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

Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

Winner
Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

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Canon EOS 60D

66

Canon EOS 60D

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

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

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 60D

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay
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
 

differences

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
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
Startup delay
Less startup delay
400 ms vs 800 ms
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2x less delay when turning on
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
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
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
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
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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
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
80.0 vs 66.0
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More than 20% better image quality
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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
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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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              60D:9
              DSLR-A580:15
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              60D:17.9 MP
              DSLR-A580:16 MP
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              60D:APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
              DSLR-A580:APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              60D:0.59x
              DSLR-A580:0.52x

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              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 body only

              $1,129 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

              $679 - $1,025 with 18-55mm lens

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 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
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,499 body only

              $1,099 - $1,978 with 28-135mm lens

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 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 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 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

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $699 body only

              $597 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Overall image quality Worse image quality

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $398 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $549 body only

              $998 - $1,300 with 16-50mm lens

              Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              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?