Updated (June, 2011): Compare the Canon Rebel T3i vs Sony SLT A35

Canon Rebel T2i vs Sony SLT-A33

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Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T2i

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

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT-A33

Color depth
Great color depth
22.8 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12.6 EV
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
7 fps

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Advantages of the Canon T2i

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Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
784 ISO vs 591 ISO
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The T2i has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentamirror vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
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
True resolution
Higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 14 MP
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Capture around 30% more detail in your photos
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
Size
Significantly smaller
129x98x62 mm vs 124x92x85 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Battery life
Longer battery life
440 shots vs 270 shots
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More than 60% more shots per battery charge
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Advantages of the Sony SLT-A33

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Autofocus
Video autofocus
Phase detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.6 EV vs 11.5 EV
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1.1 f-stops more 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
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
Color depth
Better color depth
22.8 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 0.7 more bits of color
Overall image quality
Better image quality
70.0 vs 66.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
215 ms vs 252 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The SLT-A33'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 SLT-A33's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Weight
Slightly lighter
500 g vs 530 g
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Around 10% lighter
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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
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              T2i1
              SLT-A333
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              T2i440 shots
              SLT-A33270 shots
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              T2i17.9 MP
              SLT-A3314 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
              SLT-A3312,800 ISO
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              T2i784 ISO
              SLT-A33591 ISO
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              T2i66.0
              SLT-A3370.0
              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

              $499 - $539 body only

              $566 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $649 - $650 body only

              $620 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Cross type focus points Has slightly more cross-type focus points
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $279 - $557 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $479 - $649 body only

              $999 - $1,299 with 18-200mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $227 body only

              $350 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Lowest price Is much less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $354 body only

              $630 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $420 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger

              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

              $349 - $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
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $549 body only

              $499 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Overall image quality Worse image quality

              Sony SLT-A33 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT-A55

              Sony SLT-A55

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,789 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Sony SLT-A37

              Sony SLT-A37

              Entry-level DSLR

              $384 - $558 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Sony SLT A35

              Sony SLT A35

              Entry-level DSLR

              $579 body only

              $679 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $445 - $498 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

              Entry-level DSLR

              $950 with 75-300mm lens

              Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

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