As well as being compared against other entry-level DSLRs, the Sony Alpha DSLR-A560 is also often compared to pro digicams, compacts, mirrorless and super zooms. The Sony Alpha DSLR-A560's top rivals come from Sony (such as the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III and the SLT A55) and Nikon (such as the Coolpix 3700)

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSLR-A560 compared to other entry-level DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs none), has a significantly larger screen (3" vs 2.7"), has a much higher resolution screen (921k dots vs 460k dots), records movies in 24p and shoots faster continuously (7 fps vs 3 fps).

However, on average it significantly smaller viewfinder (0.52x vs 0.65x), takes much lower resolution photos (14 MP vs 16 MP), has much more shutter lag (295 ms vs 220 ms), is older (august 2010 vs february 2013) and is much larger (professional size (137×104×84 mm) vs prosumer size (131×99×75 mm)).

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6
5 years newer
$310 - $549 (body only)
$393 - $399 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel T6 (vs the DSLR-A560)

  • Much higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 14 MP
  • Significantly more lenses available: 220 lenses vs 126 lenses
  • Much smaller: Professional size (129×101×78 mm) vs Professional size (137×104×84 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel T6 (vs the DSLR-A560)

  • Shoots much slower: 3 fps vs 7 fps
  • Screen does not flip out
  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the Rebel T6 and DSLR-A560

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Sony SLT A55

Sony SLT-A55
similar age

Significant advantages of the SLT A55 (vs the DSLR-A560)

  • Much higher true resolution: 16 MP vs 14 MP
  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.72x vs 0.52x
  • Shoots much faster: 10 fps vs 7 fps

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A55 (vs the DSLR-A560)

  • No 24p support
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 330 shots vs 1050 shots

common strengths of the SLT A55 and DSLR-A560

  • Fast continuous shooting: 10 fps vs 7 fps
  • Flip-out screens
  • Have external mic jacks

Sony SLT A58

Sony SLT A58
2 years newer
$330 (body only)

Significant advantages of the SLT A58 (vs the DSLR-A560)

  • Much higher true resolution: 20.1 MP vs 14 MP
  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.65x vs 0.52x
  • Much smaller: Prosumer size (129×95×78 mm) vs Professional size (137×104×84 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A58 (vs the DSLR-A560)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 921k dots
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"

common strengths of the SLT A58 and DSLR-A560

  • Fast continuous shooting: 8 fps vs 7 fps
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Sony Alpha DSLR-A300

Sony Alpha DSLR-A300
2 years older

Significant advantages of the DSLR-A300 (vs the DSLR-A560)

  • Much smaller: Prosumer size (131×99×75 mm) vs Professional size (137×104×84 mm)
  • Much thinner: 3" vs 3.3"

Significant disadvantages of the DSLR-A300 (vs the DSLR-A560)

  • Much lower true resolution: 10 MP vs 14 MP
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 921k dots
  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"

common strengths of the DSLR-A300 and DSLR-A560

  • Flip-out screens

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSLR-A560 compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has an external mic jack, has a much longer battery life (1050 shots vs 280 shots), focuses automatically (phase detection vs contrast detection), has interchangeable lenses and has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentamirror vs digital).

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (921k dots vs 1,229k dots), is much larger (professional size (137×104×84 mm) vs compact (102×58×41 mm)), has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), takes significantly lower resolution photos (14 MP vs 20 MP) and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (7 fps vs 16 fps).

