Sony Alpha DSLR-A550 vs Sony Alpha DSLR-A500

Winner
Sony Alpha DSLR-A550

111

Sony Alpha DSLR-A500

96

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A550

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
7 fps
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
500 ms startup delay
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A500

Battery life
Great battery life
1000 shots
Badge
Phase detection autofocus
fast and accurate
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
500 ms startup delay

galleries

Explore our gallery of 14 sample photos taken by the Sony Alpha DSLR-A500.
Explore our gallery of 7 sample photos taken by the Sony Alpha DSLR-A550.

competitors

Sony Alpha DSLR-A550 Competitors

Sony Alpha ILC-3000

Sony Alpha ILC-3000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Image stabilization Better image stabilization
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
Sony SLT A37

Sony SLT A37

Entry-level DSLR

$313 body only

Movie format Shoots movies
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
Sony Alpha a6300

Sony Alpha a6300

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$754 - $898 body only

$831 - $998 with 16-50mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder

Sony Alpha DSLR-A500 Competitors

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Viewfinder No viewfinder
Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100

Entry-level DSLR

$329 body only

Movie format Shoots movies
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Sony SLT-A55

Sony SLT A55

Entry-level DSLR

Movie format Shoots movies
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder

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