Updated (August, 2011): Compare the Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 vs Sony SLT-A77

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

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Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
1,121 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
80.0
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.3 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
600 ms startup delay
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
180 ms shutter lag
 
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Advantages of the Sony DSLR-A580

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Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO 1,121 ISO vs 581 ISO
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The DSLR-A580 has a slight edge (0.9 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 80.0 vs 66.0
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More than 20% better image quality
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
Color depth Better color depth 23.8 bits vs 22.3 bits
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Distinguishes 1.5 more bits of color
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.3 EV vs 11.9 EV
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1.4 f-stops more 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
Battery life Much longer battery life 1050 shots vs 650 shots
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More than 60% more shots per battery charge
True resolution Higher true resolution 16 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 7 fps vs 5 fps
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40% faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The DSLR-A580's maximum light sensitivity is 3 f-stops better
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The DSLR-A580's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 3 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Focus points More focus points 15 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Weight Significantly lighter 599 g vs 768 g
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More than 20% lighter
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Advantages of the Sony DSLR-A700

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Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 180 ms vs 295 ms
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Around 40% less delay when taking photos
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.59x vs 0.52x
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Around 30% larger viewfinder
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Startup delay Less startup delay 600 ms vs 800 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Thickness Thinner 3.1" vs 3.3"
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Almost the same
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        similarities

        Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
        Sensor shift
        Storage slots Multiple storage slots Help
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        Size Large Help
        DSLR-A580:137x104x84 mm
        DSLR-A700:142x105x80 mm
        Thickness Quite thick Help
        DSLR-A580:3.3"
        DSLR-A700:3.1"
        Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
        95%
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        DSLR-A580:16 MP
        DSLR-A700:12.2 MP
        Lens availability Few lenses available Help
        123 lenses
        Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
        DSLR-A580:3
        DSLR-A700:1
        Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
        Need to shelter it from weather
        Movie format One shoots movies Help
        DSLR-A580:1080p @ 30fps
        DSLR-A700:None

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        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony SLT-A77

        Sony SLT A77

        Pro DSLR

        $1,398 - $1,700 with 16-50mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
        Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $774 body only

        $200 - $729 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
        Canon EOS 60D

        Canon EOS 60D

        Pro DSLR

        $699 - $700 body only

        $450 - $1,199 with 18-135mm lens

        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $329 - $567 body only

        $477 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
        Sony SLT A57

        Sony SLT A57

        Entry-level DSLR

        $861 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
        Sony SLT-A55

        Sony SLT-A55

        Entry-level DSLR

        $699 body only

        $799 with 18-55mm lens

        Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
        Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Sony SLT A58

        Sony SLT A58

        Entry-level DSLR

        $448 with 18-55mm lens

        Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Storage slots Has fewer storage slots

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        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $352 - $415 body only

        $495 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 Competitors

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        Nikon D300

        Nikon D300

        Pro DSLR

        $1,700 body only

        Live view Has live view
        Focus points Many more focus points
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Shutter lag More shutter lag
        Nikon D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $689 - $929 body only

        $850 - $940 with 18-105mm lens

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Storage slots Has fewer storage slots

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        Nev75 (1:00 PM, October 18, 2011)
        a700 the best camera ..