Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of A65 vs DSLR-A580

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

SLT A65
8.6
DSLR-A580
9.5
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

SLT A65
8.0
DSLR-A580
6.6
Focus lag, cross type focus points and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

SLT A65
8.7
DSLR-A580
8.0
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

SLT A65
9.3
DSLR-A580
9.1
Reviews from sonyalpharumors.com, techradar.com, photographyblog.com and 1 more

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

SLT A65
8.9
DSLR-A580
8.8

Winner
Sony SLT A65 

Camera Rocket recommends the Sony SLT A65  based on its focusing, responsiveness and reviews.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of SLT A65 vs DSLR-A580

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

SLT A65
717 ISO
DSLR-A580
1,121 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

SLT A65
3,000 LPH
DSLR-A580
2,600 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

SLT A65
138 ms
DSLR-A580
295 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

SLT A65
54 ms
DSLR-A580
84 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

SLT A65
2,800 ms
DSLR-A580
800 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

SLT A65
10 fps
DSLR-A580
7 fps

Features Key features of the SLT A65  vs DSLR-A580 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

SLT A65
24 MP
DSLR-A580
16 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

SLT A65
25,600 ISO
DSLR-A580
25,600 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

Screen size Larger screens make it easier to preview and review photos

Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use

SLT A65
0.71x
DSLR-A580
0.52x

Pixel size How much area of the sensor is dedicated to each pixel

SLT A65
15.3 microns
DSLR-A580
22.9 microns

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

SLT A65  vs
DSLR-A580 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 24 MP 16 MP
Resolution 6000 x 4000 4912 x 3264
Size APS-C APS-C
Area 23.5 x 15.6 mm 23.5 x 15.6 mm
Crop factor 1.5x 1.5x
Pixel size 15.3 microns 22.9 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 16,000 ISO 100 ISO to 12,800 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 16,000 ISO to 25,600 ISO 12,800 ISO to 25,600 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes Yes
Tested vertical resolution 3,000 LPH 2,600 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 3,000 LPH 2,600 LPH

focus system

Type Phase detection Phase detection
Focus points 15 15
Cross type focus points 3 3
Supports continuous No No

shutter

Min 30 s 30 s
Max 1/4000 s 1/4000 s

performance

Max continuous shooting 10 fps 7 fps
Battery life 510 1,050
Continuous shooting
10 fps, JPEG
7 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 138 ms 295 ms
Shutter lag 54 ms 84 ms
Startup delay 2,800 ms 800 ms

video

SLT A65  vs
DSLR-A580 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
Shoots video in 24p Yes No
Shoots high speed video No No
External mic jack 3.5mm 3.5mm

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 3" 3"
Resolution 921 k dots 921 k dots
Has a touch screen No No
Has a flip out screen Yes Yes
Supports live view Yes Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Translucent Opaque
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Electronic Pentamirror
Coverage 100% 95%
Magnification 1.09x 0.8x
Viewfinder size 0.71x 0.52x

form factor

Size 132 x 97 x 81 mm 137 x 104 x 84 mm
Thickness 81 mm 84 mm
Weight 622 g 599 g
Is weather sealed No No

features

Includes a GPS Yes No
Supports HDR Yes Yes
Automatic panorama Yes Yes
Create realistic 3D images Yes Yes
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
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