Sony Alpha DSLR-A550 vs Sony Alpha NEX-5

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A550

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Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A550

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
500 ms startup delay
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
184 ms shutter lag
Slightly more lenses available
Lens availability
126 lenses
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-5

Color depth
Great color depth
22.2 bits
External flash
External flash
Better lighting

galleries

Explore our gallery of 7 sample photos taken by the Sony Alpha DSLR-A550.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Alpha NEX-5.

competitors

Sony Alpha DSLR-A550 Competitors

Sony Alpha DSLR-A500

Sony Alpha DSLR-A500

Entry-level DSLR

Autofocus Faster autofocus
Battery life Slightly longer battery life
Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
Sony SLT-A68

Sony SLT-A68

Boutique

Autofocus Faster autofocus
Movie format Shoots movies
Screen size Much smaller screen
Sony SLT-A55

Sony SLT A55

Entry-level DSLR

$500 body only

Overall image quality Much better image quality
Color depth Better color depth
Battery life Significantly shorter battery life

Sony Alpha NEX-5 Competitors

Sony NEX-5N

Sony NEX 5N

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

Overall image quality Much better image quality
Color depth Better color depth
Startup delay More startup delay
Nikon Coolpix B500

Nikon Coolpix B500

Super zoom

$195 - $257

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Battery life Longer battery life
Size Larger
Sony Alpha NEX-3

Sony Alpha NEX-3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$398 body only

$400 with 18-55mm lens

External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
Overall image quality Worse image quality

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