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

Canon Rebel T2i

Winner
Canon EOS Rebel T2i

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A330

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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 Much 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
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.54x vs 0.48x
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More than 20% larger viewfinder
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 66.0 vs 64.0
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Almost the same
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 3.7 fps vs 2.5 fps
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Around 50% faster continuous shooting
Size Smaller 129x98x62 mm vs 128x97x71 mm
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More than 10% smaller
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
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 400 ms vs 600 ms
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More than 30% less delay when turning on
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
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        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"
        Weight Light weight Help
        T2i:530 g
        DSLR-A330:529 g
        Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
        1/4000 of a second
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        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%
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        T2i:3.7 fps
        DSLR-A330:2.5 fps
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        T2i:6,400 ISO
        DSLR-A330:3,200 ISO
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
        Need to shelter it from weather
        3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
        No 3d support
        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
        Movie format One shoots movies Help
        T2i:1080p @ 30fps
        DSLR-A330:None
        Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
        T2i:784 ISO
        DSLR-A330:535 ISO

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        competitors

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        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $749 body only

        $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is much larger
        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $276 - $298 body only

        $385 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
        Canon EOS 60D

        Canon EOS 60D

        Pro DSLR

        $699 - $871 body only

        $999 - $1,150 with 18-135mm lens

        Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
        Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $392 - $427 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
        Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $497 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
        Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $437 - $520 body only

        $528 - $696 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
        Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
        Canon Rebel T4i

        Canon Rebel T4i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $650 body only

        $715 - $720 with 18-55mm lens

        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is much larger

        Canon EOS Rebel T2i Competitors

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        Canon Rebel T5i

        Canon Rebel T5i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $599 body only

        $749 - $1,148 with 18-55mm lens

        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Color depth Worse color depth
        Overall image quality Worse image quality

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A330 Competitors

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        Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

        Entry-level DSLR

        Battery life Significantly longer battery life
        Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
        Live view No live view
        Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
        Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

        Entry-level DSLR

        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        True resolution Higher true resolution
        Autofocus Slower autofocus
        Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
        Sony Alpha DSLR-A230

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A230

        Entry-level DSLR

        Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
        Size Smaller
        Live view No live view
        Autofocus Slower autofocus

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