Updated (February, 2013): Compare the Sony SLT A58 vs Sony SLT-A77

Sony SLT A57

Winner
Sony SLT A57

65

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

55

Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

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
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
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
 
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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
Live view Has live view Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Autofocus Video autofocus Phase detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Overall image quality Better image quality 75.0 vs 66.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Continuous shooting Shoots much faster 12 fps vs 5 fps
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Around 2.5x faster continuous shooting
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
Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder 0.72x vs 0.59x
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Around 50% larger viewfinder
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
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
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
Color depth Better color depth 23.4 bits vs 22.3 bits
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Distinguishes 1.1 more bits of color
True resolution Higher true resolution 16 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
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
Viewfinder coverage Significantly better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Size Significantly smaller 132x98x81 mm vs 142x105x80 mm
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More than 10% smaller
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
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 3 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Focus points More focus points 15 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Weight Significantly lighter 618 g vs 768 g
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Around 20% lighter
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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 Common Weaknesses
        Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
        Sensor shift
        Thickness Quite thick Help
        SLT A57:3.2"
        DSLR-A700:3.1"
        Size Large Help
        SLT A57:132x98x81 mm
        DSLR-A700:142x105x80 mm
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        SLT A57:16 MP
        DSLR-A700:12.2 MP
        Lens availability Few lenses available Help
        123 lenses
        Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
        SLT A57:3
        DSLR-A700:1
        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-A700:581 ISO

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        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
        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

        $649 - $698 body only

        $798 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

        $798 body only

        $1,098 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
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 - $656 body only

        $399 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Sensor size Has a marginally smaller sensor
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $774 body only

        $200 - $617 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Sensor size Has a much smaller sensor
        Nikon D5200

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $597 - $647 body only

        $544 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
        Sony SLT-A55

        Sony SLT-A55

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,073 body only

        $1,075 - $1,165 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 much more expensive

        Sony SLT A57 Competitors

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        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $370 - $400 body only

        $485 - $590 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
        Overall image quality Better image quality
        Movie format Higher frame rate movies
        Viewfinder size Much smaller viewfinder

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 Competitors

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        Nikon D300

        Nikon D300

        Pro DSLR

        $1,700 body only

        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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