Samsung TL225 vs Sony A7

Samsung TL225 front
Sony Alpha A7 front

Samsung TL225 vs Sony A7 Key Specs

Samsung TL225
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 27-124mm (F3.5-5.9) lens
  • 187g - 100 x 60 x 19mm
  • Revealed August 2009
  • Also Known as ST550
Sony A7
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 50 - 25600
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 474g - 127 x 94 x 48mm
  • Revealed January 2014
  • Renewed by Sony A7 II
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Samsung TL225 vs Sony A7 Overview

On this page, we are evaluating the Samsung TL225 versus Sony A7, former is a Ultracompact while the other is a Pro Mirrorless by manufacturers Samsung and Sony. There is a considerable difference between the sensor resolutions of the TL225 (12MP) and A7 (24MP) and the TL225 (1/2.3") and A7 (Full frame) provide totally different sensor sizing.

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The TL225 was released 5 years prior to the A7 which is quite a large difference as far as tech is concerned. Both the cameras have different body design with the Samsung TL225 being a Ultracompact camera and the Sony A7 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera.

Before getting into a in-depth comparison, here is a quick summary of how the TL225 grades versus the A7 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Samsung TL225 over the Sony A7

 TL225 A7 
Display dimensions3.5"3"Larger display (+0.5")
Touch display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Sony A7 over the Samsung TL225

 A7 TL225 
RevealedJanuary 2014August 2009Newer by 54 months
Manually focus More accurate focusing
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display resolution1230k1152kClearer display (+78k dot)

Common features in the Samsung TL225 and Sony A7

 TL225 A7 
Selfie screen Neither offers selfie screen

Samsung TL225 vs Sony A7 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is planning to travel with your camera, you will have to take into account its weight and size. The Samsung TL225 offers outer measurements of 100mm x 60mm x 19mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 0.7") having a weight of 187 grams (0.41 lbs) and the Sony A7 has specifications of 127mm x 94mm x 48mm (5.0" x 3.7" x 1.9") accompanied by a weight of 474 grams (1.04 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you select at that time. Here is a front view measurement comparison of the TL225 and the A7.

Samsung TL225 vs Sony A7 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability grade of the TL225 and A7 is 94 and 78 respectively.

Samsung TL225 vs Sony A7 top view buttons comparison

Samsung TL225 vs Sony A7 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it is difficult to visualise the contrast between sensor dimensions only by reviewing technical specs. The image underneath should offer you a clearer sense of the sensor measurements in the TL225 and A7.

As you can tell, the two cameras provide different megapixel count and different sensor dimensions. The TL225 because of its tinier sensor will make achieving shallow DOF tougher and the Sony A7 will deliver more detail as a result of its extra 12 Megapixels. Greater resolution will let you crop images more aggressively. The more aged TL225 is going to be disadvantaged with regard to sensor technology.

Samsung TL225 vs Sony A7 sensor size comparison

Samsung TL225 vs Sony A7 Screen and ViewFinder

Samsung TL225 vs Sony A7 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Samsung TL225 Portrait photography features
Sony A7 Portrait photography features
focusing manually not possible
manual mode not available
external flash not possible
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
manual focus
sensor resolution is decent (24MP)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
provides face detection autofocus
exports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Samsung TL225 Street photography info
Sony A7 Street photography info
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes touch to focus
screen does not articulate
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
heavier than competitors (187g)
has a tilting screen
sensor size is great (Full frame)
exports RAW formats
environment proof
lighter than others (474g)
very good ISO range (25,600)
lack of image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Samsung TL225
Sports photography with Sony A7
has image stabilization (Optical)
lack of shutter priority mode
megapixel count low (12MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000s)
sensor resolution is decent (24 megapixels)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
environment proof
comes with phase detect autofocus
very slow continuous shooting (5.0 fps)
lack of image stabilization
bad battery power (340 per charge)
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Travel Comparison

Samsung TL225 as a Travel photography camera
Sony A7 as a Travel photography camera
includes touch to focus
built-in flash
quite wide (27mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
heavier than competitors (187 grams)
megapixel count low (12MP)
does not posses selfie friendly display
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
lighter than others (474g)
environment proof
sensor resolution is decent (24 megapixels)
bad battery power (340 shots)
screen is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Samsung TL225
Landscape photography with Sony A7
quite wide (27mm)
very good size screen (3.5 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
manual mode not available
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
manual focus
swap lenses (Sony E mount)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
sensor resolution is decent (24 megapixels)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
very good ISO range (25,600)
exports RAW formats
environment proof
lack of image stabilization
bad battery power (340 CIPA)
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Vlogging Comparison

Samsung TL225 as a Vlogging camera
Sony A7 as a Vlogging camera
quite wide (27mm)
has touchscreen
has image stabilization (Optical)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
does not posses selfie friendly display
low quality video (1280 x 720 resolution)
doesn't have external mic socket
heavier than competitors (187g)
provides face detection autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
does have external microphone port
lighter than others (474g)
screen is not selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
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Samsung TL225 vs Sony A7 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Samsung TL225 and Sony A7
 Samsung TL225Sony Alpha A7
General Information
Brand Name Samsung Sony
Model type Samsung TL225 Sony Alpha A7
Also Known as ST550 -
Class Ultracompact Pro Mirrorless
Revealed 2009-08-13 2014-01-22
Body design Ultracompact SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Powered by - Bionz X
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" Full frame
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 35.8 x 23.9mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 855.6mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 24 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4000 x 3000 6000 x 4000
Maximum native ISO 3200 25600
Lowest native ISO 80 50
RAW support
Manual focusing
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points - 117
Cross type focus points - 25
Lens support fixed lens Sony E
Lens zoom range 27-124mm (4.6x) -
Maximum aperture f/3.5-5.9 -
Macro focusing range 5cm -
Number of lenses - 121
Focal length multiplier 5.9 1
Range of screen Fixed Type Tilting
Screen size 3.5 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 1,152 thousand dot 1,230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Screen tech - Xtra Fine LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,359 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.71x
Lowest shutter speed 8 secs 30 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/8000 secs
Continuous shooting speed - 5.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 3.40 m no built-in flash
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in, Slow sync, Manual no built-in flash
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Highest flash sync - 1/250 secs
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
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 (60p, 60i, 24p), 1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video data format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Wireless None Built-In
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 187g (0.41 lbs) 474g (1.04 lbs)
Physical dimensions 100 x 60 x 19mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 0.7") 127 x 94 x 48mm (5.0" x 3.7" x 1.9")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested 90
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 24.8
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 14.2
DXO Low light rating not tested 2248
Battery life - 340 pictures
Form of battery - Battery Pack
Battery ID SLB-07A NP-FW50
Self timer Yes (10 sec, 2 sec, Double, Motion Timer) Yes (2 or 10 sec; continuous (3 or 5 exposures))
Time lapse recording With downloadable app
Storage media MicroSD/ MicroSDHC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots 1 1
Launch price $488 $798