Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 70D vs Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

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Canon EOS 60D

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Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

Overall image quality
Great image quality
80.0
Color depth
Great color depth
23.8 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.3 EV
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 60D

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Battery life
Great battery life
1100 shots
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
 
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Advantages of the Canon 60D

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Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
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
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.59x vs 0.52x
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Around 30% larger viewfinder
Startup delay Less startup delay 400 ms vs 800 ms
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2x less delay when turning on
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 9 vs 3
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 253 ms vs 295 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
True resolution Higher true resolution 17.9 MP vs 16 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Viewfinder coverage Better viewfinder coverage 96% vs 95%
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Almost the same
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 3.3"
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Around 10% thinner
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $199.95 vs $749.00
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The best price we've seen is $549 cheaper (3.7x less)
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Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.3 EV vs 11.5 EV
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1.8 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 80.0 vs 66.0
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More than 20% better image quality
Color depth Better color depth 23.8 bits vs 22.2 bits
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Distinguishes 1.6 more bits of color
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
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
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,121 ISO vs 813 ISO
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The DSLR-A580 has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 7 fps vs 5.3 fps
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More than 30% 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
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The DSLR-A580's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Focus points Slightly more focus points 15 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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 599 g vs 755 g
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More than 20% lighter
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The DSLR-A580's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
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              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
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              60D:96%
              DSLR-A580:95%
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              60D:9
              DSLR-A580:15
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              60D:APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
              DSLR-A580:APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              60D:17.9 MP
              DSLR-A580:16 MP
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              60D:253 ms
              DSLR-A580:295 ms

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              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 body only

              $200 - $1,249 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $774 body only

              $200 - $729 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,399 body only

              $1,299 - $1,729 with 18-135mm lens

              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Cross type focus points Has slightly more cross-type focus points
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $623 - $1,257 body only

              $833 - $1,150 with 18-105mm lens

              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 body only

              $697 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $329 - $567 body only

              $477 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life

              Canon EOS 60D Competitors

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              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $200 - $1,148 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Weather sealed No weather sealing

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              Sony SLT-A55

              Sony SLT-A55

              Entry-level DSLR

              $699 body only

              $799 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
              GPS Has a GPS
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $1,398 - $1,700 with 16-50mm 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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              Edi Stoica (6:33 PM, March 07, 2012)
              I have a580 and I can tell you this: I hate the fact that this is the last dSLR that Sony will make. There are no plans for other dSLRs, only dSLTs. So it's the end of a line. And, like another negative point, there is not even one firmware up-date for a580 to correct some minor bugs semnalated by users.
              And there are some other "facilities" that I'm missing at my Sony: no ISO in viewfinder, no spot AEL, no medium or small RAW files (only full resolution), no after shooting in-camera RAW conversion. 
              I'm sorry that I'm talking only about negative points of Sony a580 but I have no exeperience with Canon 60D to compare, only that I have seen on reviews and comparations like this one. And, after I get my a580 I was pretty dissapointed about it.
               
              Lamboram (10:21 PM, January 08, 2012)
              The couple of hundred dollars you pay more is just for the name CANON.. Sony beats it in every single field other than that.. in fact better sensor, better low light. better handling and moreover better performance at an affordable price.. this should be pro camera with APS-C sized sensor. I own it and I am really really really proud and satisfied with it.. 
               
              Marco Bolpagni (7:22 PM, August 23, 2011)
              I'm using a Canon 60d and i'm planning to buy an a580 beccasse 60d's images are not good as i aspected. However 60d has got a stunning viewfinder with pentaprism which is really better than the a580's pentamirror viewfinder.
               
              Jordan P. (7:33 AM, August 03, 2011)
              I don't understand what classifies the 60D as a Pro-Dslr, while the a580, outperforming the 60D in many aspects, is still considered entry-level. Any explanations?


              Reason is, I'm currently saving up for either of these two. The price and picture quality all seem to point to the a580, but is there something missing here that makes the 60D worth that extra couple of hundred dollars?