Are you looking for the best camera to suit your needs? Due to a wide range of options, making a wise and weighted decision can be rather challenging. Which specs to keep in mind? What are the key pros and cons of each model? This comparison should give some helpful hints!
In this review, we are going to make a detailed comparison of two cameras that fall into different categories. While the first model we are looking at, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50 belongs to a Small Sensor Compact category, the other model, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50 is a Entry-Level DSLR camera. Both models feature different types of sensors. Thus, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50 comes with BSI-CMOS sensor that has a resolution of 16.0 MP resolution, while our second compared model Canon EOS 550D features a 18.0 MP CMOS sensor.
Both cameras we are going to look at in our overview fall into two different categories - Compact and DSLR. Keeping in mind all the distinctive features of each category, it will be hard to make a detailed comparison of these two models. However, we will do our best to make this review as unbiased and detailed as possible.
To get started, let’s take a look at some of the key features of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50 and Canon EOS 550D and, after this, we can go on to our detailed comparison of these models.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50 Key Features:
Canon EOS 550D Key Features:
|Image Stabilization||Yes vs No||All lenses are stabilized|
|Continuous Shooting||10 fps vs 4 fps||6 fps faster|
|Weight||117 g vs 530 g||413 g lighter|
|Wireless Connectivity||Eye-Fi Connected vs No||Better connectivity|
|Sensor Resolution||18.0 MP vs 16.0 MP||11.1% more pixels|
|Sensor Area||332.27 mm2 vs 28.07 mm2||91.6% larger pixel area|
|Raw Support||Yes vs No||Better image quality|
|Manual Exposure Mode||Yes vs No||Has Manual Exposure Mode|
|Flash Range||13 vs 5.3||7.7 better flash range|
|External Flash||Yes vs No||Connect off-camera flash|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 vs 1/1600||Faster shutter speed|
|Screen Size||3″ vs 2.7″||0.3" larger screen|
|Screen Resolution||1,040k dots vs 461k dots||55.7% higher resolution screen|
|Battery Life||470 shots vs 240 shots||230 more frames with a single charge|
|Microphone Port||Yes vs No||High quality audio recording option|
|Viewfinder Magnification||0.55 vs No||0.55 better magnification|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes | Yes||Very handy for portraits|
|Built-In Flash||Yes | Yes||External flash available|
|Touch Screen||No | No||No touch screen|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type | Fixed Type||No flexible viewing angles|
|Sensor Resolution||16.0 MP | 18.0 MP||Small sensor resolution|
|Headphone Port||No | No||No headphone port|
|Timelapse Recording||No | No||No timelapse recording|
|Environmental Sealing||No | No||No environmental sealing|
Before heading straight to the technical characteristics of each model, let’s start with comparing their physical specs. Let’s start with looking at the physical difference of the two products. Below are images that clearly show the sizes of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50 and Canon EOS 550D from the front view.
Now, let’s go on and see how the reviewed models are different or similar by the top view.
After looking at these images, you should get a clear idea of each model’s dimensions and how they are different from each other. However, we are not going to stop there. The next characteristic worth looking at is the weight. Of course, not every photographer is concerned about the weight, for example, it wouldn't be a decisive point for those who shoot in a studio. However, it is still an important factor because if you happen to go on a long photo session or just love having the camera with you wherever you go, you want to be sure that the chosen model isn't too heavy.
Speaking of weight, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50 is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 413g less than the Canon EOS 550D. This difference, in fact, can become a significant disadvantage for the photographers, who prefer to have their cameras with them wherever they go.
Sensor is, without a doubt, the most significant element of every digital camera. Its type, size, and resolution are the factors that define the quality of future shots. Thus, it is barely possible to pick a suitable camera without looking at these specs.
Are Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50 and Canon EOS 550D any different in terms of sensor type?
In fact, that's exactly what makes these two models really different. Thus, it is a good point to consider if your are choosing between these two cameras. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50 features a 16.0 MP 1/2.3" sized BSI-CMOS sensor and boasts of a BIONZ processor . Canon EOS 550D, in its turn, comes with a 18.0 MP APS-C sized CMOS sensor , which makes it significantly different from the first model.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50 and Canon EOS 550D by the size of their sensors.
One more distinctive feature of compared models is the sensor size. Canon EOS 550D is equipped with a sensor that is 0.1x larger than the one featured in Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50. Compared to the cameras with smaller sensor area, the ones with larger sensors ensure more control on the blurry background and depth of field if you shoot in the same aperture and focal length. Thus, the first model has a significant advantage here.
In terms of sensor size, both Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50 and Canon EOS 550D feature similar sensors. Thus, none of these models can boast of a significant advantage over the other. Both cameras should deliver about the same control over the depth of field if they are used with the same aperture and focal length.
If you are interested in photography or has made a career in this field, you should know that different types of shooting actually require different camera characteristics. While one model can produce outstanding portraits, at the same time, it can be terrible for shooting landscapes, and so on. Thus, before you purchase a specific camera, it is vital to decide, which type of shooting you do most often and consider an option that suits it the most.
This section of our comparison is devoted to the performance of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50 and Canon EOS 550D in different fields of photography. Here we are going to look at the five main areas and evaluate how well each of the reviewed models performs in them. This will help you choose an option that suits your needs the most depending on your interest in one or several of these fields.
|Photography Type||Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50||Canon EOS 550D|
No Significant Advantages
No Significant Advantages
Hopefully, our detailed overview of these models has helped you consider all the main specs, pros and cons of each cameras. Maybe, after reading this comparison, some of you have already decided which option to opt for depending on your needs and preferences. However, if you are still wondering which option is a better choice, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50 or Canon EOS 550D, below you can see what scores each of them received in five different aspects. To wrap up, we have used our unique Decision Algorithm that assesses different camera models upon 63 different factors including their price, and, if possible, DxO Mark scores. This algorithm allows us to make our verdict more consistent and objective.
What is our final verdict? Based on our comparison and the final scores of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50 and Canon EOS 550D here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50 deserves a higher Total Score than the Canon EOS 550D. Thus, if you are choosing between these options, we would recommend you to choose the first model over the other one.
For better understanding of each model’s technical characteristics, find the detailed comparison below:
|Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50||Canon EOS 550D|
|Model||Cyber-shot DSC-WX50||EOS 550D|
|Announced||Jan 30, 2012||Apr 01, 2010|
|Body Type||Compact||Compact SLR|
|Sensor Dimensions||6.17 x 4.55 mm||22.3 x 14.9 mm|
|Sensor Area||28.07 mm2||332.27 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||16.0 MP||18.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||4608 x 3456||5184 x 3456|
|Max Native ISO||12,800||12,800|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a||12,800|
|Min Native ISO||100||100|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens||Canon EF/EF-S|
|Number of Lenses||n/a||304|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a||1.6x|
|Macro Focus Range||5|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||n/a||9|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||0||n/a|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||461k dots||1,040k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||4 s||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/1600 s||1/4000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||10.0 fps||4.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Slow Sync||Auto, Red-eye|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)||1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (60, 50 fps)|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, AVCHD||H.264|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|Weight||117 g||530 g|
|Physical Dimensions||92 x 52 x 19 mm||129 x 98 x 62 mm|
|Battery Life||240 shots||470 shots|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||Battery Pack|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo||SD/SDHC/SDXC|