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

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
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
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-5

Size
Really small
Compact (111×59×38 mm)
Thickness
Thin
1.5"
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies

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 ILC-3000

Sony Alpha ILC-3000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

Size Significantly smaller
Viewfinder coverage Much better viewfinder coverage
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
Nikon Coolpix P90

Nikon Coolpix P90

Super zoom

$274

Image stabilization Better image stabilization
Size Smaller
Battery life Much shorter battery life
Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$358 body only

Lens availability Much more lenses available
Autofocus Faster autofocus
Image stabilization No image stabilization

Sony Alpha NEX-5 Competitors

Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$448 with 16-50mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
True resolution Higher true resolution
Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
Sony NEX-5N

Sony NEX 5N

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Startup delay More startup delay
Sony Alpha A5100

Sony Alpha A5100

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$348 body only

$448 with 16-50mm lens

Touch screen Has a touch screen
Supports 24p Supports 24p
External flash No external flash support

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