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 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
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 Less startup delay 400 ms vs 600 ms
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More than 30% less delay when turning on
Lowest price Much cheaper $199.95 vs $680.83
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The best price we've seen is $481 cheaper (3.4x less)
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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              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"
              Weight Light weight Help
              T2i:530 g
              DSLR-A330:529 g
              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
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              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
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              T2i:1080p @ 30fps
              DSLR-A330:None

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $774 body only

              $200 - $617 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is much larger
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $276 - $290 body only

              $350 - $409 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
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $871 body only

              $450 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $376 - $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
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $656 body only

              $399 - $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
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $370 - $400 body only

              $485 - $590 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $480 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon EOS Rebel T2i Competitors

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              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $200 - $749 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              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 ILC-3000

              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Startup delay Much 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
              Startup delay More startup delay

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