Updated (February, 2011): Compare the Canon Rebel T3i vs Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

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Canon EOS Rebel T2i

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Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
1,121 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
80.0
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Color depth
Great color depth
23.8 bits
 

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
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon T2i

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Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Size Much smaller 129x98x62 mm vs 137x104x84 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 197 lenses vs 123 lenses
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More than 60% more lenses available
Thickness Much thinner 2.4" vs 3.3"
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Around 30% thinner
Startup delay Less startup delay 400 ms vs 800 ms
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2x less delay when turning on
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 252 ms vs 295 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
True resolution Higher true resolution 17.9 MP vs 16 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder 0.54x vs 0.52x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
Weight Lighter 530 g vs 599 g
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More than 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Sony DSLR-A580

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Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO 1,121 ISO vs 784 ISO
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The DSLR-A580 has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 80.0 vs 66.0
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More than 20% better image quality
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.3 EV vs 11.5 EV
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1.8 f-stops more dynamic range
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Color depth Better color depth 23.8 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 1.7 more bits of color
Battery life Much longer battery life 1050 shots vs 440 shots
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Around 2.5x more shots per battery charge
Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Continuous shooting Shoots much faster 7 fps vs 3.7 fps
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Around 90% faster continuous shooting
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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
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
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The DSLR-A580'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
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The DSLR-A580's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 3 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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        similarities

        Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
        Record higher quality audio with a microphone
        Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
        1/4000 of a second
        Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
        95%
        Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
        T2i:1
        DSLR-A580:3
        Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
        Need to shelter it from weather
        Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
        T2i:0.54x
        DSLR-A580:0.52x

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $550 body only

        $549 - $575 with 18-55mm lens

        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is much larger
        Canon Rebel T5i

        Canon Rebel T5i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $749 - $1,098 with 18-55mm lens

        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is much larger
        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Entry-level DSLR

        $680 - $700 body only

        $489 - $820 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
        Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
        Thickness Is thicker
        Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 - $657 body only

        $389 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
        Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is significantly larger
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $378 - $469 body only

        $485 - $669 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
        Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is significantly larger
        Canon EOS 60D

        Canon EOS 60D

        Pro DSLR

        $699 body only

        $959 - $999 with 18-135mm lens

        Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
        Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Canon EOS 70D

        Canon EOS 70D

        Pro DSLR

        $999 - $1,153 body only

        $1,330 - $1,349 with 18-135mm lens

        Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker

        Canon EOS Rebel T2i Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $389 - $418 body only

        $399 - $539 with 18-55mm lens

        Battery life Significantly longer battery life
        Lowest price Significantly cheaper
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $270 - $387 body only

        $401 - $430 with 18-55mm lens

        Autofocus Video autofocus
        Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 Competitors

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        Sony SLT A58

        Sony SLT A58

        Entry-level DSLR

        $448 with 18-55mm lens

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
        Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
        Screen size Significantly smaller screen
        Nikon D3300

        Nikon D3300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $439 - $547 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Higher frame rate movies
        Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Sony SLT-A77

        Sony SLT A77

        Pro DSLR

        $1,249 body only

        $1,298 - $1,538 with 16-50mm lens

        Movie format Higher frame rate movies
        Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
        Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
        Startup delay Much more startup delay

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