Updated (February, 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 650D vs Sony SLT A58

Sony SLT A57

Winner
Sony SLT A57

70

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Canon EOS 600D

58

Canon EOS 600D

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A57

Great image quality
Overall image quality
75.0
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 60fps
Great color depth
Color depth
23.4 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 600D

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,040k dots
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Sensor cleaning
Self cleaning sensor
Avoids dust in your photos
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon 600D

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Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentamirror vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
197 lenses vs 123 lenses
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More than 60% more lenses available
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
True resolution
Higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 16 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Lowest price
Cheaper
$491.04 vs $605.14
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The best price we've seen is $114 cheaper (around 20% less)
Weight
Lighter
570 g vs 618 g
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Around 10% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
3.1" vs 3.2"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Sony SLT A57

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Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
12 fps vs 3.7 fps
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More than 3x faster continuous shooting
Movie format
Lower frame rate movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
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Both shoot Full HD (1080p) video, but 600D does so at a lower frame rate
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Phase detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Viewfinder size
Much larger viewfinder
0.72x vs 0.53x
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Around 90% larger viewfinder
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13 EV vs 11.5 EV
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1.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
75.0 vs 65.0
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Around 20% better image quality
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Color depth
Better color depth
23.4 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 1.3 more bits of color
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Sensor size
Much larger sensor
APS-C 23.5x15.6mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
Viewfinder coverage
Significantly better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
16,000 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The SLT A57's maximum light sensitivity is 1.3 f-stops better
Battery life
Longer battery life
550 shots vs 440 shots
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Around 30% more shots per battery charge
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The SLT A57's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
Focus points
More focus points
15 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
3 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              600D:3.1"
              SLT A57:3.2"
              Size Large Help
              600D:133x99x79 mm
              SLT A57:132x98x81 mm
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              600D:1
              SLT A57:3
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              600D:793 ISO
              SLT A57:785 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 700D

              Canon EOS 700D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Color depth Has significantly less color depth
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $310 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $469 body only

              $429 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $697 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $1,000 body only

              $959 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Startup delay Has much less startup delay
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Canon EOS 650D

              Canon EOS 650D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $720 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Color depth Has significantly less color depth

              Canon EOS 600D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $429 body only

              $498 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon EOS 100D

              Canon EOS 100D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,099 with 18-135mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Color depth Worse color depth

              Sony SLT A57 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT-A65

              Sony SLT A65

              Entry-level DSLR

              $704 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              GPS Has a GPS
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $549 body only

              $1,000 - $1,698 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Size Significantly larger
              Weight Heavier
              Sony SLT-A37

              Sony SLT-A37

              Entry-level DSLR

              $440 - $479 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Smaller
              Weight Lighter
              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Sony SLT-A55

              Sony SLT-A55

              Entry-level DSLR

              $530 body only

              GPS Has a GPS
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              Supports 24p No 24p support

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