Samsung CL5 vs Sony A450

Portability
95
Imaging
33
Features
14
Overall
25
Samsung CL5 front
 
Sony Alpha DSLR-A450 front
Portability
65
Imaging
56
Features
52
Overall
54
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Samsung CL5 vs Sony A450 Overview

Below, we will be looking at the Samsung CL5 and Sony A450, one is a Ultracompact and the latter is a Entry-Level DSLR by rivals Samsung and Sony. There is a sizeable difference among the resolutions of the CL5 (9MP) and A450 (14MP) and the CL5 (1/2.5") and A450 (APS-C) enjoy totally different sensor sizes.

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The CL5 was manufactured 10 months prior to the A450 so they are of a similar generation. Both of the cameras come with different body type with the Samsung CL5 being a Ultracompact camera and the Sony A450 being a Compact SLR camera.

Before diving through a full comparison, below is a brief introduction of how the CL5 matches up vs the A450 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Samsung CL5 vs Sony A450 Key Specs

Samsung CL5
(Full Review)
  • 9MP - 1/2.5" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 38-114mm (F3.5-4.5) lens
  • 141g - 93 x 60 x 19mm
  • Revealed February 2009
  • Additionally referred to as PL10
Sony A450
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 200 - 12800
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 560g - 137 x 104 x 81mm
  • Revealed January 2010
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Samsung CL5 vs Sony A450 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is aiming to carry your camera often, you need to consider its weight and dimensions. The Samsung CL5 enjoys exterior dimensions of 93mm x 60mm x 19mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 0.7") having a weight of 141 grams (0.31 lbs) and the Sony A450 has dimensions of 137mm x 104mm x 81mm (5.4" x 4.1" x 3.2") and a weight of 560 grams (1.23 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you are using at the time. Here is a front view over all size comparison of the CL5 versus the A450.

Samsung CL5 vs Sony A450 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability score of the CL5 and A450 is 95 and 65 respectively.

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Samsung CL5 vs Sony A450 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it is tough to envision the contrast in sensor sizing just by going through technical specs. The photograph underneath might provide you a stronger sense of the sensor dimensions in the CL5 and A450.

As you can tell, both of those cameras feature different resolutions and different sensor sizing. The CL5 using its smaller sensor will make getting shallower DOF tougher and the Sony A450 will produce more detail with its extra 5MP. Higher resolution will help you crop photographs way more aggressively. The older CL5 will be disadvantaged in sensor tech.

Samsung CL5 vs Sony A450 sensor size comparison

Samsung CL5 vs Sony A450 Screen and ViewFinder

Samsung CL5 vs Sony A450 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Samsung CL5 Portrait photography info
Sony A450 Portrait photography info
25
comes with face detection autofocus
manual focus not available
no manual control
external flash not possible
MP count low (9 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.5")
does not have RAW support
73
manual focus
decent MP (14 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
saves RAW files
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Samsung CL5
Street photography with Sony A450
47
no articulating screen
does not have image stabilization
tiny sensor size (1/2.5")
does not have RAW support
66
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
saves RAW files
fixed screen
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Sports Comparison

Samsung CL5 Sports photography advice
Sony A450 Sports photography advice
16
no shutter priority
does not have image stabilization
MP count low (9 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.5")
does not have phase detect autofocus
78
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent MP (14 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
better than average battery (1,050 CIPA)
sensor has phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Samsung CL5 Travel photography advice
Sony A450 Travel photography advice
51
has built in flash
lack of Timelapse recording
MP count low (9MP)
display is not selfie friendly
wide angle not fantastic (38mm)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
61
better than average battery (1,050 shots)
decent MP (14 megapixels)
flash built-in
lack of Timelapse recording
screen isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Samsung CL5 Landscape photography factors
Sony A450 Landscape photography factors
22
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not fantastic (38mm)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
screen is small (2.7 inches)
no manual control
does not have image stabilization
MP count low (9 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.5")
does not have RAW support
lack of Timelapse recording
67
manual focus
swap lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent MP (14MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
saves RAW files
better than average battery (1,050 per charge)
small screen (2.7 inch)
lack of Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Samsung CL5 Vlogging highlights
Sony A450 Vlogging highlights
25
comes with face detection autofocus
wide angle not fantastic (38mm)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
display is not selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
video resolution low (640 x 480 pxls)
lack of external microphone port
9
no video
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Samsung CL5 vs Sony A450 Specifications

General Information
Company
Samsung
Sony
Model
Samsung CL5
Sony Alpha DSLR-A450
Other name
PL10
-
Class
Ultracompact
Entry-Level DSLR
Revealed
2009-02-23
2010-01-05
Physical type
Ultracompact
Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Powered by
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Bionz
Sensor type
CCD
CMOS
Sensor size
1/2.5"
APS-C
Sensor measurements
5.744 x 4.308mm
23.4 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area
24.7mm²
365.0mm²
Sensor resolution
9 megapixel
14 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
16:9, 4:3 and 3:2
3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution
3456 x 2592
4592 x 3056
Max native ISO
3200
12800
Minimum native ISO
80
200
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points
-
9
Lens
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Sony/Minolta Alpha
Lens focal range
38-114mm (3.0x)
-
Max aperture
f/3.5-4.5
-
Macro focus distance
5cm
-
Number of lenses
-
143
Crop factor
6.3
1.5
Screen
Type of screen
Fixed Type
Fixed Type
Screen size
2.7 inches
2.7 inches
Screen resolution
230k dots
230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Screen tech
-
TFT Clear Photo Color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
None
Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage
-
95 percent
Viewfinder magnification
-
0.53x
Features
Slowest shutter speed
16 secs
30 secs
Maximum shutter speed
1/2000 secs
1/4000 secs
Continuous shooting rate
-
7.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
-
Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
4.00 m
12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash settings
Auto, Auto & Red-eye reduction, Fill-in flash, Slow sync, Flash off, Red eye fix
Auto, Fill, Rear Sync, Slow Sync, Wireless/ High Speed Sync
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize
-
1/160 secs
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions
640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (60, 30, 15 fps)
-
Max video resolution
640x480
None
Video format
Motion JPEG
-
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless
None
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
none
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
141g (0.31 lb)
560g (1.23 lb)
Physical dimensions
93 x 60 x 19mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 0.7")
137 x 104 x 81mm (5.4" x 4.1" x 3.2")
DXO scores
DXO All around score
not tested
66
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
21.8
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
11.8
DXO Low light score
not tested
769
Other
Battery life
-
1050 photographs
Style of battery
-
Battery Pack
Battery model
-
NP-FM500H
Self timer
Yes (10 sec, 2 sec, Double, Motion Timer)
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage type
SC/SDHC/MMC/MMCplus, internal
SD/ SDHC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Card slots
One
One
Cost at launch
$391
$1,241