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Sony A330 vs Sony RX100 V

Portability
67
Imaging
50
Features
50
Overall
50
Sony Alpha DSLR-A330 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V front
Portability
89
Imaging
53
Features
80
Overall
63

Sony A330 vs Sony RX100 V Key Specs

Sony A330
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.7" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 529g - 128 x 97 x 71mm
  • Introduced May 2009
  • Superseded the Sony A300
Sony RX100 V
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 125 - 12800 (Boost to 25600)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-70mm (F1.8-2.8) lens
  • 299g - 102 x 58 x 41mm
  • Launched October 2016
  • Older Model is Sony RX100 IV
  • Replacement is Sony RX100 VI
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Sony A330 vs Sony RX100 V Overview

Its time to look more in depth at the Sony A330 and Sony RX100 V, former being a Entry-Level DSLR while the other is a Large Sensor Compact and they are both manufactured by Sony. There is a substantial difference among the resolutions of the A330 (10MP) and RX100 V (20MP) and the A330 (APS-C) and RX100 V (1") boast totally different sensor sizes.

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The A330 was manufactured 8 years prior to the RX100 V and that is a fairly big difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Both of the cameras have different body design with the Sony A330 being a Compact SLR camera and the Sony RX100 V being a Large Sensor Compact camera.

Before delving into a full comparison, here is a brief view of how the A330 grades vs the RX100 V with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Sony A330 over the Sony RX100 V

 A330 RX100 V 

Reasons to pick Sony RX100 V over the Sony A330

 RX100 V A330 
LaunchedOctober 2016May 2009Fresher by 89 months
Display dimensions3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution1229k230kCrisper display (+999k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies

Common features in the Sony A330 and Sony RX100 V

 A330 RX100 V 
Focus manually More exact focusing
Display typeTiltingTiltingTilting display
Touch display Neither provides Touch display

Sony A330 vs Sony RX100 V Physical Comparison

If you are planning to carry your camera frequently, you have to factor its weight and size. The Sony A330 provides exterior measurements of 128mm x 97mm x 71mm (5.0" x 3.8" x 2.8") and a weight of 529 grams (1.17 lbs) whilst the Sony RX100 V has specifications of 102mm x 58mm x 41mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.6") and a weight of 299 grams (0.66 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you have chosen during that time. Here is a front view over all size comparison of the A330 and the RX100 V.

Sony A330 vs Sony RX100 V size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability score of the A330 and RX100 V is 67 and 89 respectively.

Sony A330 vs Sony RX100 V top view buttons comparison

Sony A330 vs Sony RX100 V Sensor Comparison

Generally, it can be tough to see the gap in sensor sizing simply by viewing technical specs. The photograph below should give you a stronger sense of the sensor measurements in the A330 and RX100 V.

As you have seen, both the cameras have different resolutions and different sensor sizing. The A330 featuring a larger sensor will make achieving bokeh simpler and the Sony RX100 V will result in more detail due to its extra 10 Megapixels. Greater resolution will help you crop photos a bit more aggressively. The older A330 will be behind with regard to sensor innovation.

Sony A330 vs Sony RX100 V sensor size comparison

Sony A330 vs Sony RX100 V Screen and ViewFinder

Sony A330 vs Sony RX100 V Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony A330 as a Portrait photography camera
Sony RX100 V as a Portrait photography camera
62
has manual focus
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
features face detection focusing
exports RAW formats
low resolution sensor (10 megapixels)
66
manual focus
great flash sync speed (1/2,000s)
megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (1")
has face detect focusing
supports RAW formats
cannot use external flash
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Street Comparison

Sony A330 Street photography advice
Sony RX100 V Street photography advice
75
screen tilts
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
85
tilting screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor size is decent (1")
supports RAW formats
lighter than competitors in class (299 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Sony A330 as a Sports photography camera
Sony RX100 V as a Sports photography camera
50
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
comes with phase detect AF
slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames per second)
low resolution sensor (10 megapixels)
not so great battery power (230 per charge)
70
quiet mode (1/32,000s)
high max fps (24.0 frames/s)
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (20MP)
sensor size is decent (1")
has tracking focus
has phase detect AF
terrible battery pack (220 shots)
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Travel Comparison

Sony A330 as a Travel photography camera
Sony RX100 V as a Travel photography camera
44
built-in flash
does not have Time Lapse recording
not so great battery power (230 shots)
low resolution sensor (10MP)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
80
lighter than competitors in class (299 grams)
megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
built-in flash
selfie friendly screen
fairly wide (24mm)
great maximum aperture (f1.8)
terrible battery pack (220 CIPA)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony A330 Landscape photography info
Sony RX100 V Landscape photography info
54
has manual focus
swap lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
small screen (2.7")
low resolution sensor (10 megapixels)
not so great battery power (230 per charge)
does not have Time Lapse recording
70
manual focus
fairly wide (24mm)
great maximum aperture (f1.8)
nice screen size (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (20MP)
sensor size is decent (1")
supports RAW formats
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
terrible battery pack (220 CIPA)
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony A330 as a Vlogging camera
Sony RX100 V as a Vlogging camera
9
no video shooting
81
fairly wide (24mm)
great maximum aperture (f1.8)
selfie friendly screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
has face detect focusing
high res video (3840 x 2160 pxls)
lighter than competitors in class (299 grams)
does not have mic support
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Sony A330 vs Sony RX100 V Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony A330 and Sony RX100 V
 Sony Alpha DSLR-A330Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V
General Information
Brand Name Sony Sony
Model type Sony Alpha DSLR-A330 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V
Category Entry-Level DSLR Large Sensor Compact
Introduced 2009-05-18 2016-10-06
Physical type Compact SLR Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Bionz Bionz X
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size APS-C 1"
Sensor dimensions 23.5 x 15.7mm 13.2 x 8.8mm
Sensor surface area 369.0mm² 116.2mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixels 20 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 3872 x 2592 5472 x 3648
Maximum native ISO 3200 12800
Maximum enhanced ISO - 25600
Minimum native ISO 100 125
RAW pictures
Minimum enhanced ISO - 80
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points 9 315
Lens
Lens support Sony/Minolta Alpha fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 24-70mm (2.9x)
Maximum aperture - f/1.8-2.8
Macro focusing distance - 5cm
Total lenses 143 -
Focal length multiplier 1.5 2.7
Screen
Display type Tilting Tilting
Display sizing 2.7 inches 3 inches
Resolution of display 230 thousand dots 1,229 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentamirror) Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,359 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage 95% 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.49x 0.59x
Features
Min shutter speed 30s 30s
Max shutter speed 1/4000s 1/2000s
Max quiet shutter speed - 1/32000s
Continuous shutter rate 3.0fps 24.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 10.00 m 10.20 m (at Auto ISO)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Wireless -
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Max flash synchronize 1/160s 1/2000s
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions - 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
Maximum video resolution None 3840x2160
Video data format - MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
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 529 gr (1.17 pounds) 299 gr (0.66 pounds)
Physical dimensions 128 x 97 x 71mm (5.0" x 3.8" x 2.8") 102 x 58 x 41mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.6")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 64 70
DXO Color Depth rating 22.4 22.8
DXO Dynamic range rating 11.5 12.4
DXO Low light rating 535 586
Other
Battery life 230 photographs 220 photographs
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID NP-FH50 NP-BX1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes
Time lapse shooting With downloadable app
Type of storage SD/ SDHC, Memory Stick Pro Duo SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Card slots One One
Pricing at release $545 $998