Are you looking for the best camera to suit your needs? Due to a wide range of options, making a wise and weighted decision can be rather challenging. Which specs to keep in mind? What are the key pros and cons of each model? This comparison should give some helpful hints!
In this review, we are going to make a detailed comparison of two cameras that fall into different categories. While the first model we are looking at, Sony Alpha a3500 belongs to a Entry-Level Mirrorless category, the other model, Sony Alpha a3500 is a Entry-Level DSLR camera. Sony Alpha a3500 is equipped with a 20.0 MP CMOS sensor, while Canon EOS 1100D comes with a 12.0 MP CMOS sensor.
Both cameras we are going to look at in our overview fall into two different categories - MirrorLess and DSLR. Keeping in mind all the distinctive features of each category, it will be hard to make a detailed comparison of these two models. However, we will do our best to make this review as unbiased and detailed as possible.
To get started, let’s take a look at some of the key features of Sony Alpha a3500 and Canon EOS 1100D and, after this, we can go on to our detailed comparison of these models.
Sony Alpha a3500 Key Features:
Canon EOS 1100D Key Features:
Sony Alpha a3500 substituted Sony A3000.
|Sensor Resolution||20.0 MP vs 12.0 MP||40% more pixels|
|Sensor Area||366.6 mm2 vs 328.56 mm2||10.4% larger pixel area|
|Continuous Shooting||4 fps vs 3 fps||1 fps faster|
|Number Of Focus Points||25 vs 9||16 more focus points|
|Screen Size||3″ vs 2.7″||0.3" larger screen|
|Weight||411 g vs 495 g||84 g lighter|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080 vs 1280 x 720||Higher Resolution Video|
|Wireless Connectivity||Eye-Fi Connected vs No||Better connectivity|
|Flash Range||9.2 vs 6||3.2 better flash range|
|Battery Life||700 shots vs 470 shots||230 more frames with a single charge|
|Viewfinder Magnification||0.5 vs 0.47||0.03 better magnification|
|Viewfinder||Electronic | Optical (pentamirror)||Better framing and control|
|Raw Support||Yes | Yes||Better image quality|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes | Yes||Very handy for portraits|
|Bracketing||Yes | Yes||Useful for tough lighting conditions and HDR|
|Built-In Flash||Yes | Yes||External flash available|
|Flash Sync Port||Yes | Yes||Port for Flash Sync|
|Touch Screen||No | No||No touch screen|
|Screen Resolution||230k dots | 230k dots||Small screen resolution|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type | Fixed Type||No flexible viewing angles|
|Sensor Resolution||20.0 MP | 12.0 MP||Small sensor resolution|
|Microphone Port||No | No||No microphone port|
|Headphone Port||No | No||No headphone port|
|Timelapse Recording||No | No||No timelapse recording|
|Continuous Shooting||4.0 fps | 3.0 fps||Low continuous shooting|
|Image Stabilization||No | No||No image stabilization|
|Environmental Sealing||No | No||No environmental sealing|
Before heading straight to the technical characteristics of each model, let’s start with comparing their physical specs. Let’s start with looking at the physical difference of the two products. Below are images that clearly show the sizes of Sony Alpha a3500 and Canon EOS 1100D from the front view.
Now, let’s go on and see how the reviewed models are different or similar by the top view.
After looking at these images, you should get a clear idea of each model’s dimensions and how they are different from each other. However, we are not going to stop there. The next characteristic worth looking at is the weight. Of course, not every photographer is concerned about the weight, for example, it wouldn't be a decisive point for those who shoot in a studio. However, it is still an important factor because if you happen to go on a long photo session or just love having the camera with you wherever you go, you want to be sure that the chosen model isn't too heavy.
Speaking of weight, Sony Alpha a3500 is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 84g less than the Canon EOS 1100D. This difference, in fact, can become a significant disadvantage for the photographers, who prefer to have their cameras with them wherever they go.
Sensor is, without a doubt, the most significant element of every digital camera. Its type, size, and resolution are the factors that define the quality of future shots. Thus, it is barely possible to pick a suitable camera without looking at these specs.
Are Sony Alpha a3500 and Canon EOS 1100D any different in terms of sensor type?
In fact, that's exactly what makes these two models really different. Thus, it is a good point to consider if your are choosing between these two cameras. Sony Alpha a3500 features a 20.0 MP APS-C sized CMOS sensor and boasts of a BIONZ image processor processor . Canon EOS 1100D, in its turn, comes with a 12.0 MP APS-C sized CMOS sensor , which makes it significantly different from the first model.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Sony Alpha a3500 and Canon EOS 1100D by the size of their sensors.
Sony Alpha a3500 and Canon EOS 1100D are identical by this indicator, as each feature a sensor of the same size. Thus, both cameras will provide the same level of control in terms of the depth of field if you use them with the same focal length and aperture.
If you are interested in photography or has made a career in this field, you should know that different types of shooting actually require different camera characteristics. While one model can produce outstanding portraits, at the same time, it can be terrible for shooting landscapes, and so on. Thus, before you purchase a specific camera, it is vital to decide, which type of shooting you do most often and consider an option that suits it the most.
This section of our comparison is devoted to the performance of Sony Alpha a3500 and Canon EOS 1100D in different fields of photography. Here we are going to look at the five main areas and evaluate how well each of the reviewed models performs in them. This will help you choose an option that suits your needs the most depending on your interest in one or several of these fields.
|Photography Type||Sony Alpha a3500||Canon EOS 1100D|
Hopefully, our detailed overview of these models has helped you consider all the main specs, pros and cons of each cameras. Maybe, after reading this comparison, some of you have already decided which option to opt for depending on your needs and preferences. However, if you are still wondering which option is a better choice, Sony Alpha a3500 or Canon EOS 1100D, below you can see what scores each of them received in five different aspects. To wrap up, we have used our unique Decision Algorithm that assesses different camera models upon 63 different factors including their price, and, if possible, DxO Mark scores. This algorithm allows us to make our verdict more consistent and objective.
What is our final verdict? Based on our comparison and the final scores of Sony Alpha a3500 and Canon EOS 1100D here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Sony Alpha a3500 deserves a higher Total Score than the Canon EOS 1100D. Thus, if you are choosing between these options, we would recommend you to choose the first model over the other one.
For better understanding of each model’s technical characteristics, find the detailed comparison below:
|Sony Alpha a3500||Canon EOS 1100D|
|Model||Alpha a3500||EOS 1100D|
|Announced||Mar 21, 2014||Apr 13, 2011|
|Body Type||SLR-style mirrorless||Compact SLR|
|Sensor Dimensions||23.5 x 15.6 mm||22.2 x 14.8 mm|
|Sensor Area||366.60 mm2||328.56 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||20.0 MP||12.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||5456 x 3632||4272 x 2848|
|Max Native ISO||16,000||6,400|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||100||100|
|Lens Mount||Sony E||Canon EF/EF-S|
|Number of Lenses||83||304|
|Focal Length Multiplier||1.5x||1.6x|
|Macro Focus Range|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||25||9|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a||1|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||230k dots||230k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 s||1/4000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||4.0 fps||3.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Flash off, Auto flash, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Rear Sync.||Auto, Red-eye|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080||1280 x 720 (29.97, 25 fps)|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080||1280 x 720|
|Video Formats||AVCHD, H.264||H.264, Motion JPEG|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|Weight||411 g||495 g|
|Physical Dimensions||128 x 91 x 85 mm||130 x 100 x 78 mm|
|Battery Life||470 shots||700 shots|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||Battery Pack|
|Storage Type||n/a||SD/SDHC/SDXC card|