Sony A580 vs Sony WX500

Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 front
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500 front

Sony A580 vs Sony WX500 Key Specs

Sony A580
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800 (Raise to 25600)
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 599g - 137 x 104 x 84mm
  • Revealed May 2011
  • Old Model is Sony A100
Sony WX500
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 80 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-720mm (F3.5-6.4) lens
  • 236g - 102 x 58 x 36mm
  • Introduced April 2015
  • Succeeded the Sony WX350
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Sony A580 vs Sony WX500 Overview

Its time to look more in depth at the Sony A580 vs Sony WX500, former is a Entry-Level DSLR while the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom and both are produced by Sony. The sensor resolution of the A580 (16MP) and the WX500 (18MP) is pretty close but the A580 (APS-C) and WX500 (1/2.3") posses different sensor size.

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The A580 was revealed 4 years prior to the WX500 which is a fairly significant difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Each of these cameras have different body design with the Sony A580 being a Compact SLR camera and the Sony WX500 being a Compact camera.

Before delving straight to a comprehensive comparison, here is a concise introduction of how the A580 grades versus the WX500 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Sony A580 over the Sony WX500

 A580 WX500 
Manual focus Dial accurate focus
Screen resolution922k921kCrisper screen (+1k dot)

Reasons to pick Sony WX500 over the Sony A580

 WX500 A580 
IntroducedApril 2015May 2011Newer by 47 months

Common features in the Sony A580 and Sony WX500

 A580 WX500 
Screen typeTiltingTiltingTilting screen
Screen dimensions3"3"Equal screen size
Selfie screen No selfie screen
Touch friendly screen No Touch friendly screen

Sony A580 vs Sony WX500 Physical Comparison

If you are looking to travel with your camera regularly, you need to factor its weight and volume. The Sony A580 has got outside measurements of 137mm x 104mm x 84mm (5.4" x 4.1" x 3.3") and a weight of 599 grams (1.32 lbs) while the Sony WX500 has sizing of 102mm x 58mm x 36mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.4") and a weight of 236 grams (0.52 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you are utilizing during that time. The following is a front view measurements comparison of the A580 vs the WX500.

Sony A580 vs Sony WX500 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability score of the A580 and WX500 is 64 and 91 respectively.

Sony A580 vs Sony WX500 top view buttons comparison

Sony A580 vs Sony WX500 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, its hard to visualize the gap in sensor dimensions just by viewing specs. The image here will help offer you a greater sense of the sensor sizing in the A580 and WX500.

All in all, both the cameras have different megapixels and different sensor dimensions. The A580 having a bigger sensor is going to make shooting shallow DOF less difficult and the Sony WX500 will result in greater detail because of its extra 2 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also make it easier to crop shots a bit more aggressively. The more aged A580 will be behind with regard to sensor innovation.

Sony A580 vs Sony WX500 sensor size comparison

Sony A580 vs Sony WX500 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony A580 vs Sony WX500 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Sony A580
Portrait photography with Sony WX500
focusing manually
MP count good (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
provides face detect focus
delivers RAW formats
good megapixels (18 megapixels)
provides face detection autofocus
focusing manually not possible
can't use external flash
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
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Street Comparison

Sony A580 Street photography highlights
Sony WX500 Street photography highlights
tilting screen
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
screen tilts
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (236 grams)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Sony A580 Sports photography information
Sony WX500 Sports photography information
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count good (16MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
provides tracking focus
better than average battery life (1,050 CIPA)
comes with phase detect auto focus
excellent zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (18MP)
provides tracking autofocus
better than average battery (360 CIPA)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Sony A580 Travel photography factors
Sony WX500 Travel photography factors
better than average battery life (1,050 per charge)
MP count good (16MP)
flash built-in
lack of Timelapse function
display is not selfie friendly
better than average battery (360 per charge)
lighter than competition (236g)
good megapixels (18MP)
flash built-in
quite wide (24mm)
great zoom (720mm)
missing Timelapse recording
display isn't selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony A580 Landscape photography highlights
Sony WX500 Landscape photography highlights
focusing manually
switch lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count good (16MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
better than average battery life (1,050 CIPA)
2 card slots
lack of Timelapse function
quite wide (24mm)
nice screen size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (18 megapixels)
better than average battery (360 per charge)
focusing manually not possible
cannot switch lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
missing Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Sony A580
Vlogging with Sony WX500
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
provides face detect focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does have microphone support
display is not selfie friendly
quite wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detection autofocus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competition (236g)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
display isn't selfie friendly
missing external microphone port
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Sony A580 vs Sony WX500 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony A580 and Sony WX500
 Sony Alpha DSLR-A580Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500
General Information
Company Sony Sony
Model Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500
Type Entry-Level DSLR Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2011-05-26 2015-04-14
Body design Compact SLR Compact
Sensor Information
Chip Bionz Bionz X
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 16MP 18MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4912 x 3264 4896 x 3672
Maximum native ISO 12800 12800
Maximum boosted ISO 25600 -
Lowest native ISO 100 80
RAW pictures
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points 15 -
Cross focus points 3 -
Lens mounting type Sony/Minolta Alpha fixed lens
Lens focal range - 24-720mm (30.0x)
Largest aperture - f/3.5-6.4
Macro focus range - 5cm
Amount of lenses 143 -
Crop factor 1.5 5.8
Range of display Tilting Tilting
Display diagonal 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of display 922k dot 921k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentamirror) None
Viewfinder coverage 95 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.53x -
Slowest shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shooting speed 7.0 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 12.00 m 5.40 m (with Auto ISO)
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, High Speed Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in, Wireless Auto, flash on, slow sync, flash off, rear sync
Hot shoe
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash sync 1/160 secs -
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) 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (30p)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264 AVCHD, XAVC S
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected Built-In
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 599 gr (1.32 pounds) 236 gr (0.52 pounds)
Physical dimensions 137 x 104 x 84mm (5.4" x 4.1" x 3.3") 102 x 58 x 36mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.4")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 80 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 23.8 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 13.3 not tested
DXO Low light score 1121 not tested
Battery life 1050 photos 360 photos
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model NP-FM500H NP-BX1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo
Storage slots 2 One
Cost at launch $848 $348