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III
3 years newer
$510 - $748

Significant advantages of the DSC-RX100 III (vs the DSLR-A560)

  • Much smaller: Compact (102×58×41 mm) vs Professional size (137×104×84 mm)
  • Much thinner: 1.6" vs 3.3"
  • Much lighter: 290 g vs 599 g

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-RX100 III (vs the DSLR-A560)

  • Much shorter battery life: 320 shots vs 1050 shots
  • Lacks an external mic jack
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 III and DSLR-A560

  • Flip-out screens
  • Very long battery life: 320 shots vs 1050 shots
  • Support external flash

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV
4 years newer
$650 - $898

Significant advantages of the DSC-RX100 IV (vs the DSLR-A560)

  • Much smaller: Compact (102×58×41 mm) vs Professional size (137×104×84 mm)
  • Much thinner: 1.6" vs 3.3"
  • Much lighter: 298 g vs 599 g

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-RX100 IV (vs the DSLR-A560)

  • Much shorter battery life: 280 shots vs 1050 shots
  • Lacks an external mic jack
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 IV and DSLR-A560

  • Flip-out screens
  • Great battery life: 280 shots vs 1050 shots
  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSLR-A560 compared to compact competitors include: it has a significantly larger screen (3" vs 1.5"), has a significantly higher resolution screen (921k dots vs 134k dots), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), takes significantly higher resolution photos (14 MP vs 3.1 MP) and much higher maximum light sensitivity (12,800 ISO vs 200 ISO).

However, on average it is much larger (professional size (137×104×84 mm) vs compact (96×50×31 mm)), it's body is not weather sealed, is thicker (3.3" vs 1.1"), is much heavier (599 g vs 162 g) and doesn't have a built-in GPS.

Nikon Coolpix 3700

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6 years older

Significant advantages of the 3700 (vs the DSLR-A560)

  • Much smaller: Compact (96×50×31 mm) vs Professional size (137×104×84 mm)
  • Much thinner: 1.2" vs 3.3"
  • Much lighter: 162 g vs 599 g

Significant disadvantages of the 3700 (vs the DSLR-A560)

  • Much smaller screen: 1.5" vs 3"
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS

common strengths of the 3700 and DSLR-A560

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Viewfinders: Tunnel vs Pentamirror
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/3000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

Panasonic Lumix TS5

Panasonic Lumix TS5
2 years newer
$509

Significant advantages of the TS5 (vs the DSLR-A560)

  • Much smaller: Compact (110×64×29 mm) vs Professional size (137×104×84 mm)
  • Much thinner: 1.1" vs 3.3"
  • Much lighter: 214 g vs 599 g

Significant disadvantages of the TS5 (vs the DSLR-A560)

  • Much shorter battery life: 370 shots vs 1050 shots
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 3,200 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the TS5 and DSLR-A560

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Very long battery life: 370 shots vs 1050 shots

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSLR-A560 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has a slightly higher resolution screen (921k dots vs 768k dots), has a viewfinder (pentamirror vs none), has image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), has an external mic jack and much more lenses available (126 lenses vs 55 lenses).

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a much smaller screen (3" vs 3.3"), takes slightly lower resolution photos (14 MP vs 20 MP), doesn't have a touch screen and doesn't have an OLED screen (LCD vs OLED).

Samsung NX300

Samsung NX300
2 years newer
$699 20-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the NX300 (vs the DSLR-A560)

  • Much larger screen: 3.3" vs 3"
  • Has a touch screen
  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD

Significant disadvantages of the NX300 (vs the DSLR-A560)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentamirror
  • Much shorter battery life: 320 shots vs 1050 shots

common strengths of the NX300 and DSLR-A560

  • None found

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSLR-A560 compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a significantly higher resolution screen (921k dots vs 460k dots), is slightly smaller (professional size (137×104×84 mm) vs large (131×97×126 mm)), takes slightly higher resolution photos (14 MP vs 10.6 MP), significantly higher maximum light sensitivity (12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO) and has a much longer battery life (1050 shots vs 600 shots).

However, on average it doesn't shoot as fast continuously (7 fps vs 11 fps) and is older (august 2010 vs january 2012).

Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR

Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the HS30 EXR (vs the DSLR-A560)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the HS30 EXR (vs the DSLR-A560)

  • Much shorter battery life: 600 shots vs 1050 shots
  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 921k dots
  • Slower autofocus: Hybrid detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the HS30 EXR and DSLR-A560

  • Very long battery life: 600 shots vs 1050 shots
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Light weight: 687 g vs 599 g