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Sony A560 vs Sony WX30

Portability
64
Imaging
54
Features
78
Overall
63
Sony Alpha DSLR-A560 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX30 front
Portability
96
Imaging
39
Features
41
Overall
39

Sony A560 vs Sony WX30 Key Specs

Sony A560
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800 (Expand to 25600)
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 599g - 137 x 104 x 84mm
  • Introduced August 2010
  • Superseded the Sony A500
Sony WX30
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-125mm (F2.6-6.3) lens
  • 117g - 92 x 52 x 19mm
  • Released July 2011
Photography Glossary

Sony A560 vs Sony WX30 Overview

Its time to examine more in depth at the Sony A560 versus Sony WX30, former being a Entry-Level DSLR while the latter is a Small Sensor Compact and they are both produced by Sony. The image resolution of the A560 (14MP) and the WX30 (16MP) is relatively close but the A560 (APS-C) and WX30 (1/2.3") come with totally different sensor sizes.

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The A560 was unveiled 11 months earlier than the WX30 and they are both of a similar age. Both of these cameras come with different body type with the Sony A560 being a Compact SLR camera and the Sony WX30 being a Compact camera.

Before diving straight into a thorough comparison, below is a quick summation of how the A560 matches up vs the WX30 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Sony A560 over the Sony WX30

 A560 WX30 
Manual focus More precise focus
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen

Reasons to pick Sony WX30 over the Sony A560

 WX30 A560 
ReleasedJuly 2011August 2010More recent by 11 months
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Sony A560 and Sony WX30

 A560 WX30 
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen dimensions
Screen resolution922k922kThe same screen resolution
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen

Sony A560 vs Sony WX30 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is aiming to lug around your camera, you will want to factor in its weight and proportions. The Sony A560 comes with physical dimensions of 137mm x 104mm x 84mm (5.4" x 4.1" x 3.3") accompanied by a weight of 599 grams (1.32 lbs) whilst the Sony WX30 has measurements of 92mm x 52mm x 19mm (3.6" x 2.0" x 0.7") accompanied by a weight of 117 grams (0.26 lbs).

See the Sony A560 versus Sony WX30 in our brand new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you choose at the time. Here is the front view physical size comparison of the A560 versus the WX30.

Sony A560 vs Sony WX30 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability score of the A560 and WX30 is 64 and 96 respectively.

Sony A560 vs Sony WX30 top view buttons comparison

Sony A560 vs Sony WX30 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, its tough to envision the contrast in sensor measurements merely by looking through specs. The graphic here will help offer you a much better sense of the sensor sizes in the A560 and WX30.

All in all, both of those cameras posses different megapixels and different sensor measurements. The A560 using its bigger sensor will make getting shallower depth of field easier and the Sony WX30 will render extra detail having an extra 2 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also let you crop shots somewhat more aggressively. The older A560 will be behind when it comes to sensor technology.

Sony A560 vs Sony WX30 sensor size comparison

Sony A560 vs Sony WX30 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony A560 vs Sony WX30 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony A560 Portrait photography factors
Sony WX30 Portrait photography factors
72
has manual focus
decent MP (14 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
has face detect autofocus
saves RAW formats
30
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
no manual focus
no manual control
external flash not possible
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Sony A560 as a Street photography camera
Sony WX30 as a Street photography camera
75
tilting screen
image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
63
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (117g)
screen is fixed
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Sony A560
Sports photography with Sony WX30
68
image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent MP (14 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
great battery (1,050 CIPA)
supports phase detect autofocus
continuous shooting slow (5.0 frames per second)
39
image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
no shutter priority
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Sony A560 Travel photography info
Sony WX30 Travel photography info
60
great battery (1,050 CIPA)
decent MP (14MP)
flash built-in
lack of Timelapse function
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
69
lighter than competition in class (117 grams)
good megapixels (16MP)
built-in flash
fairly wide (25mm)
does not have Timelapse mode
display is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.6)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony A560 as a Landscape photography camera
Sony WX30 as a Landscape photography camera
73
has manual focus
change lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
screen is a decent size (3")
image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent MP (14 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
great battery (1,050 shots)
2 card slots
lack of Timelapse function
43
fairly wide (25mm)
good sized screen (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.6)
no manual control
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
does not have Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony A560 Vlogging factors
Sony WX30 Vlogging factors
34
image stabilization (Sensor based)
has face detect autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
comes with microphone support
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
35
fairly wide (25mm)
built-in touchscreen
image stabilization (Optical)
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competition in class (117 grams)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.6)
display is not selfie friendly
does not have microphone support
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Sony A560 vs Sony WX30 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony A560 and Sony WX30
 Sony Alpha DSLR-A560Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX30
General Information
Manufacturer Sony Sony
Model type Sony Alpha DSLR-A560 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX30
Category Entry-Level DSLR Small Sensor Compact
Introduced 2010-08-24 2011-07-25
Physical type Compact SLR Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Bionz BIONZ
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
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 16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4592 x 3056 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 12800 3200
Maximum boosted ISO 25600 -
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW images
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points 15 9
Cross type focus points 3 -
Lens
Lens support Sony/Minolta Alpha fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 25-125mm (5.0x)
Max aperture - f/2.6-6.3
Macro focusing distance - 5cm
Total lenses 143 -
Crop factor 1.5 5.8
Screen
Type of display Tilting Fixed Type
Display size 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 922 thousand dots 922 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Display tech - XtraFine TFT LCD display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentamirror) None
Viewfinder coverage 95% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.53x -
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/1600 secs
Continuous shooting rate 5.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 12.00 m 3.70 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, High Speed Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in, Wireless Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize 1/160 secs -
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 29.97 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30fps), 640 x 424 (29.97 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60fps), 1440 x 1080 (30fps), 1280 x 720 (30fps), 640 x 480 (30fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 599 gr (1.32 lbs) 117 gr (0.26 lbs)
Dimensions 137 x 104 x 84mm (5.4" x 4.1" x 3.3") 92 x 52 x 19mm (3.6" x 2.0" x 0.7")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 70 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 22.5 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 12.3 not tested
DXO Low light rating 817 not tested
Other
Battery life 1050 photographs 250 photographs
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID NP-FM500H NP-BN1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type 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 Two 1
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