• APS-C 323.4mm2
  • 12.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 20.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 16,000

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Differences

Canon T3 advantages over Sony A58

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 5.15 vs 4.31 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Fast startup
    ~0.30 vs 1.9 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    17 vs 8 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Sony A58 advantages over Canon T3

  • 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.
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • More dynamic range
    12.5 vs 11.0 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • More cross-type AF points
    3 vs 1
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Higher-res screen
    154k vs 77k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • Less shutter lag
    0.13 vs 0.31 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.57x vs 0.50x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • More pixels
    20.1 vs 12.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • More AF points
    15 vs 9
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    4.9 fps vs 2.9 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    4.8 fps vs 2.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    6 vs 3 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    16000 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

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 HDMI output 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

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • 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
  • 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

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Well-considered ergonomics and control layout; Solid build; Good image quality; Great battery life; High-def movie capture.

  • Frame rate and burst depth not the best, especially for raw; Weak flash for an SLR; No sensor cleaning function; No spot metering.

  • Improved 20.1-megapixel resolution; Impressive image quality, especially for its price; Fast and decisive autofocus (in most conditions); Very good battery life; Good video quality (Full HD 1080p, though it doesn't support 60p frame rate).

  • Plastic lens mount; Slower burst mode speeds and shallower buffer than A57; LCD no longer fully articulating; Mediocre kit lens; Electronic instead of an optical viewfinder may be a turnoff for some.

The Competition

Compared to Nikon D3100

Canon T3
Nikon D3100
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Higher effective ISO
Sony A58
Nikon D3100
  • $598
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Sony A33

Canon T3
Sony A33
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $540
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Sony A58
Sony A33
  • $598
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $540
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
  • Fast startup

Compared to Pentax K-r

Canon T3
Pentax K-r
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $850
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Sony A58
Pentax K-r
  • $598
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $850
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Nikon D5200

Canon T3
Nikon D5200
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
  • Fast startup
  • $444
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Sony A58
Nikon D5200
  • $598
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $444
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Canon T5i

Canon T3
Canon T5i
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
  • Fast startup
  • $475
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
Sony A58
Canon T5i
  • $598
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $475
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Tilt-swivel screen
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