Sony A450 vs Sony WX350

Sony Alpha DSLR-A450 front
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350 front

Sony A450 vs Sony WX350 Key Specs

Sony A450
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 200 - 12800
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 560g - 137 x 104 x 81mm
  • Launched January 2010
Sony WX350
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-500mm (F3.5-6.5) lens
  • 164g - 96 x 55 x 26mm
  • Revealed February 2014
  • Earlier Model is Sony WX300
  • New Model is Sony WX500
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Sony A450 vs Sony WX350 Overview

Below is a in depth overview of the Sony A450 vs Sony WX350, one being a Entry-Level DSLR and the other is a Small Sensor Superzoom and both of them are created by Sony. There exists a significant gap between the image resolutions of the A450 (14MP) and WX350 (18MP) and the A450 (APS-C) and WX350 (1/2.3") possess totally different sensor size.

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The A450 was introduced 5 years before the WX350 and that is quite a sizable gap as far as technology is concerned. Each of the cameras offer different body type with the Sony A450 being a Compact SLR camera and the Sony WX350 being a Compact camera.

Before we go through a step-by-step comparison, below is a brief synopsis of how the A450 matches up vs the WX350 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Sony A450 over the Sony WX350

 A450 WX350 
Focus manually Very exact focus

Reasons to pick Sony WX350 over the Sony A450

 WX350 A450 
RevealedFebruary 2014January 2010More recent by 50 months
Display sizing3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution460k230kCrisper display (+230k dot)

Common features in the Sony A450 and Sony WX350

 A450 WX350 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen
Touch display Neither has Touch display

Sony A450 vs Sony WX350 Physical Comparison

When you are planning to lug around your camera frequently, you should factor in its weight and dimensions. The Sony A450 has outer measurements of 137mm x 104mm x 81mm (5.4" x 4.1" x 3.2") with a weight of 560 grams (1.23 lbs) and the Sony WX350 has dimensions of 96mm x 55mm x 26mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 1.0") and a weight of 164 grams (0.36 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary depending on the lens you are working with during that time. Following is the front view physical size comparison of the A450 and the WX350.

Sony A450 vs Sony WX350 size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the A450 and WX350 is 65 and 94 respectively.

Sony A450 vs Sony WX350 top view buttons comparison

Sony A450 vs Sony WX350 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it is very hard to envision the gap between sensor measurements simply by looking at specifications. The photograph here will offer you a stronger sense of the sensor measurements in the A450 and WX350.

Plainly, both cameras offer different resolutions and different sensor measurements. The A450 having a larger sensor will make getting shallower depth of field easier and the Sony WX350 will give you greater detail using its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also help you crop images a little more aggressively. The older A450 is going to be disadvantaged in sensor technology.

Sony A450 vs Sony WX350 sensor size comparison

Sony A450 vs Sony WX350 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony A450 vs Sony WX350 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Sony A450
Portrait photography with Sony WX350
you can focus manually
good megapixels (14MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
good megapixels (18 megapixels)
has face detection autofocus
lack of manual focus
no manual mode
no external flash support
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Sony A450 Street photography advice
Sony WX350 Street photography advice
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
screen does not articulate
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (164 grams)
no moving screen
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Sony A450
Sports photography with Sony WX350
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
good megapixels (14MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
great battery pack (1,050 shots)
has phase detect auto focus
great zoom range (25-500mm 20.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (18 megapixels)
has tracking autofocus
good battery pack (470 CIPA)
no shutter priority
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Sony A450 Travel photography details
Sony WX350 Travel photography details
great battery pack (1,050 CIPA)
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
flash built-in
missing Timelapse function
does not feature selfie friendly display
good battery pack (470 shots)
lighter than competition (164 grams)
good megapixels (18MP)
built-in flash
quite wide (25mm)
very long zoom (500mm)
does not have Time Lapse mode
does not contain selfie friendly display
slow max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony A450 Landscape photography highlights
Sony WX350 Landscape photography highlights
you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
great battery pack (1,050 shots)
screen is small (2.7 inch)
missing Timelapse function
quite wide (25mm)
nice screen size (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (18 megapixels)
good battery pack (470 per charge)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
no manual mode
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW format
does not have Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Sony A450
Vlogging with Sony WX350
no video recording
quite wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection autofocus
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than competition (164g)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
does not contain selfie friendly display
does not have external mic port
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Sony A450 vs Sony WX350 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony A450 and Sony WX350
 Sony Alpha DSLR-A450Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350
General Information
Manufacturer Sony Sony
Model Sony Alpha DSLR-A450 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350
Category Entry-Level DSLR Small Sensor Superzoom
Launched 2010-01-05 2014-02-13
Body design Compact SLR Compact
Sensor Information
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Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size APS-C 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 23.4 x 15.6mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 365.0mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixel 18 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 4592 x 3056 4896 x 3672
Max native ISO 12800 12800
Minimum native ISO 200 80
RAW pictures
Focus manually
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points 9 -
Cross focus points - -
Lens mounting type Sony/Minolta Alpha fixed lens
Lens focal range - 25-500mm (20.0x)
Maximal aperture - f/3.5-6.5
Number of lenses 143 -
Crop factor 1.5 5.8
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 2.7" 3"
Display resolution 230 thousand dot 460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Display technology TFT Clear Photo Color LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentamirror) None
Viewfinder coverage 95% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.53x -
Min shutter speed 30 secs 4 secs
Max shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/1600 secs
Continuous shutter speed 7.0 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 12.00 m (at ISO 100) 4.30 m
Flash options Auto, Fill, Rear Sync, Slow Sync, Wireless/ High Speed Sync -
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Max flash sync 1/160 secs -
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions - VCHD: 28M PS(1,920x1,080/60p) / 24M FX(1,920x1,080/60i) / 17M FH(1,920x1,080/60i),MP4: 12M(1,440x1,080/30fps) / 3M VGA(640x480/30fps)
Max video resolution None 1920x1080
Video format - AVCHD
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Wireless None Built-In
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 560g (1.23 pounds) 164g (0.36 pounds)
Dimensions 137 x 104 x 81mm (5.4" x 4.1" x 3.2") 96 x 55 x 26mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 1.0")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 66 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 21.8 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 11.8 not tested
DXO Low light score 769 not tested
Battery life 1050 photos 470 photos
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model NP-FM500H NP-BX1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (Off / 10sec. / 2sec. / portrait1 / portrait2)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/ SDHC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots 1 1
Cost at release $1,241 $270