• APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 15.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • APS-C 369.7mm2
  • 10.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 3200

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Differences

Canon T1i advantages over Sony DSLR-A330

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Fast startup
    ~0.30 vs 0.6 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Higher effective ISO
    663 vs 535 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Lighter weight
    526g vs 765g
    Lighter weight
  • More dots on screen
    920k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.54x vs 0.49x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • More pixels
    15.1 vs 10.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    3.4 fps vs 2.4 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 18 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    12800 vs 3200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Sony DSLR-A330 advantages over Canon T1i

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Less expensive
    $649 vs $900 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 6.12 vs 4.69 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 510 vs 400 shots
    Capture more photos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Neither provide
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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Review Excerpt

The Competition

Compared to Pentax K200D

Canon T1i
Pentax K200D
  • $900
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $800
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Sony DSLR-A330
Pentax K200D
  • $530
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $800
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Top deck display

Compared to Canon XSi

Canon T1i
Canon XSi
  • $900
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • HDMI out
  • $649
  • APS-C
  • Longer stills battery life
Sony DSLR-A330
Canon XSi
  • $530
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $649
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup

Compared to Sony DSLR-A350

Canon T1i
Sony DSLR-A350
  • $900
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $900
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Sony DSLR-A330
Sony DSLR-A350
  • $530
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $900
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Nikon D3000

Canon T1i
Nikon D3000
  • $900
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $450
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Less expensive
Sony DSLR-A330
Nikon D3000
  • $530
  • APS-C
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $450
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • More viewfinder magnification

Compared to Sony DSLR-A390

Canon T1i
Sony DSLR-A390
  • $900
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Thinner
  • $507
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Less expensive
Sony DSLR-A330
Sony DSLR-A390
  • $530
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
  • $507
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Lighter weight
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