• APS-C 328.6mm2
  • 12.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • APS-C 365.0mm2
  • 16.2 megapixels
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Differences

Canon XSi advantages over Sony NEX-C3

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Fast startup
    ~0.40 vs 1.2 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 500 vs 400 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Less shutter lag
    0.16 vs 0.43 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    53 vs 10 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Sony NEX-C3 advantages over Canon XSi

  • Less expensive
    $600 vs $900 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • 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
    1,083 vs 692 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    12.2 vs 10.8 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Thinner
    33 mm vs 61 mm
    Thinner
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • More dots on screen
    922k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • More pixels
    16.2 vs 12.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    5.5 fps vs 3.5 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    12800 vs 1600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

  • Very small body, refined build. Large sensor for good light gathering. Various low-light shooting modes to improve results. HD video mode with real-time autofocus.

  • Menu-driven interface is sometimes confusing, making quickly finding what you want difficult. Camera may be too small for some.

The Competition

Compared to Nikon D60

Canon XSi
Nikon D60
  • $649
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Less shutter lag
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
Sony NEX-C3
Nikon D60
  • $559
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Pentax K2000

Canon XSi
Pentax K2000
  • $649
  • APS-C
  • More pixels
  • More AF points
  • $556
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
Sony NEX-C3
Pentax K2000
  • $559
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $556
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Canon T1i

Canon XSi
Canon T1i
  • $649
  • APS-C
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $900
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • HDMI out
Sony NEX-C3
Canon T1i
  • $559
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $900
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Sony NEX-5

Canon XSi
Sony NEX-5
  • $649
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
Sony NEX-C3
Sony NEX-5
  • $559
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Bigger JPEG buffer

Compared to Sony NEX-5N

Canon XSi
Sony NEX-5N
  • $649
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
Sony NEX-C3
Sony NEX-5N
  • $559
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Shoots 24p video
  • Shoots 1080p video
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