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
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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
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
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.59x vs 0.52x
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Around 30% larger viewfinder
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Startup delay Less startup delay 400 ms vs 800 ms
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2x less delay when turning on
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 9 vs 3
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
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
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 1100 shots vs 1050 shots
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Almost the same
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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
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Color depth Better color depth 23.8 bits vs 22.2 bits
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Distinguishes 1.6 more bits of color
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
Weight Lighter 599 g vs 755 g
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More than 20% lighter
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
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
        Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
        Won't autofocus with all lenses
        Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
        60D:96%
        DSLR-A580:95%
        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
        Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
        60D:0.59x
        DSLR-A580:0.52x

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        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
        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 - $648 body only

        $200 - $579 with 18-55mm lens

        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
        Nikon D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $747 body only

        $650 - $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 D7000

        Nikon D7000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $640 body only

        $850 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
        Canon EOS 7D

        Canon EOS 7D

        Pro DSLR

        $999 - $1,199 body only

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

        Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
        Cross type focus points Has slightly more cross-type focus points
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
        Nikon D5200

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $547 body only

        $549 - $647 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

        $319 body only

        $389 - $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 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

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 Competitors

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        Sony SLT-A77

        Sony SLT A77

        Pro DSLR

        $1,103 body only

        $1,298 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?