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Sony SLT-A55 vs Sony SLT-A33

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Sony SLT-A55

74

Sony SLT-A33

57

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT-A55

Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.72x
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
10 fps
Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
 

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT-A33

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
800 ms startup delay
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies

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differences

Advantages of the Sony SLT-A33

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Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.6 EV vs 12.4 EV
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Almost the same
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
800 ms vs 900 ms
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More than 10% less delay when turning on
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Advantages of the Sony SLT-A55

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Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
816 ISO vs 591 ISO
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The SLT-A55 has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
10 fps vs 7 fps
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More than 40% faster continuous shooting
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Overall image quality
Better image quality
73.0 vs 70.0
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Almost the same
True resolution
Higher true resolution
16 MP vs 14 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Color depth
Better color depth
23 bits vs 22.8 bits
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Almost the same
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
330 shots vs 270 shots
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More than 20% more shots per battery charge
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Autofocus Both use faster phase detection video autofocus which is uncommon Help
              fast and accurate
              Panorama Both have in-camera panoramic stitching, many cameras like these don't Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Sensor shift
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              SLT-A337 fps
              SLT-A5510 fps
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Weight Light weight Help
              500 g
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              3.3"
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              SLT-A3314 MP
              SLT-A5516 MP
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              SLT-A33270 shots
              SLT-A55330 shots
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              123 lenses
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              3
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              12,800 ISO
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              SLT-A33591 ISO
              SLT-A55816 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $350 body only

              $430 - $448 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Sony SLT A57

              Sony SLT A57

              Entry-level DSLR

              $608 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Sony SLT-A37

              Sony SLT-A37

              Entry-level DSLR

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Screen size Has a much smaller screen
              Screen resolution Has a much lower resolution screen
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $368 body only

              $479 - $640 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $300 - $547 body only

              $379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Sony SLT-A65

              Sony SLT A65

              Entry-level DSLR

              $593 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $1,238 - $1,345 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Sony SLT-A33 Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Sony SLT-A33.

              Sony SLT-A55 Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Sony SLT-A55.

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