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Sony SLT A57 vs Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

Winner
Sony SLT A57

70

Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

56

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A57

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 60fps
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.72x
Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
600 ms startup delay
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
180 ms shutter lag
Storage slots
More storage slots
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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
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
12 fps vs 5 fps
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Around 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Live view
Has live view
Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Viewfinder size
Much larger viewfinder
0.72x vs 0.59x
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Around 50% larger viewfinder
Overall image quality
Better image quality
75.0 vs 66.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
785 ISO vs 581 ISO
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The SLT A57 has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13 EV vs 11.9 EV
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1.1 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth
Better color depth
23.4 bits vs 22.3 bits
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Distinguishes 1.1 more bits of color
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
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
16 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Viewfinder coverage
Significantly better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The SLT A57's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Size
Significantly smaller
132x98x81 mm vs 142x105x80 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
16,000 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The SLT A57's maximum light sensitivity is 3.3 f-stops better
Weight
Significantly lighter
618 g vs 768 g
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Around 20% lighter
Cross type focus points
Slightly more cross-type focus points
3 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
15 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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Advantages of the Sony DSLR-A700

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Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Battery life
Longer battery life
650 shots vs 550 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Thickness
Slightly thinner
3.1" vs 3.2"
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Sensor shift
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SLT A573.2"
              DSLR-A7003.1"
              Weight Heavy Help
              SLT A57618 g
              DSLR-A700768 g
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              SLT A5716 MP
              DSLR-A70012.2 MP
              Size Large Help
              SLT A57132x98x81 mm
              DSLR-A700142x105x80 mm
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              123 lenses
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              SLT A573
              DSLR-A7001
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              SLT A5715
              DSLR-A70011
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              SLT A57785 ISO
              DSLR-A700581 ISO

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              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $448 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Sony SLT-A65

              Sony SLT A65

              Entry-level DSLR

              $591 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 body only

              $1,299 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-A55

              Sony SLT-A55

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,998 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sony SLT-A37

              Sony SLT-A37

              Entry-level DSLR

              $350 with 18-135mm lens

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $649 - $650 body only

              $649 - $650 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lens availability Much fewer lenses available

              Sony SLT A57 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $547 body only

              $499 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D300

              Nikon D300

              Pro DSLR

              $1,649 body only

              $1,999 with 18-135mm lens

              Live view Has live view
              Focus points Many more focus points
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Shutter lag More shutter lag

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