Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 70D vs Sony SLT A58

Canon EOS 60D

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Canon EOS 60D

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Sony SLT A57

62

Sony SLT A57

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 60D

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
Battery life
Great battery life
1100 shots
 

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A57

Color depth
Great color depth
23.4 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13 EV
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.72x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon 60D

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Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder Pentaprism vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 197 lenses vs 123 lenses
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More than 60% more lenses available
Battery life Longer battery life 1100 shots vs 550 shots
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2x more shots per battery charge
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 9 vs 3
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Grab focus in difficult situations
True resolution Higher true resolution 17.9 MP vs 16 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Thickness Thinner 3.1" vs 3.2"
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Almost the same
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $199.95 vs $845.69
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The best price we've seen is $646 cheaper (4.2x less)
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Advantages of the Sony SLT A57

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Dynamic range More dynamic range 13 EV vs 11.5 EV
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1.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Autofocus Video autofocus Phase detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Overall image quality Better image quality 75.0 vs 66.0
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More than 10% better image quality
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Continuous shooting Shoots much faster 12 fps vs 5.3 fps
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Around 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder 0.72x vs 0.59x
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Around 50% larger viewfinder
Color depth Better color depth 23.4 bits vs 22.2 bits
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Distinguishes 1.2 more bits of color
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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 96%
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Almost the same
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
Focus points Slightly more focus points 15 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Size Smaller 132x98x81 mm vs 145x106x79 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Sensor size Slightly larger sensor APS-C 23.5x15.6mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
Weight Lighter 618 g vs 755 g
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Around 20% lighter
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
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              60D:9
              SLT A57:15
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              60D:APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
              SLT A57:APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              60D:17.9 MP
              SLT A57:16 MP
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              60D:813 ISO
              SLT A57:785 ISO
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              60D:66.0
              SLT A57:75.0

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,231 body only

              $200 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $200 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $648 body only

              $200 - $579 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $650 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $640 body only

              $850 with 18-105mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 body only

              $549 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 body only

              $389 - $506 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out

              Canon EOS 60D Competitors

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              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,199 body only

              $1,099 - $1,530 with 28-135mm lens

              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen

              Sony SLT A57 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT-A65

              Sony SLT A65

              Entry-level DSLR

              $675 body only

              $772 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              GPS Has a GPS
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Sony SLT-A55

              Sony SLT-A55

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,073 body only

              $1,060 with 18-55mm lens

              GPS Has a GPS
              Weight Lighter
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $1,398 body only

              $1,298 with 16-50mm lens

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

              Sony SLT-A37

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $479 with 18-55mm lens

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

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              Kavi (8:45 AM, July 22, 2014)
              If you use the canon 60D in the right way (ie shooting manual mode) and use the right lenses, its a better camera as you get better image quality with it. I don't like its video fuctions..it sucks. I've used both, Sony cams generally has slower autofocus, really great image colour which I admire but that's something I can correct on lightroom with other cameras. its all about image quality..
               
              Sharath (7:28 PM, January 20, 2014)
              So true Nandish...
              I own an A57 and it is a beast when it comes to low light video performance...
              The Focus Peaking itself kicks every other counterpoint out...
              Also when you say that there are more no: of lenses available for Canon...that is just dumb...the ones that you expect to be used by semi-pro users...they both have them...
              Then comes the fact that with Canon you have to go for expensive lenses with stabilization...not an issue AT ALL with the A57...the cheapest of lenses from Tamron etc work wonders...Sensor Shift Stabilization baby...
              I would any given day pick up a SONY Alpha Series...
               
              Avatar for Nandish Punter Nandish Punter (8:50 AM, September 03, 2013)
              How do you decide Canon 60D is winner when STL 57 has so many advantages over Canon. Apart from a bigger body , better battery, shutter speed and of course, the choice of lenses, technically SLT A57 is a better buy
               
              0_o (10:53 PM, March 04, 2013)
              it's weather sealed indeed .
               
              anoop (7:33 AM, December 05, 2012)
              i dont think canon 60d is weather sealed