Canon EOS 7D vs Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

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Canon EOS 7D

100

Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

99

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 7D

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
8 fps
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
400 ms startup delay
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Battery life
Great battery life
1050 shots
Storage slots
More storage slots
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galleries

Explore our gallery of 43 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 7D.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Alpha DSLR-A580.

competitors

Canon EOS 7D Competitors

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D

Pro DSLR

$1,877 with 18-135mm lens

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Continuous shooting Shoots slower
Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D

Pro DSLR

$999 - $1,499 body only

$1,330 - $1,899 with 24-105mm lens

Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
True resolution Higher true resolution
Continuous shooting Shoots much slower
Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Pro DSLR

$949 - $1,399 body only

$1,275 - $1,799 with 18-135mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Focus points Many more focus points
Battery life Shorter battery life

Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 Competitors

Nikon D90

Nikon D90

Entry-level DSLR

$449 body only

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000

Entry-level DSLR

$602 body only

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Weather sealed Weather sealed
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Sony SLT A58

Sony SLT A58

Entry-level DSLR

$330 body only

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
Screen size Much smaller screen

discussion

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Lamboram (11:51 AM, May 13, 2012)
Hi, I have tried all the Canon 60D, 7D, and Sony A580. I must say, the Sony's color depth and the IQ is really good. I use Sigma 17-70 HSM lens. Mind you, the light has to come through the glass for your camera to record it. This means a better glass will help you unlock the true potential of the camera. Try changing your lens to something better, and I am sure you will enjoy your A580.. I have mine for more than 1 year with almost 100k pictures, its an amazing camera mate.. Happy Clicking..
 
Tuncsagdic (4:04 PM, April 21, 2012)
i guess the most important things to compare digital cameras is color depth, image quality. so the a580 should be better then the 7d. also sony has more dynamic range and high iso performance, so why the 7d better? i have a580 for 5 months but its image quality is not like on the paper of the features. i use it with dt 18-55 lens, maybe it can be reason. 
 
Tumcsagdic (6:06 AM, April 15, 2012)
please answer me

i guess the most important things to compare digital cameras is color depth, image quality. so the a580 should be better then the 7d. also sony has more dynamic range and high iso performance, so why the 7d better? i have a580 for 5 months but its image quality is not like on the paper of the features. i use it with dt 18-55 lens, maybe it can be reason. 
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (4:46 AM, February 01, 2012)
Hi Sjerg, the points for popularity are small, the 7D gets more points for other advantages like more cross-type focus points, larger and higher quality viewfinder, less shutter lag, etc.
 
Sjerg (3:15 AM, February 01, 2012)
So sony has better IQ, better colour ,  more dynamic range, larger sensor  among many other advantages but canon winsb because is more popular?
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (2:34 PM, March 26, 2011)
Hi Job, thanks for that link. We're only counting lens you can purchase today. Are those lens available for sale?
 
Job (11:02 AM, March 26, 2011)
@ Snapsort here is the list of Minolta Lenses and all the data you'll need. there are sony lens chart as well: http://www.mhohner.de/sony-minolta/lenses.php
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (1:32 AM, March 13, 2011)
Hi Guilherme, currently Snapsort counts # of lenses available for sale for each mount. It sounds like you're suggesting that instead (or as well) we could count # of lenses ever made for each mount. That might be useful. We think the # of lenses available for sale is fairly useful, so we're going to stick with that for now.

(Or, are you saying we're not counting some lenses that are available for sale that we should be counting?)
 
Guilherme (7:57 PM, March 12, 2011)
Hi Snapsort, if you look at the dyxum site (www.dyxum.com) counting all the lenses, there are much mora than 100 lenses for the sony A-mount
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (1:32 PM, February 18, 2011)
Hi Mcaldo, so your point is that there are a number of older lenses that will also work with the camera, and this applies to any manufacturer (Minolta or Nikon etc).

I agree. We chose to just count lenses available for sale, that way someone considering buying a camera gets a sense of how many lenses there are on the market they could select from to go with their camera.

Does that make sense? Is there a way we can improve this?
 
Mcaldo36 (7:07 AM, February 18, 2011)
96 from Sony you hav to consider the minolta lenses that will fit sony. its like the nikon system , they can use old AF lenses with current diigital bodies.
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (2:25 PM, February 06, 2011)
Hi Mcaldo, I think you've got a point, we'll revisit that number. Our sister site LensHero has 96 lenses available for the Sony Alpha mount, does that sound correct to you? Are we missing any/many?
 
Mcaldo36 (0:21 PM, February 06, 2011)
i find it idiotic to only put up 56 lenses for sony, they adopted the A mount meaning that 56 plus all the other minolta lenses, im pretty sure that obliterates canon's 146