• APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 18.0 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • $582 Average Retail $600 MSRP
  • APS-C 369.7mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 16000
  • $598 Average Retail $1000 MSRP

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Advantages

Canon T3i over Sony A65

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Lens zoom ratio
    7.5x vs 3.1x
    Zooming is easier than walking
  • Fast startup
    1.50 vs 2.80 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment

Sony A65 over Canon T3i

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • More cross-type AF points
    3 vs 1
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • More pixels
    24.3 vs 18.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • More AF points
    15 vs 9
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Less shutter lag
    0.138 vs 0.283 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Higher boost ISO
    25600 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher boost ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Review Excerpt

  • Excellent image quality; Good grip; Full HD video recording; Swiveling LCD; Very fast autofocus; HDMI output.

  • Slow frame rate for sports shooting; Tendency to overexpose in bright sunlight; Live View AF is slow; No microfocus adjustment.

  • 24.3-megapixel sensor; Capable of 10 fps; Comfortable, relatively small and light body; Full HD video recording.

  • Not available before completion of review.

  • We haven’t reviewed the Sony A65.

The Competition

Compared to Nikon D7000

Canon T3i
Nikon D7000
  • $582
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • $952
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
Sony A65
Nikon D7000
  • $598
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $952
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Lens zoom ratio

Compared to Nikon D5100

Canon T3i
Nikon D5100
  • $582
  • APS-C
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Faster RAW shooting
  • $449
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
Sony A65
Nikon D5100
  • $598
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • More cross-type AF points
  • $449
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup

Compared to Nikon D5200

Canon T3i
Nikon D5200
  • $582
  • APS-C
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • $643
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
Sony A65
Nikon D5200
  • $598
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $643
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup

Compared to Sony A58

Canon T3i
Sony A58
  • $582
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Sony A65
Sony A58
  • $598
  • APS-C
  • More pixels
  • High-res screen
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup

Compared to Canon T5i

Canon T3i
Canon T5i
  • $582
  • APS-C
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • $762
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Touchscreen
Sony A65
Canon T5i
  • $598
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $762
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
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