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

Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 vs Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

Winner
Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

75

Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

56

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

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
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second

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differences

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
Significantly 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
Live view
Has live view
Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
80.0 vs 66.0
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More than 20% better image quality
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
Color depth
Better color depth
23.8 bits vs 22.3 bits
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Distinguishes 1.5 more bits of color
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.3 EV vs 11.9 EV
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0.7 f-stops more dynamic range
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
Significantly longer battery life
1050 shots vs 650 shots
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More than 60% more shots per battery charge
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
7 fps vs 5 fps
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40% faster continuous shooting
True resolution
Higher true resolution
16 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
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 6 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 4 f-stops better
Weight
Significantly lighter
599 g vs 768 g
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More than 20% lighter
Cross type focus points
Slightly more cross-type focus points
3 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
15 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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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
Significantly 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
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Sensor shift
              Storage slots Multiple storage slots Help
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              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              DSLR-A5803.3"
              DSLR-A7003.1"
              Size Large Help
              DSLR-A580137×104×84 mm
              DSLR-A700142×105×80 mm
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              DSLR-A58016 MP
              DSLR-A70012.2 MP
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              123 lenses
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              DSLR-A5803
              DSLR-A7001
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              DSLR-A58012,800 ISO
              DSLR-A7001,600 ISO
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              DSLR-A5801080p @ 30fps
              DSLR-A700None

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $350 body only

              $430 - $448 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $1,238 - $1,345 with 16-50mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $300 - $547 body only

              $379 - $447 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
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $677 body only

              $477 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Sony SLT A57

              Sony SLT A57

              Entry-level DSLR

              $590 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
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $413 - $497 body only

              $489 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $368 body only

              $479 - $640 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A77 II

              Sony SLT A77 II

              Pro DSLR

              $885 - $998 body only

              $1,598 with 16-50mm lens

              Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Battery life Much shorter battery life

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D300

              Nikon D300

              Pro DSLR

              $1,649 body only

              $1,999 with 18-135mm lens

              Live view Has live view
              Focus points Many more focus points
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $275 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Live view Has live view
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

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