Updated (February, 2013): Compare the Sony SLT A58 vs Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 vs Sony SLT A57

Winner
Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

75

Sony SLT A57

69

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
1,121 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
80.0
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
800 ms startup delay
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Pentamirror
 

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A57

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

differences

Advantages of the Sony SLT A57

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Viewfinder size
Much larger viewfinder
0.72x vs 0.52x
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Around 90% larger viewfinder
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
12 fps vs 7 fps
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More than 70% faster continuous shooting
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
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
Thickness
Thinner
3.2" vs 3.3"
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Almost the same
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
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Advantages of the Sony DSLR-A580

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Low light performance
Significantly lower noise at high ISO
1,121 ISO vs 785 ISO
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The DSLR-A580 has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
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
1050 shots vs 550 shots
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More than 90% more shots per battery charge
Overall image quality
Better image quality
80.0 vs 75.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Color depth
Better color depth
23.8 bits vs 23.4 bits
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Distinguishes 0.4 more bits of color
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.3 EV vs 13 EV
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0.3 f-stops more dynamic range
Weight
Slightly lighter
599 g vs 618 g
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Panorama Both have in-camera panoramic stitching, many cameras like these don't Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              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-A580:7 fps
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SLT A57:3.2"
              DSLR-A580:3.3"
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Size Large Help
              SLT A57:132x98x81 mm
              DSLR-A580:137x104x84 mm
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              16 MP
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              123 lenses
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              3
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              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

              $443 - $448 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Size Is slightly smaller
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              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 much less shutter lag
              Startup delay Has much more startup delay
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $302 - $527 body only

              $379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $1,238 with 16-50mm 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
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 body only

              $499 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $334 body only

              $560 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony SLT-A55

              Sony SLT-A55

              Entry-level DSLR

              $900 body only

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Sony SLT A57 Competitors

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              Sony SLT-A37

              Sony SLT-A37

              Entry-level DSLR

              $376 - $547 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Smaller
              Weight Lighter
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen size Much smaller screen

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 Competitors

              Advantages

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Sony Alpha DSLR-A580.

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