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Canon 1D X III vs Sony A580

Portability
50
Imaging
75
Features
85
Overall
79
Canon EOS-1D X Mark III front
 
Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 front
Portability
64
Imaging
58
Features
82
Overall
67

Canon 1D X III vs Sony A580 Key Specs

Canon 1D X III
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 102400 (Bump to 819200)
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 5472 x 2886 video
  • Canon EF Mount
  • 1440g - 158 x 168 x 83mm
  • Announced January 2020
  • Succeeded the Canon 1D X II
Sony A580
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 12800 (Expand to 25600)
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 599g - 137 x 104 x 84mm
  • Revealed May 2011
  • Succeeded the Sony A100
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Canon 1D X III vs Sony A580 Overview

Lets look a bit more closely at the Canon 1D X III versus Sony A580, former being a Pro DSLR while the latter is a Entry-Level DSLR by companies Canon and Sony. There is a sizable difference between the sensor resolutions of the 1D X III (20MP) and A580 (16MP) and the 1D X III (Full frame) and A580 (APS-C) boast totally different sensor dimensions.

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The 1D X III was revealed 8 years later than the A580 and that is quite a significant difference as far as tech is concerned. Both of these cameras feature different body design with the Canon 1D X III being a Large SLR camera and the Sony A580 being a Compact SLR camera.

Before going right into a thorough comparison, here is a quick overview of how the 1D X III scores vs the A580 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Canon 1D X III over the Sony A580

 1D X III A580 
RevealedJanuary 2020May 2011More recent by 105 months
Screen size3.2"3"Bigger screen (+0.2")
Screen resolution2100k922kSharper screen (+1178k dot)
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Sony A580 over the Canon 1D X III

 A580 1D X III 
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen

Common features in the Canon 1D X III and Sony A580

 1D X III A580 
Focus manually Very accurate focus
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen

Canon 1D X III vs Sony A580 Physical Comparison

If you're aiming to lug around your camera regularly, you're going to have to think about its weight and size. The Canon 1D X III has got physical measurements of 158mm x 168mm x 83mm (6.2" x 6.6" x 3.3") with a weight of 1440 grams (3.17 lbs) whilst the Sony A580 has specifications of 137mm x 104mm x 84mm (5.4" x 4.1" x 3.3") accompanied by a weight of 599 grams (1.32 lbs).

Check out the Canon 1D X III versus Sony A580 in our brand new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Always remember, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you are utilizing during that time. Below is a front view sizing comparison of the 1D X III against the A580.

Canon 1D X III vs Sony A580 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability rating of the 1D X III and A580 is 50 and 64 respectively.

Canon 1D X III vs Sony A580 top view buttons comparison

Canon 1D X III vs Sony A580 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it is hard to see the contrast between sensor measurements merely by reading through a spec sheet. The photograph underneath should give you a much better sense of the sensor sizing in the 1D X III and A580.

Clearly, both cameras come with different megapixel count and different sensor measurements. The 1D X III with its bigger sensor will make achieving shallow DOF simpler and the Canon 1D X III will give more detail because of its extra 4MP. Higher resolution will also make it easier to crop pictures a good deal more aggressively. The newer 1D X III is going to have an advantage in sensor tech.

Canon 1D X III vs Sony A580 sensor size comparison

Canon 1D X III vs Sony A580 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon 1D X III vs Sony A580 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon 1D X III Portrait photography information
Sony A580 Portrait photography information
85
has manual focus
decent sensor resolution (20MP)
big sensor size (Full frame)
features face detection autofocus
supports RAW formats
74
focusing manually
megapixel count decent (16MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
provides face detect focus
supports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Canon 1D X III Street photography highlights
Sony A580 Street photography highlights
62
big sensor size (Full frame)
supports RAW formats
boasts focus via touch
environment sealing
great high ISO (102,400)
no articulating screen
no image stabilization
76
screen tilts
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Canon 1D X III Sports photography details
Sony A580 Sports photography details
81
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000 seconds)
high frames per second (20.0 frames/s)
decent sensor resolution (20 megapixels)
big sensor size (Full frame)
features tracking autofocus
environment sealing
better than average battery pack (2,850 shots)
sensor has phase detect autofocus
no image stabilization
79
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
provides tracking focus
great battery pack (1,050 per charge)
has phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Canon 1D X III
Travel photography with Sony A580
67
better than average battery pack (2,850 shots)
environment sealing
boasts focus via touch
decent sensor resolution (20MP)
screen is not selfie friendly
61
great battery pack (1,050 per charge)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
does not have Time Lapse function
does not offer selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Canon 1D X III Landscape photography details
Sony A580 Landscape photography details
80
has manual focus
change lenses (Canon EF mount)
screen size is decent (3.2 inches)
decent sensor resolution (20MP)
big sensor size (Full frame)
great high ISO (102,400)
supports RAW formats
environment sealing
better than average battery pack (2,850 per charge)
2 card slots
no image stabilization
74
focusing manually
swap lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
great battery pack (1,050 CIPA)
2 card slots
does not have Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon 1D X III Vlogging info
Sony A580 Vlogging info
30
touchscreen capability
features face detection autofocus
video resolution high (5472 x 2886 resolution)
includes external mic support
screen is not selfie friendly
no image stabilization
34
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
provides face detect focus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
has mic support
does not offer selfie friendly screen
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Canon 1D X III vs Sony A580 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon 1D X III and Sony A580
 Canon EOS-1D X Mark IIISony Alpha DSLR-A580
General Information
Manufacturer Canon Sony
Model Canon EOS-1D X Mark III Sony Alpha DSLR-A580
Class Pro DSLR Entry-Level DSLR
Announced 2020-01-07 2011-05-26
Physical type Large SLR Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Digic X Bionz
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Full frame APS-C
Sensor dimensions 36 x 24mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area 864.0mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 5472 x 3648 4912 x 3264
Max native ISO 102400 12800
Max enhanced ISO 819200 25600
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW support
Min enhanced ISO 50 -
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points 191 15
Cross focus points 155 3
Lens
Lens mount Canon EF Sony/Minolta Alpha
Total lenses 250 143
Focal length multiplier 1 1.5
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Tilting
Screen diagonal 3.2 inch 3 inch
Screen resolution 2,100k dots 922k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 95 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.76x 0.53x
Features
Min shutter speed 30s 30s
Max shutter speed 1/8000s 1/4000s
Continuous shutter rate 20.0fps 7.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range no built-in flash 12.00 m
Flash modes no built-in flash Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, High Speed Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in, Wireless
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Max flash synchronize - 1/160s
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 5472 X 2886 (60p, 30p, 25p, 24p, 23.98p), 1920 x 1080 (120p, 60p, 50p, 25p, 24p, 23.98p) 1920 x 1080 (60, 29.97 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30fps), 640 x 424 (29.97 fps)
Max video resolution 5472x2886 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264, H.265 MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Built-in None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 1440g (3.17 pounds) 599g (1.32 pounds)
Physical dimensions 158 x 168 x 83mm (6.2" x 6.6" x 3.3") 137 x 104 x 84mm (5.4" x 4.1" x 3.3")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested 80
DXO Color Depth score not tested 23.8
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 13.3
DXO Low light score not tested 1121
Other
Battery life 2850 shots 1050 shots
Battery style Built-in Battery Pack
Battery model - NP-FM500H
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage Dual CFexpress type B SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Card slots Dual Dual
Price at release $6,499 $848