Sony WX10 vs Sony A77

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX10 front
Sony SLT-A77 front

Sony WX10 vs Sony A77 Key Specs

Sony WX10
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.8" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-168mm (F2.4-5.9) lens
  • 161g - 95 x 54 x 23mm
  • Launched January 2011
Sony A77
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 50 - 16000 (Expand to 25600)
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 732g - 143 x 104 x 81mm
  • Revealed October 2011
  • Replaced the Sony A700
  • Refreshed by Sony A77 II
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Sony WX10 vs Sony A77 Overview

Below is a in depth overview of the Sony WX10 versus Sony A77, former being a Small Sensor Compact while the other is a Advanced DSLR and both are produced by Sony. There exists a substantial gap among the sensor resolutions of the WX10 (16MP) and A77 (24MP) and the WX10 (1/2.3") and A77 (APS-C) come with totally different sensor measurements.

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The WX10 was announced 9 months prior to the A77 and they are both of a similar age. Each of these cameras come with different body type with the Sony WX10 being a Compact camera and the Sony A77 being a Mid-size SLR camera.

Before getting in to a in depth comparison, below is a quick introduction of how the WX10 scores vs the A77 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Sony WX10 over the Sony A77

 WX10 A77 

Reasons to pick Sony A77 over the Sony WX10

 A77 WX10 
RevealedOctober 2011January 2011More recent by 9 months
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display dimension3"2.8"Larger display (+0.2")
Display resolution921k460kSharper display (+461k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Common features in the Sony WX10 and Sony A77

 WX10 A77 
Focus manually Dial exact focus
Touch display Neither provides Touch display

Sony WX10 vs Sony A77 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is going to lug around your camera frequently, you are going to need to take into account its weight and dimensions. The Sony WX10 provides outside measurements of 95mm x 54mm x 23mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.9") with a weight of 161 grams (0.35 lbs) and the Sony A77 has dimensions of 143mm x 104mm x 81mm (5.6" x 4.1" x 3.2") having a weight of 732 grams (1.61 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you are working with at that moment. Below is the front view over all size comparison of the WX10 versus the A77.

Sony WX10 vs Sony A77 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the WX10 and A77 is 95 and 59 respectively.

Sony WX10 vs Sony A77 top view buttons comparison

Sony WX10 vs Sony A77 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it can be tough to envision the gap in sensor measurements purely by checking out specifications. The photograph here will help provide you a greater sense of the sensor measurements in the WX10 and A77.

Plainly, both of these cameras posses different resolutions and different sensor measurements. The WX10 with its smaller sensor will make achieving shallower DOF harder and the Sony A77 will show greater detail with its extra 8 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also enable you to crop images somewhat more aggressively. The older WX10 will be behind in sensor innovation.

Sony WX10 vs Sony A77 sensor size comparison

Sony WX10 vs Sony A77 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony WX10 vs Sony A77 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony WX10 Portrait photography factors
Sony A77 Portrait photography factors
manual focus
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
cannot use external flash
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
manual focus
megapixel count decent (24 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
includes face detect focusing
exports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Sony WX10 Street photography information
Sony A77 Street photography information
has image stabilization (Optical)
screen does not articulate
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
screen can move to multiple angles
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
exports RAW files
weather sealing
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Sony WX10
Sports photography with Sony A77
has image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16MP)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect auto focus
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000s)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
megapixel count decent (24 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
weather sealing
comes with phase detect AF
terrible battery power (470 CIPA)
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Travel Comparison

Sony WX10 as a Travel photography camera
Sony A77 as a Travel photography camera
resolution is good (16MP)
has built in flash
fairly wide (24mm)
does not have Time Lapse mode
display isn't selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f2.4)
weather sealing
megapixel count decent (24MP)
built-in flash
screen is selfie friendly
no Timelapse function
terrible battery power (470 per charge)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony WX10 Landscape photography factors
Sony A77 Landscape photography factors
manual focus
fairly wide (24mm)
screen is a good size (2.8")
has image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.4)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
does not have Time Lapse mode
manual focus
swap lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
decent sized screen (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
megapixel count decent (24MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
exports RAW files
weather sealing
terrible battery power (470 shots)
no Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony WX10 as a Vlogging camera
Sony A77 as a Vlogging camera
fairly wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
slow maximum aperture (f2.4)
display isn't selfie friendly
does not have mic port
screen is selfie friendly
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
includes face detect focusing
good video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
does have microphone port
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Sony WX10 vs Sony A77 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony WX10 and Sony A77
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX10Sony SLT-A77
General Information
Company Sony Sony
Model Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX10 Sony SLT-A77
Class Small Sensor Compact Advanced DSLR
Launched 2011-01-06 2011-10-25
Body design Compact Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Processor BIONZ Bionz
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" APS-C
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 24MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4608 x 3456 6000 x 4000
Maximum native ISO 3200 16000
Maximum boosted ISO - 25600
Lowest native ISO 100 50
RAW pictures
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points 9 19
Cross focus points - 11
Lens mounting type fixed lens Sony/Minolta Alpha
Lens focal range 24-168mm (7.0x) -
Maximal aperture f/2.4-5.9 -
Macro focus range 5cm -
Available lenses - 143
Crop factor 5.8 1.5
Screen type Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Screen diagonal 2.8" 3"
Resolution of screen 460k dot 921k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Screen tech Clear Photo LCD Plus -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,359k dot
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.73x
Lowest shutter speed 30s 30s
Highest shutter speed 1/1600s 1/8000s
Continuous shooting speed 10.0 frames/s 12.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 7.10 m 12.00 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, High Speed Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in, Wireless
External flash
White balance bracketing
Highest flash sync - 1/250s
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 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)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected Eye-Fi Connected
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 161 gr (0.35 lb) 732 gr (1.61 lb)
Dimensions 95 x 54 x 23mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.9") 143 x 104 x 81mm (5.6" x 4.1" x 3.2")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested 78
DXO Color Depth score not tested 24.0
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 13.2
DXO Low light score not tested 801
Battery life - 470 photos
Type of battery - Battery Pack
Battery model NP-BG1 NP-FM500H
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage 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
Storage slots 1 1
Launch pricing $200 $900