Updated (February 2013): Compare the Sony SLT A57 vs Sony SLT A58

Sony SLT A57 vs Sony SLT A58

Winner
Sony SLT A57

70

Sony SLT A58

61

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A57

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 60fps
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.72x
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
12 fps
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A58

Battery life
Great battery life
690 shots
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.65x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
8 fps

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differences

Advantages of the Sony SLT A57

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Movie format
Lower frame rate movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
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Both shoot Full HD (1080p) video, but SLT A57 does so at a higher frame rate
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Screen size
Much larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
12 fps vs 8 fps
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50% faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.72x vs 0.65x
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More than 20% larger viewfinder
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
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13 EV vs 12.5 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
785 ISO vs 753 ISO
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The SLT A57 has a slight edge (0.1 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
75.0 vs 74.0
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Sony SLT A58

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True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
20.1 MP vs 16 MP
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Capture around 30% more detail in your photos
Battery life
Longer battery life
690 shots vs 550 shots
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Around 30% more shots per battery charge
Size
Smaller
129×95×78 mm vs 132×98×81 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Weight
Lighter
492 g vs 618 g
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More than 20% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
3.1" vs 3.2"
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Cheaper
$498.00 vs $558.96
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The best price we've seen is $61 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Autofocus Both use faster phase detection video autofocus which is uncommon Help
              fast and accurate
              Viewfinder size Large viewfinder size Help
              SLT A570.72x
              SLT A580.65x
              Continuous shooting Very fast continuous shooting Help
              SLT A5712 fps
              SLT A588 fps
              Panorama Both have in-camera panoramic stitching, many cameras like these don't Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Sensor shift
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SLT A573.2"
              SLT A583.1"
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              126 lenses
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              3
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              16,000 ISO
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              SLT A57785 ISO
              SLT A58753 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $490 - $649 body only

              $581 - $699 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $405 - $497 body only

              $479 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $480 - $647 body only

              $549 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $648 - $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Autofocus Users slower contrast detection autofocus
              Lens availability Slightly fewer lenses available
              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously while recording movies

              Sony SLT A57 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Sony SLT A57.

              Sony SLT A58 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $325 body only

              $360 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Viewfinder size Much smaller viewfinder

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              Avatar for Kirk Bruner Kirk Bruner (9:10 PM, May 05, 2015)
              Plastic mounts were used for a decade by many manufacturers during the film SLR days. Nikon, Canon, Minolta all had them on entry-level cameras. I don't remember hearing of any actually breaking during all those years. These days, since you can't just upgrade to a better type of film, you have to upgrade the entire camera more often, instead of keeping a good camera going for a long time. I'm guessing it won't be a problem. With stuff like this, there's never "enough said" to write something off that easily. It's not a pro rig, no matter what. Nobody's going up Everest with this camera.
               
              Avatar for tinslatee tinslatee (1:57 AM, December 27, 2013)
              any camera that claims to be a dslr/slt and has a plastic lens mount should be thrown in the dust bin of history and erased from our memory. The whole concept of interchangeable lenses is based on this connection being secure and durable, They have taken one of the most important moving parts of this style of camera and butchered it. Enough said.
               
              Angie (3:51 PM, November 13, 2013)
              At least three of the reasons given for buying the a58 also apply to the a57. I don't know about the video one since I don't use the a57 for video.
               
              Avatar for Low_Budget_Dave Low_Budget_Dave (11:33 AM, October 27, 2013)
              In general use, I prefer the A58 to the A57. The comparison above surprised me. The newer sensor produces results that are visibly better to me, without even bothering to peek at pixels. This might be due to different programming, and a good round of photoshop might make them look the same, but for out-of-camera jpg, I like the A58 better.


              The rear screen on the A58 is not as good, but most people will not notice. The viewfinder on the A58 is not as good either. Most people will notice this, but it still might not bother you. The plastic lens mount on the A58 might bother people, but as long as you are careful, it won't make any difference.


              To me, the Autofocus matters much more than the rear screen, and the A58 feels faster. I don't know if it is or not, but if you put the same lens on them in the store, and try them both out, you will most likely buy the A58.
               
              Bob Cox (9:05 PM, July 03, 2013)
              Contrary to what this page says, both the A57 and A58 have sensor-shift stabilization built into the body. Both are capable of supporting lens with in-lens stabilizers, but neither one requires them.
               
              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (5:15 PM, June 10, 2013)
              Thanks for pointing that out @davebytes:disqus , we we will fix that up soon
               
              Avatar for davebytes davebytes (4:46 PM, June 10, 2013)
              Your weight data is wrong. You transposed the weight for A58 (should be 492, not 429), and used the batt+media weight for the A57 (rather than batt-less data, which is 539). Apples to apples, 492 vs 539 is just under 10%, which at the 500g mark, PLUS battery, media, and LENS, isn't much of a delta.
               
              Avatar for Cinekpol Cinekpol (8:38 AM, May 10, 2013)
              Lol, this comparison is totally dumb. A58 looses even though it "Distinguishes 729,6 more bits of color" - seriously? If in reality it'd have 729,6 more bits of color resolution than A57 - which it doesn't - for this feature alone it'd be an insta-buy of A58. But no... not according to snapsort.... sure... lol
               
              dragunr1 (8:41 AM, May 04, 2013)
              wrong entry for a58, appears in other comparisons too: 753 bits
              vs
              23,4 bits

              Distinguishes 729,6 more bits of color