Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 vs Sony Alpha NEX-5

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

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Sony Alpha NEX-5

42

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Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
800 ms startup delay
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Great battery life
Battery life
1050 shots
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-5

Size
Really small
Compact (111×59×38 mm)
Thickness
Thin
1.5"
Weight
Light-weight
287 g
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1000 ms startup delay

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differences

Advantages of the Sony DSLR-A580

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Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
295 ms vs 670 ms
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2.3x less delay when taking photos
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Battery life
Much longer battery life
1050 shots vs 330 shots
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More than 3x more shots per battery charge
Overall image quality
Better image quality
80.0 vs 69.0
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Around 20% better image quality
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Lens availability
More lenses available
126 lenses vs 62 lenses
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More than 2x more lenses available
Color depth
Better color depth
23.8 bits vs 22.2 bits
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Distinguishes 1.6 more bits of color
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.3 EV vs 12.2 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Pentamirror vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,121 ISO vs 796 ISO
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The DSLR-A580 has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
800 ms vs 1000 ms
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20% less delay when turning on
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
16 MP vs 14 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Light sensitivity (boost)
Has boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Cross type focus points
Slightly more cross-type focus points
3 vs 0
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-5

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Size
Much smaller
111×59×38 mm vs 137×104×84 mm
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4.8x smaller
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.5" vs 3.3"
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2.2x thinner
Weight
Significantly lighter
287 g vs 599 g
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2.1x lighter
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
25 vs 15
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Lowest price
Cheaper
$359.99 vs $1,107.84
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The best price we've seen is $748 cheaper (3.1x less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              DSLR-A5803
              NEX-50
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $368 body only

              $640 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Kiss X5

              Canon Kiss X5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $498 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder coverage Much better viewfinder coverage
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 body only

              $1,499 with 18-135mm lens

              Viewfinder coverage Much better viewfinder coverage
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Sony SLT A57

              Sony SLT A57

              Entry-level DSLR

              $559 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder coverage Much better viewfinder coverage
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $490 - $649 body only

              $581 - $649 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

              Sony Alpha NEX-5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $605 body only

              $803 with 16-50mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $280 body only

              $440 - $448 with 16-50mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $400 body only

              $350 with 16mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $549 body only

              $879 with 16-50mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
              Sony NEX-7

              Sony NEX-7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $760 body only

              $660 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Weight Slightly heavier

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