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

Canon Rebel T2i vs Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

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Canon EOS Rebel T2i

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Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T2i

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,040k dots
Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
24p movies
Supports 24p
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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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-A700.

differences

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
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
Size
Much smaller
129x98x62 mm vs 142x105x80 mm
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More than 30% smaller
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
Weight
Much lighter
530 g vs 768 g
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More than 30% lighter
Startup delay
Less startup delay
400 ms vs 600 ms
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More than 30% less delay when turning on
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
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
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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
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.59x vs 0.54x
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Around 20% larger viewfinder
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
5 fps vs 3.7 fps
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Around 40% faster continuous shooting
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
180 ms vs 252 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Battery life
Longer battery life
650 shots vs 440 shots
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Around 50% more shots per battery charge
Color depth
Better color depth
22.3 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Almost the same
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
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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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

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              T2i12,800 ISO
              DSLR-A7006,400 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              1
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              T2i17.9 MP
              DSLR-A70012.2 MP
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              T2i9
              DSLR-A70011
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              T2i6,400 ISO
              DSLR-A7001,600 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              66.0
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              T2i1080p @ 30fps
              DSLR-A700None
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              T2i784 ISO
              DSLR-A700581 ISO
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              T2i22.1 bits
              DSLR-A70022.3 bits
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              T2i11.5 EV
              DSLR-A70011.9 EV

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $649 - $650 body only

              $649 - $650 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $579 - $673 body only

              $899 - $1,199 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

              $354 body only

              $591 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              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 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $949 body only

              $1,249 with 18-135mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 50D

              Canon EOS 50D

              Pro DSLR

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Canon EOS 40D

              Canon EOS 40D

              Pro DSLR

              $700 body only

              $1,699 with 28-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $722 body only

              $1,038 with 55-300mm 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

              Canon EOS Rebel T2i Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $629 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Lowest price Significantly cheaper
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Size Much larger
              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
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $279 - $547 body only

              $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Thickness Much thicker
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $325 body only

              $419 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Lowest price Much cheaper
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Canon EOS Rebel T1i

              Canon Rebel T1i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $825 body only

              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Color depth Worse color depth

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

              Entry-level DSLR

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $448 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 body only

              $1,299 with 18-135mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
              Sony SLT-A55

              Sony SLT-A55

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,998 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
              Autofocus Slower autofocus

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              Canon EOS Rebel T2i Sony Alpha DSLR-A700
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

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