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

Sony SLT-A55

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Sony SLT-A55

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Sony SLT A57

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Sony SLT A57

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Reasons to buy the Sony SLT-A55

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.72x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
900 ms startup delay
 

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
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
12 fps
 
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differences

Advantages of the Sony SLT A57

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Movie format Higher 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
Battery life Longer battery life 550 shots vs 330 shots
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Around 70% more shots per battery charge
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 12 fps vs 10 fps
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20% faster continuous shooting
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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Distinguishes 0.4 more bits of color
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
Thickness Thinner 3.2" vs 3.3"
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Almost the same
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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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The SLT-A55 has a slight edge (0.1 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
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
Lowest price Cheaper $699.00 vs $860.92
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The best price we've seen is $162 cheaper (around 20% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder size Large viewfinder size Help
              0.72x
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Continuous shooting Very fast continuous shooting Help
              SLT A57:12 fps
              SLT-A55:10 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
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Sensor shift
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              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
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SLT A57:3.2"
              SLT-A55:3.3"
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              SLT A57:$860.92
              SLT-A55:$699.00
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              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
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              SLT A57:785 ISO
              SLT-A55:816 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

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              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $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

              $749 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $1,398 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $699 body only

              $200 - $729 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $339 - $567 body only

              $444 - $477 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
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $352 - $415 body only

              $495 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Sony SLT-A37

              Sony SLT-A37

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $479 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

              Sony SLT A57 Competitors

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

              Sony SLT-A55 Competitors

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              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