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

Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

Winner
Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

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Canon EOS Rebel T2i

56

Canon Rebel T2i

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
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
Great color depth
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
 

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
Startup delay
Less startup delay
400 ms vs 800 ms
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2x less delay when turning on
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
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
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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
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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              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
              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
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              T2i:252 ms
              DSLR-A580:295 ms

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is much larger
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $750 body only

              $597 - $700 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

              $440 - $450 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

              $310 - $527 body only

              $389 - $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 significantly larger
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $469 body only

              $429 - $499 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
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 - $387 body only

              $410 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $1,000 body only

              $959 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS Rebel T2i Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $389 - $418 body only

              $399 - $520 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              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

              $398 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR

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