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

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Sony SLT A57

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Sony SLT A57

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Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A850

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.74x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
True resolution
High true resolution
24.4 MP
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
 

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
 
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Advantages of the Sony SLT A57

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Live view Has live view Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
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 3 fps
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4x faster continuous shooting
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
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 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
Color depth Better color depth 23.8 bits vs 23.4 bits
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Distinguishes 0.4 more bits of color
Battery life Longer battery life 880 shots vs 550 shots
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60% more shots per battery charge
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 Slightly 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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        Compared to recent DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
        Sensor shift
        Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
        SLT A57:0.72x
        DSLR-A850:0.74x
        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
        Focus points Few focus points Help
        SLT A57:15
        DSLR-A850:19

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Sony SLT A58

        Sony SLT A58

        Entry-level DSLR

        $448 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

        $1,398 - $1,700 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
        Startup delay Has much more startup delay
        Sony SLT-A55

        Sony SLT-A55

        Entry-level DSLR

        $699 body only

        $799 with 18-55mm lens

        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

        $329 - $567 body only

        $477 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
        Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

        Entry-level DSLR

        $749 body only

        $849 with 18-55mm lens

        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $747 body only

        $847 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
        Nikon D7000

        Nikon D7000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $690 - $1,257 body only

        $900 - $1,150 with 18-105mm lens

        Lens availability Much more lenses available
        Focus points Has slightly more focus points
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag

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        Sony SLT-A65

        Sony SLT A65

        Entry-level DSLR

        $649 body only

        $798 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
        GPS Has a GPS
        Continuous shooting Shoots slower
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $352 - $415 body only

        $495 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

        Lens availability Much more lenses available
        Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder
        Viewfinder size Much smaller viewfinder
        Continuous shooting Shoots much slower
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $774 body only

        $200 - $729 with 18-55mm lens

        Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder
        Lens availability Much more lenses available
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range
        Autofocus Lacks video autofocus

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        Sony Alpha DSLR-A900

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A900

        Pro DSLR

        $2,699 body only

        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

        $2,199 - $2,731 body only

        $2,889 - $3,699 with 24-105mm lens

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

        Sony SLT-A99

        Pro DSLR

        $2,298 - $2,299 body only

        $3,196 - $3,198 with 28-75mm lens

        Live view Has live view
        Movie format Shoots movies
        Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
        Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
        Nikon D700

        Nikon D700

        Pro DSLR

        $3,200 body only

        Live view Has live view
        Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        True resolution Much lower true resolution
        Sony A7

        Sony A7

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $1,498 - $2,298 body only

        $1,798 - $1,998 with 28-70mm lens

        Live view Has live view
        Focus points Many more focus points
        Autofocus Slower autofocus
        Image stabilization No image stabilization

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