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Sony DSLR-A550

alaTest has collected and analyzed 235 reviews of Sony DSLR-A550. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. People are impressed by the image quality and price. The usability and screen are also appreciated. There are mixed comments on the zoom and flash. Many are negative about the contrast and exposure.

performance, screen, usability, price, image quality

viewfinder, video, reliability, exposure, contrast

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Sony DSLR-A550 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony DSLR-A550

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of Sony DSLR-A550 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. Reviews about the portability and image quality are overall positive.

image quality, portability

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DSLR-A550L Digital DSLR Camera with 18-55 Lens KitSony DSLR-A550L Digital DSLR Camera with 18-55 Lens Kit

Oct, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony DSLR-A550

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of Sony DSLR-A550 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the size and design. The performance and durability also get good reviews.

price, durability, performance, design, size

100% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DSLR-A550 14.2 MP Digital SLR Camera with 55-200mm f/4-5.6 DT AF Zoom LensSony DSLR-A550 14.2 MP Digital SLR Camera with 55-200mm f/4-5.6 DT AF Zoom Lens

Oct, 2018

Expert review by : DP Review (dpreview.com)

Expert Review

 

The Alpha 550 might be the most impressive Sony SLR for a long time, but for all its fancy gadgetry you can't help feeling the whole isn't as great as the sum of the parts, and it's hard to see who it's aimed at. There aren't many faster cameras in...

Capable of excellent results (especially in raw), Good JPEG dynamic range, Far better high ISO performance than most other recent Alpha models, Fast and responsive operation - and up to 7 fps burst shooting, Excellent screen and improved viewfinder...

JPEG output doesn't really do the sensor justice - shoot raw for the best results, Default output over processed: too much contrast, saturation (reds in particular often end up overdone) and noise reduction for our taste, Metering not reliable enough,...

Aug, 2010

Expert review by : PJ Jacobowitz (pcmag.com)

Sony Alpha DSLR-A550

 

If you can look past its missing video-capture capability, Sony's Alpha DSLR-A550 is a very impressive (and very fast) D-SLR.

Speedy 7 fps burst mode. Terrific image quality, even in low light. Tilting 3-inch LCD. Well-designed, newbie-friendly user interface.

No video capture—not even standard definition.

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Apr, 2010

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (cnet.com)

Sony Alpha DSLR-A550 review

 

Sitting in the middle of Sony's somewhat overcrowded dSLR product line, at first glance the Alpha DSLR-A550 seems like a promising competitor around the $1,000 price point. It comes in two kits: a body only version and one with an 18-55mm lens . The...

Generally above-average performance for its class; excellent high ISO sensitivity profile relative to competitors; large, tilting LCD; fast Live View autofocus.

Poor color accuracy; Live View provides only 90 percent coverage; awkward design for shooting via optical viewfinder; no video.

If you're a Live View-oriented shooter who doesn't care about color accuracy, the Sony Alpha DSLR-A550's good performance and decent noise profile make it attractive for the money. Otherwise, you can find a better camera.

Feb, 2010

Expert review by : Simon Joinson (dpreview.com)

Sony A550 Review

 

Sony's approach to the DSLR market has been an interesting one to watch - the first generation of the A2XX/3XX family was a three-camera assault on a market that most manufacturers had tried to address with a single model. Sony instead created three...

Capable of excellent results (especially in raw) Good JPEG dynamic range Far better high ISO performance than most other recent Alpha models Fast and responsive operation - and up to 7 fps burst shooting Excellent screen and improved viewfinder (though...

JPEG output doesn't really do the sensor justice - shoot raw for the best results Default output over processed: too much contrast, saturation (reds in particular often end up overdone) and noise reduction for our taste Metering not reliable enough,...

There are essentially two completely different ways to look at the Sony Alpha 550. The glass half empty view is that it lacks the serious photographic toolset offered by any similarly-priced model from the likes of Canon, Nikon, Pentax et al. A more...

Dec, 2009

Expert review by : William Chambers (steves-digicams.com)

Sony DSLR-A550 Review

 

Terrific performance in normal shooting modes; Unequalled performance when using Fast Autofocus Live View; Very comfortable body size and weight; Great ergonomics; Pleasing control layout; Unique Auto HDR (High Dynamic Range); Class leading frame rate...

Terrific performance in normal shooting modes; Unequalled performance when using Fast Autofocus Live View; Very comfortable body size and weight; Great ergonomics; Pleasing control layout; Unique Auto HDR (High Dynamic Range); Class leading frame rate...

