As well as being compared against other entry-level DSLRs, the Sony Alpha DSLR-A550 is also often compared to pro DSLRs, pro digicams, compacts and mirrorless. The Sony Alpha DSLR-A550's top rivals come from Canon (such as the Rebel SL1 and the EOS 60D) and Sony (such as the Alpha DSLR-A300 and the Alpha DSLR-A450)

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Canon Rebel SL1

Canon Rebel SL1
3 years newer
$550 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the SL1 (vs the DSLR-A550)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SL1 (vs the DSLR-A550)

  • None found

common strengths of the SL1 and DSLR-A550

  • None found

Sony Alpha DSLR-A300

Sony Alpha DSLR-A300
1 year older

Significant advantages of the DSLR-A300 (vs the DSLR-A550)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DSLR-A300 (vs the DSLR-A550)

  • None found

common strengths of the DSLR-A300 and DSLR-A550

  • None found

Sony Alpha DSLR-A450

Sony Alpha DSLR-A450
4 months newer

Significant advantages of the DSLR-A450 (vs the DSLR-A550)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DSLR-A450 (vs the DSLR-A550)

  • None found

common strengths of the DSLR-A450 and DSLR-A550

  • None found

Sony SLT A55

Sony SLT-A55
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the SLT A55 (vs the DSLR-A550)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A55 (vs the DSLR-A550)

  • None found

common strengths of the SLT A55 and DSLR-A550

  • None found

Sony SLT A58

Sony SLT A58
3 years newer
$330 (body only)

Significant advantages of the SLT A58 (vs the DSLR-A550)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A58 (vs the DSLR-A550)

  • None found

common strengths of the SLT A58 and DSLR-A550

  • None found

Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

Sony Alpha DSLR-A350
1 year older

Significant advantages of the DSLR-A350 (vs the DSLR-A550)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DSLR-A350 (vs the DSLR-A550)

  • None found

common strengths of the DSLR-A350 and DSLR-A550

  • None found

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Sony SLT A77

Sony SLT-A77
2 years newer
$1,967 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the SLT A77 (vs the DSLR-A550)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A77 (vs the DSLR-A550)

  • None found

common strengths of the SLT A77 and DSLR-A550

  • None found

Nikon D600

Nikon D600
2 years newer
$1,457 (body only)
$2,172 24-85mm lens

Significant advantages of the D600 (vs the DSLR-A550)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D600 (vs the DSLR-A550)

  • None found

common strengths of the D600 and DSLR-A550

  • None found

Canon EOS 60D

Canon EOS 60D
1 year newer
$555 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 60D (vs the DSLR-A550)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 60D (vs the DSLR-A550)

  • None found

common strengths of the 60D and DSLR-A550

  • None found

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III
2 years newer
$2,300 (body only)
$2,844 50mm lens

Significant advantages of the 5D Mark III (vs the DSLR-A550)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 5D Mark III (vs the DSLR-A550)

  • None found

common strengths of the 5D Mark III and DSLR-A550

  • None found

Sony Alpha DSLR-A850

Sony Alpha DSLR-A850
similar age

Significant advantages of the DSLR-A850 (vs the DSLR-A550)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DSLR-A850 (vs the DSLR-A550)

  • None found

common strengths of the DSLR-A850 and DSLR-A550

  • None found

Canon EOS 40D

Canon EOS 40D
2 years older
$1,800 28-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 40D (vs the DSLR-A550)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 40D (vs the DSLR-A550)

  • None found

common strengths of the 40D and DSLR-A550

  • None found

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSLR-A550 compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has a much longer battery life (950 shots vs 220 shots), has interchangeable lenses, is significantly less expensive ($313.73 vs $881.49), has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentamirror vs digital) and has more storage slots (2 vs 1).

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (921k dots vs 1,228k dots), is much larger (professional size (137×104×84 mm) vs compact (102×58×41 mm)), has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), takes significantly lower resolution photos (14 MP vs 20 MP) and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (7 fps vs 24 fps).

