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Sony WX150 vs Sony A58

Portability
95
Imaging
42
Features
43
Overall
42
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150 front
 
Sony SLT-A58 front
Portability
68
Imaging
63
Features
72
Overall
66

Sony WX150 vs Sony A58 Key Specs

Sony WX150
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-250mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 133g - 95 x 56 x 22mm
  • Announced February 2012
Sony A58
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.7" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 16000 (Expand to 25600)
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 492g - 129 x 95 x 78mm
  • Introduced November 2013
  • Replaced the Sony A57
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Sony WX150 vs Sony A58 Overview

Let's look a bit more closely at the Sony WX150 versus Sony A58, one being a Small Sensor Compact and the latter is a Entry-Level DSLR and both of them are manufactured by Sony. The resolution of the WX150 (18MP) and the A58 (20MP) is pretty similar but the WX150 (1/2.3") and A58 (APS-C) provide different sensor sizes.

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The WX150 was brought out 21 months earlier than the A58 which makes them a generation apart from each other. Both cameras have different body design with the Sony WX150 being a Compact camera and the Sony A58 being a Compact SLR camera.

Before getting straight to a thorough comparison, here is a concise highlight of how the WX150 grades vs the A58 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Sony WX150 over the Sony A58

 WX150 A58 
Screen dimensions3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution461k460kClearer screen (+1k dot)

Reasons to pick Sony A58 over the Sony WX150

 A58 WX150 
IntroducedNovember 2013February 2012More recent by 21 months
Manually focus More precise focusing
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen

Common features in the Sony WX150 and Sony A58

 WX150 A58 
Selfie screen Neither features selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Absent Touch friendly screen

Sony WX150 vs Sony A58 Physical Comparison

If you are intending to lug around your camera frequently, you will want to think about its weight and volume. The Sony WX150 enjoys exterior measurements of 95mm x 56mm x 22mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9") along with a weight of 133 grams (0.29 lbs) and the Sony A58 has sizing of 129mm x 95mm x 78mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 3.1") along with a weight of 492 grams (1.08 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you are utilizing during that time. Below is a front view scale comparison of the WX150 and the A58.

Sony WX150 vs Sony A58 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability rating of the WX150 and A58 is 95 and 68 respectively.

Sony WX150 vs Sony A58 top view buttons comparison

Sony WX150 vs Sony A58 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it's hard to visualize the contrast between sensor measurements just by going over specs. The visual here should give you a more clear sense of the sensor measurements in the WX150 and A58.

All in all, the 2 cameras provide different megapixels and different sensor measurements. The WX150 due to its tinier sensor is going to make achieving shallower depth of field more challenging and the Sony A58 will offer you more detail having its extra 2 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also enable you to crop photographs more aggressively. The older WX150 is going to be behind in sensor tech.

Sony WX150 vs Sony A58 sensor size comparison

Sony WX150 vs Sony A58 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony WX150 vs Sony A58 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony WX150 Portrait photography advice
Sony A58 Portrait photography advice
38
good megapixels (18MP)
includes face detection focus
manual focus not available
can't use external flash
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
77
has manual focus
decent sensor resolution (20 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
has face detection autofocus
supports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Sony WX150
Street photography with Sony A58
64
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than average (133g)
no moving screen
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
78
screen tilts up and down
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
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Sports Comparison

Sony WX150 Sports photography factors
Sony A58 Sports photography factors
46
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (18MP)
includes tracking autofocus
lack of shutter priority mode
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect auto focus
81
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor resolution (20MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
has tracking autofocus
great battery pack (690 per charge)
comes with phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Sony WX150 Travel photography details
Sony A58 Travel photography details
71
lighter than average (133 grams)
good megapixels (18MP)
built-in flash
relatively wide (25mm)
long reach (250mm)
does not have Time Lapse mode
does not feature selfie friendly display
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
63
great battery pack (690 per charge)
decent sensor resolution (20 megapixels)
flash built-in
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
does not contain selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Sony WX150 Landscape photography advice
Sony A58 Landscape photography advice
46
relatively wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (18 megapixels)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
does not have Time Lapse mode
70
has manual focus
swap lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor resolution (20 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
great battery pack (690 CIPA)
tiny screen (2.7 inch)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony WX150 Vlogging information
Sony A58 Vlogging information
35
relatively wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection focus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than average (133g)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
does not feature selfie friendly display
does not have external mic jack
35
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
has face detection autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
does have external mic jack
does not contain selfie friendly screen
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Sony WX150 vs Sony A58 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony WX150 and Sony A58
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150Sony SLT-A58
General Information
Company Sony Sony
Model type Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150 Sony SLT-A58
Type Small Sensor Compact Entry-Level DSLR
Announced 2012-02-28 2013-11-27
Body design Compact Compact SLR
Sensor Information
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Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" APS-C
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 23.2 x 15.4mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 357.3mm²
Sensor resolution 18 megapixel 20 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 -
Highest Possible resolution 4896 x 3672 5456 x 3632
Maximum native ISO 12800 16000
Maximum enhanced ISO - 25600
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW images
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points 9 15
Cross type focus points - 3
Lens
Lens support fixed lens Sony/Minolta Alpha
Lens zoom range 25-250mm (10.0x) -
Maximum aperture f/3.3-5.9 -
Macro focusing distance 5cm -
Number of lenses - 143
Crop factor 5.8 1.6
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Tilting
Screen diagonal 3" 2.7"
Resolution of screen 461 thousand dot 460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Screen technology ClearPhoto TFT LCD display -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 1,440 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.65x
Features
Min shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Max shutter speed 1/1600 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shutter speed 10.0fps 8.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 3.70 m 10.00 m (@ ISO 100)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync -
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Max flash sync - 1/160 secs
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
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
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 133 grams (0.29 pounds) 492 grams (1.08 pounds)
Physical dimensions 95 x 56 x 22mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9") 129 x 95 x 78mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 3.1")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested 74
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 23.3
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 12.5
DXO Low light rating not tested 753
Other
Battery life 240 shots 690 shots
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID NP-BN NP-FM500H
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2) -
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots Single Single
Pricing at release $300 $645