As well as being compared against other entry-level DSLRs, the Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 is also often compared to pro DSLRs, boutiques, mirrorless, pro digicams and compacts. The Sony Alpha DSLR-A580's top rivals come from Nikon (such as the D90 and the D7000) and Sony (such as the SLT A58 and the SLT-A68)

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSLR-A580 compared to other entry-level DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 24fps), has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.7"), has a much higher resolution screen (921k dots vs 460k dots), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none) and has a screen which flips out.

However, on average it much smaller viewfinder (0.52x vs 0.65x), takes much lower resolution photos (16 MP vs 17.9 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p, has much more startup delay (800 ms vs 400 ms) and has much more shutter lag (295 ms vs 208 ms).

Nikon D90

Nikon D90
2 years older
$449 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D90 (vs the DSLR-A580)

  • Supports 24p
  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.63x vs 0.52x
  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror

Significant disadvantages of the D90 (vs the DSLR-A580)

  • Much lower true resolution: 12.2 MP vs 16 MP
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Shoots much slower: 4.5 fps vs 7 fps

common strengths of the D90 and DSLR-A580

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

Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000
similar age
$602 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D7000 (vs the DSLR-A580)

  • Supports 24p
  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.62x vs 0.52x
  • Weather sealed

Significant disadvantages of the D7000 (vs the DSLR-A580)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Screen does not flip out
  • Heavier: 780 g vs 599 g

common strengths of the D7000 and DSLR-A580

  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Multiple storage slots: 2 vs 2

Sony SLT A58

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

Significant advantages of the SLT A58 (vs the DSLR-A580)

  • Much higher true resolution: 20.1 MP vs 16 MP
  • Supports 24p
  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.65x vs 0.52x

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A58 (vs the DSLR-A580)

  • 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-A580

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

Sony SLT A57

Sony SLT A57
1 year newer
$1,994 (body only)

Significant advantages of the SLT A57 (vs the DSLR-A580)

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.72x vs 0.52x
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A57 (vs the DSLR-A580)

  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2
  • Shorter battery life: 550 shots vs 1050 shots

common strengths of the SLT A57 and DSLR-A580

  • Fast continuous shooting: 12 fps vs 7 fps
  • Flip-out screens
  • Have external mic jacks

Sony SLT A37

Sony SLT A37
1 year newer
$470 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the SLT A37 (vs the DSLR-A580)

  • Much less shutter lag: 109 ms vs 295 ms
  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.71x vs 0.52x
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A37 (vs the DSLR-A580)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 921k dots
  • Much smaller screen: 2.6" vs 3"
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentamirror

common strengths of the SLT A37 and DSLR-A580

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

Canon Rebel T2i

Canon EOS Rebel T2i
6 months older

Significant advantages of the T2i (vs the DSLR-A580)

  • Much higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 16 MP
  • Supports 24p
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 921k dots

Significant disadvantages of the T2i (vs the DSLR-A580)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Shoots much slower: 3.7 fps vs 7 fps
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the T2i and DSLR-A580

  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSLR-A580 compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 24fps), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), lets you preview your photos on the screen, has much less startup delay (800 ms vs 3100 ms) and has a screen which flips out.

However, on average it significantly smaller viewfinder (0.52x vs 0.70x), takes significantly lower resolution photos (16 MP vs 24 MP), it's body is not weather sealed, doesn't record movies in 24p and has a lower quality type of viewfinder (pentamirror vs pentaprism).

Canon EOS 60D

Canon EOS 60D
similar age
$555 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 60D (vs the DSLR-A580)

  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
  • Significantly more lenses available: 220 lenses vs 126 lenses
  • Significantly thinner: 3.1" vs 3.3"

Significant disadvantages of the 60D (vs the DSLR-A580)

  • Shoots significantly slower: 5.3 fps vs 7 fps
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the 60D and DSLR-A580

  • Flip-out screens
  • Fairly small: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Professional size (137×104×84 mm)
  • Light weight: 755 g vs 599 g

Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D
1 year older
$1,099 (body only)
$1,418 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7D (vs the DSLR-A580)

  • Weather sealed
  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
  • Larger viewfinder: 0.62x vs 0.52x

Significant disadvantages of the 7D (vs the DSLR-A580)

  • Screen does not flip out
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2
  • Heavier: 860 g vs 599 g

common strengths of the 7D and DSLR-A580

  • Fairly small: Professional size (148×111×74 mm) vs Professional size (137×104×84 mm)
  • Built-in flashes

