As well as being compared against other entry-level DSLRs, the Sony SLT-A33 is also often compared to mirrorless, pro DSLRs and super zooms. The Sony SLT-A33's top rivals come from Sony (such as the SLT A58 and the Alpha DSLR-A390) and Canon (such as the EOS Rebel T6 and the Rebel SL1)

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony SLT A33 compared to other entry-level DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs none), has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.7"), has a much higher resolution screen (921k dots vs 460k dots), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none) and shoots faster continuously (7 fps vs 5 fps).

However, on average it takes much lower resolution photos (14 MP vs 20.1 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p, has a lower quality type of viewfinder (digital vs pentamirror), slightly fewer lenses available (126 lenses vs 220 lenses) and has a slightly shorter battery life (270 shots vs 690 shots).

Sony SLT A58

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

Significant advantages of the SLT A58 (vs the SLT A33)

  • Much higher true resolution: 20.1 MP vs 14 MP
  • Supports 24p
  • Longer battery life: 690 shots vs 270 shots

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A58 (vs the SLT A33)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 921k dots
  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the SLT A58 and SLT A33

  • Fast continuous shooting: 8 fps vs 7 fps
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Have external mic jacks

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6
5 years newer
$310 - $549 (body only)
$393 - $399 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel T6 (vs the SLT A33)

  • Much higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 14 MP
  • Supports 24p
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel T6 (vs the SLT A33)

  • Shoots much slower: 3 fps vs 7 fps
  • Screen does not flip out
  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the Rebel T6 and SLT A33

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Canon Rebel SL1

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

Significant advantages of the SL1 (vs the SLT A33)

  • Much higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 14 MP
  • Supports 24p
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital

Significant disadvantages of the SL1 (vs the SLT A33)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Shoots much slower: 4 fps vs 7 fps
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the SL1 and SLT A33

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
3 years newer
$473 (body only)
$399 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3300 (vs the SLT A33)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24.2 MP vs 14 MP
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the D3300 (vs the SLT A33)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Shoots significantly slower: 5 fps vs 7 fps
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the D3300 and SLT A33

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

Sony Alpha DSLR-A390
similar age

Significant advantages of the DSLR-A390 (vs the SLT A33)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital
  • Has more storage slots: 2 vs 1

Significant disadvantages of the DSLR-A390 (vs the SLT A33)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 921k dots
  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"
  • Shoots much slower: 2.5 fps vs 7 fps

common strengths of the DSLR-A390 and SLT A33

  • Flip-out screens
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Sony SLT A55

Sony SLT-A55
similar age

Significant advantages of the SLT A55 (vs the SLT A33)

  • Much higher true resolution: 16 MP vs 14 MP
  • Shoots much faster: 10 fps vs 7 fps
  • Has a GPS

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A55 (vs the SLT A33)

  • None found

common strengths of the SLT A55 and SLT A33

  • Fast continuous shooting: 10 fps vs 7 fps
  • Flip-out screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony SLT A33 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps), has a significantly higher resolution screen (921k dots vs 460k dots), has higher quality type of viewfinder (digital vs none), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none) and has a screen which flips out.

However, on average it doesn't record movies in 24p, has a slightly shorter battery life (270 shots vs 420 shots), is older (august 2010 vs august 2013), is significantly larger (prosumer size (124×92×85 mm) vs mid size (119×71×36 mm)) and is thicker (3.3" vs 1.5").

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1
1 year older
$900 14-45mm lens

Significant advantages of the DMC-GF1 (vs the SLT A33)

  • Significantly smaller: Mid size (119×71×36 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×92×85 mm)
  • Much thinner: 1.4" vs 3.3"
  • Significantly longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 30 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-GF1 (vs the SLT A33)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Doesn't focus continuously recording movies
  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 921k dots

common strengths of the DMC-GF1 and SLT A33

  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 126 lenses
  • Each has a built-in flash

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5
3 months older
$593 (body only)

Significant advantages of the NEX-5 (vs the SLT A33)

  • Significantly smaller: Compact (111×59×38 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×92×85 mm)
  • Much thinner: 1.5" vs 3.3"
  • Lighter: 287 g vs 500 g

Significant disadvantages of the NEX-5 (vs the SLT A33)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 126 lenses

common strengths of the NEX-5 and SLT A33

  • None found

Sony Alpha ILC-3000

Sony Alpha ILC-3000
3 years newer

Significant advantages of the ILC-3000 (vs the SLT A33)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Supports 24p
  • Longer battery life: 480 shots vs 270 shots

Significant disadvantages of the ILC-3000 (vs the SLT A33)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 921k dots
  • Doesn't focus continuously recording movies
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the ILC-3000 and SLT A33

  • Each has a built-in flash

Samsung NX5

Samsung NX5
similar age

Significant advantages of the NX5 (vs the SLT A33)

