $695 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Color depth Has slightly less color depth
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $792 body only

              $940 with 18-105mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Entry-level DSLR

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Thickness Is thicker
              Autofocus Users slower contrast detection autofocus

              Canon EOS Rebel T2i Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 - $1,048 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $549 - $699 body only

              $399 - $816 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $1,000 body only

              $959 - $999 with 18-135mm lens

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A330 Competitors

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              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $398 - $448 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
              Sony SLT-A33

              Sony SLT-A33

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,027 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

              Entry-level DSLR

              Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Live view No live view
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A300

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $650 body only

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots

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              Canon EOS Rebel T2i Sony Alpha DSLR-A330
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i Sony Alpha DSLR-A330

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