Sony Alpha DSLR-A550 vs Sony Alpha NEX-5

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Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A550

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
184 ms shutter lag
Slightly more lenses available
Lens availability
126 lenses
Great battery life
Battery life
950 shots
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-5

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1000 ms startup delay
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 SLT-A55

Sony SLT A55

Entry-level DSLR

Autofocus Faster autofocus
Overall image quality Better image quality
Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

Entry-level DSLR

$861 body only

Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Autofocus Faster autofocus
Sony SLT A58

Sony SLT A58

Entry-level DSLR

$627 with 18-55mm lens

Viewfinder coverage Much better viewfinder coverage
Overall image quality Better image quality
Startup delay Much more startup delay

Sony Alpha NEX-5 Competitors

Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$362 body only

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Startup delay Much more startup delay
Sony NEX-5N

Sony NEX 5N

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$691 body only

$853 with 16-50mm lens

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Overall image quality Better image quality
Startup delay Much more startup delay
Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$400 body only

$365 - $379 with 16-50mm lens

Overall image quality Better image quality
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Screen resolution Lower resolution screen

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