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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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
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 (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
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
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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Thickness Quite thick Help
DSLR-A580:3.3"
DSLR-A700:3.1"
Size Large Help
DSLR-A580:137x104x84 mm
DSLR-A700:142x105x80 mm
Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
95%
True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
DSLR-A580:16 MP
DSLR-A700:12.2 MP
Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
DSLR-A580:3
DSLR-A700:1
Lens availability Few lenses available Help
123 lenses
Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
Need to shelter it from weather

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competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100

Entry-level DSLR

$378 - $469 body only

$458 - $669 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 SLT-A77

Sony SLT A77

Pro DSLR

$699 - $1,249 body only

$1,199 - $1,296 with 18-135mm lens

Movie format Records higher quality movies
Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
Weight Is slightly heavier
Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
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
Sony Alpha DSLR-A550

Sony Alpha DSLR-A550

Entry-level DSLR

$1,124 with 18-55mm lens

Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Thickness Is thicker
Sony SLT-A65

Sony SLT A65

Entry-level DSLR

$698 body only

$631 - $798 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 A57

Sony SLT A57

Entry-level DSLR

$499 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

$497 body only

$597 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 Alpha DSLR-A580 Competitors

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Disadvantages

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$319 - $657 body only

$477 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
True resolution Much higher true resolution
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i

Entry-level DSLR

$499 - $550 body only

$549 - $575 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$439 - $547 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Higher frame rate movies
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Canon EOS 60D

Canon EOS 60D

Pro DSLR

$699 body only

$959 - $999 with 18-135mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO

Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 Competitors

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Disadvantages

Nikon D300

Nikon D300

Pro DSLR

$1,700 body only

$2,200 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
Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

Entry-level DSLR

$950 with 75-300mm lens

Live view Has live view
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
Autofocus Slower autofocus
Nikon D90

Nikon D90

Entry-level DSLR

$929 body only

$950 - $1,079 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 ..