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Canon T6 vs Sony A550

Portability
68
Imaging
62
Features
62
Overall
62
Canon EOS T6 front
 
Sony Alpha DSLR-A550 front
Portability
63
Imaging
54
Features
65
Overall
58

Canon T6 vs Sony A550 Key Specs

Canon T6
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400 (Bump to 12800)
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Canon EF/EF-S Mount
  • 485g - 129 x 101 x 78mm
  • Revealed March 2016
  • Additionally referred to as EOS Rebel 1300D
  • Succeeded the Canon 1200D
Sony A550
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 200 - 12800
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 632g - 137 x 104 x 84mm
  • Introduced December 2009
  • Succeeded the Sony A100
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Canon T6 vs Sony A550 Overview

Here, we will be analyzing the Canon T6 and Sony A550, both Entry-Level DSLR digital cameras by competitors Canon and Sony. There is a large difference between the resolutions of the T6 (18MP) and A550 (14MP) but both cameras provide the identical sensor sizing (APS-C).

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The T6 was introduced 6 years later than the A550 and that is quite a serious difference as far as tech is concerned. Both of the cameras feature the same body design (Compact SLR).

Before going right into a more detailed comparison, here is a short synopsis of how the T6 matches up vs the A550 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Canon T6 over the Sony A550

 T6 A550 
IntroducedMarch 2016December 2009More recent by 77 months

Reasons to pick Sony A550 over the Canon T6

 A550 T6 
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution922k920kClearer screen (+2k dot)

Common features in the Canon T6 and Sony A550

 T6 A550 
Manually focus Very precise focus
Screen size3"3"Same screen measurement
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Neither provides Touch friendly screen

Canon T6 vs Sony A550 Physical Comparison

If you're planning to lug around your camera often, you should factor in its weight and measurements. The Canon T6 provides external dimensions of 129mm x 101mm x 78mm (5.1" x 4.0" x 3.1") and a weight of 485 grams (1.07 lbs) and the Sony A550 has proportions of 137mm x 104mm x 84mm (5.4" x 4.1" x 3.3") and a weight of 632 grams (1.39 lbs).

Analyze the Canon T6 and Sony A550 in our brand new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into account, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you are using during that time. Underneath is a front view physical size comparison of the T6 compared to the A550.

Canon T6 vs Sony A550 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability score of the T6 and A550 is 68 and 63 respectively.

Canon T6 vs Sony A550 top view buttons comparison

Canon T6 vs Sony A550 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it can be hard to see the contrast between sensor measurements merely by reading through specs. The photograph below will help offer you a much better sense of the sensor dimensions in the T6 and A550.

All in all, both the cameras come with the identical sensor size albeit not the same megapixels. You can count on the Canon T6 to give you extra detail using its extra 4MP. Higher resolution can also allow you to crop shots a good deal more aggressively. The fresher T6 is going to have an advantage when it comes to sensor tech.

Canon T6 vs Sony A550 sensor size comparison

Canon T6 vs Sony A550 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon T6 vs Sony A550 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon T6 Portrait photography info
Sony A550 Portrait photography info
77
you can focus manually
MP count good (18 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
comes with face detection autofocus
saves RAW files
72
has manual focus
decent MP (14MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
comes with face detection autofocus
exports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Canon T6 as a Street photography camera
Sony A550 as a Street photography camera
60
nice sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW files
fixed screen
lack of image stabilization
74
has a tilting screen
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
exports RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Canon T6 Sports photography features
Sony A550 Sports photography features
59
MP count good (18 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
comes with tracking autofocus
supports phase detect autofocus
painfully slow continuous shooting (3.0 fps)
lack of image stabilization
bad battery (500 CIPA)
67
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent MP (14 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
comes with phase detect autofocus
bad battery power (480 per charge)
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Canon T6
Travel photography with Sony A550
55
MP count good (18 megapixels)
flash built-in
doesn't have Time Lapse function
bad battery (500 CIPA)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
52
decent MP (14MP)
built-in flash
no Time Lapse mode
bad battery power (480 per charge)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Canon T6
Landscape photography with Sony A550
64
you can focus manually
switch lenses (Canon EF/EF-S mount)
screen size is good (3 inches)
MP count good (18MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW files
lack of image stabilization
bad battery (500 shots)
doesn't have Time Lapse function
66
has manual focus
change lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
pretty good screen size (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent MP (14 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
exports RAW files
bad battery power (480 CIPA)
no Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon T6 as a Vlogging camera
Sony A550 as a Vlogging camera
27
comes with face detection autofocus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
lack of image stabilization
doesn't have external mic jack
9
no video recording
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Canon T6 vs Sony A550 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon T6 and Sony A550
 Canon EOS T6Sony Alpha DSLR-A550
General Information
Brand Canon Sony
Model Canon EOS T6 Sony Alpha DSLR-A550
Otherwise known as EOS Rebel 1300D -
Type Entry-Level DSLR Entry-Level DSLR
Revealed 2016-03-10 2009-12-09
Physical type Compact SLR Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Powered by Digic 4+ Bionz
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor dimensions 22.3 x 14.9mm 23.4 x 15.6mm
Sensor area 332.3mm² 365.0mm²
Sensor resolution 18 megapixels 14 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 5184 x 3456 4592 x 3056
Maximum native ISO 6400 12800
Maximum boosted ISO 12800 -
Minimum native ISO 100 200
RAW images
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points 9 9
Lens
Lens mounting type Canon EF/EF-S Sony/Minolta Alpha
Number of lenses 326 143
Crop factor 1.6 1.5
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Tilting
Screen size 3 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 920 thousand dots 922 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentamirror) Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage 95% 95%
Viewfinder magnification 0.5x 0.53x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 3.0fps 7.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 9.20 m (at ISO 100) 12.00 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-eye Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, High Speed Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in, Wireless
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Highest flash synchronize 1/200 seconds 1/160 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p), 640 x 480 (30p) -
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 None
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 -
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 485g (1.07 lbs) 632g (1.39 lbs)
Physical dimensions 129 x 101 x 78mm (5.1" x 4.0" x 3.1") 137 x 104 x 84mm (5.4" x 4.1" x 3.3")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 66 66
DXO Color Depth score 22.0 21.9
DXO Dynamic range score 11.7 11.8
DXO Low light score 781 807
Other
Battery life 500 images 480 images
Battery type Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model LP-E10 NP-FM500H
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC card SD/ SDHC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Card slots One One
Price at launch $549 $749