Canon EOS 550D vs Sony Alpha SLT-A77

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Canon EOS 550D
Sony Alpha SLT-A77

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Reasons For

2 Reasons For
12% higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Canon EOS 550D has a display resolution (numeric) of 1,040,000 pixels. That's 118,400 pixels higher than the Sony Alpha SLT-A77 (921,600 pixels).
24% lighter Edit
The Canon EOS 550D has a weight of 530g, however the Sony Alpha SLT-A77 is a 653g digital camera (123g heavier). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

4 Reasons For
24% higher megapixel Edit
The Sony Alpha SLT-A77 has a megapixel of 24.3MP, however the Canon EOS 550D is only an 18.7MP digital camera (5.6MP lower). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

Higher ISO sensitivity (max) Edit
Sony Alpha SLT-A77 is 16,000 maximum ISO speed, but the Canon EOS 550D is only a 12,800 maximum ISO speed digital camera (3,200 lower).
Vari-angle LCD display Edit
The Sony Alpha SLT-A77 has a vari-angle LCD display, however the Canon EOS 550D does not have a vari-angle LCD display.
Seventy more battery life (CIPA standard)s Edit
The Sony Alpha SLT-A77 is a digital camera that takes 470.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s, whereas the Canon EOS 550D only takes 400.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s. Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

Reasons Against

5 Reasons Against
Lower megapixel Edit
The Canon EOS 550D is an 18.7MP digital camera. That's 5.6MP lower than the Sony Alpha SLT-A77 (24.3MP). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

3,200 lower ISO sensitivity (max) Edit
The Canon EOS 550D is a 12,800 maximum ISO speed digital camera. That's 3,200 lower than the Sony Alpha SLT-A77 (16,000).
Does not have a vari-angle LCD display Edit
The Canon EOS 550D does not have a vari-angle LCD display, whereas the Sony Alpha SLT-A77 does.
Only 400.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s Edit
The Canon EOS 550D takes 400.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s, however the Sony Alpha SLT-A77 only takes 470.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s. Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

Older by over two years
The Canon EOS 550D is two years older than the Sony Alpha SLT-A77.
2 Reasons Against
118,400 pixels lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Sony Alpha SLT-A77 is a 921,600 pixels display resolution digital camera, whereas the Canon EOS 550D is a 1,040,000 pixels display resolution digital camera (118,400 pixels higher).
123g heavier Edit
The Sony Alpha SLT-A77 is a 653g digital camera. That's 123g heavier than the Canon EOS 550D (653g). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 SLR
 SLR
Megapixel
18.7MP 24.3MP
BEST
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Still Image Resolution(s)
 5184 x 3456
 12416 x 1856
 8192 x 1856
 4240 x 2832
 4240 x 2400
 7152 x 1080
 3008 x 2000
 3008 x 1688
 1920 x 1080
 5184 x 3456
 12416 x 1856
 8192 x 1856
 4240 x 2832
 4240 x 2400
 7152 x 1080
 3008 x 2000
 3008 x 1688
 1920 x 1080
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 6000 x 4000
 6000 x 4000
BEST
Aspect Ratio
 3:2
BEST
 3:2
Image Formats Supported
 RAW
 EXIF
BEST
 RAW
 EXIF
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
22.3 x 14.9 23.5 x 15.6
Total Megapixels
18.7MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Stabilizer Location
 Body
 Body
Supported Aspect Ratios
 3:2
 16:9
 3:2
 16:9

Design

Colour of Product
 Black
 Black
Material
 Stainless steel
 Steel
 Stainless steel
 Steel

Lens System

Optical Zoom
5.6x Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Aperture Number
5.6 Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Aperture Number
3.5 Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
88mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
29mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range (f-F)
18 - 55 18 - 135
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
11/9 Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Mount Interface
 Canon EF
 Canon EF-S
 Sony A
 Canon EF
 Canon EF-S
 Sony A
Number of Diaphragm Blades
6 Unknown - Click to provide data
Filter Size
58mm Unknown - Click to provide data

