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

Sony SLT A57

Winner
Sony SLT A57

65

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A550

55

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
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
12 fps
 

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
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 
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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
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
Continuous shooting Shoots much faster 12 fps vs 7 fps
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More than 70% faster continuous shooting
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
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
        Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
        Sensor shift
        Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
        Great for movies
        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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        Shared Competitors

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        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

        $675 body only

        $772 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
        Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
        Startup delay Has much more startup delay
        Sony SLT-A77

        Sony SLT A77

        Pro DSLR

        $1,098 body only

        $1,345 - $1,398 with 16-50mm 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

        $699 body only

        $799 with 18-55mm lens

        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

        $567 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

        $352 - $415 body only

        $495 - $797 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
        Nikon D5200

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $547 body only

        $647 - $697 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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        No significant competitors found that are specific to the Sony SLT A57.

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A550 Competitors

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        Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

        Entry-level DSLR

        Color depth Better color depth
        Size Much smaller
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        Screen size Significantly smaller screen

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