Updated (March 2012): Compare the Sony SLT A57 vs Sony Alpha DSLR-A550

Sony SLT A57 vs Sony Alpha DSLR-A550

Winner
Sony SLT A57

70

Sony Alpha DSLR-A550

57

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A57

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 60fps
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.72x
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
12 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A550

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
500 ms startup delay
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentamirror
Battery life
Great battery life
950 shots
Storage slots
More storage slots
2

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differences

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
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
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
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Overall image quality
Better image quality
75.0 vs 66.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13 EV vs 11.8 EV
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0.8 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
Viewfinder coverage
Significantly better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
True resolution
Higher true resolution
16 MP vs 14 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Size
Significantly smaller
132×98×81 mm vs 137×104×84 mm
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More than 10% smaller
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
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$558.96 vs $999.99
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The best price we've seen is $441 cheaper (more than 40% 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 0.6 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
Significantly 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
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Sensor shift
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              SLT A5712 fps
              DSLR-A5507 fps
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SLT A573.2"
              DSLR-A5503.3"
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Weight Heavy Help
              SLT A57618 g
              DSLR-A550632 g
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              SLT A5716 MP
              DSLR-A55014 MP
              Size Large Help
              SLT A57132×98×81 mm
              DSLR-A550137×104×84 mm
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              126 lenses
              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
              SLT A5716,000 ISO
              DSLR-A55012,800 ISO
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              SLT A57785 ISO
              DSLR-A550807 ISO

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              competitors

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $498 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

              $593 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 II

              Sony SLT A77 II

              Pro DSLR

              $885 - $998 body only

              $1,598 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Size Is significantly larger
              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
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly 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
              Sony SLT-A55

              Sony SLT-A55

              Entry-level DSLR

              $900 body only

              Size Is slightly smaller
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 body only

              $1,499 with 18-135mm lens

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

              Sony SLT A57 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Many more focus points
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Autofocus Slower autofocus

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A550 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT-A33

              Sony SLT-A33

              Entry-level DSLR

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $325 body only

              $360 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower

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