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

Sony Alpha DSLR-A850

Winner
Sony Alpha DSLR-A850

83

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Sony SLT A57

68

Sony SLT A57

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
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
High true resolution
True resolution
24.4 MP
 

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A57

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.72x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
12 fps
 

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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0.8 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 2.3 f-stops better
Size
Significantly smaller
132x98x81 mm vs 156x117x82 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Viewfinder coverage
Better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 98%
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Almost the same
Weight
Significantly lighter
618 g vs 895 g
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More than 30% lighter
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
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 2 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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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
Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Sensor size
Much larger sensor
Full frame 35.9x24.0mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
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Around 2.5x larger sensor
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
24.4 MP vs 16 MP
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Capture more than 50% more detail in your photos
Overall image quality
Better image quality
79.0 vs 75.0
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Around 10% better image quality
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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Distinguishes 0.4 more bits of color
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
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              SLT A57:0.72x
              DSLR-A850:0.74x
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Sensor shift
              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 A57:123 lenses
              DSLR-A850:82 lenses
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              SLT A57:3
              DSLR-A850:1

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $398 - $455 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thinner
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $998 - $1,050 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

              $600 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 Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $598 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 A77 II

              Sony SLT A77 II

              Pro DSLR

              $898 body only

              $1,498 with 16-50mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Size Is slightly larger
              Sony SLT-A99

              Sony SLT-A99

              Pro DSLR

              $1,998 body only

              $2,596 with 28-75mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $896 - $897 body only

              $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder

              Sony SLT A57 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT-A55

              Sony SLT-A55

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              GPS Has a GPS
              Size Slightly smaller
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Sony SLT-A37

              Sony SLT-A37

              Entry-level DSLR

              $464 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Slightly smaller
              Weight Lighter
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Viewfinder size Much smaller viewfinder
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder
              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower

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              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A900

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A900

              Pro DSLR

              $4,129 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

              $2,495 body only

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Live view Has live view
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,298 - $2,098 body only

              $1,598 with 28-70mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Live view Has live view
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Canon EOS 5D

              Canon EOS 5D

              Pro DSLR

              $3,894 with 24-105mm lens

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

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