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

Canon Rebel T2i

Winner
Canon EOS Rebel T2i

56

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A330

40

Sony Alpha DSLR-A330

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T2i

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,040k dots
24p movies
Supports 24p
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
 

differences

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
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
Startup delay
Less startup delay
400 ms vs 600 ms
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More than 30% less delay when turning on
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
Cheaper
$422.07 vs $599.99
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The best price we've seen is $178 cheaper (around 30% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              T2i:129x98x62 mm
              DSLR-A330:128x97x71 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              T2i:2.4"
              DSLR-A330:2.8"
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              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
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              T2i:0.54x
              DSLR-A330:0.48x
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              11.5 EV
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              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

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $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
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $389 - $418 body only

              $399 - $400 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 body only

              $390 - $409 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 Rebel T1i

              Canon Rebel T1i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $999 body only

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Canon EOS 40D

              Canon EOS 40D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,138 body only

              $1,699 with 28-135mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is much larger
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $899 body only

              $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Color depth Has slightly less color depth
              Dynamic range Has slightly narrower dynamic range

              Canon EOS Rebel T2i Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Size Much larger
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $750 body only

              $597 - $700 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
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $549 body only

              $549 - $550 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

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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
              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $398 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,000 body only

              $1,600 with 17-85mm lens

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Live view No live view
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A290

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A290

              Entry-level DSLR

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
              Live view No live view
              Size Significantly larger

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