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Sony A550 vs Sony W620

Portability
63
Imaging
54
Features
65
Overall
58
Sony Alpha DSLR-A550 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W620 front
Portability
96
Imaging
38
Features
25
Overall
32

Sony A550 vs Sony W620 Key Specs

Sony A550
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 200 - 12800
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 632g - 137 x 104 x 84mm
  • Introduced December 2009
  • Replaced the Sony A100
Sony W620
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.2-6.5) lens
  • 116g - 98 x 56 x 20mm
  • Revealed January 2012
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Sony A550 vs Sony W620 Overview

Here, we will be reviewing the Sony A550 and Sony W620, one being a Entry-Level DSLR and the latter is a Small Sensor Compact and both are built by Sony. The resolution of the A550 (14MP) and the W620 (14MP) is relatively similar but the A550 (APS-C) and W620 (1/2.3") offer different sensor measurements.

Photography Glossary

The A550 was introduced 3 years before the W620 and that is quite a serious gap as far as tech is concerned. Both of these cameras feature different body design with the Sony A550 being a Compact SLR camera and the Sony W620 being a Compact camera.

Before going straight to a complete comparison, here is a short introduction of how the A550 matches up vs the W620 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Sony A550 over the Sony W620

 A550 W620 
Manual focus More precise focus
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen size3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution922k230kClearer screen (+692k dot)

Reasons to pick Sony W620 over the Sony A550

 W620 A550 
RevealedJanuary 2012December 2009More recent by 25 months

Common features in the Sony A550 and Sony W620

 A550 W620 
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen
Touch screen Neither features Touch screen

Sony A550 vs Sony W620 Physical Comparison

For those who are looking to lug around your camera, you're going to have to factor in its weight and measurements. The Sony A550 enjoys outside dimensions of 137mm x 104mm x 84mm (5.4" x 4.1" x 3.3") accompanied by a weight of 632 grams (1.39 lbs) and the Sony W620 has proportions of 98mm x 56mm x 20mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.8") having a weight of 116 grams (0.26 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you are using at that time. Here is a front view size comparison of the A550 compared to the W620.

Sony A550 vs Sony W620 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability score of the A550 and W620 is 63 and 96 respectively.

Sony A550 vs Sony W620 top view buttons comparison

Sony A550 vs Sony W620 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it can be hard to picture the difference between sensor measurements merely by reading technical specs. The photograph here may provide you a stronger sense of the sensor dimensions in the A550 and W620.

As you have seen, both cameras come with the identical MP albeit different sensor measurements. The A550 has got the bigger sensor which should make getting bokeh easier. The older A550 is going to be behind in sensor innovation.

Sony A550 vs Sony W620 sensor size comparison

Sony A550 vs Sony W620 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony A550 vs Sony W620 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Sony A550
Portrait photography with Sony W620
72
manual focus
MP count decent (14MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
supports face detection autofocus
saves RAW formats
34
MP count decent (14 megapixels)
provides face detect autofocus
no manual focus
lack of manual mode
cannot use external flash
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Sony A550
Street photography with Sony W620
74
has a tilting screen
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
56
lighter than competition in class (116g)
screen is fixed
no image stabilization
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Sony A550 Sports photography factors
Sony W620 Sports photography factors
67
image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count decent (14MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
comes with phase detect autofocus
low battery (480 shots)
33
MP count decent (14 megapixels)
provides tracking focus
very slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
no image stabilization
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Sony A550
Travel photography with Sony W620
52
MP count decent (14MP)
has built in flash
lack of Time Lapse function
low battery (480 shots)
screen is not selfie friendly
68
lighter than competition in class (116 grams)
MP count decent (14 megapixels)
has built in flash
pretty wide (28mm)
missing Time Lapse recording
does not have a selfie friendly screen
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.2)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony A550 as a Landscape photography camera
Sony W620 as a Landscape photography camera
66
manual focus
swap lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
pretty good screen size (3")
image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count decent (14 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
low battery (480 CIPA)
lack of Time Lapse function
33
pretty wide (28mm)
MP count decent (14MP)
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.2)
small screen (2.7 inches)
lack of manual mode
no image stabilization
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
missing Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony A550 as a Vlogging camera
Sony W620 as a Vlogging camera
9
can't shoot video
30
pretty wide (28mm)
provides face detect autofocus
lighter than competition in class (116 grams)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.2)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
no image stabilization
video res low (1280 x 720 pixels)
missing mic socket
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Sony A550 vs Sony W620 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony A550 and Sony W620
 Sony Alpha DSLR-A550Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W620
General Information
Brand Sony Sony
Model Sony Alpha DSLR-A550 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W620
Type Entry-Level DSLR Small Sensor Compact
Introduced 2009-12-09 2012-01-10
Physical type Compact SLR Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Bionz BIONZ
Sensor type CMOS CCD
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 megapixels 14 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4592 x 3056 4320 x 3240
Highest native ISO 12800 3200
Min native ISO 200 100
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points 9 -
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount Sony/Minolta Alpha fixed lens
Lens focal range - 28-140mm (5.0x)
Max aperture - f/3.2-6.5
Macro focus range - 5cm
Available lenses 143 -
Focal length multiplier 1.5 5.8
Screen
Type of screen Tilting Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3" 2.7"
Screen resolution 922k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Screen technology - Clear Photo TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentamirror) None
Viewfinder coverage 95 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.53x -
Features
Minimum shutter speed 30 seconds 2 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/1600 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 7.0 frames/s 1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes -
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 12.00 m 3.00 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, High Speed Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in, Wireless Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize 1/160 seconds -
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions - 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution None 1280x720
Video file format - Motion JPEG
Mic port
Headphone port
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 sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 632 grams (1.39 lb) 116 grams (0.26 lb)
Physical dimensions 137 x 104 x 84mm (5.4" x 4.1" x 3.3") 98 x 56 x 20mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.8")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 66 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 21.9 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 11.8 not tested
DXO Low light score 807 not tested
Other
Battery life 480 photographs 220 photographs
Battery type Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model NP-FM500H NP-BN
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/ SDHC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo SD/SDHC/SDXC, microSD/micro SDHC, Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Card slots One One
Pricing at release $749 $102