Sony RX10 vs Sony A33

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 front
Sony SLT-A33 front

Sony RX10 vs Sony A33 Key Specs

Sony RX10
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 125 - 12800 (Increase to 25600)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-200mm (F2.8) lens
  • 813g - 129 x 88 x 102mm
  • Revealed March 2014
  • Replacement is Sony RX10 II
Sony A33
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 12800 (Push to 25600)
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 500g - 124 x 92 x 85mm
  • Announced August 2010
  • Successor is Sony A35
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Sony RX10 vs Sony A33 Overview

The following is a detailed assessment of the Sony RX10 and Sony A33, former is a Large Sensor Superzoom while the latter is a Entry-Level DSLR and they are both produced by Sony. There exists a noticeable gap among the image resolutions of the RX10 (20MP) and A33 (14MP) and the RX10 (1") and A33 (APS-C) boast different sensor sizes.

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The RX10 was announced 3 years after the A33 which is a fairly sizable difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Both of the cameras feature different body design with the Sony RX10 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Sony A33 being a Compact SLR camera.

Before we go into a detailed comparison, here is a short highlight of how the RX10 scores against the A33 for portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

Photography Glossary

Reasons to pick Sony RX10 over the Sony A33

 RX10 A33 
AnnouncedMarch 2014August 2010Newer by 44 months
Screen resolution1290k921kSharper screen (+369k dot)

Reasons to pick Sony A33 over the Sony RX10

 A33 RX10 
Screen typeFully ArticulatedTiltingFully Articulating screen
Selfie screen Take selfies

Common features in the Sony RX10 and Sony A33

 RX10 A33 
Manual focus Dial precise focus
Screen size3"3"Same screen dimensions
Touch friendly screen Neither contains Touch friendly screen

Sony RX10 vs Sony A33 Physical Comparison

In case you're planning to travel with your camera, you are going to need to consider its weight and volume. The Sony RX10 has got outer dimensions of 129mm x 88mm x 102mm (5.1" x 3.5" x 4.0") and a weight of 813 grams (1.79 lbs) and the Sony A33 has sizing of 124mm x 92mm x 85mm (4.9" x 3.6" x 3.3") and a weight of 500 grams (1.10 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you are working with at the time. Underneath is a front view proportions comparison of the RX10 vs the A33.

Sony RX10 vs Sony A33 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the RX10 and A33 is 58 and 67 respectively.

Sony RX10 vs Sony A33 top view buttons comparison

Sony RX10 vs Sony A33 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it is difficult to picture the gap in sensor dimensions merely by checking out a spec sheet. The image underneath should provide you a more clear sense of the sensor dimensions in the RX10 and A33.

As you can see, both the cameras feature different megapixels and different sensor dimensions. The RX10 with its smaller sensor is going to make achieving shallow DOF more challenging and the Sony RX10 will provide greater detail with its extra 6MP. Higher resolution can also make it easier to crop pictures way more aggressively. The newer RX10 provides an edge in sensor innovation.

Sony RX10 vs Sony A33 sensor size comparison

Sony RX10 vs Sony A33 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony RX10 vs Sony A33 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony RX10 Portrait photography highlights
Sony A33 Portrait photography highlights
you can focus manually
MP count good (20 megapixels)
nice sensor size (1")
includes face detection focus
saves RAW files
has manual focus
megapixel count good (14 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
offers face detection autofocus
saves RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Sony RX10 Street photography highlights
Sony A33 Street photography highlights
tilting screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
nice sensor size (1")
saves RAW files
weather proofing
fully articulated screen
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
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Sports Comparison

Sony RX10 Sports photography advice
Sony A33 Sports photography advice
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (20 megapixels)
nice sensor size (1")
weather proofing
better than average battery (420 CIPA)
lacks phase detect auto focus
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
megapixel count good (14 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
sensor has phase detect autofocus
not so great battery (340 per charge)
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Travel Comparison

Sony RX10 Travel photography advice
Sony A33 Travel photography advice
better than average battery (420 shots)
weather proofing
MP count good (20 megapixels)
flash built-in
fairly wide (24mm)
lack of Timelapse mode
display isn't selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
megapixel count good (14MP)
flash built-in
screen is selfie friendly
no Timelapse recording
not so great battery (340 CIPA)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony RX10 Landscape photography advice
Sony A33 Landscape photography advice
you can focus manually
fairly wide (24mm)
screen is a good size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (20 megapixels)
nice sensor size (1")
saves RAW files
weather proofing
better than average battery (420 per charge)
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
lack of Timelapse mode
has manual focus
switch lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
screen is a good size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
megapixel count good (14MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
not so great battery (340 per charge)
no Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony RX10 as a Vlogging camera
Sony A33 as a Vlogging camera
fairly wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
does have external microphone jack
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
display isn't selfie friendly
screen is selfie friendly
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
offers face detection autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
includes external microphone port
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Sony RX10 vs Sony A33 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony RX10 and Sony A33
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10Sony SLT-A33
General Information
Company Sony Sony
Model type Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Sony SLT-A33
Category Large Sensor Superzoom Entry-Level DSLR
Revealed 2014-03-20 2010-08-24
Body design SLR-like (bridge) Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Powered by Bionz X Bionz
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1" APS-C
Sensor measurements 13.2 x 8.8mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area 116.2mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 20MP 14MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 5472 x 3648 4592 x 3056
Highest native ISO 12800 12800
Highest boosted ISO 25600 25600
Minimum native ISO 125 100
RAW photos
Minimum boosted ISO 80 -
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points 25 15
Cross type focus points - 3
Lens support fixed lens Sony/Minolta Alpha
Lens zoom range 24-200mm (8.3x) -
Maximal aperture f/2.8 -
Number of lenses - 143
Crop factor 2.7 1.5
Display type Tilting Fully Articulated
Display sizing 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of display 1,290 thousand dot 921 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch function
Display tech WhiteMagic -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 1,440 thousand dot 1,150 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.7x 0.73x
Slowest shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/3200 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shooting speed 10.0 frames/s 7.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 10.20 m 10.00 m (@ ISO 100)
Flash options Auto, fill-flash, slow sync, rear sync, off Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, High Speed Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in, Wireless
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash sync - 1/160 secs
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 24p) ,1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p) 1920 x 1080 (60, 29.97 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30fps), 640 x 424 (29.97 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Wireless Built-In Eye-Fi Connected
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 813g (1.79 lbs) 500g (1.10 lbs)
Physical dimensions 129 x 88 x 102mm (5.1" x 3.5" x 4.0") 124 x 92 x 85mm (4.9" x 3.6" x 3.3")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 69 70
DXO Color Depth rating 22.9 22.8
DXO Dynamic range rating 12.6 12.6
DXO Low light rating 474 591
Battery life 420 pictures 340 pictures
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID NP-FW50 NP-FW50
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, continuous) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots 1 1
Pricing at launch $698 $230