Comparing Sony SLT - A57 vs Canon EOS 650D

1. Sony SLT - A57

15 Reasons why Sony SLT - A57 is better

Comparing Sony SLT - A57 vs Canon EOS 650D

1.Noticeably larger sensor
15.6 x 23.5mmvs 22.3 x 14.9mm (Canon EOS 650D)
The larger the sensor the more light the sensor captures yielding in better image quality.
2.Notably more focus points
15vs 9 (Canon EOS 650D)
The more focus points the more flexibility in picking which part of the scene to focus on. They also give the image sensor a better probability in identifying the right area of the scene to focus on in more automatic modes.
3.Measurably faster shooting at highest resolution with AF as JPEG format
12fpsvs 5fps (Canon EOS 650D)
Fast continuous shooting is useful for catching action shots.
4.Has a microphone in
Yesvs No (Canon EOS 650D)
A microphone port allows connecting external high-end or specialized microphones.
5.Has built-in optical image stabilization
Yesvs No (Canon EOS 650D)
Optical image stabilization uses gyroscopic sensors to detect vibrations of the camera. The lens and / or sensor move in response, adjusting the optical path. This ensures that any motion is corrected before the sensor captures the image.
97.5mmvs 133.1mm (Canon EOS 650D)
7.Has a built-in focus motor
Yesvs No (Canon EOS 650D)
The focus motor moves the lens in order to autofocus. With it built into the camera, you still have the function when using a lens without its own motor. This allows you to use a wider range of lenses.
8.Can create panoramas in-camera
Yesvs No (Canon EOS 650D)
It allows you to take multiple photos capturing different parts of the scene, and then joins them together into a single photo.
9.Has sensor shift stabilization
Yesvs No (Canon EOS 650D)
With sensor shift, the image sensor (rather than the lens) moves to counterbalance any vibration of the camera. This means the image will be stabilised regardless of what lens is being used.
10.Supports AVCHD format
Yesvs No (Canon EOS 650D)
AVCHD (Advanced Video Coding High Definition) is a file-based format for the digital recording and playback of high-definition video. It's a standard popular among professional cameras and camcorders.
11.Has an electronic viewfinder
Yesvs No (Canon EOS 650D)
An electronic viewfinder (or EVF) is a small display showing the image. Benefits of these over optical viewfinders include: they show more of the image, they can be more compact, focusing is easier with digital zoom, and they can also sometimes have extra info on the display, eg. a live histogram.
12.Noticeably more microphone(s)
2vs 1 (Canon EOS 650D)
More microphones result in better sound quality and enable the device to filter out background noise.
13.Noticeably more viewfinder coverage
100%vs 95% (Canon EOS 650D)
With 100% coverage you can compose the image correctly when you capture the photo. With less than full coverage you may have to crop your photos afterwards to get them looking perfect.
14.Has 3D photo/video recording capabilities
Yesvs No (Canon EOS 650D)
The device captures 3D still photos and/or 3D videos due to two separate lenses.
15.Wireless charging
Yesvs No (Canon EOS 650D)
The manufacturer offers a branded wireless charging kit. To charge the device, you simply put it down on its charging base.
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2. Canon EOS 650D

16 Reasons why Canon EOS 650D is better

Comparing Canon EOS 650D vs Sony SLT - A57

1.Significantly more megapixels (photo)
18.5MPvs 16.1MP (Sony SLT - A57)
575gvs 618g (Sony SLT - A57)
3.Vastly higher maximum light sensitivity
25600ISOvs 16000ISO (Sony SLT - A57)
With a higher light sensitivity (ISO level), the sensor absorbs more light. This can be used to capture moving objects using a fast shutter speed, or to take images in low light without using a flash.
4.A little higher pixel density
501ppivs 471ppi (Sony SLT - A57)
5.Vastly higher resolution
1,250 x 833pxvs 1,176 x 784px (Sony SLT - A57)
99.8mmvs 132.1mm (Sony SLT - A57)
7.Significantly higher resolution (screen)
1040k dotsvs 921k dots (Sony SLT - A57)
A higher screen resolution provides a sharper image, making it easier to review your photos.
78.8mmvs 80.7mm (Sony SLT - A57)
9.Has a touch screen
Yesvs No (Sony SLT - A57)
You can operate the device easily, by pressing the screen with your fingers.
10.Has an optical viewfinder
Yesvs No (Sony SLT - A57)
An optical viewfinder (or OVF) allows the photographer to compose a shot while seeing exactly what the lens sees. There is no time lag and they require no power - as opposed to electronic viewfinders which can drain battery life. They are also better in low light situations.
11.Has manual shutter speed
Yesvs No (Sony SLT - A57)
This allows to manually set the shutter speed.
12.Has touch autofocus
Yesvs No (Sony SLT - A57)
The autofocus is immediately set to the subject by just touching it on the touch screen.
13.Measurably faster flash X-sync
0.005svs 0.00625s (Sony SLT - A57)
Flash synchronization is defined as the firing of a photographic flash coinciding with the shutter admitting light to the image sensor. In general, faster flash sync speeds are better if the photographer needs to flash-fill subjects that are backlit and wants to avoid motion blur, or wants to increase depth of field by using a high aperture.
14.Significantly more lenses available
162vs 122 (Sony SLT - A57)
A bigger variety of brand lenses means that you have more options and can find one that suits your needs.
15.Substantially more cross-type focus points
9vs 3 (Sony SLT - A57)
Cross-type focus points, in contrast to normal focus points, can detect both horizonal and vertical making them the most precise and reliable focus points to use.
16.Cheaper lenses on 650D
A good micro 4/3 f2.8 zoom costs a fortune, and there are all sorts of compatibility problems too I think. For Canon there are many good lenses available, cheaper, second hand, and they'll just work.
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