Updated (August, 2011): Compare the Canon Rebel T3i vs Sony SLT-A77

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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
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
11.9 EV
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.59x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
5 fps
 
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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
Live view Has live view Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 784 ISO vs 581 ISO
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The T2i has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Size Much smaller 129x98x62 mm vs 142x105x80 mm
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More than 30% smaller
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 17.9 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 50% 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
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Thickness Much thinner 2.4" vs 3.1"
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More than 20% thinner
Startup delay Less startup delay 400 ms vs 600 ms
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More than 30% less delay when turning on
Weight Much lighter 530 g vs 768 g
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More than 30% lighter
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The T2i's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The T2i's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
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Advantages of the Sony DSLR-A700

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Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.9 EV vs 11.5 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
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
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.59x vs 0.54x
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Around 20% larger viewfinder
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 180 ms vs 252 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
Battery life Longer battery life 650 shots vs 440 shots
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Around 50% more shots per battery charge
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 5 fps vs 3.7 fps
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Around 40% faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Color depth Better color depth 22.3 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 0.2 more bits of color
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Focus points Slightly more focus points 11 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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        55 Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

        similarities

        Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

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        Autofocus No video autofocus Help
        Manual focus only
        Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
        T2i:12,800 ISO
        DSLR-A700:6,400 ISO
        Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
        95%
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        T2i:6,400 ISO
        DSLR-A700:1,600 ISO
        Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
        Need to shelter it from weather
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        T2i:3.7 fps
        DSLR-A700:5 fps
        Overall image quality Low image quality Help
        66.0
        Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
        T2i:784 ISO
        DSLR-A700:581 ISO
        Color depth Poor color depth Help
        T2i:22.1 bits
        DSLR-A700:22.3 bits

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon EOS 60D

        Canon EOS 60D

        Pro DSLR

        $699 - $899 body only

        $959 - $999 with 18-135mm lens

        Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
        Battery life Has a much longer battery life
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $378 - $415 body only

        $545 - $669 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon EOS 40D

        Canon EOS 40D

        Pro DSLR

        $1,138 body only

        Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
        Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
        Lowest price Is much more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $715 body only

        $950 - $1,079 with 18-105mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D5200

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $497 body only

        $597 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has much better image quality
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $697 - $747 body only

        $629 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has much better image quality
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon EOS 5D

        Canon EOS 5D

        Pro DSLR

        $8,400 with 24-105mm lens

        Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
        Lowest price Is much more expensive

        Canon EOS Rebel T2i Competitors

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        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $550 body only

        $549 - $575 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

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

        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Autofocus Video autofocus
        Color depth Worse color depth
        Overall image quality Worse image quality
        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Entry-level DSLR

        $680 - $700 body only

        $489 - $820 with 18-55mm lens

        Autofocus Video autofocus
        Battery life Longer battery life
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 - $831 body only

        $477 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
        Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
        Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
        Size Significantly larger
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $270 - $387 body only

        $399 - $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-A700 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony SLT-A77

        Sony SLT A77

        Pro DSLR

        $699 - $1,249 body only

        $1,199 - $1,296 with 18-135mm lens

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
        Startup delay Much more startup delay
        Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
        Nikon D300

        Nikon D300

        Pro DSLR

        $1,700 body only

        $2,200 with 18-135mm lens

        Live view Has live view
        Focus points Many more focus points
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Shutter lag More shutter lag
        Sony Alpha DSLR-A550

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A550

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,500 with 18-55mm lens

        Live view Has live view
        Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
        Autofocus Slower autofocus
        Color depth Worse color depth
        Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

        Entry-level DSLR

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
        Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
        Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
        Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

        Entry-level DSLR

        $950 with 75-300mm lens

        Live view Has live view
        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        Autofocus Slower autofocus

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        Canon EOS Rebel T2i Sony Alpha DSLR-A700
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