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Sony A500 vs Sony A68

Portability
63
Imaging
52
Features
52
Overall
52
Sony Alpha DSLR-A500 front
 
Sony SLT-A68 front
Portability
64
Imaging
67
Features
70
Overall
68

Sony A500 vs Sony A68 Key Specs

Sony A500
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 200 - 12800
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 630g - 137 x 104 x 84mm
  • Announced August 2009
  • Updated by Sony A560
Sony A68
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.7" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 610g - 143 x 104 x 81mm
  • Introduced November 2015
  • Earlier Model is Sony A65
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Sony A500 vs Sony A68 Overview

Below is a thorough review of the Sony A500 vs Sony A68, both Entry-Level DSLR cameras and both are designed by Sony. There is a noticeable difference among the sensor resolutions of the A500 (12MP) and A68 (24MP) but both cameras boast the same sensor size (APS-C).

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The A500 was announced 7 years before the A68 and that is a fairly sizable difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Both the cameras have the same body design (Compact SLR).

Before we go straight to a in-depth comparison, here is a short summation of how the A500 scores vs the A68 for portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Sony A500 over the Sony A68

 A500 A68 
Display dimensions3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")

Reasons to pick Sony A68 over the Sony A500

 A68 A500 
IntroducedNovember 2015August 2009More recent by 75 months
Display resolution461k230kClearer display (+231k dot)

Common features in the Sony A500 and Sony A68

 A500 A68 
Focus manually More precise focus
Display typeTiltingTiltingTilting display
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen
Touch display Lack of Touch display

Sony A500 vs Sony A68 Physical Comparison

When you are looking to lug around your camera often, you will want to consider its weight and size. The Sony A500 features outer dimensions of 137mm x 104mm x 84mm (5.4" x 4.1" x 3.3") having a weight of 630 grams (1.39 lbs) while the Sony A68 has specifications of 143mm x 104mm x 81mm (5.6" x 4.1" x 3.2") accompanied by a weight of 610 grams (1.34 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you use at that moment. Here is a front view over all size comparison of the A500 versus the A68.

Sony A500 vs Sony A68 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability score of the A500 and A68 is 63 and 64 respectively.

Sony A500 vs Sony A68 top view buttons comparison

Sony A500 vs Sony A68 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it is tough to envision the difference in sensor measurements simply by viewing technical specs. The graphic below will help give you a much better sense of the sensor sizes in the A500 and A68.

As you have seen, both of these cameras provide the same sensor dimensions but not the same MP. You can anticipate the Sony A68 to render more detail with its extra 12 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also allow you to crop pics more aggressively. The older A500 will be disadvantaged in sensor innovation.

Sony A500 vs Sony A68 sensor size comparison

Sony A500 vs Sony A68 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony A500 vs Sony A68 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony A500 as a Portrait photography camera
Sony A68 as a Portrait photography camera
63
you can focus manually
nice sensor size (APS-C)
features face detection focus
supports RAW formats
MP count low (12 megapixels)
80
you can focus manually
MP count good (24 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
features face detection focusing
saves RAW files
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Sony A500
Street photography with Sony A68
74
tilting screen
image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
77
screen tilts
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW files
good ISO range (25,600)
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Sports Comparison

Sony A500 Sports photography info
Sony A68 Sports photography info
51
image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports phase detect auto focus
slow frames per second (5.0 fps)
MP count low (12 megapixels)
low battery pack (520 per charge)
75
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count good (24 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
features tracking autofocus
has phase detect AF
bad battery (510 CIPA)
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Travel Comparison

Sony A500 Travel photography factors
Sony A68 Travel photography factors
43
has built in flash
does not have Time Lapse mode
low battery pack (520 CIPA)
MP count low (12 megapixels)
display is not selfie friendly
55
MP count good (24MP)
has built in flash
no Timelapse mode
bad battery (510 CIPA)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Sony A500
Landscape photography with Sony A68
60
you can focus manually
switch lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
screen size is good (3")
image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
MP count low (12MP)
low battery pack (520 per charge)
does not have Time Lapse mode
68
you can focus manually
switch lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count good (24 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
good ISO range (25,600)
saves RAW files
screen is small (2.7")
bad battery (510 CIPA)
no Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony A500 Vlogging advice
Sony A68 Vlogging advice
9
can't record video
35
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
features face detection focusing
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
has external microphone jack
doesn't have selfie friendly display
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Sony A500 vs Sony A68 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony A500 and Sony A68
 Sony Alpha DSLR-A500Sony SLT-A68
General Information
Make Sony Sony
Model Sony Alpha DSLR-A500 Sony SLT-A68
Type Entry-Level DSLR Entry-Level DSLR
Announced 2009-08-27 2015-11-06
Body design Compact SLR Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Powered by Bionz Bionz X
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor measurements 23.5 x 15.6mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor area 366.6mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 24MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4272 x 2848 6000 x 4000
Maximum native ISO 12800 25600
Min native ISO 200 100
RAW images
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points 9 79
Cross focus points - 15
Lens
Lens mount Sony/Minolta Alpha Sony/Minolta Alpha
Number of lenses 143 143
Focal length multiplier 1.5 1.5
Screen
Range of display Tilting Tilting
Display size 3 inch 2.7 inch
Resolution of display 230k dot 461k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentamirror) Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 1,440k dot
Viewfinder coverage 95 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.53x 0.57x
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 5.0 frames/s 8.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 12.00 m 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, High Speed Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in, Wireless Flash off, Auto, Fill-flash, Slow sync, Red-eye reduction, Rear sync, Wireless, High Speed sync
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Maximum flash sync 1/160 seconds 1/160 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions - 1920 x 1080 (60i, 30p, 24p), 1440 x 1080, 640 x 480
Maximum video resolution None 1920x1080
Video data format - MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Microphone input
Headphone input
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 seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 630 gr (1.39 lbs) 610 gr (1.34 lbs)
Physical dimensions 137 x 104 x 84mm (5.4" x 4.1" x 3.3") 143 x 104 x 81mm (5.6" x 4.1" x 3.2")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 64 79
DXO Color Depth score 21.8 24.1
DXO Dynamic range score 11.6 13.5
DXO Low light score 772 701
Other
Battery life 520 images 510 images
Battery format Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model NP-FM500H NP-FM500H
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (Yes (2 or 12 sec))
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/ SDHC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo
Storage slots Single Single
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