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

Nikon D90

Nikon D90
2 years older
$449 (body only)

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the D90 and DSLR-A580

  • None found

Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000
similar age
$602 (body only)

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the D7000 and DSLR-A580

  • None found

Sony SLT A58

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

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the SLT A58 and DSLR-A580

  • None found

Sony SLT A57

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

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the SLT A57 and DSLR-A580

  • None found

Sony SLT A37

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

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the SLT A37 and DSLR-A580

  • None found

Canon Rebel T2i

Canon EOS Rebel T2i
6 months older

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the T2i and DSLR-A580

  • None found

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Canon EOS 60D

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

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the 60D and DSLR-A580

  • None found

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)

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the 7D and DSLR-A580

  • None found

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)

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the D600 and DSLR-A580

  • None found

Sony SLT A77

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

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the SLT A77 and DSLR-A580

  • None found

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)

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the D300S and DSLR-A580

  • None found

Sony Alpha DSLR-A850

Sony Alpha DSLR-A850
1 year older

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the DSLR-A850 and DSLR-A580

  • None found

compared toBoutique competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSLR-A580 compared to boutique competitors include: it has a much 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)

  • Much 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 doesn't shoot as fast continuously (7 fps vs 10 fps).

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX100

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

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

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)

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the DSC-RX10 and DSLR-A580

  • None found

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSLR-A580 compared to compact competitors include: it has a much 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 lighter: 161 g vs 599 g
  • Much thinner: 1.3" vs 3.3"

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

  • Much smaller screen: 2.4" vs 3"
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS

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

  • None found

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 lighter: 215 g vs 599 g
  • Much thinner: 1.7" vs 3.3"

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

  • Much shorter battery life: 120 shots vs 1050 shots
  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS

common strengths of the A570 IS and DSLR-A580

  • 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

  • Viewfinders: Tunnel vs Pentamirror