Sony Alpha a57 vs Canon EOS 760D

This is a full comparison between the cameras Sony Alpha a57 and Canon EOS 760D. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Manufacturing

Sony Alpha a57 is manufacturered by Sony but Canon EOS 760D is from Canon. Both Sony and Canon are well known brands though.

Sony Alpha a57 were released 2012 and Canon EOS 760D was released 2015. That is a 3 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Sony Alpha a57 2012
Canon EOS 760D 2015

Type of camera

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Sony Alpha a57 has a "Sony APS-C"-sensor while Canon EOS 760D has a "Canon APS-C"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also affect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **
Sony Alpha a57 75 mm
Sony APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5
Canon EOS 760D 80 mm
Canon APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.6

** Experienced focal length when using a lens such as a common "50mm f/1.8"

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Sony)
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Canon)

Resolution

Sony Alpha a57 has a 16 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Canon EOS 760D has 24 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Sony Alpha a57 16 MP
16032768 pixels
4912 x 3264
Canon EOS 760D 24 MP
24000000 pixels
6000 x 4000

Canon EOS 760D has a 50 % larger resolution than Sony Alpha a57. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterward while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Sony Alpha a57 has a larger ISO-range than Canon EOS 760D. Sony Alpha a57 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 16000 while Canon EOS 760D has 100 to 12800.

Camera ISO Range
Sony Alpha a57 100-16000
Canon EOS 760D 100-12800

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that support autofocus, do not have an autofocus motor of their own but this won't cause any problems with these two cameras.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Sony Alpha a57
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS 760D

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Sony Alpha a57 can shoot up to 12 pictures per seconds and Canon EOS 760D can shoot up to 5 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Sony Alpha a57 12
Canon EOS 760D 5

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

In this case, both Sony Alpha a57 and Canon EOS 760D can shoot movies.

Weight

The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, or carried around, for several hours at a time.

Sony Alpha a57 weighs 618 gr (equal to 1,36 lb) which is 9% heavier than Canon EOS 760D and its 565 gr (or 1,25 lb).

Camera Weight
Sony Alpha a57 618 gr
1,36 lb
Canon EOS 760D 565 gr
1,25 lb

Sony Alpha a57 vs Canon EOS 760D Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Sony Alpha a57 and Canon EOS 760D, next to each other. Each category of data is a link to an article covering the subject, giving you a deeper understanding so you can better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the two camera models.

Product
Sony Alpha a57
Canon EOS 760D
Name Sony Alpha a57 Canon EOS 760D
Manufacturer Sony Canon
Release Date and Price
Sony Alpha a57
Canon EOS 760D
Release Year 2012 2015
Release Date 2012-03-13 2015-02-06
MSRP 699 USD 849 USD
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Camera Type
Sony Alpha a57
Canon EOS 760D
Camera Type SLT DSLR
Sensor
Sony Alpha a57
Canon EOS 760D
Sensor Size APS-C (approx 23.5 x 15.6 mm) APS-C (approx 22.3 x 14.9 mm)
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Resolution 4912 x 3264 pixels 6000 x 4000 pixels
Megapixels 16 MP 24 MP
Image Processor Bionz DIGIC 6
Image
Sony Alpha a57
Canon EOS 760D
ISO Range 100 - 16000 100 - 12800
White Balance Presets 9 8
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
(Sensor-Shift)
No
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW
Optics & Focus
Sony Alpha a57
Canon EOS 760D
Autofocus Motor Yes Yes
Autofocus Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Face Detection
LiveView
Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Center
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Touch
Face Detection
LiveView
Focus Points 15 19
Lens Mount Sony A
Canon EF
Canon EF-S

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier APS-C Sensor (1.5x)
1.5x multiplier
Example:
24 mm becomes 36 mm
50 mm becomes 75 mm
100 mm becomes 150 mm
200 mm becomes 300 mm
APS-C Sensor
1.6x multiplier
Example:
24 mm becomes 38 mm
50 mm becomes 80 mm
100 mm becomes 160 mm
200 mm becomes 320 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Sony Alpha a57
Canon EOS 760D
Articulated LCD Fully articulated Fully articulated
Screen size 3 3
Screen dots 921000 1040000
Touch screen No Yes
Screen type Xtra Fine TFT drive with TruBlack technology TFT LCD
Live view Yes Yes
Viewfinder Type Electronic Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 95%
Viewfinder Magnification 1.04 (0.69 35mm equiv.) 0.82 (0.51 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder Resolution N/A 0
Photography features
Sony Alpha a57
Canon EOS 760D
Frames per second 12 fps 5 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Built-in Flash Yes Yes
Built-in Flash Range 10 meters 12 meters
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse No No
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Partial
Exposure Compensation 3 (at 1/3 EV steps) 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Videography features
Sony Alpha a57
Canon EOS 760D
Video recording Yes Yes
Video format MPEG4
H.264
AVCHD
MPEG4
H.264
Video resolution 1440 x 1080
1920 x 1080
1280 x 720
1920 x 1080
Built-in Microphone Yes Yes
Built-in Speakers Yes Yes
Storage
Sony Alpha a57
Canon EOS 760D
Memory Card Memory Stick Pro Duo
SD/SDHC
SD/SDHC
Connectivity
Sony Alpha a57
Canon EOS 760D
HDMI Output Yes Yes
Microphone Port No Yes
Headphone Port No No
Wireless Yes
Eye-Fi Connected
Yes
Built-In (802.11b/g/n with NFC)
Remote Control Yes (Optional) Yes (wired or via smartphone)
GPS No No
Body & Dimensions
Sony Alpha a57
Canon EOS 760D
Enviromentally sealed No No
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details Rechargeable NP-FM500H battery & charger
LP-E17 lithium-ion battery @ charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 550 shots 440 shots
Width 132 mm 132 mm
Height 98 mm 111 mm
Depth 81 mm 78 mm
Weight 618 gram 565 gram