Focusing

Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
 selective
 Selective Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 multi point
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Face detection
 selective
 Selective Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 multi point
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Face detection
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
 Auto Focus (AF) lock
 Auto Focus (AF) lock
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
 Auto Focus (AF) assist beam
 Auto Focus (AF) assist beam
Closest Focusing Distance
0.25m Unknown - Click to provide data
Macro Focusing Range (wide)
0.05 - ∞ Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Focus (AF) Points
Unknown - Click to provide data 19
Auto Focus (AF) Points Selection
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
1 - ∞ Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus
 TTL
 TTL

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Modes
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
ISO Sensitivity
 64
 80
 100
 400
 640
 800
 6400
 12800
 Auto
 50
 125
 160
 200
 250
 320
 500
 1000
 1250
 1600
 2000
 2250
 2500
 3200
 4000
 5000
 16000
 25
 8000
 10000
 64
 80
 100
 400
 640
 800
 6400
 12800
 Auto
 50
 125
 160
 200
 250
 320
 500
 1000
 1250
 1600
 2000
 2250
 2500
 3200
 4000
 5000
 16000
 25
 8000
 10000
ISO Sensitivity (max)
12,800 16,000
BEST
ISO Sensitivity (min)
100 100
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
 Auto Exposure (AE) lock
 Auto Exposure (AE) lock
Light Metering
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
Light Exposure Correction
 ± 5EV (1/3EV step)
 ± 5EV (1/3EV step)
Light Exposure Control
 Program AE
 Program AE

Shutter

Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
30s 30s
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s
Camera Shutter Type
 Electronic
 Electronic

Flash

Flash Modes
 Auto
 Manual
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Second curtain synchro
 Fill-in
 Flash on
 Pre-flash
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Manual
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Second curtain synchro
 Fill-in
 Flash on
 Pre-flash
 Slow synchronization
Flash Guide Number
13m Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Sync-Speed
0.01s Unknown - Click to provide data
External Flash Connector
 External flash connector
 External flash connector
Flash Exposure Compensation
 Flash exposure compensation
 Flash exposure compensation
Flash Recharging Time
3s 3s
Flash Exposure Lock
 Flash exposure lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Exposure Correction
 ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
 ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
BEST

Video

Full HD Video
 Full HD video
Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
30fps Unknown - Click to provide data
Video Formats Supported
 MOV
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MOV
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
Analog Signal Format System
 PAL
 NTSC
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 1440 x 1080
BEST
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 1440 x 1080
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD

Audio

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Audio Formats Supported
 PCM
 AC3
 PCM
 AC3
Voice Recording
 Voice recording
Unknown - Click to provide data

Memory

Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
Memory Slots
1 1

Display

Display Diagonal
3" 3"
Display
 LCD
 LCD
Vari-Angle LCD Display
 Vari-angle LCD display
 Vari-angle LCD display
BEST
Field of View
100% 100%
Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
Unknown - Click to provide data
Display Resolution (numeric)
1,040,000 pixels
BEST
921,600 pixels
Second Display
 Second display
Unknown - Click to provide data

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.5"
Magnification
0.87x Unknown - Click to provide data
Viewfinder Type
 electrical
 electrical

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
AV Output
 AV output
Unknown - Click to provide data
DC-In Jack
 DC-in jack
Unknown - Click to provide data
Connection to PC
 Connection to PC
Unknown - Click to provide data
HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
I/O Ports
1x video out PAL/ NTSC,1x HDMI mini,1x 3.5mm Unknown - Click to provide data
HDMI Connector Type
 Mini
 Mini
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0
BEST

