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Samsung ST600 vs Sony TX55

Portability
95
Imaging
37
Features
40
Overall
38
Samsung ST600 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX55 front
Portability
97
Imaging
39
Features
46
Overall
41

Samsung ST600 vs Sony TX55 Key Specs

Samsung ST600
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 4800 (Boost to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 27-135mm (F3.3-5.5) lens
  • 150g - 104 x 60 x 20mm
  • Announced January 2010
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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Samsung ST600 vs Sony TX55 Overview

Below, we are comparing the Samsung ST600 vs Sony TX55, both Ultracompact cameras by manufacturers Samsung and Sony. The resolution of the ST600 (14MP) and the TX55 (16MP) is very close and they enjoy the exact same sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The ST600 was launched 18 months earlier than the TX55 making the cameras a generation away from one another. Both of these cameras come with the identical body type (Ultracompact).

Before getting in to a thorough comparison, below is a short introduction of how the ST600 grades versus the TX55 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Samsung ST600 over the Sony TX55

 ST600 TX55 
Display dimension3.5"3.3"Larger display (+0.2")

Reasons to pick Sony TX55 over the Samsung ST600

 TX55 ST600 
ReleasedJuly 2011January 2010Newer by 18 months
Focus manually Very accurate focusing
Display resolution1230k1152kClearer display (+78k dot)

Common features in the Samsung ST600 and Sony TX55

 ST600 TX55 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither comes with selfie screen
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Samsung ST600 vs Sony TX55 Physical Comparison

If you're going to travel with your camera often, you will have to consider its weight and size. The Samsung ST600 comes with outside dimensions of 104mm x 60mm x 20mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 0.8") and a weight of 150 grams (0.33 lbs) while the Sony TX55 has specifications of 93mm x 54mm x 13mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.5") having a weight of 109 grams (0.24 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you use during that time. Here is the front view over all size comparison of the ST600 and the TX55.

Samsung ST600 vs Sony TX55 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability score of the ST600 and TX55 is 95 and 97 respectively.

Samsung ST600 vs Sony TX55 top view buttons comparison

Samsung ST600 vs Sony TX55 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it can be difficult to envision the contrast in sensor dimensions just by viewing specs. The pic here will help give you a far better sense of the sensor sizes in the ST600 and TX55.

All in all, the two cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements but not the same megapixels. You should expect to see the Sony TX55 to result in greater detail utilizing its extra 2 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also make it easier to crop photos much more aggressively. The more aged ST600 will be behind with regard to sensor innovation.

Samsung ST600 vs Sony TX55 sensor size comparison

Samsung ST600 vs Sony TX55 Screen and ViewFinder

Samsung ST600 vs Sony TX55 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Samsung ST600 Portrait photography factors
Sony TX55 Portrait photography factors
30
decent MP (14 megapixels)
no manual focus
can't use external flash
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
36
you can focus manually
MP count good (16 megapixels)
manual exposure not available
no external flash support
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Samsung ST600 Street photography factors
Sony TX55 Street photography factors
60
built in image stabilization (Optical)
offers focus by touch
screen does not articulate
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
heavier than competitors (150 grams)
58
built in image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Samsung ST600 Sports photography advice
Sony TX55 Sports photography advice
43
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (14 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect auto focus
44
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (16MP)
better than average battery (250 CIPA)
no shutter priority mode
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Samsung ST600
Travel photography with Sony TX55
65
offers focus by touch
decent MP (14MP)
flash built-in
pretty wide (27mm)
lack of Time Lapse function
heavier than competitors (150 grams)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
69
better than average battery (250 per charge)
MP count good (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
relatively wide (26mm)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Samsung ST600 Landscape photography information
Sony TX55 Landscape photography information
44
pretty wide (27mm)
big screen (3.5 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (14MP)
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
lack of Time Lapse function
50
you can focus manually
relatively wide (26mm)
good sized screen (3.3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (16MP)
better than average battery (250 shots)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
manual exposure not available
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
doesn't have Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Samsung ST600 Vlogging factors
Sony TX55 Vlogging factors
30
pretty wide (27mm)
built-in touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
low res video (1280 x 720 pxls)
lack of external mic socket
heavier than competitors (150 grams)
34
relatively wide (26mm)
screen is touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
display is not selfie friendly
doesn't have microphone socket
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Samsung ST600 vs Sony TX55 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Samsung ST600 and Sony TX55
 Samsung ST600Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX55
General Information
Manufacturer Samsung Sony
Model type Samsung ST600 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX55
Class Ultracompact Ultracompact
Announced 2010-01-06 2011-07-24
Physical type Ultracompact Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip - BIONZ
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 14MP 16MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Full resolution 4320 x 3240 4608 x 3456
Max native ISO 4800 3200
Max boosted ISO 6400 -
Lowest native ISO 80 100
RAW images
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points - 9
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 27-135mm (5.0x) 26-130mm (5.0x)
Largest aperture f/3.3-5.5 f/3.5-4.8
Macro focusing distance 5cm 3cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 5.8
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 3.5 inch 3.3 inch
Display resolution 1,152 thousand dots 1,230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Display tech - XtraFine OLED display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 8 secs 30 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/1500 secs 1/1600 secs
Continuous shooting rate - 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 5.00 m 3.70 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (60, 30, 15 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60fps), 1440 x 1080 (30fps), 1280 x 720 (30fps), 640 x 480 (30fps)
Max video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video file format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone port
Headphone port
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
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 150 grams (0.33 pounds) 109 grams (0.24 pounds)
Dimensions 104 x 60 x 20mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 0.8") 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 - 250 photographs
Battery type - Battery Pack
Battery ID SLB07 NP-BN
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Double, Motion) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type MicroSD/ MicroSDHC, Internal microSD/SDHC, Memory Stick Micro
Card slots 1 1
Retail price $330 $350