Updated (February, 2013): Compare the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300 vs Sony SLT A58

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

Winner
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

60

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Sony SLT A57

53

Sony SLT A57

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
 

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A57

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
12 fps
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 

differences

Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX200V

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GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Size
Slightly smaller
122x87x93 mm vs 132x98x81 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Weight
Slightly lighter
583 g vs 618 g
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Around 10% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$337.09 vs $607.92
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The best price we've seen is $271 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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Advantages of the Sony SLT A57

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Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Sensor size
Significantly larger sensor
APS-C 23.5x15.6mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
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More than 13x larger sensor
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
16 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Capture around 70% more detail in your photos
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
16,000 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The SLT A57's maximum light sensitivity is 3.3 f-stops better
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Battery life
Longer battery life
550 shots vs 450 shots
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More than 20% more shots per battery charge
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
12 fps vs 10 fps
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20% faster continuous shooting
Thickness
Thinner
3.2" vs 3.7"
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More than 10% thinner
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
15 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The SLT A57's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              921k dots
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              DSC-HX200V:Tunnel
              SLT A57:Digital
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              DSC-HX200V:583 g
              SLT A57:618 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              DSC-HX200V:3.7"
              SLT A57:3.2"
              Size Large Help
              DSC-HX200V:122x87x93 mm
              SLT A57:132x98x81 mm
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              DSC-HX200V:9
              SLT A57:15
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $360 - $378 body only

              $429 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $398

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Size Larger
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $349 - $399

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $468

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Larger
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Super zoom

              $604

              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $350 - $598

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Zoom Less zoom

              Sony SLT A57 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $398 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony SLT-A65

              Sony SLT A65

              Entry-level DSLR

              $704 with 18-55mm lens

              GPS Has a GPS
              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $549 body only

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

              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              GPS Has a GPS
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Sony SLT-A37

              Sony SLT-A37

              Entry-level DSLR

              $464 - $479 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Slightly smaller
              Weight Lighter
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Sony SLT-A55

              Sony SLT-A55

              Entry-level DSLR

              $530 body only

              GPS Has a GPS
              Size Slightly smaller
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Battery life Shorter battery life

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