Sony W810 vs Sony A99

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810 front
Sony SLT-A99 front

Sony W810 vs Sony A99 Key Specs

Sony W810
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 27-162mm (F3.5-6.5) lens
  • 111g - 97 x 56 x 21mm
  • Introduced January 2014
Sony A99
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 812g - 147 x 111 x 78mm
  • Released December 2012
  • Superseded the Sony A900
  • Later Model is Sony A99 II
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Sony W810 vs Sony A99 Overview

Following is a thorough overview of the Sony W810 vs Sony A99, one is a Ultracompact and the other is a Advanced DSLR and both are designed by Sony. The image resolution of the W810 (20MP) and the A99 (24MP) is fairly close but the W810 (1/2.3") and A99 (Full frame) offer totally different sensor measurements.

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The W810 was manufactured 14 months after the A99 making them a generation away from one another. Both cameras feature different body design with the Sony W810 being a Ultracompact camera and the Sony A99 being a Mid-size SLR camera.

Before diving straight to a comprehensive comparison, here is a concise summary of how the W810 grades against the A99 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Sony W810 over the Sony A99

 W810 A99 
ReleasedJanuary 2014December 2012More modern by 14 months

Reasons to pick Sony A99 over the Sony W810

 A99 W810 
Manually focus Dial exact focusing
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display size3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution1229k230kCrisper display (+999k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies

Common features in the Sony W810 and Sony A99

 W810 A99 
Touch friendly display Neither features Touch friendly display

Sony W810 vs Sony A99 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is looking to carry around your camera often, you have to factor its weight and dimensions. The Sony W810 enjoys physical measurements of 97mm x 56mm x 21mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.8") having a weight of 111 grams (0.24 lbs) whilst the Sony A99 has dimensions of 147mm x 111mm x 78mm (5.8" x 4.4" x 3.1") along with a weight of 812 grams (1.79 lbs).

Check out the Sony W810 vs Sony A99 in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary depending on the lens you are utilizing during that time. Here is a front view overall size comparison of the W810 vs the A99.

Sony W810 vs Sony A99 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the W810 and A99 is 96 and 57 respectively.

Sony W810 vs Sony A99 top view buttons comparison

Sony W810 vs Sony A99 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it can be difficult to see the contrast in sensor sizes purely by researching specs. The pic here will give you a far better sense of the sensor sizing in the W810 and A99.

As you can plainly see, each of the cameras feature different megapixel count and different sensor sizes. The W810 due to its smaller sensor will make achieving shallower depth of field trickier and the Sony A99 will render more detail due to its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution can also let you crop photos way more aggressively. The more modern W810 is going to have an advantage when it comes to sensor tech.

Sony W810 vs Sony A99 sensor size comparison

Sony W810 vs Sony A99 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony W810 vs Sony A99 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony W810 Portrait photography information
Sony A99 Portrait photography information
resolution is good (20 megapixels)
supports face detection autofocus
manual focus not available
manual exposure not available
no external flash support
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
you can focus manually
good resolution (24 megapixels)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
features face detect focus
delivers RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Sony W810 Street photography factors
Sony A99 Street photography factors
has image stabilization (Optical)
fixed screen
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
screen articulates fully
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
delivers RAW formats
weather sealing
great high ISO (25,600)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Sony W810
Sports photography with Sony A99
has image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (20 megapixels)
supports tracking autofocus
max fps low (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
high shutter speed (1/8,000s)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
good resolution (24MP)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
features tracking focus
weather sealing
comes with phase detect auto focus
bad battery life (500 per charge)
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Sony W810
Travel photography with Sony A99
resolution is good (20MP)
flash built-in
quite wide (27mm)
lack of Time Lapse function
display isn't selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
weather sealing
good resolution (24MP)
selfie friendly screen
doesn't have Timelapse function
bad battery life (500 shots)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony W810 as a Landscape photography camera
Sony A99 as a Landscape photography camera
quite wide (27mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (20MP)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
tiny screen (2.7 inch)
manual exposure not available
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
lack of Time Lapse function
you can focus manually
switch lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
nice screen size (3")
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
good resolution (24 megapixels)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
great high ISO (25,600)
delivers RAW formats
weather sealing
2 card slots
bad battery life (500 CIPA)
doesn't have Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony W810 Vlogging details
Sony A99 Vlogging details
quite wide (27mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detection autofocus
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
display isn't selfie friendly
video res low (1280 x 720 pixels)
lack of external mic socket
selfie friendly screen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
features face detect focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does have microphone support
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Sony W810 vs Sony A99 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony W810 and Sony A99
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810Sony SLT-A99
General Information
Company Sony Sony
Model type Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810 Sony SLT-A99
Category Ultracompact Advanced DSLR
Introduced 2014-01-07 2012-12-12
Physical type Ultracompact Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Processor - Bionz
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" Full frame
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 35.8 x 23.8mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 852.0mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixels 24 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 5152 x 3864 6000 x 4000
Max native ISO 3200 25600
Lowest native ISO 80 100
RAW data
Manual focusing
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points - 19
Cross type focus points - 11
Lens mount type fixed lens Sony/Minolta Alpha
Lens zoom range 27-162mm (6.0x) -
Largest aperture f/3.5-6.5 -
Available lenses - 143
Crop factor 5.8 1
Type of display Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Display size 2.7 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 230k dots 1,229k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Display tech Clear Photo LCD TFT Xtra Fine color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,359k dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.71x
Minimum shutter speed 2s 30s
Fastest shutter speed 1/1500s 1/8000s
Continuous shutter rate 1.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 3.20 m (with ISO auto) no built-in flash
Flash modes Auto / Flash On / Slow Synchro / Flash Off / Advanced Flash Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, High Speed Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in, Wireless
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize - 1/250s
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60, 24 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30fps), 640 x 424 (29.97 fps)
Max video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video format H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Microphone support
Headphone support
Wireless None None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 111 gr (0.24 lb) 812 gr (1.79 lb)
Physical dimensions 97 x 56 x 21mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.8") 147 x 111 x 78mm (5.8" x 4.4" x 3.1")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested 89
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 25.0
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 14.0
DXO Low light rating not tested 1555
Battery life 200 shots 500 shots
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID NP-BN NP-FM500H
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage type Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo, microSD/microSDHC Memory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo; SD, SDHC and SDXC
Card slots Single Two
Cost at release $100 $1,998