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V
7 years newer
$998 - $1,010

Significant advantages of the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V (vs the DSLR-A550)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V (vs the DSLR-A550)

  • None found

common strengths of the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V and DSLR-A550

  • None found

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSLR-A550 compared to compact competitors include: it has a much larger screen (3" vs 2"), has a significantly higher resolution screen (921k dots vs 118k dots), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), takes slightly higher resolution photos (14 MP vs 7.1 MP) and much higher maximum light sensitivity (12,800 ISO vs 400 ISO).

However, on average it is much larger (professional size (137×104×84 mm) vs super compact (95×57×20 mm)), doesn't have a touch screen, is thicker (3.3" vs 0.8"), is much heavier (632 g vs 150 g) and is slightly more expensive ($313.73 vs $132.89).

Fujifilm FinePix Z90

Fujifilm FinePix Z90
1 year newer
$133

Significant advantages of the Z90 (vs the DSLR-A550)

  • Much smaller: Super compact (95×57×20 mm) vs Professional size (137×104×84 mm)
  • Much thinner: 0.8" vs 3.3"
  • Much lighter: 150 g vs 632 g

Significant disadvantages of the Z90 (vs the DSLR-A550)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 921k dots
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 3,200 ISO vs 12,800 ISO

common strengths of the Z90 and DSLR-A550

  • Inexpensive: $132.89 vs $313.73

Canon PowerShot SD500

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4 years older

Significant advantages of the SD500 (vs the DSLR-A550)

  • Much smaller: Compact (90×57×27 mm) vs Professional size (137×104×84 mm)
  • Much thinner: 1.1" vs 3.3"
  • Much lighter: 200 g vs 632 g

Significant disadvantages of the SD500 (vs the DSLR-A550)

  • Much smaller screen: 2" vs 3"
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS

common strengths of the SD500 and DSLR-A550

  • Viewfinders: Tunnel vs Pentamirror

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSLR-A550 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has a slightly higher resolution screen (921k dots vs 230k dots), has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentamirror vs none), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), has a screen which flips out and significantly more lenses available (126 lenses vs 62 lenses).

However, on average it doesn't record movies (none vs 1080p @ 60fps), slightly smaller viewfinder (0.52x vs 0.71x), takes significantly lower resolution photos (14 MP vs 24.7 MP), doesn't have a touch screen and much less viewfinder coverage (95% vs 100%).

Sony Alpha A5100

Sony Alpha A5100
5 years newer
$363 - $448 (body only)
$450 - $548 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A5100 (vs the DSLR-A550)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Significantly higher true resolution: 24.7 MP vs 14 MP

Significant disadvantages of the A5100 (vs the DSLR-A550)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentamirror
  • Much shorter battery life: 400 shots vs 950 shots

common strengths of the A5100 and DSLR-A550

  • Inexpensive: $362.87 vs $313.73
  • Each has a built-in flash

Sony A7R

Sony A7R
4 years newer
$1,604 (body only)
$2,148 35mm lens

Significant advantages of the A7R (vs the DSLR-A550)

  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%
  • Much higher true resolution: 36.2 MP vs 14 MP
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.71x vs 0.52x

Significant disadvantages of the A7R (vs the DSLR-A550)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much shorter battery life: 340 shots vs 950 shots
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the A7R and DSLR-A550

  • None found

Sony NEX C3

Sony NEX C3
1 year newer
$717 (body only)
$289 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the C3 (vs the DSLR-A550)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much smaller: Compact (110×60×33 mm) vs Professional size (137×104×84 mm)
  • Much thinner: 1.3" vs 3.3"

Significant disadvantages of the C3 (vs the DSLR-A550)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentamirror
  • Much shorter battery life: 400 shots vs 950 shots
  • Has fewer storage slots: 1 vs 2

common strengths of the C3 and DSLR-A550

  • Inexpensive: $288.99 vs $313.73

Sony Alpha ILC-3000

Sony Alpha ILC-3000
4 years newer

Significant advantages of the ILC-3000 (vs the DSLR-A550)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%
  • Much smaller: Compact (102×58×38 mm) vs Professional size (137×104×84 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the ILC-3000 (vs the DSLR-A550)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 921k dots
  • Screen does not flip out
  • Much shorter battery life: 480 shots vs 950 shots

common strengths of the ILC-3000 and DSLR-A550

  • Each has a built-in flash