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Sony α (alpha) SLT-A55 16.2 MP Digital SLR Camera - Black (Body Only) (SLTA55V)

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Product description
  • Unprecedented image capture
  • Professional class shooting speeds
  • Astonishing HD video capture
  • Spectacular resolution and detail
  • Advanced still shooting features
  • Versatile shooting options
Product Information
The Sony a (alpha) 16.2 MP camera is a flexible portable body only and is created for those who want to understand photography. Excellent picture quality and superb performance are yours with this Sony a (alpha) A55 digital camera. With its black body, this Sony a (alpha) digital SLR camera is a stylish device for taking pictures. As the Sony a (alpha) 16.2 MP camera includes rechargeable Lithium-ion batteries, you will be able to be ready to take snapshots. The flash memory card slot featured on this Sony a (alpha) A55 digital camera makes it easy for you to choose the size of storage in the camera. Because this Sony a (alpha) digital SLR camera has a 16.2 MP digital image sensor, you can make beautiful prints up to 12x18 inches. Increasing the number of megapixels means you can crop and enlarge your pictures without having pixelated pictures. What's more, the Sony a (alpha) 16.2 MP camera is just right for viewing high-definition pictures, with an HDMI plug, so you can share clear and crisp pictures with friends on a large monitor. With the 3-inch LCD monitor featured on this Sony a (alpha) A55 digital camera, you can share shots with ease. This Sony a (alpha) digital SLR camera comes with only the body and no lens. Picking the most appropriate interchangeable lens or lenses based on your expanding photography needs and budget is an advantage to buying the camera body on its own.

Product Features
  • Unprecedented image capture
    Unlike other DSLRs that can either shoot or focus with the speed and precision of Phase Detection AF, the SLT-A55V is the world's first DSLR that can do both simultaneously. Featuring an unprecedented Translucent Mirror, the α55V DSLR camera is able to feed both the image sensor and the Phase Detection at the same time.
  • Professional class shooting speeds
    By transforming the fundamental way DSLR cameras work, you'll experience best-in-class speed, up to 10 fps continuous shooting at full 16.2-megapixel resolution with exposure fixed at the first frame. This is made possible by a Translucent Mirror that always stays in place. You also get standard continuous shooting at up to 6 fps.
  • Astonishing HD video capture
    Experience a revolutionary breakthrough in video capture when shooting fast-moving subjects. The α55V is the world's first camera with the precision of Phase Detection auto focus (AF) for HD Movies. Translucent Mirror Technology not only enables full-time phase-detection AF for photos, it also delivers the same speed and precision for Full HD movies.
  • Spectacular resolution and detail
    Featuring a large 16.2-megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor, you'll achieve beautiful image quality during both still-photo and movie shooting. Rich tonal gradation and highlight/shadow detail are assured by the BIONZ image processing engine which supports high-speed continuous shooting, advanced digital compositing, and Full HD movie recording.
  • Advanced still shooting features
    Expand your creativity with advanced imaging features including built-in Auto HDR, which captures more scene contrast by combining the best highlight detail from one shot and the best shadow detail into one unbelievable shot. Map your journey via an integrated GPS receiver, or use 3D Sweep Panorama Mode to automatically capture expansive landscapes.
  • Versatile shooting options
    Use both the LCD monitor and Electronic Viewfinder to compose your shots. An all-electronic design enables a wide range of shooting information to be displayed in the finder and on the LCD monitor. Both provide a what-you-see-is-what-you-get preview of white balance, focus, depth of field, exposure and 100% framing accuracy, plus on-screen displays.

Product Highlights

Product Identifiers
UPC027242265974, 027242798793, 133012174411, 689466387995, 845251021592

Key Features
Camera TypeDigital SLR
Sensor Resolution16.2 MP
Screen Size3"

Optical Sensor
Sensor Size15.6 x 23.5mm
Sensor TypeCCD, CMOS, Exmor APS HD CMOS

Lens System
Lens For SDBody Only
Focus AdjustmentAutofocus & Manual Focus
Auto Focus typeTTL phase detection

Max Shutter Speed1/4000 sec
Min Shutter Speed30 sec
Exposure compensation±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps
Exposure RangeEV -2-17 ( ISO 100 )
Exposure MeteringCenter-Weighted, Multi-Segment, Spot
Exposure ModesAperture-Priority, Automatic, Bulb, Manual, Program, Shutter-Priority
Light SensitivityISO 100-12800, ISO auto (100-1600)
Light Sensitivity Max12800

Camera Flash
Flash TypePop-up Flash
Red Eye ReductionYes
Camera Flash FeaturesAF Illuminator, Flash +/- Compensation, Wireless Off-Camera Control
Flash ModesAuto Mode, Fill-in Mode, OFF mode, Rear Curtain Sync, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Synchro

Memory / Storage
Supported Flash MemoryMemory Stick DUO PRO, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, SD Card, SD Memory Card, SDHC Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Card, SDXC Memory Card

Viewfinder TypeElectronic
Viewfinder - Field Coverage100%
Viewfinder Magnification1.1x
Viewfinder Diagonal Size0.46"
Dioptric Correction Range-4 to +4

Depth3.33 in.
Height3.63 in.
Width4.88 in.
Weight17.35 Oz.

