Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 vs Canon EOS 60D

Sony Alpha DSLR-A580


Canon EOS 60D



Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
1,121 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
Great color depth
Color depth
23.8 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.3 EV

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 60D

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay
Great viewfinder
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second


Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 60D.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Alpha DSLR-A580.


Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 Competitors

Sony SLT A58

Sony SLT A58

Entry-level DSLR

$632 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
Low light performance Much more noise at high ISO
Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

Entry-level DSLR

Thickness Significantly thinner
Size Smaller
Low light performance Much more noise at high ISO
Nikon Coolpix P90

Nikon Coolpix P90

Super zoom


Image stabilization Better image stabilization
Size Smaller
Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder

Canon EOS 60D Competitors

Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i

Entry-level DSLR

$449 - $649 body only

$537 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

Touch screen Has a touch screen
Size Smaller
Overall image quality Much worse image quality
Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D


$999 body only

$1,129 with 28-135mm lens

Weather sealed Weather sealed
Viewfinder coverage Significantly better viewfinder coverage
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i

Entry-level DSLR

$515 body only

$752 with 18-135mm lens

Size Smaller
Weight Lighter
Overall image quality Much worse image quality


Sony Alpha DSLR-A580
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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?