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Samsung Galaxy Camera vs Sony A850

Portability
90
Imaging
40
Features
55
Overall
46
Samsung Galaxy Camera front
 
Sony Alpha DSLR-A850 front
Portability
54
Imaging
68
Features
60
Overall
64

Samsung Galaxy Camera vs Sony A850 Key Specs

Samsung Galaxy Camera
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 4.8" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 23-481mm (F2.8-5.9) lens
  • 300g - 129 x 71 x 19mm
  • Introduced February 2013
  • Additionally referred to as Wi-Fi
Sony A850
(Full Review)
  • 25MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 200 - 3200 (Bump to 6400)
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • No Video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 895g - 156 x 117 x 82mm
  • Launched April 2010
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Samsung Galaxy Camera vs Sony A850 Overview

The following is a in-depth comparison of the Samsung Galaxy Camera and Sony A850, former is a Small Sensor Superzoom while the latter is a Advanced DSLR by companies Samsung and Sony. There is a sizable difference among the resolutions of the Galaxy Camera (16MP) and A850 (25MP) and the Galaxy Camera (1/2.3") and A850 (Full frame) have totally different sensor dimensions.

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The Galaxy Camera was brought out 2 years after the A850 which is a fairly significant difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Each of these cameras feature different body design with the Samsung Galaxy Camera being a Compact camera and the Sony A850 being a Mid-size SLR camera.

Before delving straight to a detailed comparison, here is a concise summary of how the Galaxy Camera scores against the A850 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Samsung Galaxy Camera over the Sony A850

 Galaxy Camera A850 
LaunchedFebruary 2013April 2010Newer by 35 months
Screen size4.8"3"Bigger screen (+1.8")
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Sony A850 over the Samsung Galaxy Camera

 A850 Galaxy Camera 

Common features in the Samsung Galaxy Camera and Sony A850

 Galaxy Camera A850 
Manually focus More precise focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen resolution922k922kExact same screen resolution
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen

Samsung Galaxy Camera vs Sony A850 Physical Comparison

If you are aiming to travel with your camera frequently, you will have to think about its weight and proportions. The Samsung Galaxy Camera has outside measurements of 129mm x 71mm x 19mm (5.1" x 2.8" x 0.7") along with a weight of 300 grams (0.66 lbs) and the Sony A850 has measurements of 156mm x 117mm x 82mm (6.1" x 4.6" x 3.2") along with a weight of 895 grams (1.97 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you use at that time. Below is a front view physical size comparison of the Galaxy Camera versus the A850.

Samsung Galaxy Camera vs Sony A850 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability score of the Galaxy Camera and A850 is 90 and 54 respectively.

Samsung Galaxy Camera vs Sony A850 top view buttons comparison

Samsung Galaxy Camera vs Sony A850 Sensor Comparison

Often, its hard to envision the gap in sensor dimensions merely by seeing a spec sheet. The image below might give you a better sense of the sensor sizing in the Galaxy Camera and A850.

As you can see, the two cameras feature different resolutions and different sensor dimensions. The Galaxy Camera because of its smaller sensor will make getting bokeh harder and the Sony A850 will show more detail having its extra 9MP. Higher resolution will also enable you to crop pictures way more aggressively. The more recent Galaxy Camera is going to have an advantage in sensor tech.

Samsung Galaxy Camera vs Sony A850 sensor size comparison

Samsung Galaxy Camera vs Sony A850 Screen and ViewFinder

Samsung Galaxy Camera vs Sony A850 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Samsung Galaxy Camera Portrait photography factors
Sony A850 Portrait photography factors
40
has manual focus
good MP (16MP)
external flash not possible
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
72
focusing manually
excellent sensor resolution (25MP)
large sensor size (Full frame)
exports RAW files
does not have liveview
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Street Comparison

Samsung Galaxy Camera Street photography advice
Sony A850 Street photography advice
61
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (300g)
no articulating screen
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
66
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
large sensor size (Full frame)
exports RAW files
weather sealing
fixed screen
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Sports Comparison

Samsung Galaxy Camera Sports photography details
Sony A850 Sports photography details
50
great zoom range (23-481mm 20.9 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (16MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
71
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000s)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
excellent sensor resolution (25MP)
large sensor size (Full frame)
weather sealing
sensor has phase detect AF
does not have liveview
painfully slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames per second)
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Travel Comparison

Samsung Galaxy Camera Travel photography details
Sony A850 Travel photography details
69
lighter than competition in class (300 grams)
good MP (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
relatively wide (23mm)
great reach (481mm)
doesn't have Timelapse function
does not have a selfie friendly display
slow max aperture (f2.8)
55
weather sealing
excellent sensor resolution (25MP)
doesn't have Timelapse mode
screen isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Samsung Galaxy Camera Landscape photography factors
Sony A850 Landscape photography factors
50
has manual focus
relatively wide (23mm)
big screen (4.8 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (16 megapixels)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
doesn't have Timelapse function
73
focusing manually
change lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
screen is a decent size (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
excellent sensor resolution (25MP)
large sensor size (Full frame)
exports RAW files
weather sealing
2 card slots
does not have liveview
doesn't have Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Samsung Galaxy Camera Vlogging features
Sony A850 Vlogging features
37
relatively wide (23mm)
touch screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
includes external microphone socket
lighter than competition in class (300 grams)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
does not have a selfie friendly display
9
no video
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Samsung Galaxy Camera vs Sony A850 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Samsung Galaxy Camera and Sony A850
 Samsung Galaxy CameraSony Alpha DSLR-A850
General Information
Company Samsung Sony
Model Samsung Galaxy Camera Sony Alpha DSLR-A850
Also referred to as Wi-Fi -
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Advanced DSLR
Introduced 2013-02-19 2010-04-15
Physical type Compact Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Processor Chip 1.4GHz Quad-Core Bionz
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" Full frame
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 35.9 x 24mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 861.6mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 25 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio - 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4608 x 3456 6048 x 4032
Highest native ISO 3200 3200
Highest boosted ISO - 6400
Min native ISO 100 200
RAW data
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points - 9
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens Sony/Minolta Alpha
Lens focal range 23-481mm (20.9x) -
Largest aperture f/2.8-5.9 -
Total lenses - 143
Crop factor 5.8 1
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 4.8" 3"
Screen resolution 922k dots 922k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Screen tech 308 ppi, HD Super Clear Touch Display TFT Xtra Fine color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage - 98 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.74x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 16s 30s
Highest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/8000s
Continuous shooting rate - 3.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range - no built-in flash
Flash settings - Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in, Wireless
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Highest flash synchronize - 1/250s
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 -
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 None
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 -
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB none USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS BuiltIn None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 300 grams (0.66 pounds) 895 grams (1.97 pounds)
Physical dimensions 129 x 71 x 19mm (5.1" x 2.8" x 0.7") 156 x 117 x 82mm (6.1" x 4.6" x 3.2")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested 79
DXO Color Depth score not tested 23.8
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 12.2
DXO Low light score not tested 1415
Other
Battery life - 880 images
Battery style - Battery Pack
Battery model - NP-FM500H
Self timer - Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage micro SD/micro SDHC/micro SDXC Compact Flash (Type I or II), UDMA, Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo
Card slots Single Dual
Launch price $450 $0