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

Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 vs Canon Rebel T2i

Winner
Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

75

Canon EOS Rebel T2i

57

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
1,121 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
80.0
Great color depth
Color depth
23.8 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.3 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T2i

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,040k dots
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 129x98x62 mm
Sensor cleaning
Self cleaning sensor
Avoids dust in your photos

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Explore our gallery of 4 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS Rebel T2i. Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Alpha DSLR-A580.

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
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Startup delay
Less startup delay
400 ms vs 800 ms
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2x less delay when turning on
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
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
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.3 EV vs 11.5 EV
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1.8 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth
Better color depth
23.8 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 1.7 more bits of color
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
Battery life
Much longer battery life
1050 shots vs 440 shots
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Around 2.5x more shots per battery charge
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
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
Cross type focus points
Slightly more cross-type focus points
3 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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
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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
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              T2i1
              DSLR-A5803
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              T2i17.9 MP
              DSLR-A58016 MP
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              T2i6,400 ISO
              DSLR-A58012,800 ISO
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              T2i0.54x
              DSLR-A5800.52x
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $630 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

              $649 - $650 body only

              $620 - $650 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
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 - $517 body only

              $359 - $447 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 slightly larger
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $579 - $648 body only

              $879 - $1,199 with 18-135mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $354 body only

              $618 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $949 body only

              $1,049 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 50D

              Canon EOS 50D

              Pro DSLR

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

              Canon EOS Rebel T2i Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $399 - $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Lowest price Significantly cheaper
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $339 body only

              $429 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $444 - $448 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $1,299 with 18-135mm lens

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

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