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

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Differences

Canon T3 advantages over Sony NEX-7

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 5.15 vs 3.92 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Fast startup
    ~0.30 vs 1.2 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 700 vs 430 shots
    Capture more photos

Sony NEX-7 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 panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,016 vs 755 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    13.4 vs 11.0 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Thinner
    42 mm vs 77 mm
    Thinner
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Higher-res screen
    307k 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
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.73x vs 0.50x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • More pixels
    24.3 vs 12.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.0 fps vs 2.9 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    10.0 fps vs 2.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    13 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
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • 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.

  • 24.3-megapixel sensor with excellent image quality; Small body; Exceptional user interface; Full HD 60p video; Electronic viewfinder and flash are built-in.

  • No Mode dial; Flash sync is a touch slow; No UHS-I card support; Needs a better kit lens to match the sensor quality.

The Competition

Compared to Nikon D3100

Canon T3
Nikon D3100
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Higher effective ISO
Sony NEX-7
Nikon D3100
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Sony A55

Canon T3
Sony A55
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $734
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Sony NEX-7
Sony A55
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $734
  • APS-C
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Sony A33

Canon T3
Sony A33
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $540
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Sony NEX-7
Sony A33
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $540
  • APS-C
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Samsung NX200

Canon T3
Samsung NX200
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $934
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • More dynamic range
Sony NEX-7
Samsung NX200
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $934
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive

Compared to Samsung NX300

Canon T3
Samsung NX300
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $990
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Sony NEX-7
Samsung NX300
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $990
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
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