No way to turn off high ISO Noise Reduction (Normal or High options only); No video capture feature; No standard video out (mini-HDMI Port only); No included video cable (an HDMI cable is optional); No Depth of Field Preview or Mirror Lockup features;...

Sonyhas created yet another pleasing dSLR model that is likely to appealto many photographers looking for a unique camera with the ability toperform well in a various shooting conditions. We were veryimpressed with the A550's abilities during our...

Feb, 2010

Highly Recommended

Expert review by : Mark Goldstein (photographyblog.com)

Sony A550 Review

 

The Sony A550 is a mid-range 14.2 megapixel DSLR camera offering enhanced Live View, Auto HDR functionality and high-speed continuous shooting capabilities. Slotting in above the A3- series cameras and below the A700, the Sony Alpha A550 employs a new...

Virtually identical to the A500 model, the Sony A550 marks a return to form for Sony in the mid-range DSLR market after the backwards step of the A330 / A380 models, offering more megapixels, faster 7fps burst shooting and a better LCD screen than its...

Aug, 2010

Expert review by : Pop Photo (popphoto.com)

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Mar, 2011

Expert review by : Susan McGlaun (i4u.com)

Sony A550 Review

 

Photography Blog published a Sony A550 Review.

Aug, 2010

Expert review by : George Schaub (shutterbug.com)

Sony’s Alpha A550; 14.2 Megapixels And Built-In HDR

 

The Sony Alpha A550 (with kit 18-55mm lens, $1049 list; body only, $949 list) takes us another step forward with in camera processing of HDR and DRO functions. While these items, to me, are the headliners for this camera, other camera amenities add to...

Speaking of Auto settings, I generally avoid Auto White Balance (AWB) and leave the camera on Daylight to record the color cast I see, but I found that relying on AWB for bizarre lighting conditions, like fluorescents in bleak office and railway...

May, 2010

Expert review by : Steve Morgenstern (washingtonpost.com)

Sony Alpha A550

 

Sony enthusiastically embraces technological innovation when developing digital cameras, and that's a very good thing. In fact, many camera manufacturers are Sony customers, particularly when it comes to buying image sensors. With the A550, the company...

HDR photography is a technique that combines multiple images shot at different exposure settings to produce a composite with plenty of detail in both the bright and shadowy areas of a high-contrast scene. This is usually accomplished using software...

Mar, 2010

Product Specifications

Battery

Battery life (CIPA standard):950
Battery Type:NP-FM500H

Camera

Histogram: Yes
Image editing:Rotating
Live view: Yes
Photo effects:Black&White, Vivid
Scene modes:Landscape, Portrait, Sunset
Self-timer:2
Self-timer delay:2
White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Shade / Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Shade

Design

Color of product:Black

Display

Display:LCD
Display Diagonal:3
Display resolution (numeric):921.600

Flash

Flash guide number:472.4
Flash modes:Auto, Fill-in, Flash off, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization / Auto, Fill-in, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization
Flash recharging time:4

Focusing

Auto Focus (AF) assist beam: Yes
Auto Focus (AF) lock: Yes
Auto focusing (AF) modes:continuous auto focus / continuous auto focus, selective auto focus, spot auto focus / Continuous Auto Focus, Spot Auto Focus
Focus:TTL

Lens System

Focal length range (f-f):0.709 - 2.17

Light Exposure

ISO sensitivity:Auto
Light exposure modes:Aperture priority AE, Auto, Manual, Shutter priority AE

Memory

Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS), MS PRO, SD, SDHC / Memory Stick (MS), SD, SDHC / MS PRO, SD, SDHC

Operational Conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 40

Other Features

Built-in flash: Yes
Camera shutter speed:30 - 1/4000
Date imprinting: Yes
Digital SLR: Yes
HDMI ports quantity:1
Interface:USB 2.0 / USB2.0
Lens focal range:F3.5 - F5.6
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Video capability: No

Picture Quality

Camera Type:Compact camera / SLR Camera Body / SLR Camera Kit
Image sensor size (W x H):0.921 x 0.614
Maximum image resolution:4592 x 3056
Megapixel:14.2
Sensor Type:CMOS

Ports & interfaces

PictBridge: Yes

Shutter

Camera shutter type:Electronic

Viewfinder

Magnification:0.80

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:3.31
Height:4.09
Weight:19.7 / 21.1
Width:5.39