Canon EOS 600D vs. Nikon D3200 vs. Sony SLT-A58 vs. Pentax K-30

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Aug 25, 2014
Feb 7, 2011
Apr 19, 2012
Feb 20, 2013
May 21, 2012
 
 
US: with 18-55mm VR - $699.95; UK: with 18-55mm VR - £649.99; UK: with 18-55mm VR - €699
 
Body: US $849.95, with 18-55mm kit lens: $899.95
 
Compact SLR
Compact SLR
Compact SLR
Mid-size SLR
 
 
 
Reinforced polycarbonate over stainless steel chassis
 
5184 x 3456
6016 x 4000
5456 x 3632
4928 x 3264
5184 x 2912, 4608 x 3456,3456 x 3456, 3456 x 2304, 3456 x 1944, 3072 x 2304, 2592 x 1728, 2592 x 1456, 2304 x 1728, 2304 x 2304, 1920 x 1280, 1920 x 1080, 1728 x 1728, 1696 x 1280, 1280 x 1280, 720 x 480, 720 x 400, 640 x 480, 480 x 480
4512 x 3000, 3008 x 2000
 
4224 x 2816, 3456 x 2304, 2688 x 1792
1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
3:2
 
3:2
18 megapixels
24 megapixels
20 megapixels
16 megapixels
19 megapixels
25 megapixels
20 megapixels
17 megapixels
APS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm)
APS-C (23.2 x 15.4 mm)
 
APS-C (23.7 x 15.7 mm)
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
Digic 4
Expeed 3
 
Prime M
 
sRGB, Adobe RGB
sRGB, Adobe RGB
sRGB, AdobeRGB
 
 
Primary color filters
Primary color filter
 
Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, (12800 with boost)
Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400 (12800 with boost)
Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 16000 (25600 with boost)
Auto, 100 to 12800, in 1, 1/2, 1/3 EV steps (25600 Extended)
12800
12800
25600
25600
6
12
9
9
Yes
Yes (1)
Yes (1)
Yes (3)
No
No
Optical
Sensor-shift
 
 
SteadyShot INSIDE
 
RAW
RAW
RAW
RAW
Fine, Normal
Fine, Normal, Basic
 
Good, Better, Best
 
  • NEF (RAW): 12 bit
  • JPEG
  • RAW
  • RAW + JPEG
  • JPEG Fine
  • JPEG Standard
  • RAW (DNG)
  • JPEG (EXIF 2.3)
  • DCF 2.0 compliant
  • DPOF
  • PIM III
 
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
 
 
Built-in Flash type
 
Yes (3-10x )
No
 
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
9
11
15
11
Canon EF/EF-S
Nikon F
Sony/Minolta Alpha
Pentax KAF2
1.6×
1.5×
1.5×
1.5×
 
Fully articulated
Fixed
Fully articulated
Fixed
3
3
2.7
3
1,040,000
921,000
460,000
921,000
No
No
No
No
TFT color LCD, liquid-crystal monitor
TFT LCD with 160° viewing angle
 
TFT LCD monitor with brightness/color adjustment and AR coating
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Optical (pentamirror)
Optical (pentamirror)
Electronic
Optical (pentaprism)
95%
95%
100%
100%
0.85× (0.53× 35mm equiv.)
0.8× (0.53× 35mm equiv.)
 
0.92× (0.61× 35mm equiv.)
 
 
1,440,000
 
 
30 sec
30 sec
 
30 sec
1/4000 sec
1/4000 sec
 
1/6000 sec
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
 
  • Programmed auto with flexible program (P)
  • Shutter-priority (S)
  • Aperture priority (A)
  • Manual (M)
  • iAUTO
  • Flash Off
  • Superior Auto
  • Scene Selection
  • Sweep Panorama
  • 3D Sweep Panorama
  • Continuous Advance Priority AE
  • Movie, Programmed AE (P)
  • Aperture priority (A)
  • Shutter-speed priority (S)
  • Manual (M)
  • Hyper Program (P)
  • Sensitivity Priority (Sv)
  • Shutter Priority (Tv)
  • Aperture Priority (Av)
  • Shutter & Aperture Priority (TAv)
  • Hyper Manual (M)
  • Bulb (B)
  • User (U1, U2)
  • Scene (SCN)
  • Auto Picture (AUTO)
  • Movie
 
