Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 vs Canon EOS 60D

Sony Alpha DSLR-A580


Canon EOS 60D



Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

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

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

Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300

Entry-level DSLR

$396 - $597 body only

$466 - $697 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Screen size Significantly larger screen
Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
Sony SLT A58

Sony SLT A58

Entry-level DSLR

$627 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
Sony SLT-A77

Sony SLT A77


$900 body only

$1,200 with 16-50mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Startup delay Much more startup delay

Canon EOS 60D Competitors

Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i

Entry-level DSLR

$431 - $649 body only

$550 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

HDR Has in-camera HDR
Autofocus Video autofocus
Color depth Worse color depth
Canon EOS 80D

Canon EOS 80D

Entry-level DSLR

$1,099 body only

$1,152 - $1,499 with 18-135mm lens

Weather sealed Weather sealed
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D


$615 - $899 body only

$869 - $999 with 18-55mm lens

Autofocus Video autofocus
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Startup delay More startup delay


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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?