Nikon D600

Nikon D600
1 year newer
$1,457 (body only)
$2,172 24-85mm lens

Significant advantages of the D600 (vs the DSLR-A580)

  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.70x vs 0.52x
  • Much higher true resolution: 24.2 MP vs 16 MP

Significant disadvantages of the D600 (vs the DSLR-A580)

  • Screen does not flip out
  • Shoots significantly slower: 5.5 fps vs 7 fps
  • Heavier: 850 g vs 599 g

common strengths of the D600 and DSLR-A580

  • Multiple storage slots: 2 vs 2
  • Built-in flashes

Sony SLT A77

Sony SLT-A77
1 year newer
$1,967 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the SLT A77 (vs the DSLR-A580)

  • Shoots much faster: 12 fps vs 7 fps
  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.72x vs 0.52x
  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 16 MP

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A77 (vs the DSLR-A580)

  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 530 shots vs 1050 shots
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the SLT A77 and DSLR-A580

  • Flip-out screens
  • Fairly small: Professional size (143×104×81 mm) vs Professional size (137×104×84 mm)
  • Light weight: 732 g vs 599 g

Nikon D300S

Nikon D300S
1 year older
$1,755 (body only)
$2,299 18-200mm lens

Significant advantages of the D300S (vs the DSLR-A580)

  • Weather sealed
  • Significantly more lenses available: 230 lenses vs 126 lenses
  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror

Significant disadvantages of the D300S (vs the DSLR-A580)

  • Screen does not flip out
  • Significantly lower true resolution: 12.2 MP vs 16 MP
  • Significantly heavier: 938 g vs 599 g

common strengths of the D300S and DSLR-A580

  • Multiple storage slots: 2 vs 2
  • Built-in flashes

Sony Alpha DSLR-A850

Sony Alpha DSLR-A850
1 year older

Significant advantages of the DSLR-A850 (vs the DSLR-A580)

  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.74x vs 0.52x
  • Much higher true resolution: 24.4 MP vs 16 MP
  • Weather sealed

Significant disadvantages of the DSLR-A850 (vs the DSLR-A580)

  • No live view
  • Shoots much slower: 3 fps vs 7 fps
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the DSLR-A850 and DSLR-A580

  • Multiple storage slots: 2 vs 2

compared toBoutique competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSLR-A580 compared to boutique competitors include: it has a significantly larger screen (3" vs 2.7"), has a slightly higher resolution screen (921k dots vs 460k dots), has interchangeable lenses, has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentamirror vs digital) and has more storage slots (2 vs 1).

However, on average it takes slightly lower resolution photos (16 MP vs 24 MP), much less viewfinder coverage (95% vs 100%) and is older (august 2010 vs november 2015).

Sony SLT-A68

Sony SLT-A68
5 years newer

Significant advantages of the SLT-A68 (vs the DSLR-A580)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SLT-A68 (vs the DSLR-A580)

  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"
  • Built-in lens only
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the SLT-A68 and DSLR-A580

  • Flip-out screens
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Have external mic jacks

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSLR-A580 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentamirror vs none), has image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), has an external mic jack, significantly more lenses available (126 lenses vs 62 lenses) and has a much longer battery life (1050 shots vs 420 shots).

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs UHD @ 30fps), significantly smaller viewfinder (0.52x vs 0.71x), takes slightly lower resolution photos (16 MP vs 24 MP), doesn't have a touch screen and it's body is not weather sealed.

Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000
3 years newer
$498 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A5000 (vs the DSLR-A580)

  • Supports 24p
  • Much smaller: Compact (110×63×36 mm) vs Professional size (137×104×84 mm)
  • Much thinner: 1.4" vs 3.3"

Significant disadvantages of the A5000 (vs the DSLR-A580)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentamirror
  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 921k dots

common strengths of the A5000 and DSLR-A580

  • Each has a built-in flash

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4
3 years newer
$749 - $998 (body only)
$1,524 14-140mm lens

Significant advantages of the DMC-GH4 (vs the DSLR-A580)

  • Higher resolution movies: UHD @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Has a touch screen
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-GH4 (vs the DSLR-A580)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much shorter battery life: 500 shots vs 1050 shots
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the DMC-GH4 and DSLR-A580

