Updated (August, 2011): Compare the Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 vs Sony NEX-7

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Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
800 ms startup delay
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-5

Size
Really small
Compact 111x59x38 mm
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 
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Advantages of the Sony DSLR-A580

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Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
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 Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Battery life Much longer battery life 1050 shots vs 330 shots
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More than 3x more shots per battery charge
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Overall image quality Better image quality 80.0 vs 69.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 123 lenses vs 21 lenses
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Around 6x more lenses available
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
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
Color depth Better color depth 23.8 bits vs 22.2 bits
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Distinguishes 1.6 more bits of color
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Pentamirror vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.3 EV vs 12.2 EV
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1.1 f-stops more dynamic range
True resolution Higher true resolution 16 MP vs 14 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
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
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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Grab focus in difficult situations
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-5

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Size Much smaller 111x59x38 mm vs 137x104x84 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
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        Compared to recent digital cameras

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        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
        Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
        DSLR-A580:921k dots
        NEX-5:920k dots
        Sensor size Large sensors Help
        DSLR-A580:APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
        NEX-5:APS-C 23.4x15.6mm
        Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
        Many lenses to choose from
        HDR In-camera HDR Help
        Combines multiple exposures
        Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
        Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
        Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
        Better editing
        Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
        Avoids dust in your photos
        External flash Support external flash Help
        Better lighting
        Sensor type Better sensor types Help
        Better in low light
        Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
        DSLR-A580:3
        NEX-5:0
        Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
        Missing that film look

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $378 - $415 body only

        $495 - $564 with 18-55mm lens

        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Sony Alpha NEX-6

        Sony Alpha NEX-6

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $430 body only

        $749 - $890 with 16-50mm lens

        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Viewfinder coverage Significantly better viewfinder coverage
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 body only

        $389 - $506 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $648 body only

        $200 - $579 with 18-55mm lens

        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Sony Alpha A6000

        Sony Alpha A6000

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $648 body only

        $798 - $799 with 16-50mm lens

        True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Canon EOS Rebel T2i

        Canon Rebel T2i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $639 body only

        $200 - $674 with 18-55mm lens

        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier

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        Nikon D3300

        Nikon D3300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $547 with 18-55mm lens

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Nikon D5200

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $547 body only

        $549 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Canon EOS 60D

        Canon EOS 60D

        Pro DSLR

        $699 body only

        $450 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

        Weather sealed Weather sealed
        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Overall image quality Worse image quality
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Sony SLT-A77

        Sony SLT A77

        Pro DSLR

        $1,398 body only

        $1,298 with 16-50mm lens

        Weather sealed Weather sealed
        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Startup delay Much more startup delay
        Battery life Much shorter battery life

        Sony Alpha NEX-5 Competitors

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        Sony NEX-5N

        Sony NEX-5N

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $598 body only

        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 NEX-3

        Sony Alpha NEX-3

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $400 with 16-50mm lens

        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Thickness Slightly thinner
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range
        Sony Alpha A5000

        Sony Alpha A5000

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $448 - $450 with 16-50mm lens

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Overall image quality Better image quality
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Sony NEX-7

        Sony NEX-7

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $1,074 body only

        $1,080 with 18-55mm lens

        Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
        Weight Heavier
        Sony Alpha NEX-3N

        Sony Alpha NEX-3N

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $400 with 16-50mm lens

        Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        Startup delay Significantly more startup delay

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