• APS-C 369.7mm2
  • 14.2 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 12,800
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Sony DSLR-A550 advantages over Sony NEX-5T

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 950 vs 330 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

Sony NEX-5T advantages over Sony DSLR-A550

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,015 vs 807 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    13.0 vs 11.8 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Thinner
    38 mm vs 84 mm
    Thinner
  • Newer
    5 years vs 9 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Lighter weight
    392g vs 912g
    Lighter weight
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Wider angle kit lens
    24 mm vs 27 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.0 fps vs 6.7 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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The Competition

Compared to Canon 50D

Sony DSLR-A550
Canon 50D
  • $859
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $1000
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
Sony NEX-5T
Canon 50D
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Touchscreen
  • $1000
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Pentax K-7

Sony DSLR-A550
Pentax K-7
  • $859
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $1300
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Top deck display
Sony NEX-5T
Pentax K-7
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Touchscreen
  • $1300
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Sony DSLR-A500

Sony DSLR-A550
Sony DSLR-A500
  • $859
  • APS-C
  • More dots on screen
  • More pixels
  • $850
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
Sony NEX-5T
Sony DSLR-A500
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Touchscreen
  • $850
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Sony NEX-5R

Sony DSLR-A550
Sony NEX-5R
  • $859
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $348
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Touchscreen
Sony NEX-5T
Sony NEX-5R
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Wider angle kit lens
  • $348
  • APS-C

Compared to Sony NEX-3N

Sony DSLR-A550
Sony NEX-3N
  • $859
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-camera panoramas
Sony NEX-5T
Sony NEX-3N
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Internal flash
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