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Samsung GX-20 vs Sony W550

Portability
58
Imaging
54
Features
52
Overall
53
Samsung GX-20 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W550 front
Portability
96
Imaging
37
Features
28
Overall
33

Samsung GX-20 vs Sony W550 Key Specs

Samsung GX-20
(Full Review)
  • 15MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Bump to 6400)
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 800g - 142 x 101 x 72mm
  • Revealed January 2008
  • Old Model is Samsung GX-10
Sony W550
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 26-104mm (F2.7-5.7) lens
  • 110g - 94 x 56 x 19mm
  • Introduced July 2011
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Samsung GX-20 vs Sony W550 Overview

Let's look closer at the Samsung GX-20 and Sony W550, former is a Advanced DSLR while the other is a Ultracompact by brands Samsung and Sony. The image resolution of the GX-20 (15MP) and the W550 (14MP) is very close but the GX-20 (APS-C) and W550 (1/2.3") use different sensor dimensions.

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The GX-20 was released 4 years prior to the W550 which is a fairly large difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Both of the cameras offer different body type with the Samsung GX-20 being a Mid-size SLR camera and the Sony W550 being a Ultracompact camera.

Before going in to a thorough comparison, below is a brief synopsis of how the GX-20 matches up against the W550 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Samsung GX-20 over the Sony W550

 GX-20 W550 
Manually focus More precise focusing

Reasons to pick Sony W550 over the Samsung GX-20

 W550 GX-20 
IntroducedJuly 2011January 2008Newer by 42 months
Display sizing3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")

Common features in the Samsung GX-20 and Sony W550

 GX-20 W550 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display resolution230k230kEqual display resolution
Selfie screen Neither offers selfie screen
Touch friendly display Neither offers Touch friendly display

Samsung GX-20 vs Sony W550 Physical Comparison

For those who are going to travel with your camera often, you are going to need to factor its weight and measurements. The Samsung GX-20 offers outside measurements of 142mm x 101mm x 72mm (5.6" x 4.0" x 2.8") having a weight of 800 grams (1.76 lbs) whilst the Sony W550 has proportions of 94mm x 56mm x 19mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7") accompanied by a weight of 110 grams (0.24 lbs).

Compare the Samsung GX-20 and Sony W550 in our completely new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you are working with at that time. Underneath is the front view overall size comparison of the GX-20 versus the W550.

Samsung GX-20 vs Sony W550 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability grade of the GX-20 and W550 is 58 and 96 respectively.

Samsung GX-20 vs Sony W550 top view buttons comparison

Samsung GX-20 vs Sony W550 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it can be hard to picture the difference in sensor dimensions just by researching specs. The pic below might offer you a greater sense of the sensor sizing in the GX-20 and W550.

As you can plainly see, the 2 cameras offer different megapixels and different sensor dimensions. The GX-20 due to its larger sensor is going to make getting shallower depth of field less difficult and the Samsung GX-20 will result in extra detail as a result of its extra 1 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also allow you to crop photos a little more aggressively. The more aged GX-20 will be behind when it comes to sensor technology.

Samsung GX-20 vs Sony W550 sensor size comparison

Samsung GX-20 vs Sony W550 Screen and ViewFinder

Samsung GX-20 vs Sony W550 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Samsung GX-20 as a Portrait photography camera
Sony W550 as a Portrait photography camera
72
has manual focus
good MP (15MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
28
good megapixels (14MP)
manual focus not available
no manual control
external flash not possible
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Samsung GX-20 Street photography highlights
Sony W550 Street photography highlights
65
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
weather proofing
no moving screen
57
has image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Samsung GX-20 as a Sports photography camera
Sony W550 as a Sports photography camera
68
image stabilization (Sensor based)
good MP (15 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
weather proofing
comes with phase detect AF
max fps low (3.0 frames per second)
35
has image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
max frames per second low (1.0 fps)
no shutter priority
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Samsung GX-20 as a Travel photography camera
Sony W550 as a Travel photography camera
64
weather proofing
good MP (15MP)
built-in flash
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
65
good megapixels (14MP)
has built in flash
relatively wide (26mm)
missing Timelapse mode
display isn't selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f2.7)
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Landscape Comparison

Samsung GX-20 Landscape photography information
Sony W550 Landscape photography information
71
has manual focus
switch lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
good MP (15MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
weather proofing
screen is small (2.7")
42
relatively wide (26mm)
good sized screen (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (14MP)
manual focus not available
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.7)
no manual control
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
missing Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Samsung GX-20
Vlogging with Sony W550
9
can't record video
29
relatively wide (26mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
sluggish max aperture (f2.7)
display isn't selfie friendly
low res video (1280 x 720 resolution)
missing microphone jack
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Samsung GX-20 vs Sony W550 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Samsung GX-20 and Sony W550
 Samsung GX-20Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W550
General Information
Make Samsung Sony
Model Samsung GX-20 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W550
Class Advanced DSLR Ultracompact
Revealed 2008-01-24 2011-07-24
Body design Mid-size SLR Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip - BIONZ
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size APS-C 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 23.4 x 15.6mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 365.0mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 15 megapixels 14 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio - 4:3 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4688 x 3120 4320 x 3240
Highest native ISO 3200 3200
Highest boosted ISO 6400 -
Minimum native ISO 100 80
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points 11 9
Lens
Lens mounting type Pentax KAF2 fixed lens
Lens focal range - 26-104mm (4.0x)
Maximum aperture - f/2.7-5.7
Macro focus range - 5cm
Total lenses 151 -
Crop factor 1.5 5.8
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 2.7 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 230k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Display tech - Clear Photo LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism) None
Viewfinder coverage 95 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.64x -
Features
Lowest shutter speed 30 secs 2 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/1600 secs
Continuous shooting speed 3.0fps 1.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 13.00 m (at ISO 100) 3.80 m
Flash options Auto, Red-Eye, Slow, Red-Eye Slow, Rear curtain, wireless Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Highest flash sync 1/180 secs -
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions - 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution None 1280x720
Video data format - MPEG-4
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 800g (1.76 pounds) 110g (0.24 pounds)
Dimensions 142 x 101 x 72mm (5.6" x 4.0" x 2.8") 94 x 56 x 19mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 68 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 23.1 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 11.2 not tested
DXO Low light score 714 not tested
Other
Battery model - NP-BN1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media SD/MMC/SDHC card SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots One -
Pricing at launch $850 $119