Canon EOS 6D vs Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

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Canon EOS 6D

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

73

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 6D

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,340 ISO
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.71x
High ISO
Light sensitivity
25,600 ISO
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.3 EV
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama

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differences

Advantages of the Canon 6D

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Low light performance
Significantly lower noise at high ISO
2,340 ISO vs 1,121 ISO
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The 6D has excellent image quality: 1.1 f-stops higher ISO than the DSLR-A580
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Viewfinder size
Much larger viewfinder
0.71x vs 0.52x
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More than 80% larger viewfinder
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The 6D's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Lens availability
More lenses available
165 lenses vs 126 lenses
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More than 30% more lenses available
Startup delay
Less startup delay
500 ms vs 800 ms
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Around 40% less delay when turning on
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
82.0 vs 80.0
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Almost the same
True resolution
Higher true resolution
20.9 MP vs 16 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Thickness
Much thinner
2.8" vs 3.3"
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Around 20% thinner
Viewfinder coverage
Better viewfinder coverage
97% vs 95%
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Almost the same
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
102,400 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
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The 6D's boost ISO is 4 f-stops better
Size
Slightly smaller
145×111×71 mm vs 137×104×84 mm
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Sony DSLR-A580

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.3 EV vs 12.1 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
7 fps vs 4.5 fps
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Around 60% faster continuous shooting
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
15 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Weight
Lighter
599 g vs 770 g
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More than 20% lighter
Cross type focus points
Slightly more cross-type focus points
3 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
1050 shots vs 980 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$1,123.21 vs $1,269.00
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The best price we've seen is $146 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths

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              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              6D290 ms
              DSLR-A580295 ms
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              6D97%
              DSLR-A58095%
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              6D1
              DSLR-A5803
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              6D11
              DSLR-A58015
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen size Very small screens Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 body only

              $1,019 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $724 body only

              $929 with 18-135mm lens

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Thickness Is thicker
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $485 - $649 body only

              $587 - $699 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $578 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder
              Lens availability Significantly fewer lenses available
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $649 body only

              $718 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon EOS 6D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $2,240 - $2,499 body only

              $2,800 - $3,099 with 24-105mm lens

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,038 body only

              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,499 body only

              $1,800 - $1,849 with 18-135mm lens

              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,295 - $1,497 body only

              $1,649 - $1,997 with 24-85mm lens

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $1,997 body only

              $2,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $448 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $400 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $368 body only

              $640 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 body only

              $1,499 with 18-135mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder

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