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

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V vs Sony SLT A57

Winner
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

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Sony SLT A57

50

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

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

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A57

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
12 fps
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
100%

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
Slightly cheaper
$333.69 vs $543.29
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The best price we've seen is $210 cheaper (around 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
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
True resolution
Higher true resolution
16 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Capture around 70% more detail in your photos
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-HX200VTunnel
              SLT A57Digital
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              DSC-HX200V583 g
              SLT A57618 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              DSC-HX200V3.7"
              SLT A573.2"
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              DSC-HX200V9
              SLT A5715
              Size Large Help
              DSC-HX200V122x87x93 mm
              SLT A57132x98x81 mm
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $412 - $448 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $290 body only

              $379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $539 body only

              $549 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $997 body only

              $1,170 - $1,297 with 18-140mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $365 - $398

              Zoom More zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Size Larger
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Super zoom

              $299

              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $448 - $473

              Zoom More zoom
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $342 - $606

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $329 - $430

              Zoom More zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

              Sony SLT A57 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT-A65

              Sony SLT A65

              Entry-level DSLR

              $553 - $907 body only

              $633 - $634 with 18-55mm lens

              GPS Has a GPS
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Sony SLT-A55

              Sony SLT-A55

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,736 with 18-55mm lens

              GPS Has a GPS
              Size Slightly smaller
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $1,238 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

              $373 - $541 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Slightly smaller
              Weight Lighter
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 body only

              $647 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Autofocus Slower video autofocus
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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