Sony W690 vs Sony A35

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690 front
Sony SLT-A35 front

Sony W690 vs Sony A35 Key Specs

Sony W690
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-250mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 142g - 94 x 56 x 22mm
  • Introduced February 2012
Sony A35
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 415g - 124 x 92 x 85mm
  • Revealed September 2011
  • Succeeded the Sony A33
  • Successor is Sony A37
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Sony W690 vs Sony A35 Overview

Following is a detailed analysis of the Sony W690 and Sony A35, one is a Small Sensor Compact and the latter is a Entry-Level DSLR and they are both built by Sony. The resolution of the W690 (16MP) and the A35 (16MP) is pretty close but the W690 (1/2.3") and A35 (APS-C) come with different sensor dimensions.

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The W690 was released 6 months after the A35 so they are of a similar generation. The two cameras offer different body type with the Sony W690 being a Compact camera and the Sony A35 being a Compact SLR camera.

Before we go in to a step-by-step comparison, below is a brief summary of how the W690 grades against the A35 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Sony W690 over the Sony A35

 W690 A35 

Reasons to pick Sony A35 over the Sony W690

 A35 W690 
Focus manually More precise focusing
Screen resolution921k230kCrisper screen (+691k dot)

Common features in the Sony W690 and Sony A35

 W690 A35 
RevealedFebruary 2012September 2011Same generation
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen sizing
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen
Touch screen Neither provides Touch screen

Sony W690 vs Sony A35 Physical Comparison

In case you're planning to carry around your camera, you are going to need to factor in its weight and dimensions. The Sony W690 provides physical dimensions of 94mm x 56mm x 22mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9") with a weight of 142 grams (0.31 lbs) and the Sony A35 has dimensions of 124mm x 92mm x 85mm (4.9" x 3.6" x 3.3") having a weight of 415 grams (0.91 lbs).

Examine the Sony W690 and Sony A35 in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary dependant on the lens you are utilising at that moment. Below is the front view proportions comparison of the W690 and the A35.

Sony W690 vs Sony A35 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the W690 and A35 is 95 and 69 respectively.

Sony W690 vs Sony A35 top view buttons comparison

Sony W690 vs Sony A35 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it's hard to picture the contrast in sensor sizes only by researching technical specs. The picture below will help give you a stronger sense of the sensor dimensions in the W690 and A35.

As you can tell, both of the cameras offer the same exact megapixel count albeit different sensor sizes. The W690 has got the smaller sensor which is going to make getting shallower depth of field tougher.

Sony W690 vs Sony A35 sensor size comparison

Sony W690 vs Sony A35 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony W690 vs Sony A35 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony W690 as a Portrait photography camera
Sony A35 as a Portrait photography camera
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
provides face detection focus
focusing manually not possible
manual exposure not available
no external flash support
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
focusing manually
good resolution (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
has face detection autofocus
saves RAW files
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Street Comparison

Sony W690 Street photography features
Sony A35 Street photography features
built in image stabilization (Optical)
fixed screen
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW files
lighter than competitors (415 grams)
great ISO range (25,600)
screen does not articulate
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Sports Comparison

Sony W690 Sports photography info
Sony A35 Sports photography info
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
provides tracking autofocus
continuous shooting slow (1.0 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good resolution (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
sensor has phase detect autofocus
continuous shooting slow (6.0 frames/s)
low battery (440 per charge)
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Sony W690
Travel photography with Sony A35
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
pretty wide (25mm)
very long reach (250mm)
no Timelapse function
does not have selfie friendly screen
slow max aperture (f3.3)
lighter than competitors (415 grams)
good resolution (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
lack of Time Lapse recording
low battery (440 per charge)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Sony W690 Landscape photography info
Sony A35 Landscape photography info
pretty wide (25mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
manual exposure not available
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
no Timelapse function
focusing manually
switch lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
screen size is good (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good resolution (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
great ISO range (25,600)
saves RAW files
low battery (440 per charge)
lack of Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony W690 Vlogging info
Sony A35 Vlogging info
pretty wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detection focus
slow max aperture (f3.3)
does not have selfie friendly screen
low quality video (1280 x 720 pxls)
no external microphone jack
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
has face detection autofocus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
includes external mic support
lighter than competitors (415g)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
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Sony W690 vs Sony A35 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony W690 and Sony A35
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690Sony SLT-A35
General Information
Company Sony Sony
Model Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690 Sony SLT-A35
Type Small Sensor Compact Entry-Level DSLR
Introduced 2012-02-28 2011-09-20
Physical type Compact Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Chip BIONZ Bionz
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" APS-C
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 16MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 4608 x 3456 4912 x 3264
Max native ISO 3200 25600
Min native ISO 80 100
RAW files
Manual focus
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points - 15
Cross focus points - 3
Lens mounting type fixed lens Sony/Minolta Alpha
Lens focal range 25-250mm (10.0x) -
Largest aperture f/3.3-5.9 -
Macro focus range 5cm -
Amount of lenses - 143
Focal length multiplier 5.8 1.5
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 3 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 230k dots 921k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Display technology ClearPhoto TFT LCD display -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 1,150k dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.73x
Slowest shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/1600 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shooting rate 1.0 frames/s 6.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 3.30 m 12.00 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, High Speed Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in, Wireless
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize - 1/160 secs
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60, 29.97 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30fps), 640 x 424 (29.97 fps)
Max video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4 MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Mic support
Headphone support
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 142g (0.31 lb) 415g (0.91 lb)
Dimensions 94 x 56 x 22mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9") 124 x 92 x 85mm (4.9" x 3.6" x 3.3")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested 74
DXO Color Depth score not tested 23.3
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 12.7
DXO Low light score not tested 763
Battery life 220 photos 440 photos
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model NP-BN NP-FW50
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2) Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec 3 or 5 images)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Card slots 1 1
Retail price $297 $598