  • Significantly smaller: Mid size (123×87×40 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×92×85 mm)
  • Much thinner: 1.6" vs 3.3"

Significant disadvantages of the NX5 (vs the SLT A33)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 921k dots
  • No live view

common strengths of the NX5 and SLT A33

  • Each has a built-in flash

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
3 years newer
$379 - $498 (body only)
$479 - $598 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A6000 (vs the SLT A33)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Supports 24p
  • Significantly higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 14 MP

Significant disadvantages of the A6000 (vs the SLT A33)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 126 lenses
  • Slower autofocus: Hybrid detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the A6000 and SLT A33

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Each has a built-in flash

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony SLT A33 compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs none), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), has much less startup delay (800 ms vs 3100 ms), has a screen which flips out and can focus continuously while recording movies.

However, on average it has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), takes much lower resolution photos (14 MP vs 24 MP), it's body is not weather sealed, doesn't record movies in 24p and has a lower quality type of viewfinder (digital vs pentaprism).

Nikon D300

Nikon D300
3 years older
$465 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D300 (vs the SLT A33)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Much longer battery life: 1000 shots vs 270 shots
  • Weather sealed

Significant disadvantages of the D300 (vs the SLT A33)

  • Screen does not flip out
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (147×114×74 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×92×85 mm)
  • Significantly heavier: 925 g vs 500 g

common strengths of the D300 and SLT A33

  • Built-in flashes

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D
1 year newer
$999 - $1,499 (body only)
$1,330 - $1,899 24-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the 6D (vs the SLT A33)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Much higher true resolution: 20.9 MP vs 14 MP
  • Much longer battery life: 980 shots vs 270 shots

Significant disadvantages of the 6D (vs the SLT A33)

  • Shoots much slower: 4.5 fps vs 7 fps
  • Screen does not flip out
  • Heavier: 770 g vs 500 g

common strengths of the 6D and SLT A33

  • Fairly small: Professional size (145×111×71 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×92×85 mm)
  • Light weight: 770 g vs 500 g

Nikon D600

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

Significant advantages of the D600 (vs the SLT A33)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Much higher true resolution: 24.2 MP vs 14 MP
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"

Significant disadvantages of the D600 (vs the SLT A33)

  • Screen does not flip out
  • Shoots significantly slower: 5.5 fps vs 7 fps
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (141×113×82 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×92×85 mm)

common strengths of the D600 and SLT A33

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Built-in flashes

Sony SLT A77

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

Significant advantages of the SLT A77 (vs the SLT A33)

  • Shoots much faster: 12 fps vs 7 fps
  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 14 MP
  • Weather sealed

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A77 (vs the SLT A33)

  • Larger: Professional size (143×104×81 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×92×85 mm)
  • Heavier: 732 g vs 500 g

common strengths of the SLT A77 and SLT A33

  • Flip-out screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Fairly small: Professional size (143×104×81 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×92×85 mm)

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
6 years newer
$2,219 - $2,999 (body only)
$2,558 - $3,899 24-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the 5D Mark IV (vs the SLT A33)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Much higher true resolution: 30.1 MP vs 14 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,620k dots vs 921k dots

Significant disadvantages of the 5D Mark IV (vs the SLT A33)

  • Screen does not flip out
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (151×116×76 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×92×85 mm)
  • Significantly heavier: 890 g vs 500 g

common strengths of the 5D Mark IV and SLT A33

  • None found

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony SLT A33 compared to super zoom competitors include: it is slightly smaller (prosumer size (124×92×85 mm) vs large (133×94×145 mm)), has a screen which flips out, has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD), has an external mic jack and uses fast phase detection autofocus (phase detection vs contrast detection).

However, on average it has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), doesn't have a touch screen, it's body is not weather sealed, doesn't shoot as fast continuously (7 fps vs 24 fps) and has a significantly shorter battery life (270 shots vs 400 shots).

Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

Sony CyberShot DSC-H300
3 years newer
$140 - $178

Significant advantages of the DSC-H300 (vs the SLT A33)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Significantly longer battery life: 350 shots vs 270 shots

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-H300 (vs the SLT A33)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 921k dots
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the DSC-H300 and SLT A33

  • Light weight: 590 g vs 500 g

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV

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7 years newer
$1,698

Significant advantages of the Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV (vs the SLT A33)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,440k dots vs 921k dots
  • Shoots much faster: 24 fps vs 7 fps
  • Many more focus points: 315 vs 15

Significant disadvantages of the Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV (vs the SLT A33)

  • Built-in lens only
  • Larger: Large (133×94×145 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×92×85 mm)
  • Much heavier: 1,095 g vs 500 g

common strengths of the Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV and SLT A33

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus which is uncommon: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Each supports an external flash