Sony A560 vs Sony W530

Sony Alpha DSLR-A560 front
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W530 front

Sony A560 vs Sony W530 Key Specs

Sony A560
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800 (Push to 25600)
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 599g - 137 x 104 x 84mm
  • Launched August 2010
  • Previous Model is Sony A500
Sony W530
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 26-104mm (F2.7-5.7) lens
  • 113g - 93 x 53 x 19mm
  • Introduced January 2011
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Sony A560 vs Sony W530 Overview

Its time to look a bit more in depth at the Sony A560 vs Sony W530, one being a Entry-Level DSLR and the latter is a Ultracompact and both of them are designed by Sony. The sensor resolution of the A560 (14MP) and the W530 (14MP) is pretty comparable but the A560 (APS-C) and W530 (1/2.3") posses different sensor dimensions.

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The A560 was released 4 months earlier than the W530 and they are both of a similar generation. Both of these cameras feature different body design with the Sony A560 being a Compact SLR camera and the Sony W530 being a Ultracompact camera.

Before getting into a comprehensive comparison, here is a short introduction of how the A560 scores against the W530 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Sony A560 over the Sony W530

 A560 W530 
Focus manually Very accurate focusing
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen size3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution922k230kClearer screen (+692k dot)

Reasons to pick Sony W530 over the Sony A560

 W530 A560 

Common features in the Sony A560 and Sony W530

 A560 W530 
IntroducedAugust 2010January 2011Same generation
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen
Touch screen Lacking Touch screen

Sony A560 vs Sony W530 Physical Comparison

For those who are intending to lug around your camera regularly, you are going to need to consider its weight and measurements. The Sony A560 has external measurements of 137mm x 104mm x 84mm (5.4" x 4.1" x 3.3") along with a weight of 599 grams (1.32 lbs) whilst the Sony W530 has proportions of 93mm x 53mm x 19mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.7") with a weight of 113 grams (0.25 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you have chosen during that time. The following is a front view measurements comparison of the A560 versus the W530.

Sony A560 vs Sony W530 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability grade of the A560 and W530 is 64 and 96 respectively.

Sony A560 vs Sony W530 top view buttons comparison

Sony A560 vs Sony W530 Sensor Comparison

Usually, its difficult to imagine the contrast in sensor measurements just by checking out technical specs. The graphic here may offer you a greater sense of the sensor measurements in the A560 and W530.

As you have seen, both the cameras come with the identical resolution albeit different sensor measurements. The A560 comes with the bigger sensor which will make getting shallower DOF less difficult.

Sony A560 vs Sony W530 sensor size comparison

Sony A560 vs Sony W530 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony A560 vs Sony W530 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony A560 Portrait photography information
Sony W530 Portrait photography information
focusing manually
MP count good (14MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
provides face detect focus
saves RAW formats
good MP (14 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
lack of manual mode
external flash not possible
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
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Street Comparison

Sony A560 Street photography highlights
Sony W530 Street photography highlights
tilting screen
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
screen does not articulate
no image stabilization
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Sony A560 Sports photography info
Sony W530 Sports photography info
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count good (14 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
great battery (1,050 CIPA)
supports phase detect auto focus
low frames per second (5.0 frames per second)
good MP (14 megapixels)
slow frames per second (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
no image stabilization
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Sony A560 as a Travel photography camera
Sony W530 as a Travel photography camera
great battery (1,050 CIPA)
MP count good (14 megapixels)
has built in flash
lack of Timelapse recording
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
good MP (14MP)
has built in flash
relatively wide (26mm)
missing Timelapse mode
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
sluggish max aperture (f2.7)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony A560 Landscape photography details
Sony W530 Landscape photography details
focusing manually
interchangeable lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count good (14MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
great battery (1,050 per charge)
has dual storage slots
lack of Timelapse recording
relatively wide (26mm)
good MP (14MP)
focusing manually not possible
cannot change lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.7)
tiny screen (2.7 inches)
lack of manual mode
no image stabilization
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
missing Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony A560 Vlogging information
Sony W530 Vlogging information
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
provides face detect focus
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
comes with microphone jack
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
relatively wide (26mm)
sluggish max aperture (f2.7)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
no image stabilization
video resolution low (640 x 480 pixels)
missing external microphone socket
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Sony A560 vs Sony W530 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony A560 and Sony W530
 Sony Alpha DSLR-A560Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W530
General Information
Manufacturer Sony Sony
Model Sony Alpha DSLR-A560 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W530
Class Entry-Level DSLR Ultracompact
Launched 2010-08-24 2011-01-06
Physical type Compact SLR Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Chip Bionz BIONZ
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size APS-C 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 23.5 x 15.6mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 366.6mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixels 14 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4592 x 3056 4320 x 3240
Maximum native ISO 12800 3200
Maximum boosted ISO 25600 -
Min native ISO 100 80
RAW photos
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points 15 9
Cross focus points 3 -
Lens mount Sony/Minolta Alpha fixed lens
Lens focal range - 26-104mm (4.0x)
Max aperture - f/2.7-5.7
Macro focus range - 5cm
Amount of lenses 143 -
Crop factor 1.5 5.8
Display type Tilting Fixed Type
Display size 3 inch 2.7 inch
Display resolution 922k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Display tech - Clear Photo LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentamirror) None
Viewfinder coverage 95 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.53x -
Slowest shutter speed 30 seconds 2 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/1600 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 5.0fps 1.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 12.00 m 3.50 m
Flash modes 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
WB bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize 1/160 seconds -
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 29.97 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30fps), 640 x 424 (29.97 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 640x480
Video data format MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264 Motion JPEG
Microphone port
Headphone port
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected None
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 599 gr (1.32 pounds) 113 gr (0.25 pounds)
Physical dimensions 137 x 104 x 84mm (5.4" x 4.1" x 3.3") 93 x 53 x 19mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.7")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 70 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 22.5 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 12.3 not tested
DXO Low light score 817 not tested
Battery life 1050 photographs -
Battery type Battery Pack -
Battery model NP-FM500H NP-BN1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Card slots Dual One
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