Sony A330 vs Sony WX80

Sony Alpha DSLR-A330 front
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80 front

Sony A330 vs Sony WX80 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
  • Revealed May 2009
  • Previous Model is Sony A300
Sony WX80
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Raise to 12800)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-224mm (F3.3-8.0) lens
  • 124g - 92 x 52 x 22mm
  • Released January 2013
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Sony A330 vs Sony WX80 Overview

The following is a thorough analysis of the Sony A330 vs Sony WX80, one is a Entry-Level DSLR and the latter is a Small Sensor Compact and both are built by Sony. There exists a significant gap among the image resolutions of the A330 (10MP) and WX80 (16MP) and the A330 (APS-C) and WX80 (1/2.3") possess totally different sensor sizes.

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The A330 was released 4 years earlier than the WX80 which is a fairly sizable gap as far as camera technology is concerned. The two cameras come with different body type with the Sony A330 being a Compact SLR camera and the Sony WX80 being a Compact camera.

Before getting straight into a step-by-step comparison, below is a short highlight of how the A330 scores vs the WX80 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

Photography Glossary

Reasons to pick Sony A330 over the Sony WX80

 A330 WX80 
Manual focus Dial precise focusing
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen

Reasons to pick Sony WX80 over the Sony A330

 WX80 A330 
ReleasedJanuary 2013May 2009Newer by 44 months

Common features in the Sony A330 and Sony WX80

 A330 WX80 
Screen dimension2.7"2.7"Identical screen dimensions
Screen resolution230k230kEqual screen resolution
Selfie screen Neither comes with selfie screen
Touch screen Neither comes with Touch screen

Sony A330 vs Sony WX80 Physical Comparison

If you're aiming to travel with your camera frequently, you're going to have to factor in its weight and volume. The Sony A330 comes with outside dimensions of 128mm x 97mm x 71mm (5.0" x 3.8" x 2.8") accompanied by a weight of 529 grams (1.17 lbs) whilst the Sony WX80 has sizing of 92mm x 52mm x 22mm (3.6" x 2.0" x 0.9") having a weight of 124 grams (0.27 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you are employing at that time. Below is the front view dimensions comparison of the A330 compared to the WX80.

Sony A330 vs Sony WX80 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the A330 and WX80 is 67 and 96 respectively.

Sony A330 vs Sony WX80 top view buttons comparison

Sony A330 vs Sony WX80 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it is very hard to see the difference in sensor dimensions only by going through specifications. The pic underneath will give you a clearer sense of the sensor sizes in the A330 and WX80.

Plainly, the two cameras have got different megapixel count and different sensor dimensions. The A330 due to its bigger sensor will make achieving shallow DOF less difficult and the Sony WX80 will produce extra detail as a result of its extra 6 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also make it easier to crop pictures much more aggressively. The more aged A330 will be behind when it comes to sensor tech.

Sony A330 vs Sony WX80 sensor size comparison

Sony A330 vs Sony WX80 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony A330 vs Sony WX80 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony A330 Portrait photography features
Sony WX80 Portrait photography features
focusing manually
decent sensor size (APS-C)
includes face detect focusing
delivers RAW formats
MP count low (10MP)
good resolution (16MP)
has face detection focus
lack of manual focus
no manual control
can't use external flash
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Sony A330
Street photography with Sony WX80
screen tilts
image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes touch focus
lighter than competitors (124g)
screen is fixed
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Sony A330 as a Sports photography camera
Sony WX80 as a Sports photography camera
image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
sensor has phase detect AF
very slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames/s)
MP count low (10MP)
low battery life (230 shots)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (16 megapixels)
has tracking autofocus
no shutter priority
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Sony A330 Travel photography advice
Sony WX80 Travel photography advice
built-in flash
doesn't have Time Lapse function
low battery life (230 shots)
MP count low (10 megapixels)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
lighter than competitors (124g)
includes touch focus
good resolution (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
decently wide (28mm)
lack of Timelapse recording
does not posses selfie friendly display
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony A330 Landscape photography info
Sony WX80 Landscape photography info
focusing manually
change lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inches)
MP count low (10 megapixels)
low battery life (230 CIPA)
doesn't have Time Lapse function
decently wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (16 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inch)
no manual control
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
lack of Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony A330 Vlogging features
Sony WX80 Vlogging features
no video
decently wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competitors (124 grams)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
does not posses selfie friendly display
lack of external microphone socket
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Sony A330 vs Sony WX80 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony A330 and Sony WX80
 Sony Alpha DSLR-A330Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80
General Information
Brand Name Sony Sony
Model Sony Alpha DSLR-A330 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80
Type Entry-Level DSLR Small Sensor Compact
Revealed 2009-05-18 2013-01-08
Physical type Compact SLR Compact
Sensor Information
Chip Bionz BIONZ
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size APS-C 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 23.5 x 15.7mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 369.0mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 10MP 16MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 3872 x 2592 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 3200 3200
Maximum enhanced ISO - 12800
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW images
Manual focus
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points 9 -
Cross focus points - -
Lens mount Sony/Minolta Alpha fixed lens
Lens focal range - 28-224mm (8.0x)
Maximum aperture - f/3.3-8.0
Macro focus distance - 5cm
Amount of lenses 143 -
Crop factor 1.5 5.8
Display type Tilting Fixed Type
Display size 2.7 inch 2.7 inch
Display resolution 230k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Display tech - TFT LCD display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentamirror) None
Viewfinder coverage 95 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.49x -
Min shutter speed 30 secs 4 secs
Max shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/1600 secs
Continuous shutter rate 3.0 frames per second 10.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 10.00 m 4.20 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Wireless Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync, Advanced Flash
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Max flash synchronize 1/160 secs -
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions - 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 ( 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution None 1920x1080
Video data format - MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone port
Headphone port
Wireless None Built-In
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 529g (1.17 lbs) 124g (0.27 lbs)
Dimensions 128 x 97 x 71mm (5.0" x 3.8" x 2.8") 92 x 52 x 22mm (3.6" x 2.0" x 0.9")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 64 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 22.4 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 11.5 not tested
DXO Low light score 535 not tested
Battery life 230 photographs 240 photographs
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model NP-FH50 NP-BN
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/ SDHC, Memory Stick Pro Duo SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Card slots One One
Pricing at release $545 $276