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

Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

Winner
Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
1,121 ISO
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
 

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
 

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
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
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
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
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 (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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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
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Sensor shift
              Storage slots Multiple storage slots Help
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              Common Weaknesses
              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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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $385 body only

              $429 - $499 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
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $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
              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $998 - $1,050 with 16-50mm 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

              $398 - $455 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
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $679 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $598 with 16-50mm 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
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $899 body only

              $959 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 Competitors

              Advantages

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              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 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 D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D300

              Nikon D300

              Pro DSLR

              $1,700 body only

              $3,000 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 D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $779 body only

              $1,004 with 55-300mm 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 ..