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Sony Alpha A550

alaTest has collected and analyzed 148 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the image quality and value for money. The color and performance also get good feedback. There are some critical reviews about the exposure and viewfinder. There are some mixed views about the focus.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Sony Alpha A550 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A550

 

With a relatively modest 14.2-megapixel CMOS sensor, the Sony Alpha DSLR-A550's $1,049.99 price tag may seem steep when compared with less-expensive cameras like the Editors' Choice Canon EOS T2i ($899.99, ) or the Nikon D5000 ($729.99, ), but the...

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

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

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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...

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A550 (with 18-55mm lens)

 

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.

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Sony Alpha 550

 

The Sony A550 delivers several exciting and unusual capabilities, including in-camera high dynamic range images that come out very well, and a full-resolution burst mode of nearly 7 shots per second. Movie mode's missing, though, and the price is over...

Now, with the A550 (and its lower-cost, lower-resolution brother, the A500), the company delivers in-camera high dynamic range images that successfully combine two exposures to create a single image with enhanced detail in both the highlight and shadow...

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Sony Alpha A550

 

The Sony A550 delivers several exciting and unusual capabilities, including in-camera high dynamic range images that come out very well, and a full-resolution burst mode of nearly 7 shots per second. Movie mode's missing, though, and the price is over...

Now, with the A550 (and its lower-cost, lower-resolution brother, the A500), the company delivers in-camera high dynamic range images that successfully combine two exposures to create a single image with enhanced detail in both the highlight and shadow...

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Sony A550 Review

 

Photography Blog published a Sony A550 Review.

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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...

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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...

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A550 – Excellent Live View Auto-focus

 

Sony Alpha DSLR-A550 comes in two different kits: body only version for $949.99 and another with 18mm-55mm lens for $1049.99. The DSLR-A550 has larger sensor resolution and faster burst option than its sibling, the A500. However, its resolution is...

Above-average performance; perfect higher ISO levels output; fast Live View auto-focus; large and tilting LCD display

Awkward design for shooting through optical viewfinder; no video recording; poor color accuracy; Live View only gives 90% coverage

Sony Alpha DSLR-A550 offers poor color rendering and awkward design; still it offers good performance and midsection noise profile. If you want to be a Live View shooter and do not care about its awkward design, then you can buy this camera. However,...

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Alpha DSLR-A550

 

(from $899) is a midrange digital SLR that features a 14 Megapixel CMOS sensor, built-in image stabilization, live view, a tilting LCD display, full manual controls, and the kind of expandability that you'd expect from this type of camera

Very good photo quality, especially when shooting RAW ; Sensor-shift image stabilization reduces blur on every lens you attach ; Tilting, ultra high resolution 3-inch LCD display ; Excellent live view system with super-fast autofocus, face and smile...

JPEGs are a little heavy on the noise reduction, even at ISO 200 (shooting RAW helps get around this); no way to turn down NR ; Exposure, focus a little flaky sometimes ; A bit pricey, and the body doesn't feel as solid as it should given that ; Live...

All things considered, the Sony Alpha DSLR-A550 is a competent but not spectacular digital SLR. It takes nice-looking photos (especially if you shoot RAW), performs well, and offers features that will be familiar to point-and-shoot users. That said,...

Product Specifications

Designed from the ground up to bring live view into the digital SLR mainstream, they set a dramatic standard in image quality, and can help you get shots you've never gotten before. Numerous technologies and image processing algorithms are employed in Sony DSLR-A550L to reduce noise and ensure rich, realistic color under the widest possible range of conditions. So you can take advantage of more shooting opportunities, and see your photos come alive with the vividness of precious memories. Speed and responsiveness are also much improved, and battery life has been extended to provide power for up to 950 shots.

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FM500H

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:SLR
Supported Flash Memory:Memory Stick PRO Duo / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card / Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:3.3in
Height:4.1in
Weight:1.3lbs
Width:5.4in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.6cm
Display Form Factor:Folding
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Sunset / Sports mode / Night portrait / Macro / Portrait mode / Landscape

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:DSLR-A550/DSLR-A550L
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony a (alpha)

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.5-5.6
Lens for SD:Body only/Sony DT 18-55mm lens
Max Focal Length:55mm
Min Focal Length:18mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:15.6 x 23.5mm
Optical Sensor Size (metric):15.6 x 23.5 mm
Optical Sensor Type:Exmor CMOS
Sensor Resolution:14.2Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical (SteadyShot INSIDE)

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Eye-level penta-dach mirror

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):12800
Light Sensitivity:ISO 200-12800 / ISO auto (200-1600)
Special Effects:Portrait / Landscape / Sunset / Vivid / Neutral / Black & White
Still Image Format:RAW + JPEG
Type:Digital camera

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type:Optical
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