Sony A550 vs Sony WX10

Sony Alpha DSLR-A550 front
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX10 front

Sony A550 vs Sony WX10 Key Specs

Sony A550
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 200 - 12800
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 632g - 137 x 104 x 84mm
  • Revealed December 2009
  • Earlier Model is Sony A100
Sony WX10
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.8" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-168mm (F2.4-5.9) lens
  • 161g - 95 x 54 x 23mm
  • Announced January 2011
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Sony A550 vs Sony WX10 Overview

Here, we are comparing the Sony A550 versus Sony WX10, former being a Entry-Level DSLR while the other is a Small Sensor Compact and both are produced by Sony. The resolution of the A550 (14MP) and the WX10 (16MP) is very well matched but the A550 (APS-C) and WX10 (1/2.3") boast different sensor sizes.

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The A550 was launched 13 months earlier than the WX10 making them a generation apart from one another. Both the cameras feature different body design with the Sony A550 being a Compact SLR camera and the Sony WX10 being a Compact camera.

Before delving right into a full comparison, here is a quick introduction of how the A550 grades versus the WX10 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Sony A550 over the Sony WX10

 A550 WX10 
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display size3"2.8"Larger display (+0.2")
Display resolution922k460kCrisper display (+462k dot)

Reasons to pick Sony WX10 over the Sony A550

 WX10 A550 
AnnouncedJanuary 2011December 2009More recent by 13 months

Common features in the Sony A550 and Sony WX10

 A550 WX10 
Manually focus More precise focusing
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen
Touch friendly display Missing Touch friendly display

Sony A550 vs Sony WX10 Physical Comparison

If you are aiming to lug around your camera, you'll need to factor its weight and volume. The Sony A550 features outside measurements 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 WX10 has sizing of 95mm x 54mm x 23mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.9") along with a weight of 161 grams (0.35 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you are employing at that time. Here is a front view physical size comparison of the A550 and the WX10.

Sony A550 vs Sony WX10 size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability score of the A550 and WX10 is 63 and 95 respectively.

Sony A550 vs Sony WX10 top view buttons comparison

Sony A550 vs Sony WX10 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it is very hard to visualize the difference between sensor measurements simply by reading through specs. The photograph below will help give you a far better sense of the sensor measurements in the A550 and WX10.

As you can plainly see, both the cameras come with different resolutions and different sensor measurements. The A550 due to its larger sensor is going to make getting shallow depth of field easier and the Sony WX10 will give you extra detail utilizing its extra 2MP. Greater resolution will also enable you to crop images a good deal more aggressively. The older A550 is going to be behind with regard to sensor innovation.

Sony A550 vs Sony WX10 sensor size comparison

Sony A550 vs Sony WX10 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony A550 vs Sony WX10 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony A550 Portrait photography features
Sony WX10 Portrait photography features
manual focus
megapixel count good (14 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
comes with face detect focus
exports RAW formats
you can focus manually
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
can't use external flash
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Sony A550 as a Street photography camera
Sony WX10 as a Street photography camera
screen tilts
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
has image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Sony A550 Sports photography details
Sony WX10 Sports photography details
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
megapixel count good (14MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
has phase detect auto focus
terrible battery power (480 CIPA)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16MP)
no shutter priority mode
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Sony A550 Travel photography factors
Sony WX10 Travel photography factors
megapixel count good (14 megapixels)
flash built-in
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
terrible battery power (480 shots)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
decently wide (24mm)
no Timelapse recording
does not feature selfie friendly display
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.4)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony A550 Landscape photography highlights
Sony WX10 Landscape photography highlights
manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
screen size is good (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
megapixel count good (14MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
terrible battery power (480 shots)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
you can focus manually
decently wide (24mm)
pretty good screen size (2.8")
has image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16MP)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.4)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW support
no Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Sony A550
Vlogging with Sony WX10
lack of video recording
decently wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.4)
does not feature selfie friendly display
no microphone jack
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Sony A550 vs Sony WX10 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony A550 and Sony WX10
 Sony Alpha DSLR-A550Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX10
General Information
Make Sony Sony
Model type Sony Alpha DSLR-A550 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX10
Category Entry-Level DSLR Small Sensor Compact
Revealed 2009-12-09 2011-01-06
Body design Compact SLR Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Bionz BIONZ
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size APS-C 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 23.4 x 15.6mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 365.0mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 14MP 16MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4592 x 3056 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 12800 3200
Min native ISO 200 100
RAW pictures
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points 9 9
Lens mount type Sony/Minolta Alpha fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 24-168mm (7.0x)
Maximal aperture - f/2.4-5.9
Macro focusing distance - 5cm
Available lenses 143 -
Crop factor 1.5 5.8
Range of display Tilting Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3 inches 2.8 inches
Resolution of display 922 thousand dot 460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Display tech - Clear Photo LCD Plus
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentamirror) None
Viewfinder coverage 95% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.53x -
Min shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/1600 seconds
Continuous shutter speed 7.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 12.00 m 7.10 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
Max flash sync 1/160 seconds -
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions - 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution None 1920x1080
Video data format - MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone input
Headphone input
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 632 gr (1.39 lbs) 161 gr (0.35 lbs)
Physical dimensions 137 x 104 x 84mm (5.4" x 4.1" x 3.3") 95 x 54 x 23mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.9")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 66 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 21.9 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 11.8 not tested
DXO Low light rating 807 not tested
Battery life 480 photographs -
Battery format Battery Pack -
Battery ID NP-FM500H NP-BG1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/ SDHC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots 1 1
Pricing at release $749 $200