Updated (August, 2011): Compare the Sony SLT A35 vs Sony SLT-A65

Sony SLT-A55

Winner
Sony SLT-A55

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Sony SLT-A33

52

Sony SLT-A33

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Reasons to buy the Sony SLT-A55

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.72x
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
900 ms startup delay
 

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT-A33

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
800 ms startup delay
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 
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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-A65

              Sony SLT A65

              Entry-level DSLR

              $649 - $698 body only

              $748 with 55-200mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Sony SLT A57

              Sony SLT A57

              Entry-level DSLR

              $580 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $370 - $400 body only

              $500 - $625 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-A37

              Sony SLT-A37

              Entry-level DSLR

              $440 - $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
              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $798 body only

              $1,098 with 18-135mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Size Is much larger
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $480 - $774 body only

              $200 - $617 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity

              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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