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

Canon Rebel T2i

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Canon EOS Rebel T2i

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Sony SLT-A33

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Sony SLT-A33

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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
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT-A33

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Color depth
Great color depth
22.8 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12.6 EV
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
 
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differences

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
True resolution Higher true resolution 17.9 MP vs 14 MP
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Capture around 30% more detail in your photos
Thickness Much thinner 2.4" vs 3.3"
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Around 30% thinner
Size Much smaller 129x98x62 mm vs 124x92x85 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Battery life Longer battery life 440 shots vs 270 shots
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More than 60% more shots per battery charge
Startup delay Less startup delay 400 ms vs 800 ms
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2x less delay when turning on
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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
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
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high 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
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
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 7 fps vs 3.7 fps
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Around 90% faster continuous shooting
Overall image quality Better image quality 70.0 vs 66.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Color depth Better color depth 22.8 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 0.7 more bits of color
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
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
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 3 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Weight Slightly lighter 500 g vs 530 g
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Around 10% lighter
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        similarities

        Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
        Record higher quality audio with a microphone
        Weight Light weight Help
        T2i:530 g
        SLT-A33:500 g
        Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
        1/4000 of a second
        Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
        T2i:440 shots
        SLT-A33:270 shots
        Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
        T2i:1
        SLT-A33:3
        Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
        Need to shelter it from weather
        Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
        T2i:784 ISO
        SLT-A33:591 ISO
        Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
        1080p @ 30fps
        Overall image quality Low image quality Help
        T2i:66.0
        SLT-A33:70.0

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 body only

        $549 - $579 with 18-55mm lens

        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Entry-level DSLR

        $681 - $700 body only

        $499 - $822 with 18-55mm lens

        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 body only

        $389 - $477 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 significantly larger
        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $419 body only

        $580 with 18-55mm lens

        Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $277 body only

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is slightly larger
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $378 body only

        $556 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is much larger
        Canon EOS Rebel T1i

        Canon Rebel T1i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $999 body only

        $700 with 18-55mm lens

        Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
        External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
        Movie format Records higher quality movies

        Canon EOS Rebel T2i Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Canon Rebel T5i

        Canon Rebel T5i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $847 with 75-300mm lens

        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Color depth Worse color depth
        Overall image quality Worse image quality
        Canon EOS 60D

        Canon EOS 60D

        Pro DSLR

        $699 body only

        $999 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

        Battery life Much longer battery life
        Weather sealed Weather sealed
        Size Much larger
        Thickness Much thicker

        Sony SLT-A33 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony SLT A58

        Sony SLT A58

        Entry-level DSLR

        $448 with 18-55mm lens

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
        Screen size Significantly smaller screen
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        Sony SLT-A55

        Sony SLT-A55

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,073 body only

        $1,075 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
        GPS Has a GPS
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range
        Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
        Sony SLT-A37

        Sony SLT-A37

        Entry-level DSLR

        $430 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

        $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

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