Display TypeLCD
Display RotationFolding
Screen DetailsLCD display - TFT active matrix - 3" - color
Display Size3"

Microphone TypeMicrophone - built-in - stereo
Microphone Operation ModeStereo

Connector Types1 x HDMI output, 1 x USB, 1 x microphone
Expansion Slot1 x Memory Stick PRO Duo, 1 x SD Memory Card

System Requirements for PC Connection
Operating System SupportedApple Mac OS X 10.4 - 10.6, MS Windows 7, MS Windows Vista, MS Windows XP SP3

Battery Form FactorManufacturer specific

File Format
Digital Video FormatAVCHD, H.264, HD (High Definition), MPEG-4
Still Image FormatJPEG, RAW, RAW + JPEG, Raw Image

Max Video Resolution1920 x 1080

Environmental Parameters
Min Operating Temperature0 °C
Max Operating Temperature40 °C

Other Features
Additional Features1080i Full HD Movie Recording, Auto HDR Mode, Automatic Brightness Adjustment, Automatic Face Tracking, Brightness Control, Built-In GPS, Built-In Help Guide, DPOF Support, Date/Time Stamp, Depth-Of-Field Preview Button, Digital Image Rotation, Digital Noise Reduction, Direct Print, Dolby Digital AC-3 (2 channel) Recording, Dynamic Range Optimizer, Exif Print Support, Eye-Start AF System, Face Detection, HDMI, HDR (High Dynamic Range) Function, Highlight Point Display, Histogram Display, Interchangeable Lenses, LCD Live View Mode, Not Interchangeable Lenses, Orientation Detection, PRINT Image Matching, Quick AF Live View, RGB Primary Color Filter, Red-eye Correction, Saturation Control, Shadow Point Display, Sharpness Control, Smile Capture, Sweep Panorama Technology, USB 2.0, USB 2.0 Compatibility
Face DetectionYes

Shooting ProgramsHandheld twilight, Landscape, Macro, Night portrait, Night view, Portrait mode, Sports mode, Sunset
Special EffectsBlack & White, Landscape, Portrait, Sunset, Vivid
White BalanceAuto, Cloudy (Preset), Colour Temperature Adjust, Daylight / Sunny (Preset), Flash (Preset), Fluorescent (Preset), Incandescent (Preset), Manual, Shade (Preset)
Continuous Shooting Speed10 frames per second

eBay Product ID: EPID100106302

Reviews & Research

CNET Editors' reviewVery Good


    Fast, especially for burst shooting; articulating display; relatively straightforward, streamlined interface; really nice virtual-level implementation.


    Poor battery life; limited manual video-capture controls.


    Expensive and probably a bit large for the typical point-and-shoot upgrader, the Sony Alpha SLT-A55V nevertheless delivers the performance and photo quality boost those shooters are expecting.

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Created: 06/10/11

Excellent camera for the price, I would buy a second for long lens.

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Review For: Sony α (alpha) SLT-A55 16.2 MP Digital SLR Camera - Black (Body Only) (SLTA55V)

Good reliable camera for the price. Excellent video and still quality. I purchased this product to upgrade from previous Sony model, I enjoy the features and capabilities, but I am not to happy with the video recording time. I shuts off when it gets hot, in comparison to other brands, it still needs improvement in that area.

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Created: 04/10/12

Great value: Good photos. Better video than most DSLR. In one compact size.

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

Camera: Full of features. 10fps. Great LCD, which rotates. GPS. Eye-Fi ready. Very nice menu (for a Sony). Compact and light weight (Lighter than EOS Rebels). Solid coated paint on the outside.

Photos: Great. Fast focusing. Good quality. Not too saturated (pro reviewers complain about that, but it isn't bad at all).

Video: Great performance on low light. Good focusing (better than Canon T1 and T3i).

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Created: 04/26/11

Buy the camera with the kit lens, resell the kit lens get a Minolta

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

We are professional photographers specializing in weddings and concerts.

We started our switchover from Pentax to Sony last year with an a33 and we were absolutely thrilled with it! After reading about the A55 being the camera of the year in 2010 we thought we should try out its sibling and shot with it for few months and covered several weddings and concerts. The photos were excellent so last week we sold one of our Pentax K20Ds and bought our 1st Sony A55... what a difference! After shooting just 1 wedding with it we immediately decided to sell our other Pentax K20D and bought our 2nd A55. The A33 is now our back-up camera.

We bought this camera because of our experiences with the A33 and I must say it truly deserved to be the camera of the year!

With this camera you can get shots that you just can not get with other cameras. The tilt/swivel screen quickly adjusts to whatever angle you need to shoot from, the auto focus is fast and accurate, and the face detection yield beautiful photos where our Pentax K20s would have given us silhouettes! We shoot a lot of weddings at the beach and the A55 and A33 handle the difficult lighting with 5 star performance.

