Updated (February, 2013): Compare the Sony SLT A58 vs Sony SLT A57

Sony SLT-A55 vs Sony SLT A57

Winner
Sony SLT-A55

74

Sony SLT A57

70

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT-A55

Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
900 ms startup delay
Really small
Size
Prosumer size 124x92x85 mm
Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
Light-weight
Weight
500 g
 

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A57

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 60fps
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
12 fps
Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
100%
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.72x

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony SLT A57. Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony SLT-A55.

differences

Advantages of the Sony SLT A57

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Movie format
Lower frame rate movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
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Both shoot Full HD (1080p) video, but SLT A57 does so at a higher frame rate
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
12 fps vs 10 fps
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20% faster continuous shooting
Battery life
Longer battery life
550 shots vs 330 shots
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Around 70% more shots per battery charge
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
75.0 vs 73.0
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Almost the same
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13 EV vs 12.4 EV
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0.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth
Better color depth
23.4 bits vs 23 bits
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Almost the same
Thickness
Thinner
3.2" vs 3.3"
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Almost the same
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
16,000 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The SLT A57's maximum light sensitivity is 0.3 f-stops better
Lowest price
Cheaper
$607.92 vs $699.06
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The best price we've seen is $91 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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Advantages of the Sony SLT-A55

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GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
816 ISO vs 785 ISO
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Almost the same
Size
Smaller
124x92x85 mm vs 132x98x81 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Weight
Lighter
500 g vs 618 g
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Around 20% lighter
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Viewfinder size Large viewfinder size Help
              0.72x
              Continuous shooting Very fast continuous shooting Help
              SLT A5712 fps
              SLT-A5510 fps
              Autofocus Both use faster phase detection video autofocus which is uncommon Help
              fast and accurate
              Panorama Both have in-camera panoramic stitching, many cameras like these don't Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Sensor shift
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SLT A573.2"
              SLT-A553.3"
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
              1
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              16 MP
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              123 lenses
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              3
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              SLT A57785 ISO
              SLT-A55816 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $444 - $448 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Sony SLT-A65

              Sony SLT A65

              Entry-level DSLR

              $457 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 - $557 body only

              $359 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $1,698 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Sony SLT-A37

              Sony SLT-A37

              Entry-level DSLR

              $387 - $582 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $479 - $649 body only

              $799 - $1,199 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Weight Is much heavier
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $649 - $699 body only

              $620 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger

              Sony SLT A57 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Sony SLT A57.

              Sony SLT-A55 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Sony SLT-A55.

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              Cheeyiejian (4:13 AM, March 18, 2012)
              And 12 FPS burst rate at tele zoom mode
               
              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (8:41 PM, March 14, 2012)
              It will be fixed up soon. Thanks for letting us know. 
               
              Guest (8:38 PM, March 14, 2012)
              The a57 has Phase detection, you should correct it