Sony A700 vs Sony WX80

Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 front
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80 front

Sony A700 vs Sony WX80 Key Specs

Sony A700
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • No Video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 768g - 142 x 105 x 80mm
  • Launched December 2007
  • Superseded the Konica Minolta 7D
  • Replacement is Sony A77
Sony WX80
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Expand to 12800)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-224mm (F3.3-8.0) lens
  • 124g - 92 x 52 x 22mm
  • Introduced January 2013
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Sony A700 vs Sony WX80 Overview

Lets take a more detailed look at the Sony A700 and Sony WX80, one being a Advanced DSLR and the latter is a Small Sensor Compact and they are both produced by Sony. There exists a big gap between the resolutions of the A700 (12MP) and WX80 (16MP) and the A700 (APS-C) and WX80 (1/2.3") boast totally different sensor size.

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The A700 was revealed 6 years prior to the WX80 and that is quite a big gap as far as technology is concerned. Both of these cameras have different body design with the Sony A700 being a Mid-size SLR camera and the Sony WX80 being a Compact camera.

Before diving into a thorough comparison, here is a quick highlight of how the A700 scores vs the WX80 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Sony A700 over the Sony WX80

 A700 WX80 
Manual focus More accurate focus
Screen dimensions3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution920k230kCrisper screen (+690k dot)

Reasons to pick Sony WX80 over the Sony A700

 WX80 A700 
IntroducedJanuary 2013December 2007More recent by 61 months

Common features in the Sony A700 and Sony WX80

 A700 WX80 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen No selfie screen
Touch screen No Touch screen

Sony A700 vs Sony WX80 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is aiming to lug around your camera regularly, you need to think about its weight and proportions. The Sony A700 comes with physical measurements of 142mm x 105mm x 80mm (5.6" x 4.1" x 3.1") and a weight of 768 grams (1.69 lbs) while the Sony WX80 has measurements of 92mm x 52mm x 22mm (3.6" x 2.0" x 0.9") having a weight of 124 grams (0.27 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ based on the lens you have chosen at that moment. Here is a front view physical size comparison of the A700 versus the WX80.

Sony A700 vs Sony WX80 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the A700 and WX80 is 58 and 96 respectively.

Sony A700 vs Sony WX80 top view buttons comparison

Sony A700 vs Sony WX80 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it is tough to see the difference between sensor measurements simply by reviewing technical specs. The graphic below will provide you a stronger sense of the sensor measurements in the A700 and WX80.

As you have seen, both of the cameras provide different megapixel count and different sensor measurements. The A700 using its bigger sensor will make shooting shallower depth of field easier and the Sony WX80 will offer greater detail because of its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also make it easier to crop photographs more aggressively. The older A700 is going to be behind with regard to sensor tech.

Sony A700 vs Sony WX80 sensor size comparison

Sony A700 vs Sony WX80 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony A700 vs Sony WX80 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony A700 as a Portrait photography camera
Sony WX80 as a Portrait photography camera
focusing manually
good sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
no liveview
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
supports face detection focusing
focusing manually not possible
manual exposure not possible
can't use external flash
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Sony A700 Street photography information
Sony WX80 Street photography information
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
weather sealing
screen is fixed
image stabilization (Optical)
comes with touch to focus
lighter than competitors in class (124 grams)
no moving screen
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Sony A700 Sports photography factors
Sony WX80 Sports photography factors
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000s)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (APS-C)
weather sealing
comes with phase detect AF
no liveview
painfully slow continuous shooting (5.0 fps)
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
supports tracking autofocus
lack of shutter priority mode
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Sony A700 Travel photography details
Sony WX80 Travel photography details
weather sealing
has built in flash
does not have Time Lapse mode
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
display is not selfie friendly
lighter than competitors in class (124g)
comes with touch to focus
megapixel count decent (16MP)
built-in flash
pretty wide (28mm)
missing Time Lapse mode
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Sony A700
Landscape photography with Sony WX80
focusing manually
switch lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
screen size is good (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
weather sealing
two card slots
no liveview
resolution not great (12MP)
does not have Time Lapse mode
pretty wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
small screen (2.7 inch)
manual exposure not possible
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW support
missing Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony A700 Vlogging info
Sony WX80 Vlogging info
can't record video
pretty wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detection focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competitors in class (124g)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
missing external mic port
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Sony A700 vs Sony WX80 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony A700 and Sony WX80
 Sony Alpha DSLR-A700Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80
General Information
Brand Sony Sony
Model Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80
Type Advanced DSLR Small Sensor Compact
Launched 2007-12-19 2013-01-08
Body design Mid-size SLR Compact
Sensor Information
Chip - BIONZ
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size APS-C 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 23.5 x 15.6mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 366.6mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4272 x 2848 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 6400 3200
Highest boosted ISO - 12800
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW files
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points 11 -
Cross focus points - -
Lens mounting type Sony/Minolta Alpha fixed lens
Lens focal range - 28-224mm (8.0x)
Highest aperture - f/3.3-8.0
Macro focus distance - 5cm
Amount of lenses 143 -
Focal length multiplier 1.5 5.8
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3 inch 2.7 inch
Resolution of screen 920k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Screen technology - TFT LCD display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism) None
Viewfinder coverage 95 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.6x -
Slowest shutter speed 30s 4s
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000s 1/1600s
Continuous shooting speed 5.0 frames per second 10.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 12.00 m 4.20 m
Flash modes Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, rear curtain, Off Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync, Advanced Flash
External flash
WB bracketing
Maximum flash sync 1/250s -
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions - 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 ( 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution None 1920x1080
Video data format - MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Wireless None Built-In
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 768 grams (1.69 lbs) 124 grams (0.27 lbs)
Physical dimensions 142 x 105 x 80mm (5.6" x 4.1" x 3.1") 92 x 52 x 22mm (3.6" x 2.0" x 0.9")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 66 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 22.3 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 11.9 not tested
DXO Low light score 581 not tested
Battery life - 240 images
Style of battery - 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 shooting
Type of storage Compact Flash (Type I or II), Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots Dual One
Launch pricing $1,000 $276