Camera Shootout: Old Sony VS New Sony

Having migrated to a SLR camera, I have stopped using my Sony S80 point and shoot as much. In fact the last time that I used it was when I was writing a review of the Sony A300 that I bought in December 08. My S80 has served me well for the last 4 years, right up until December 25th 2008. I might still have not bought the SLR if the card reader in the S80 had not gone bad and stopped reading the memory cards. The S80 was a very versatile camera, allowing me to shoot with the ease of a point and shoot and also creatively with a full manual mode.

This is a comparison of my 4 year old Sony DSC S80 Point and Shoot and my brand new Sony Alpha DSLR 300K. At the end of this comparison I myself was surprised at how little different the two are for the average user.


Sony DSC S80

Sony ADSLR A300K


Carl Zeiss 39-117mm

Kit 18-70mm

Image Sensor

4.2MP 4.0 effective

10.8MP 10.2 effective

ISO Sensitivity

Auto, 80 to 400

Auto, 100 to 3200

No. of Sensors




32MB Internal, Memory Stick

No Internal, Compact Flash


2 AA Batteries, Optional Power Adaptor or Battery Pack

InfoLithium Battery Pack, Optional Power Adaptor


Auto, Manual, Program, 7 scene modes

Auto, Manual, Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, 7 scene modes

Built in Flash



Buttons on Body

12 + Dial

27 + Dial (Wow!)




Image Stabilization


Yes, In Body



2.7in Tilting

Made In


Body: Japan Lens: China

Tripod Receptacle



Shutter Speeds

1/1000 to 30

1/4000 to 30 + Bulb

File Formats



In Camera Editing


Not Really

Manual Mode

Yes, Full Aperture and Shutter Adjustment


Live View



No. of Accessories Supplied



After having gone through the manuals of both these cameras for this comparison, I realized that I was able to almost everything with the S80 that I am able to do with the A300 albeit at a much lower resolution. Plus, I always wanted a SLR camera.

15 Responses to “Camera Shootout: Old Sony VS New Sony”

  1. February 23, 2009 at 11:08 AM #

    why the hell do you compare these two? and you missed a "D" in the SLR :).

    most point and shoots today can do sooo much, and most people dont use 10% even of those features.
    Its harder to get it right with a DSLR what you can do with a P&S, which i'm finding out now

    BUT a DSLR is not about those features alone. The tremendous opportunity of Lenses, and the creativity that you can bring with it. why do people go to a DSLR…for a bigger challenge..frankly i still love my P&S and i can dish out good shots with it, could i do it better with my DSLR..not right now, but thats what the challenge is, coz i know once i do, i can exceed the level i'm dishing out.

    For me a DSLR is about a challenge, and not coz its expensive and it will give a better higer reso image at auto mode

    where do i go next.. full frame 🙂 ..hehe

    • February 23, 2009 at 12:01 PM #

      Yes… Todays P&S are very capable. There is even a Sigma P&S which is full frame. it costs more than most DSLRs.

      Maybe I should compare the A300 and the one you bought! 😉

      • February 23, 2009 at 3:40 PM #

        oh i havent compared but am sure ur will win hands down..:)

        • February 25, 2009 at 12:24 AM #

          Josh, what did you finally buy?

  2. February 25, 2009 at 11:32 PM #

    Sweet.. good luck!

    • February 26, 2009 at 7:42 AM #

      How much did it finally cost you? And have you bought any accessories for it? Let me know if there are some interesting accessories that I can try for my camera!

      • February 26, 2009 at 10:12 AM #

        not yet..still waiting for my camera bag! forget accessories..get lenses..ah yes ..cable release would be good or a wirless remote..does ur camera support it? but in any case these are hardly used things. I'll plan on getting a few lenses now, they make all the difference.

        • February 26, 2009 at 10:13 AM #

          and i got it for 30K

          • February 26, 2009 at 11:44 AM #

            I think before I can buy lenses, I will have to take Anu's permission and save up some money too. I have however bought some coloured filters and macro filters.

  3. February 26, 2009 at 12:25 PM #

    lol….lol… which filter did you buy?

    • February 27, 2009 at 12:53 PM #

      My filters have arrived! Can't wait to try them out!

  4. February 27, 2009 at 2:22 PM #

    You bought Filters?? What are they anyways? And are they under the permissible spend limit?!

  5. February 27, 2009 at 3:05 PM #

    @Joshi, Shekhar
    See what I have to be careful of? 😉

    Yes they are. They are very sasta. I will show you this evening!

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