Updated (February, 2013): Compare the Sony SLT A58 vs Sony Alpha DSLR-A550

Sony SLT A57

Winner
Sony SLT A57

70

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A550

56

Sony Alpha DSLR-A550

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A57

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 60fps
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.72x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A550

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
500 ms startup delay
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentamirror
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
184 ms shutter lag
 
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Advantages of the Sony SLT A57

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Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 60fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Autofocus Video autofocus Phase detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder 0.72x vs 0.52x
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More than 90% larger viewfinder
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Color depth Better color depth 23.4 bits vs 21.9 bits
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Distinguishes 1.5 more bits of color
Continuous shooting Shoots much faster 12 fps vs 7 fps
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More than 70% faster continuous shooting
Overall image quality Better image quality 75.0 vs 66.0
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More than 10% better image quality
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13 EV vs 11.8 EV
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1.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Viewfinder coverage Significantly better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Size Significantly smaller 132x98x81 mm vs 137x104x84 mm
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More than 10% smaller
True resolution Higher true resolution 16 MP vs 14 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Lowest price Much cheaper $499.00 vs $1,123.50
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The best price we've seen is $625 cheaper (2.3x less)
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 16,000 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The SLT A57's maximum light sensitivity is 0.3 f-stops better
Thickness Thinner 3.2" vs 3.3"
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Almost the same
Weight Slightly lighter 618 g vs 632 g
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Sony DSLR-A550

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Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder Pentamirror vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Battery life Much longer battery life 950 shots vs 550 shots
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More than 70% more shots per battery charge
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Sensor shift
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              SLT A57:12 fps
              DSLR-A550:7 fps
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SLT A57:3.2"
              DSLR-A550:3.3"
              Size Large Help
              SLT A57:132x98x81 mm
              DSLR-A550:137x104x84 mm
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              SLT A57:16 MP
              DSLR-A550:14 MP
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              123 lenses
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              SLT A57:785 ISO
              DSLR-A550:807 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $448 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Sony SLT-A65

              Sony SLT A65

              Entry-level DSLR

              $698 body only

              $631 - $798 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Startup delay Has much more startup delay
              Sony SLT-A37

              Sony SLT-A37

              Entry-level DSLR

              $440 - $479 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Thickness Is thicker
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $1,249 body only

              $1,199 - $1,296 with 18-135mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony SLT-A55

              Sony SLT-A55

              Entry-level DSLR

              $405 body only

              Size Is slightly smaller
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $657 body only

              $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $469 body only

              $458 - $669 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously

              Sony SLT A57 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Viewfinder size Much smaller viewfinder
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A550 Competitors

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              Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

              Entry-level DSLR

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Color depth Better color depth
              Live view No live view
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

              Entry-level DSLR

              $950 with 75-300mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Size Much smaller
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A500

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A500

              Entry-level DSLR

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower

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