  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 126 lenses
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Each has a built-in flash

Sony A7

Sony A7
3 years newer
$798 (body only)
$965 - $998 28-70mm lens

Significant advantages of the A7 (vs the DSLR-A580)

  • Supports 24p
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 921k dots

Significant disadvantages of the A7 (vs the DSLR-A580)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much shorter battery life: 340 shots vs 1050 shots
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the A7 and DSLR-A580

  • Have external mic jacks

Sony NEX 7

Sony NEX-7
1 year newer
$737 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the NEX 7 (vs the DSLR-A580)

  • Supports 24p
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%
  • Significantly higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 16 MP

Significant disadvantages of the NEX 7 (vs the DSLR-A580)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much shorter battery life: 430 shots vs 1050 shots
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the NEX 7 and DSLR-A580

  • Have external mic jacks
  • Each has a built-in flash

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSLR-A580 compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has a built-in flash, much larger viewfinder (0.52x vs 0.26x), has an external mic jack, has a much longer battery life (1050 shots vs 220 shots) and focuses automatically (phase detection vs contrast detection).

However, on average it has a significantly lower resolution screen (921k dots vs 1,229k dots), is slightly larger (professional size (137×104×84 mm) vs compact (63×63×56 mm)), has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), takes slightly lower resolution photos (16 MP vs 20 MP) and much less viewfinder coverage (95% vs 100%).

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX100

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX100
3 years newer
$599

Significant advantages of the DSC-QX100 (vs the DSLR-A580)

  • Significantly smaller: Compact (63×63×56 mm) vs Professional size (137×104×84 mm)
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Significantly lighter: 179 g vs 599 g

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-QX100 (vs the DSLR-A580)

  • Much shorter battery life: 220 shots vs 1050 shots
  • No built-in flash
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the DSC-QX100 and DSLR-A580

  • None found

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10
3 years newer
$798 - $1,097

Significant advantages of the DSC-RX10 (vs the DSLR-A580)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 921k dots
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-RX10 (vs the DSLR-A580)

  • Much shorter battery life: 420 shots vs 1050 shots
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the DSC-RX10 and DSLR-A580

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Flip-out screens
  • Very long battery life: 420 shots vs 1050 shots

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSLR-A580 compared to compact competitors include: it has a significantly larger screen (3" vs 1.5"), has a much higher resolution screen (921k dots vs 110k dots), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), takes much higher resolution photos (16 MP vs 1.9 MP) and much higher maximum light sensitivity (12,800 ISO vs 400 ISO).

However, on average it is much larger (professional size (137×104×84 mm) vs compact (101×64×32 mm)), is thicker (3.3" vs 1.3") and is much heavier (599 g vs 215 g).

Agfa DC-600uw

AgfaPhoto DC-600uw
1 year older

Significant advantages of the DC-600uw (vs the DSLR-A580)

  • Much smaller: Compact (101×61×32 mm) vs Professional size (137×104×84 mm)
  • Much thinner: 1.3" vs 3.3"
  • Much lighter: 161 g vs 599 g

Significant disadvantages of the DC-600uw (vs the DSLR-A580)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Much lower resolution screen: 110k dots vs 921k dots

common strengths of the DC-600uw and DSLR-A580

  • Each has a built-in flash

Canon PowerShot A570 IS

Canon PowerShot A570 IS
3 years older
$380

Significant advantages of the A570 IS (vs the DSLR-A580)

  • Much smaller: Compact (90×64×43 mm) vs Professional size (137×104×84 mm)
  • Much thinner: 1.7" vs 3.3"
  • Much lighter: 215 g vs 599 g

Significant disadvantages of the A570 IS (vs the DSLR-A580)

  • Much shorter battery life: 120 shots vs 1050 shots
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Much lower resolution screen: 115k dots vs 921k dots

common strengths of the A570 IS and DSLR-A580

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Viewfinders: Tunnel vs Pentamirror

Canon PowerShot A60

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7 years older

Significant advantages of the PowerShot A60 (vs the DSLR-A580)

  • Much smaller: Compact (101×64×32 mm) vs Professional size (137×104×84 mm)
  • Much thinner: 1.3" vs 3.3"
  • Much lighter: 315 g vs 599 g

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot A60 (vs the DSLR-A580)

  • 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 PowerShot A60 and DSLR-A580

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Viewfinders: Tunnel vs Pentamirror