Canon ELPH 180 vs Sony TX55

Portability
96
Imaging
48
Features
24
Overall
38
Canon PowerShot ELPH 180 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX55 front
Portability
97
Imaging
41
Features
46
Overall
43

Canon ELPH 180 vs Sony TX55 Key Specs

Canon ELPH 180
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-224mm (F3.2-6.9) lens
  • 126g - 95 x 54 x 22mm
  • Revealed January 2016
Sony TX55
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3.3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 26-130mm (F3.5-4.8) lens
  • 109g - 93 x 54 x 13mm
  • Released July 2011
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Canon ELPH 180 vs Sony TX55 Overview

On this page, we are comparing the Canon ELPH 180 vs Sony TX55, both Ultracompact cameras by companies Canon and Sony. There exists a substantial gap among the image resolutions of the ELPH 180 (20MP) and TX55 (16MP) but both cameras have the same sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The ELPH 180 was launched 4 years later than the TX55 and that is a fairly big difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Both of the cameras have the same body design (Ultracompact).

Before diving into a complete comparison, here is a quick overview of how the ELPH 180 matches up vs the TX55 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Canon ELPH 180 over the Sony TX55

 ELPH 180 TX55 
ReleasedJanuary 2016July 2011More recent by 55 months

Reasons to pick Sony TX55 over the Canon ELPH 180

 TX55 ELPH 180 
Focus manually More precise focusing
Display dimensions3.3"2.7"Larger display (+0.6")
Display resolution1230k230kClearer display (+1000k dot)
Touch display Easily navigate

Common features in the Canon ELPH 180 and Sony TX55

 ELPH 180 TX55 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen

Canon ELPH 180 vs Sony TX55 Physical Comparison

In case you're looking to lug around your camera regularly, you will need to take into account its weight and measurements. The Canon ELPH 180 features physical measurements of 95mm x 54mm x 22mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.9") and a weight of 126 grams (0.28 lbs) while the Sony TX55 has proportions of 93mm x 54mm x 13mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.5") and a weight of 109 grams (0.24 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you are utilising at the time. Underneath is a front view scale comparison of the ELPH 180 compared to the TX55.

Canon ELPH 180 vs Sony TX55 size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the ELPH 180 and TX55 is 96 and 97 respectively.

Canon ELPH 180 vs Sony TX55 top view buttons comparison

Canon ELPH 180 vs Sony TX55 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it is tough to envision the difference in sensor measurements just by researching specifications. The graphic below should provide you a much better sense of the sensor measurements in the ELPH 180 and TX55.

Plainly, both cameras have the same sensor dimensions but not the same resolution. You can anticipate the Canon ELPH 180 to result in extra detail utilizing its extra 4MP. Greater resolution will let you crop photos a bit more aggressively. The newer ELPH 180 will have a benefit in sensor innovation.

Canon ELPH 180 vs Sony TX55 sensor size comparison

Canon ELPH 180 vs Sony TX55 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon ELPH 180 vs Sony TX55 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon ELPH 180 Portrait photography advice
Sony TX55 Portrait photography advice
40
decent megapixels (20MP)
offers face detect focusing
manual focus not available
manual exposure not available
external flash not possible
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
37
has manual focus
decent MP (16 megapixels)
manual exposure not possible
no external flash support
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Canon ELPH 180 as a Street photography camera
Sony TX55 as a Street photography camera
60
has image stabilization (Optical)
fixed screen
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
59
built in image stabilization (Optical)
no moving screen
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Canon ELPH 180 Sports photography advice
Sony TX55 Sports photography advice
40
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (20MP)
continuous shooting slow (0.8 fps)
no shutter priority
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF
45
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
great battery power (250 per charge)
lack of shutter priority mode
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Canon ELPH 180 as a Travel photography camera
Sony TX55 as a Travel photography camera
68
decent megapixels (20 megapixels)
flash built-in
rather wide (28mm)
lack of Timelapse mode
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
69
great battery power (250 per charge)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
rather wide (26mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse function
screen is not selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Canon ELPH 180
Landscape photography with Sony TX55
42
rather wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (20MP)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
small screen (2.7 inch)
manual exposure not available
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
lack of Timelapse mode
51
has manual focus
rather wide (26mm)
screen is a decent size (3.3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
great battery power (250 shots)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
manual exposure not possible
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW files
doesn't have Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon ELPH 180 Vlogging details
Sony TX55 Vlogging details
32
rather wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detect focusing
slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
low res video (1280 x 720 pxls)
lack of microphone socket
34
rather wide (26mm)
touchscreen capability
built in image stabilization (Optical)
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
screen is not selfie friendly
doesn't have external mic support
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Canon ELPH 180 vs Sony TX55 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon ELPH 180 and Sony TX55
 Canon PowerShot ELPH 180Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX55
General Information
Manufacturer Canon Sony
Model type Canon PowerShot ELPH 180 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX55
Type Ultracompact Ultracompact
Revealed 2016-01-05 2011-07-24
Physical type Ultracompact Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Powered by DIGIC 4+ BIONZ
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 4:3 and 16:9
Full resolution 5152 x 3864 4608 x 3456
Max native ISO 1600 3200
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points - 9
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-224mm (8.0x) 26-130mm (5.0x)
Maximum aperture f/3.2-6.9 f/3.5-4.8
Macro focusing distance 1cm 3cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 2.7" 3.3"
Screen resolution 230k dots 1,230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Screen technology - XtraFine OLED display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 15 secs 30 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/1600 secs
Continuous shooting rate 0.8 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 3.00 m (at Auto ISO) 3.70 m
Flash modes Auto, on, slow synchro, off Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (25p), 640 x 480 (30p) 1920 x 1080 (60fps), 1440 x 1080 (30fps), 1280 x 720 (30fps), 640 x 480 (30fps)
Max video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 126 gr (0.28 lbs) 109 gr (0.24 lbs)
Physical dimensions 95 x 54 x 22mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.9") 93 x 54 x 13mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.5")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 220 photos 250 photos
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID NB-11LH NP-BN
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC card microSD/SDHC, Memory Stick Micro
Card slots 1 1
Price at launch $119 $350