differences

Reasons to consider the Sony E-Mount 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6

Slightly more magnification 1:3.3 (0.3) vs 1:4.7 (0.2)
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Take macro shots with subjects around 40% larger in your photo
Slightly smaller diameter 62 mm vs 65 mm
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Almost the same
Sony E-Mount 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Learn more about
the Sony E-Mount 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6

Reasons to consider the Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Retractable

Image stabilization Sony SteadyShot vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Shorter 30 mm vs 60 mm
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2x shorter
Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Retractable Learn more about
the Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Retractable

similarities

Compared to digital camera lenses

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Length Short Help
E-Mount 18-55mm f/3.5-5.660 mm
16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Retractable30 mm
Diameter Small diameters Help
E-Mount 18-55mm f/3.5-5.662 mm
16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Retractable65 mm
Auto focus Auto focus Help
Easier to use
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
E-Mount 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6$215.82
16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Retractable$130.99
Prime lens Both are zoom lenses Help
Typically not as sharp as prime lenses
Fixed aperture Both are variable aperture lenses Help
Narrower aperture at longer focal lengths

Compared to digital camera lenses

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Wide minimum Wide aperture Help
f/22

LensHero is not aware of any interesting weaknesses shared by these two products.

competitors

Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Retractable Competitors

Sony 18-135mm

Sony 18-135mm

Travel lens

Zoom range Significantly more zoom
Max focal length Better telephoto
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Panasonic Lumix G Vario  12-32mm f/3.5-5.6

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6

Wide angle lens

$180

Diameter Smaller diameter
Wide minimum Much wider aperture
Sony 35mm f/1.8 OSS

Sony 35mm f/1.8 OSS

Low light lens

$398 - $423

Prime lens Is a prime lens
Aperture Significantly wider aperture
Zoom range Less zoom

Sony E-Mount 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Competitors

Sigma 30mm f/2.8 DN Sony E

Sigma 30mm f/2.8 DN Sony E

Lens

$199

Prime lens Is a prime lens
Aperture Wider aperture
Zoom range Less zoom
Sony 18-135mm

Sony 18-135mm

Travel lens

Zoom range Significantly more zoom
Max focal length Better telephoto
Diameter Larger diameter
Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS

Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS

Travel lens

$559 - $573

Fixed aperture Has a constant aperture
Image stabilization Image stabilization
Diameter Larger diameter

discussion Which do you think is better?

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