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

Sony SLT-A33 vs Canon Rebel T2i

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Reasons to buy the Sony SLT-A33

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

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T2i

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

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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
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
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
Significantly 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
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
Battery life
Longer battery life
440 shots vs 270 shots
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More than 60% more shots per battery charge
Size
Significantly smaller
129x98x62 mm vs 124x92x85 mm
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Around 20% smaller
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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
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
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
215 ms vs 252 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
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
Slightly 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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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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              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              T2i17.9 MP
              SLT-A3314 MP
              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
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              T2i6,400 ISO
              SLT-A3312,800 ISO
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              T2i9
              SLT-A3315
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps
              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

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $629 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $279 - $547 body only

              $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 Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $325 body only

              $419 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $259 body only

              $408 with 18-55mm lens

              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

              $354 body only

              $591 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
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              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
              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 40D

              Canon EOS 40D

              Pro DSLR

              $700 body only

              $1,699 with 28-135mm lens

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

              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 T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $649 - $650 body only

              $649 - $650 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              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
              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 A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $448 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 SLT-A55

              Sony SLT-A55

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,998 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

              $350 with 18-135mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              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

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