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|The 16.2 MP resolution of the Sony Alpha SLT-A55 camera captures stunning images with detailed clarity at 10 fps. The 3-inch tiltable LCD screen of this Sony 16.2 MP camera offers flexibility while shooting, making it easy to frame the subjects. You can also capture videos in Full HD at 1080/60i resolutions using this Sony digital SLR camera. Photography is made easier with the built-in Face Detection and Smile Shutter Technology. The Hand-Held Night Shot feature in this Sony 16.2 MP camera allows you to continue photography even in darker conditions. The built-in flash pops up instantly as and when this Sony digital SLR camera is ready to click an image in selected modes. Also, the Sony Alpha SLT-A55 analyzes the exact scene mode to produce images with enhanced clarity using Auto HDR technology.|
|Camera Type||Digital SLR|
|Sensor Resolution||16.2 MP|
|Sensor Size||15.6 x 23.5mm|
|Sensor Type||Exmor APS HD CMOS|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Lens For SD||DT SAM 18-55mm and DT 55-200mm|
|Focal Length Range||18mm - 55mm|
|Focus Adjustment||Automatic, Manual|
|Lens Filter Size||55 mm|
|Lens System Features||Aspherical Lens, Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM)|
|Auto Focus type||TTL phase detection|
|Lens Construction||7 group(s) / 8 element(s)|
|Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera||27 - 82.5mm|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 sec|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 sec|
|Exposure compensation||"±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps"|
|Exposure Range||EV -2-17 ( ISO 100 )|
|Exposure Metering||Center-Weighted, Multi-Segment, Spot|
|Exposure Modes||Aperture-Priority, Automatic, Bulb, Manual, Program, Shutter-Priority|
|Light Sensitivity||ISO 100-12800, ISO auto (100-1600)|
|Light Sensitivity Max||12800|
|Flash Type||Pop-up Flash|
|Red Eye Reduction||Yes|
|Camera Flash Features||AF Illuminator, Flash +/- Compensation, High-Speed Synchronization (HSS), Wireless Off-Camera Control, flash exposure bracketing|
|Flash Modes||Auto Mode, Fill-in Mode, OFF mode, Rear Curtain Sync, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Synchro|
|Memory / Storage|
|Supported Flash Memory||Memory 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 - Field Coverage||100%|
|Viewfinder Diagonal Size||0.46|
|Dioptric Correction Range||-4 to +4|
|Screen Details||"LCD display - TFT active matrix - 3"" - color"|
|Microphone Type||Microphone - built-in - stereo|
|Microphone Operation Mode||Stereo|
|Connector Types||1 x HDMI output, 1 x Hi-Speed USB, 1 x microphone|
|Expansion Slot||1 x Memory Stick PRO Duo, 1 x SD Memory Card|
|System Requirements for PC Connection|
|Operating System Supported||Apple Mac OS X 10.4 - 10.6, MS Windows 7, MS Windows Vista, MS Windows XP SP3|
|Battery Form Factor||Manufacturer specific|
|Digital Video Format||AVCHD, H.264|
|Still Image Format||JPEG, RAW, RAW + JPEG|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Min Operating Temperature||0 °C|
|Max Operating Temperature||40 °C|
|Additional Features||1080i Full HD Movie Recording, 3D Sweep Panorama technology, Auto HDR Mode, Automatic Brightness Adjustment, Automatic Face Tracking, Brightness Control, Built-In, Built-In GPS, Built-In Help Guide, Contrast Control, DPOF Support, Date/Time Stamp, Depth-Of-Field Preview Button, Digital Image Rotation, Digital Noise Reduction, Dolby Digital AC-3 (2 channel) Recording, Dynamic Range Optimizer, Exif Print Support, Eye-Fi Card Ready, Eye-Start AF System, Highlight Point Display, Histogram Display, Interchangeable Lenses, LCD Live View Mode, Multi-Frame Noise Reduction, Orientation Detection, PRINT Image Matching, Quick AF Live View, RGB Primary Color Filter, Saturation Control, Shadow Point Display, Sharpness Control, Smile Capture, Sweep Panorama Technology, Translucent Mirror technology, USB 2.0 Compatibility, digital level meter|
|Shooting Programs||Handheld twilight, Landscape, Macro, Night portrait, Night view, Portrait mode, Sports mode, Sunset|
|Special Effects||Black & White, Landscape, Portrait, Sunset, Vivid|
|White Balance||Automatic, Custom, Presets|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||10 frames per second, 6 frames per second|
|Video Capture||AVCHD - 1920 x 1080 - 60 fps - 17Mbps, H.264 - 1440 x 1080 - 30 fps - 12Mbps, H.264 - 640 x 480 - 30 fps - 3Mbps|
Average review score based on 48 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
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.
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).
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.
Here's a little known secret... WORLD FAMOUS MINOLTA AF LENSES WORK ON SONY DSLRS!
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.
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!
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!
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.