Camera

3D
 3D
Unknown - Click to provide data
GPS (satellite)
 GPS (satellite)
Unknown - Click to provide data
White Balance
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Shade
 Flash
 Custom modes
 Incandescent
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Shade
 Flash
 Custom modes
 Incandescent
Shooting Modes
 Auto
 Program
 Scene
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Movie
 Manual
 Auto
 Program
 Scene
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Movie
 Manual
Photo Effects
 Neutral
 Black&White
 Sepia
 Vivid
 Neutral
 Black&White
 Sepia
 Vivid
Self-Timer Delay
2 2,10
Multi-Shot
 Multi-shot
Unknown - Click to provide data
Histogram
 Histogram
 Histogram
Playback Zoom (max)
10x Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Editing
 Rotating
 Rotating
Camera File System
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.2
 Exif 2.21
 DPOF
 Exif
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 RAW
 DCF
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.2
 Exif 2.21
 DPOF
 Exif
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 RAW
 DCF
Live View
 Live view
 Live view
Tripod Mountable
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Tripod mountable
Multi Burst Mode
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Multi burst mode
Camera Playback
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
Saturation Adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Saturation adjustment
Direct Printing
 Direct printing
Unknown - Click to provide data
Start-Up Time
0.1ms Unknown - Click to provide data
Built-In Processor
DIGIC 4 Unknown - Click to provide data
Scene Modes
 Close-up (macro)
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Close-up (macro)
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
Languages Support
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 GRE
 EST
 BUL
 CZE
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 GRE
 EST
 BUL
 CZE
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 GRE
 CZE
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 GRE
 CZE
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
530g
BEST
653g
Height
97.3mm 104mm
Depth
62mm 80.9mm
Width
128.8mm 142.6mm
Weight (including Battery)
530g
BEST
732g

Battery

Power Source Type
 Battery
 Battery
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of Batteries Supported
1 1
Battery Type
LP-E8 NP-FM500H
Battery Life (max)
1.7h Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
400 shots 470 shots
BEST
Battery Voltage
Unknown - Click to provide data 7.2V
Battery Level Indicator
 Battery level indicator
Unknown - Click to provide data

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature (T-T)
32 - 104 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
0 - 80 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Temperature (T-T)
0 - 40 Unknown - Click to provide data

System Requirements

Mac Operating Systems Supported
 Mac operating systems supported
Unknown - Click to provide data
Windows Operating Systems Supported
 Windows operating systems supported
Unknown - Click to provide data
Mac Compatibility
 Mac compatibility
Unknown - Click to provide data

Packaging Content

Bundled Software
ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser,Image Processing,Digital Photo Professional,PhotoStitch,EOS Utility,Picture Style Editor Picture Motion Browser 5.2; Image Data Converter SR 3.2; Image Data Lightbox SR 2.2
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Cables Included
 USB
 AV
 USB
 AV
Batteries Included
 Batteries included
 Batteries included
Battery Charger Included
 Battery charger included
 Battery charger included
Hand Strap
 Hand strap
 Hand strap

Networking

Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
Unknown - Click to provide data

Other Features

Video Capability
 Video capability
Unknown - Click to provide data
Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
 Built-in flash
Metering
TTL Unknown - Click to provide data
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
 USB 2.0 ports quantity
 USB 2.0 ports quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
 HDMI ports quantity
 HDMI ports quantity
Date Imprinting
 Date imprinting
Unknown - Click to provide data
Weight
0.5kg Unknown - Click to provide data
Interface
USB 2.0 Unknown - Click to provide data
Face Detection
 Face detection
Unknown - Click to provide data
Compatible Operating Systems
Win XP (SP2/SP3) / Vista / 7,Mac OS X v10.4 - 10.6 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
29 - 88 Unknown - Click to provide data
Aperture Range (F-F)
3.5 - 5.6 Unknown - Click to provide data
On/off Switch
 On/off switch
 On/off switch
Effective Sensor Resolution
18,000,000 pixels Unknown - Click to provide data
Frame
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Frame
Camera Shutter Speed
30 - 1/4000 1/8000 - 30
Minimum System Requirements
USB Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens System
EF/EF-S Unknown - Click to provide data
Aperture Priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
Unknown - Click to provide data
Digital SLR
 Digital SLR
 Digital SLR
Manual Exposure
 Manual exposure
Unknown - Click to provide data
Manual Focus
 Manual focus
Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Exposure
 Auto exposure
Unknown - Click to provide data
Optical Viewfinder
 Optical viewfinder
Unknown - Click to provide data
Shutter Priority AE
 Shutter priority AE
Unknown - Click to provide data
Electrical Viewfinder
 Electrical viewfinder
Unknown - Click to provide data
Rotating
 Rotating
Unknown - Click to provide data
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