Updated (March, 2012): Compare the Sony SLT A35 vs Sony SLT A57

Sony SLT-A55

Winner
Sony SLT-A55

71

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Sony SLT-A33

52

Sony SLT-A33

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT-A55

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.72x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT-A33

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
800 ms startup delay
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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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
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
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 10 fps vs 7 fps
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More than 40% faster continuous shooting
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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Distinguishes 0.2 more bits of color
Battery life 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 Common Weaknesses
        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
        Sensor shift
        Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
        Great for movies
        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
        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
        Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
        SLT-A33:270 shots
        SLT-A55:330 shots
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        SLT-A33:14 MP
        SLT-A55:16 MP
        Lens availability Few lenses available Help
        123 lenses
        Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
        3
        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-A33:591 ISO
        SLT-A55:816 ISO

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Sony SLT A58

        Sony SLT A58

        Entry-level DSLR

        $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-A77

        Sony SLT A77

        Pro DSLR

        $1,398 body only

        $1,398 with 16-50mm lens

        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Sony SLT A57

        Sony SLT A57

        Entry-level DSLR

        $861 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-A65

        Sony SLT A65

        Entry-level DSLR

        $800 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-A37

        Sony SLT-A37

        Entry-level DSLR

        $430 - $479 with 18-55mm lens

        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 D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $567 body only

        $433 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
        Sensor size Has a marginally smaller sensor
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $378 - $415 body only

        $495 - $556 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos

        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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        Disadvantages

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

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