Updated (August 2011): Compare the Canon EOS 60D vs Sony SLT-A65

Sony SLT-A55 vs Canon EOS 60D

Winner
Sony SLT-A55

72

Canon EOS 60D

63

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT-A55

Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
12.4 EV
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.72x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
10 fps
 

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
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
Battery life
Great battery life
1100 shots

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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
Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Lens availability
Much more lenses available
220 lenses vs 126 lenses
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More than 70% more lenses available
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
1100 shots vs 330 shots
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Around 3.5x more shots per battery charge
Startup delay
Less startup delay
400 ms vs 900 ms
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2.2x 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
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
9 vs 3
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Thickness
Thinner
3.1" vs 3.3"
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Around 10% thinner
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 16 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Sony SLT-A55

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Phase detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.4 EV vs 11.5 EV
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1.2 f-stops more dynamic range
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.72x vs 0.59x
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Around 50% larger viewfinder
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
10 fps vs 5.3 fps
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Around 90% faster continuous shooting
Overall image quality
Better image quality
73.0 vs 66.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Color depth
Better color depth
23 bits vs 22.2 bits
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Distinguishes 0.8 more bits of color
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
220 ms vs 253 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The SLT-A55's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Size
Smaller
124×92×85 mm vs 145×106×79 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
15 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Weight
Significantly lighter
500 g vs 755 g
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More than 30% lighter
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The SLT-A55's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Lowest price
Cheaper
$436.43 vs $859.00
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The best price we've seen is $423 cheaper (around 50% less)
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Common Weaknesses
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
              1
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              60D3.1"
              SLT-A553.3"
              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
              60D9
              SLT-A5515
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              60D17.9 MP
              SLT-A5516 MP
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              60D6,400 ISO
              SLT-A5512,800 ISO
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3"
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              60D813 ISO
              SLT-A55816 ISO
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              60D66.0
              SLT-A5573.0

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $490 - $649 body only

              $581 - $699 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Canon Kiss X5

              Canon Kiss X5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $480 - $647 body only

              $549 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $405 - $497 body only

              $479 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $325 body only

              $360 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $755 with 18-105mm lens

              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon EOS 60D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $999 body only

              $919 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $840 body only

              $1,099 - $1,138 with 18-135mm lens

              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Canon EOS Rebel T6i

              Canon EOS Rebel T6i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 body only

              $849 with 18-55mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,269 - $1,399 body only

              $1,799 with 24-105mm lens

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Lens availability Significantly fewer lenses available

              Sony SLT-A55 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $498 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Battery life Longer battery life
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Sony SLT A57

              Sony SLT A57

              Entry-level DSLR

              $559 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Size Slightly larger
              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 body only

              $1,499 with 18-135mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Size Larger
              Sony SLT-A65

              Sony SLT A65

              Entry-level DSLR

              $593 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO

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              kenny (0:34 AM, December 22, 2011)
              Okay! people The SLT A55v it's in a class of it's own... like the bugatti veyronIt does everything you can imagine and brings them to life 3D for real.....  The only problem is it's better them the others and there not happy... but I LMFAO For the people how doesn't like  what Sony's doing well this is what I say; YOU CAN'T STOP TECHNOLOGY IT'S GONNA  EVOLVE WITH OR WITHOUT YOU....And stop criticizing  what you don't understand.... we all have our own opinion on thing respect my opinion an I'll respect yours it's just that simple.ANYWAY'S THE A55 IT'S AMAZING  ALOT OF FUN, BE CAREFUL YOU CAN GET VERY VERY ATTACHED ..... AND THE CANON IT'S REALLY REALLY COOL I HAD THE CHANCE TO PLAY WITH IT...  BUT OVER ALL I LIKE SONY BEST  JUST MY OPINION!  
               
              Marco K.L.Choi (0:29 PM, July 16, 2011)
              I think the Canon just won that is the popular brand only!
               
              Avatar for Niall M Niall M (9:59 AM, July 01, 2011)
              My wife has a 60D and I have the Sony SLT A55 - both are good but the Sony is better for video and the Canon has a slight edge in resolution. Sony is lighter and more compact. Canon is more chunky. Sony has a viewfinder image at all times, which is great for video in bright places where the Canon screen becomes unusable....and has faster frames per second and more efficient video compression... So a bit of six and a half dozen which is better... depends what you are doing with it.
               
              Avatar for Niall M Niall M (9:54 AM, July 01, 2011)
              How about selling your cameras and giving the money to a good cause instead of letting them collect dust? This posting is definitely the dumbest thing I have read on this site, and that's saying something, because MOST of the posts are unbelievably banal.
               
              Lamboram (8:28 AM, May 10, 2011)
              This is what i call Acceptance to change.. Sony has brought in a new technology challenging enough to overtake to accuracy and quality of market leaders. Now don't get me wrong, apart from still photos and videos[Which SLT-A55 does the best], it has many other things Panorama, 3D, light weight, still 92 different lenses to select from, HDR, better stabilization and more.. Now I agree Canon's are the kings of business for years, but people its time for the change. Wait for couple of more months, Sony is revealing the A77, the next generation SLTs.. Canon and Nikon should be ready to face that.. I have tried Nikon D7000, Canon 60D and SLT A55.. I m not saying Sony is the best, but its an overall Camera.. I m buying one, cuz its not compromising the image quality nor my budget !!!
               
              Andrek60 (11:27 PM, April 26, 2011)
              If you're relying on a piece of technology to get incentive to be creative, then you're a sad sad man. Incentive comes from within
               
              Antoiuckristian (4:58 PM, April 13, 2011)
              CANON IS THE BEST!!!! ALL THE WAY))
               
              Antoiuckristian (4:57 PM, April 13, 2011)
              I completly agree with you))) I have got Canon eos 60d It's Great Camera!!!
               
              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (3:13 PM, March 19, 2011)
              Hi Deo, thanks for checking out the site.

              What happened here is we made categories for the cameras BEFORE Sony created this new line of SLT cameras, and we haven't yet made a category just for them, so we put them with the mirrorless cameras instead of the DSLR cameras, though I agree they are neither mirrorless nor DSLRs.
               
              Deo (2:03 PM, March 19, 2011)
              THIS IS BS, this review should not be taken with a grain of salt, the A55 is not a mirrorless camera, idiots....
               
              Louis (6:44 PM, January 12, 2011)
              I have minolta 7,sony a300,a500 which I hardly use,so still I'm hoping for a camera that will give me
              the incetive to go out and shoot. Maybe the sony a55t will give me that goal. I am considering buying it and hoping it will not connect dust in my closit.
               
              Tama (2:20 PM, January 02, 2011)
              For those who thinks that the new Sony cameras comes from the scratch, just one thing, you are totally wrong. Sony bought years ago one of top Japan brand specialized in the camera market, which one? Konica Minolta. I'm a regular user of Konica minolta cameras and all my old lenses works with this new "non reflex" cameras, that have a new system of translucent mirror. So, finally, yes Canon is the new King but Sony made its own movements to reclaim its natural position on the market.
               
              Skippdill (0:33 PM, December 26, 2010)
              what a ridiculous argument to support canon.sony makes world class video cameras for years
               
              Avatar for Mark Feeney Mark Feeney (2:14 PM, November 12, 2010)
              Agreed that Canon is much better known for their cameras than Sony. However, to be fair, Canon also makes lots of stuff: printers, calculators, scanners, projectors, security systems, binoculars, etc.
               
              The Don (10:21 AM, November 12, 2010)
              canon 60D all the way... come on, its a canon, they specialise in cameras... sony makes everything... jack of all trades is master of none