Sony WX50 vs Sony A99

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50 front
Sony SLT-A99 front

Sony WX50 vs Sony A99 Key Specs

Sony WX50
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-125mm (F2.6-6.3) lens
  • 117g - 92 x 52 x 19mm
  • Launched January 2012
Sony A99
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • 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
  • Announced December 2012
  • Older Model is Sony A900
  • Newer Model is Sony A99 II
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Sony WX50 vs Sony A99 Overview

Its time to look a bit more in depth at the Sony WX50 versus Sony A99, one being a Small Sensor Compact and the latter is a Advanced DSLR and both of them are produced by Sony. There is a crucial difference among the resolutions of the WX50 (16MP) and A99 (24MP) and the WX50 (1/2.3") and A99 (Full frame) posses different sensor sizing.

Photography Glossary

The WX50 was brought out 10 months prior to the A99 so they are both of a similar generation. Both of these cameras feature different body design with the Sony WX50 being a Compact camera and the Sony A99 being a Mid-size SLR camera.

Before diving straight to a more detailed comparison, here is a brief overview of how the WX50 scores against the A99 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Sony WX50 over the Sony A99

 WX50 A99 

Reasons to pick Sony A99 over the Sony WX50

 A99 WX50 
AnnouncedDecember 2012January 2012Fresher by 10 months
Manual focus More exact focusing
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen size3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution1229k461kSharper screen (+768k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies

Common features in the Sony WX50 and Sony A99

 WX50 A99 
Touch screen Neither comes with Touch screen

Sony WX50 vs Sony A99 Physical Comparison

If you're going to carry your camera, you will need to factor in its weight and measurements. The Sony WX50 comes with outside dimensions of 92mm x 52mm x 19mm (3.6" x 2.0" x 0.7") with a weight of 117 grams (0.26 lbs) and the Sony A99 has proportions of 147mm x 111mm x 78mm (5.8" x 4.4" x 3.1") and a weight of 812 grams (1.79 lbs).

Check the Sony WX50 versus Sony A99 in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary dependant on the lens you use during that time. Here is a front view over all size comparison of the WX50 and the A99.

Sony WX50 vs Sony A99 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability grade of the WX50 and A99 is 96 and 57 respectively.

Sony WX50 vs Sony A99 top view buttons comparison

Sony WX50 vs Sony A99 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, its difficult to picture the gap in sensor sizing purely by viewing technical specs. The photograph here may give you a better sense of the sensor sizes in the WX50 and A99.

As you can tell, the two cameras come with different megapixels and different sensor sizing. The WX50 because of its smaller sensor is going to make getting shallower DOF more difficult and the Sony A99 will render greater detail having its extra 8MP. Higher resolution will also let you crop photographs a good deal more aggressively. The older WX50 will be disadvantaged in sensor technology.

Sony WX50 vs Sony A99 sensor size comparison

Sony WX50 vs Sony A99 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony WX50 vs Sony A99 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony WX50 Portrait photography details
Sony A99 Portrait photography details
good megapixels (16MP)
includes face detect focusing
no manual focus
manual mode not possible
no external flash support
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
focusing manually
MP count good (24 megapixels)
large sensor size (Full frame)
offers face detection focus
exports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Sony WX50 as a Street photography camera
Sony A99 as a Street photography camera
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than average (117g)
no articulating screen
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
fully articulated screen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
large sensor size (Full frame)
exports RAW files
weather proofing
great high ISO (25,600)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Sony WX50
Sports photography with Sony A99
has image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
includes tracking focus
lack of shutter priority mode
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect AF
high shutter speed (1/8,000s)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count good (24MP)
large sensor size (Full frame)
offers tracking autofocus
weather proofing
comes with phase detect auto focus
terrible battery power (500 per charge)
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Sony WX50
Travel photography with Sony A99
lighter than average (117 grams)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
fairly wide (25mm)
no Time Lapse recording
display isn't selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f2.6)
weather proofing
MP count good (24MP)
selfie friendly screen
does not have Time Lapse function
terrible battery power (500 CIPA)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony WX50 Landscape photography information
Sony A99 Landscape photography information
fairly wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16MP)
no manual focus
cannot switch lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.6)
screen is small (2.7 inch)
manual mode not possible
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
no Time Lapse recording
focusing manually
interchangeable lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
pretty good screen size (3")
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count good (24MP)
large sensor size (Full frame)
great high ISO (25,600)
exports RAW files
weather proofing
2 card slots
terrible battery power (500 shots)
does not have Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony WX50 Vlogging factors
Sony A99 Vlogging factors
fairly wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detect focusing
high video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than average (117g)
sluggish max aperture (f2.6)
display isn't selfie friendly
no mic socket
selfie friendly screen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
offers face detection focus
good video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
does have external mic support
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Sony WX50 vs Sony A99 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony WX50 and Sony A99
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50Sony SLT-A99
General Information
Company Sony Sony
Model Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50 Sony SLT-A99
Class Small Sensor Compact Advanced DSLR
Launched 2012-01-30 2012-12-12
Physical type Compact Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
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Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" Full frame
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 35.8 x 23.8mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 852.0mm²
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 12800 25600
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW support
Focus manually
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points - 19
Cross focus points - 11
Lens mounting type fixed lens Sony/Minolta Alpha
Lens focal range 25-125mm (5.0x) -
Max aperture f/2.6-6.3 -
Macro focus distance 5cm -
Number of lenses - 143
Crop factor 5.8 1
Type of display Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Display sizing 2.7" 3"
Display resolution 461 thousand dots 1,229 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch function
Display technology Clearfoto TFT LCD display TFT Xtra Fine color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,359 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.71x
Lowest shutter speed 4 secs 30 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/1600 secs 1/8000 secs
Continuous shooting rate 10.0 frames per second 10.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 5.30 m no built-in flash
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, High Speed Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in, Wireless
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Highest flash synchronize - 1/250 secs
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported 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 data format MPEG-4, AVCHD 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 BuiltIn
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 117g (0.26 lbs) 812g (1.79 lbs)
Physical dimensions 92 x 52 x 19mm (3.6" x 2.0" x 0.7") 147 x 111 x 78mm (5.8" x 4.4" x 3.1")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested 89
DXO Color Depth score not tested 25.0
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 14.0
DXO Low light score not tested 1555
Battery life 240 shots 500 shots
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model NP-BN NP-FM500H
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo Memory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo; SD, SDHC and SDXC
Card slots One Two
Price at launch $250 $1,998