  • Portrait
  • Landscape
  • Child
  • Sports
  • Close-Up
  • Night portrait
  • Portrait
  • Landscape
  • Macro
  • Sports Action
  • Sunset
  • Night Portrait
  • Night View
  • Hand-held Twilight
  • Portrait
  • Landscape
  • Macro
  • Moving Object
  • Night Scene Portrait
  • Sunset
  • Blue Sky
  • Forest
  • Night Scene
  • Night Scene HDR (JPG)
  • Night Snap
  • Food
  • Pet
  • Kids
  • Surf & Snow
  • Backlight Silhouette
  • Candlelight
  • Stage Lighting
  • Museum
Yes (Pop-up)
Yes (Pop-up)
Yes (Pop-up)
Yes (Pop-up)
13.00 m
12.00 m (at ISO 100)
10.00 m (@ ISO 100)
12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Yes (Hot-shoe, Wireless plus Sync connector)
Yes (Hot-shoe, Wireless plus sync connector)
Yes (Hot-shoe, Wireless)
Yes (Hot-shoe, Wireless)
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye
Auto, Red-Eye, Slow, Red-Eye Slow, Rear curtain
 
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye,Slow Sync, Slow Sync+ Redeye, Trailing Curtain Sync, Wireless
 
1/200 sec
 
 
 
  • Single frame
  • Continuous
  • Self-timer
  • 2s Delayed remote
  • Quick-response remote
  • Quiet shutter release
 
  • Single
  • Continuous (Hi, Lo)
  • Self-Timer (12s, 2s)
  • Remote (0s, 3s, continuous)
  • Auto Bracketing (3 frames, standard, timer, remote)
3.7 fps
4.0 fps
5.0 fps
6.0 fps
Yes (2 sec or 10 sec)
Yes
 
Yes ( 2 or 12 seconds)
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
  • Partial
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot AF-area
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)
 
±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
±2 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
 
 
±2 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Yes (3 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)
No
Yes (3 frames, H/L selectable)
No
 
1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (60, 50 fps)
1920 x 1080 (30,25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 424 (30, 25 fps)
1920 x 1080
1920 x 1080 (30,25,24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60,50,30,25,24 fps), 640 x 424 (30,25,24 fps)
MPEG-4, H.264
MPEG-4, H.264
MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
MPEG-4, H.264
 
Frame rates of 30p (actual frame rate 29.97 fps) and 60p (actual frame rate 59.94 fps) are available when NTSC is selected for video mode; 25p and 50p are available when PAL is selected for video mode; Actual frame rate when 24p is selected is 23.976 fps
50i or 25p in PAL countries
 
Mono
Mono
Stereo
Mono
Mono
Mono
Mono
Mono
 
SD/SDHC/SDXC
SD/SDHC/SDXC UHS-I compliant
SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
SD/SDHC/SDXC
None
None
 
 
 
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Yes (HDMI mini)
Yes (Mini Type C)
Yes (Mini Type C)
No
Eye-Fi Connected
Optional
Eye-Fi Connected
Eye-Fi Connected
 
WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter
 
 
Yes (E3 connector, InfraRed)
Yes (Optional)
Yes (Optional)
Yes (optional, wired or wireless)
 
No
No
No
Yes (Weather and dust resistant)
Battery Pack
Battery Pack
Battery Pack
Battery Pack
Lithium-Ion LP-E8 rechargeable battery & charger
Lithium-Ion EN-EL14 rechargeable battery & charger
Rechargeable NP-FM500H battery & charger
Lithium-Ion D-LI109 rechargeable battery & charger or 4 x AA batteries (with the optional AA battery holder D-BH109)
440
540
690
410
570 g (1.26 lb / 20.11 oz)
505 g (1.11 lb / 17.81 oz)
492 g (1.08 lb / 17.35 oz)
650 g (1.43 lb / 22.93 oz)
133 x 100 x 80 mm (5.24 x 3.94 x 3.15)
125 x 96 x 77 mm (4.92 x 3.78 x 3.03)
129 x 95 x 78 mm (5.08 x 3.74 x 3.07)
130 x 97 x 71 mm (5.12 x 3.82 x 2.8)
 
Yes
Yes
 
Yes
Yes (by USB cable and PC)
 
 
Yes (999 shots, 3 sec to 24 hr interval, time delay)
None
Optional
None
Optional
 
GP-1
 
O-GPS1