The only downsides I see with these cameras is that they go through batteries fairly quickly, and they can go through a need to shut down for a moment overheating when you are shooting really fast for a period of time. As professionals we can handle this with no problem as we have 12 batteries and 6 chargers, and always have 3 cameras between the 2 of us.

This camera puts the Pentax K20D to shame. The K20D is an excellent camera and I did a ton of research before I bought them, but Sony's new technology yields much better results for our applications.

If you look for reviews on the A55 you will find some negatives, and some reviewers just don't like it at all. Based on the lenses they tested them with they are probably right... Canon and Nikon take better photos.


Minolta lenses are known for their sharpness and outstanding color. Combine 1 of these fabulous lenses with Sony's new technology and you will have a camera outfit that blows away Canon and Nikon's best in this range!

With our Sony A55s and Minolta 28-135MM lenses our photos no longer NEED to be edited, we enhance them! The photos that come from this camera/lens combo are breathtaking! It's hard to believe that 1985's lens technology meshes so well with 2010's newest camera technology.

Our recommendation:

Buy the camera with the kit lens, resell the kit lens as new and use the money towards some Minolta lenses. Get the 28-135 for sure, the 70-210 f4 "Beercan", a 50MM prime and you should be good to go! One of our philosophies... you get a better photo cropping from less zoom from a great lens than you do a lousy big zoom lens!

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Created: 07/07/11

I Love this Camera-Quality Build & Pics-Easy to use-Best Value even at List

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Review For: Sony α (alpha) SLT-A55 16.2 MP Digital SLR Camera - Black (Body Only) (SLTA55V)

I Love this camera! I've been a loyal Minolta user for a long time. When they merged with Sony I bought the A-100 and used it a lot. It was a great camera. When Sony came out with the NEX I was thinking of upgrading but wasn't to sure if the NEX would work for me. I then started looking at the A-33 & the A-55. After a lot of research on the 33 & 55, & selections from Canon & Nikon, I decided on the A-55 & I'm Very Happy with my decision!
The features are great, controls are easy, Build & picture quality are excellent. It's a little smaller & lighter than the a-100 so it was a little bit of an adjustment for my big hands but I got used to it pretty quickly. The internal anti-shake feature is improved from the a-100. It's very fast in every mode. If you get this camera upgrade the software in the camera to version 2.0 & you'll get even more features that are fun & functional. Also, you'll want to get an extra battery or two. The battery doesn't last as long as the a-100 because it's smaller. It still lasts for a reasonable period of time though. It should be noted that I'll leave the camera on for long periods a lot.
The HD movie feature works great..better than I expected!!! I bought this has a still camera, so the movie function was an extra that didn't really play into my decision to buy this camera but I'm really impressed with it. It's really easy to use & I might actually start to add video to my artistic abilities. I just have to develop my ability to look at scenes in video instead of stills. The only drawback is you won't be able to shoot a movie longer than 5 min. The camera sensor heats up & you'll get a warning. A little after the warning the camera will shut down & you'll have to let it cool off. If you're shooting video in the desert you might only get 2-3 min of recording time till you have to let it cool down. I got about 4 1/2 when I was sweating in a crowd at a Festival last week. It was really hot in the crowd! I let it cool for 2-3 min & then was shooting again!
I highly recommend this camera! It's as good as some of the $2000 cameras. Definitely worth the money! Do your research & read the reviews. It earned Camera of the Year last year for good reason!

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Created: 06/04/12

Excellent image quality, quick capture, versatile.

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

I moved to this camera from a Sony Cybershot only because my old camera had gotten slow to focus and the megapixels (5) had become an issue. I found I was missing shots I normally would capture. I take a lot of photos that end up in year books, power point presentations, professional postings (medical), and on sports websites. One thing most of my shots have in common is action and difficult subjects to contain (animals, youth, sports). At the other extreme, I am taking pictures of small medical lesions or surgeries that have to be pinpoint accurate. This camera really jumped up my production. It has a very snappy focus and quick response. New features I especially like are the 10 shot rapid fire for sports and candid shots. The auto focus took some getting used to, I am still a manual person, but now I like it. I am accustomed to changing lenses according to the shooting circumstances and there are a wide variety of lenses available for this camera. I am a minolta person from way back (35mm days). I love the color minolta lenses produce; no other lenses quite capture it. The minolta lenses are fully compatible with the Sony, so I was able to find some old, inexpensive lenses that produce fantastic quality. One reason I stick with Sony, rather than Canon or Nikon, is that the integration with the computer is so seamless. I can use multiple programs, different operating systems, different online services and I never seem to have a problem. This is an excellent camera: very versatile, lots of excellent quality inexpensive lenses available as well as higher quality ones, tremendous range in functionality from supermacro to wide angle, very quick to capture images, good battery life, great view screen. I am definitely pleased with this camera.

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