Sony A850 vs Sony WX70

Sony Alpha DSLR-A850 front
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70 front

Sony A850 vs Sony WX70 Key Specs

Sony A850
(Full Review)
  • 25MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 200 - 3200 (Bump to 6400)
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • No Video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 895g - 156 x 117 x 82mm
  • Released April 2010
Sony WX70
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-125mm (F2.6-6.3) lens
  • 114g - 92 x 52 x 19mm
  • Launched January 2012
Photography Glossary

Sony A850 vs Sony WX70 Overview

On this page, we are looking at the Sony A850 versus Sony WX70, former being a Advanced DSLR while the other is a Small Sensor Compact and both are produced by Sony. There exists a sizable gap between the image resolutions of the A850 (25MP) and WX70 (16MP) and the A850 (Full frame) and WX70 (1/2.3") offer different sensor measurements.

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The A850 was announced 21 months earlier than the WX70 making them a generation apart from one another. Both of the cameras have different body design with the Sony A850 being a Mid-size SLR camera and the Sony WX70 being a Compact camera.

Before delving straight to a thorough comparison, here is a short highlight of how the A850 scores against the WX70 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Sony A850 over the Sony WX70

 A850 WX70 
Manual focus More accurate focus

Reasons to pick Sony WX70 over the Sony A850

 WX70 A850 
LaunchedJanuary 2012April 2010More recent by 21 months
Touch display Easily navigate

Common features in the Sony A850 and Sony WX70

 A850 WX70 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display measurements
Display resolution922k922kExact same display resolution
Selfie screen Neither provides selfie screen

Sony A850 vs Sony WX70 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is intending to lug around your camera often, you should consider its weight and dimensions. The Sony A850 provides outer dimensions of 156mm x 117mm x 82mm (6.1" x 4.6" x 3.2") with a weight of 895 grams (1.97 lbs) while the Sony WX70 has dimensions of 92mm x 52mm x 19mm (3.6" x 2.0" x 0.7") having a weight of 114 grams (0.25 lbs).

Contrast the Sony A850 versus Sony WX70 in our completely new Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Always remember, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you are utilizing at that moment. Following is a front view measurement comparison of the A850 versus the WX70.

Sony A850 vs Sony WX70 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the A850 and WX70 is 54 and 97 respectively.

Sony A850 vs Sony WX70 top view buttons comparison

Sony A850 vs Sony WX70 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it can be hard to visualize the difference between sensor measurements just by going over technical specs. The visual below should give you a far better sense of the sensor dimensions in the A850 and WX70.

As you can tell, both the cameras have different megapixels and different sensor measurements. The A850 using its larger sensor is going to make achieving shallow DOF less difficult and the Sony A850 will offer extra detail with its extra 9MP. Greater resolution will help you crop photos a bit more aggressively. The older A850 is going to be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor innovation.

Sony A850 vs Sony WX70 sensor size comparison

Sony A850 vs Sony WX70 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony A850 vs Sony WX70 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Sony A850
Portrait photography with Sony WX70
you can focus manually
megapixel count excellent (25MP)
large sensor size (Full frame)
delivers RAW formats
doesn't have liveview
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
has face detection autofocus
manual focus not available
lack of manual exposure
no external flash support
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Sony A850 Street photography features
Sony WX70 Street photography features
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
large sensor size (Full frame)
delivers RAW formats
environment sealing
no articulating screen
image stabilization (Optical)
offers touch focus
lighter than others (114g)
screen is fixed
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Sony A850 Sports photography factors
Sony WX70 Sports photography factors
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000s)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
megapixel count excellent (25 megapixels)
large sensor size (Full frame)
environment sealing
sensor has phase detect autofocus
doesn't have liveview
painfully slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames/s)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
has tracking autofocus
no shutter priority
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Sony A850 Travel photography factors
Sony WX70 Travel photography factors
environment sealing
megapixel count excellent (25 megapixels)
does not have Timelapse function
screen is not selfie friendly
lighter than others (114 grams)
offers touch focus
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
has built in flash
rather wide (25mm)
does not have Timelapse function
screen isn't selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f2.6)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony A850 Landscape photography highlights
Sony WX70 Landscape photography highlights
you can focus manually
swap lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
screen size is good (3")
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
megapixel count excellent (25MP)
large sensor size (Full frame)
delivers RAW formats
environment sealing
has double storage slots
doesn't have liveview
does not have Timelapse function
rather wide (25mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.6)
lack of manual exposure
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
does not have Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony A850 as a Vlogging camera
Sony WX70 as a Vlogging camera
no video recording
rather wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection autofocus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than others (114 grams)
slow max aperture (f2.6)
screen isn't selfie friendly
does not have external microphone socket
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Sony A850 vs Sony WX70 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony A850 and Sony WX70
 Sony Alpha DSLR-A850Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70
General Information
Manufacturer Sony Sony
Model Sony Alpha DSLR-A850 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70
Type Advanced DSLR Small Sensor Compact
Released 2010-04-15 2012-01-30
Physical type Mid-size SLR Compact
Sensor Information
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Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size Full frame 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 35.9 x 24mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 861.6mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 25MP 16MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Max resolution 6048 x 4032 4608 x 3456
Max native ISO 3200 12800
Max enhanced ISO 6400 -
Min native ISO 200 100
RAW pictures
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points 9 -
Cross focus points - -
Lens mounting type Sony/Minolta Alpha fixed lens
Lens focal range - 25-125mm (5.0x)
Maximum aperture - f/2.6-6.3
Macro focus distance - 5cm
Number of lenses 143 -
Focal length multiplier 1 5.8
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 922 thousand dots 922 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Screen tech TFT Xtra Fine color LCD XtraFine TFT LCD display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentaprism) None
Viewfinder coverage 98% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.74x -
Min shutter speed 30s 4s
Max shutter speed 1/8000s 1/1600s
Continuous shutter rate 3.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes -
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range no built-in flash 5.30 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in, Wireless Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Max flash synchronize 1/250s -
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
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)
Max video resolution None 1920x1080
Video data format - MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone port
Headphone port
Wireless None None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 895g (1.97 lb) 114g (0.25 lb)
Physical dimensions 156 x 117 x 82mm (6.1" x 4.6" x 3.2") 92 x 52 x 19mm (3.6" x 2.0" x 0.7")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 79 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 23.8 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 12.2 not tested
DXO Low light score 1415 not tested
Battery life 880 shots 240 shots
Battery type Battery Pack 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 recording
Storage type Compact Flash (Type I or II), UDMA, Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Card slots 2 1
Launch price $0 $242