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

Sony SLT A57 vs Canon EOS 600D

Winner
Sony SLT A57

70

Canon EOS 600D

58

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A57

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 60fps
Great color depth
Color depth
23.4 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13 EV
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.72x
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 600D

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,040k dots
Sensor cleaning
Self cleaning sensor
Avoids dust in your photos
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look

galleries

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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
$514.67 vs $607.92
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The best price we've seen is $93 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
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
Movie format
Higher 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
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13 EV vs 11.5 EV
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1.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality
Better image quality
75.0 vs 65.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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
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 2.6 f-stops better
Battery life
Longer battery life
550 shots vs 440 shots
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Around 30% more shots per battery charge
Focus points
More focus points
15 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Cross type focus points
Slightly more cross-type focus points
3 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The SLT A57's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
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recommendations

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
              600D3.1"
              SLT A573.2"
              Size Large Help
              600D133×100×80 mm
              SLT A57132×98×81 mm
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              600D1
              SLT A573
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              600D17.9 MP
              SLT A5716 MP
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              600D6,400 ISO
              SLT A5716,000 ISO
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              600D793 ISO
              SLT A57785 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 700D

              Canon EOS 700D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $776 with 18-55mm, 55-250mm lenses

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Color depth Has slightly less color depth
              Canon EOS 1200D

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $339 body only

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $300 - $547 body only

              $379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly 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 D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $413 - $497 body only

              $489 - $550 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

              $649 - $699 body only

              $929 - $1,199 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

              $677 body only

              $477 - $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
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $368 body only

              $479 - $640 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon EOS 600D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 100D

              Canon EOS 100D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $510 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Color depth Worse color depth

              Sony SLT A57 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT-A65

              Sony SLT A65

              Entry-level DSLR

              $580 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

              $1,238 - $1,345 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Size Significantly larger
              Lowest price Much more expensive
              Sony SLT-A55

              Sony SLT-A55

              Entry-level DSLR

              GPS Has a GPS
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Movie format Lower frame rate movies
              Sony SLT-A37

              Sony SLT-A37

              Entry-level DSLR

              Size Smaller
              Weight Lighter
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen size Much smaller screen

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