Updated (February, 2013): Compare the Sony SLT A58 vs Sony Alpha DSLR-A850

Sony Alpha DSLR-A850 vs Sony SLT A57

Winner
Sony Alpha DSLR-A850

82

Sony SLT A57

68

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A850

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
1,415 ISO
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.74x
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
500 ms startup delay
 

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A57

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 60fps
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
12 fps

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony SLT A57.
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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
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
12 fps vs 3 fps
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4x faster continuous shooting
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Phase detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
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
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
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13 EV vs 12.2 EV
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0.3 f-stops more dynamic range
Lens availability
More lenses available
123 lenses vs 82 lenses
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50% more lenses available
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
16,000 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The SLT A57's maximum light sensitivity is 4.6 f-stops better
Size
Significantly smaller
132×98×81 mm vs 156×117×82 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Viewfinder coverage
Better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 98%
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Almost the same
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Weight
Significantly lighter
618 g vs 895 g
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More than 30% lighter
Cross type focus points
Slightly more cross-type focus points
3 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The SLT A57's boost ISO is 4 f-stops better
Thickness
Slightly thinner
3.2" vs 3.2"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Sony DSLR-A850

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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
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,415 ISO vs 785 ISO
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The DSLR-A850 has a slight edge (0.9 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Overall image quality
Better image quality
79.0 vs 75.0
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Around 10% better image quality
True resolution
Higher true resolution
24.4 MP vs 16 MP
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Capture more than 50% more detail in your photos
Battery life
Longer battery life
880 shots vs 550 shots
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60% more shots per battery charge
Color depth
Better color depth
23.8 bits vs 23.4 bits
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Almost the same
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.74x vs 0.72x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
19 vs 15
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Sensor shift
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              SLT A570.72x
              DSLR-A8500.74x
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              3.2"
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              SLT A57123 lenses
              DSLR-A85082 lenses
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              SLT A573
              DSLR-A8501
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              SLT A5715
              DSLR-A85019
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3"

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $1,238 - $1,345 with 16-50mm lens

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Cross type focus points Has slightly more cross-type focus points
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Sony SLT-A65

              Sony SLT A65

              Entry-level DSLR

              $591 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Startup delay Has much more startup delay
              Sony SLT-A55

              Sony SLT-A55

              Entry-level DSLR

              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $300 - $547 body only

              $379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Thickness Is thinner
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $413 - $497 body only

              $489 - $580 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,121 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lens availability Significantly fewer lenses available

              Sony SLT A57 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $350 body only

              $430 - $448 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $465 - $650 body only

              $589 - $650 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Sony SLT-A37

              Sony SLT-A37

              Entry-level DSLR

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

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A850 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A900

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A900

              Pro DSLR

              $4,068 with 70-300mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Viewfinder coverage Better viewfinder coverage
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,175 body only

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Live view Has live view
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Sony SLT-A99

              Sony SLT-A99

              Pro DSLR

              $1,998 body only

              $3,280 with 28-75mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Live view Has live view
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $990 - $1,698 body only

              $1,298 with 28-70mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Live view Has live view
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
              Canon EOS 5D

              Canon EOS 5D

              Pro DSLR

              $3,496 with 24-105mm lens

              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Size Smaller
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

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