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Sony Alpha SLT-A55

alaTest has collected and analyzed 583 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the portability and image quality. The screen and video also get good reviews. There are mixed comments on the manual image adjustments and shutter. There are some less positive opinions about the exposure and build quality.

performance, video, screen, image quality, portability

battery, build quality, exposure

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Sony Alpha SLT-A55 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 94/100 = Excellent quality.

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Sony Alpha SLT-A55


The first step in taking a photo is to point the camera in the right direction. But to know what that right direction is, you need a viewfinder. The problem with designing a viewfinder is that the lens on the camera is located in front of the image...

Can autofocus while shooting video ; Fast continuous shooting mode ; Very good image quality ; In-viewfinder level ; Multi-shot noise reduction

No program shift ; Electronic viewfinder only

Sony's first translucent-mirror camera offers impressive continuous-autofocus capabilities, an amazing burst mode, and excellent image quality to go with its smaller size. The major trade-off: no through-the-lens optical viewfinder.

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Sony Alpha SLT-A55V (with 18-55mm lens)


With its SLT series of cameras, Sony spans a gap between mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Cameras (ILCs) like the Olympus PEN series, Panasonic's Lumix G series, and Sony's NEX models and Samsung's NX series and traditional dSLRs. The defining...

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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Sony SLT-A55 Digital Camera Review


The SLT-A55 is a new spin on the conventional SLR, with a translucent mirror that lets most light through, so the camera can shoot and focus at the same time. The result is a camera that has the advantages of an SLR (quick and flexible focusing and...

The SLT-A55 is a new spin on the conventional SLR, with a translucent mirror that lets most light through, so the camera can shoot and focus at the same time. The result is a camera that has the advantages of an SLR (quick and flexible focusing and...



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Sony Alpha SLT-A55V


Sony's been on a roll this year with the introduction of NEX series of cameras, and now the Alpha A55V as well as its lower-priced sibling, the A33. Although they look like traditional DSLRs, the pair is radically different which we'll detail on the...

16-megapixel APS HD CMOS sensor ; Full HD video ; 10 fps shooting ; Accurate focusing ; Terrific EVF

Grip might be too small for some ; Button placement not totally intuitive ; Plan to go broke buying better lenses

Sony’s Alpha A55V shoots ultra-fast stills and the best HD video we’ve ever seen from a DSLR.

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Sony SLT-A55V Preview


Pairing a new technology with two new SLR announcements today, Sony is rolling out Translucent Mirror Technology in the α55 (SLT-A55V) and α33 (SLT-A33) digital cameras. TMT increases the speed of continuous shooting to an impressive 10fps, and allows...

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Sony Alpha55 (SLT-A55VL)


Excellent image quality. Extremely fast autofocusing in any mode. Continuous autofocus when recording video. Easy-to-use interface. High-quality LCD. GPS. HD video capture at 1080i60 in AVCHD (17Mbps). Choice of HD video codecs

No optical viewfinder. Single-focus autofocus not available while recording video. No control over aperture and shutter speed while recording video. Audible lens noise in video capture

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Sony SLT-A55 Review


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Sony Alpha SLT-A55V DSLR Camera Review


The SLT-A55V ($749 without lens) is a new video-capable DSLR from Sony that features Full HD recording and Sony's new Translucent Mirror Technology. The camera did well in our video testing, but its lack of manual controls in video mode is a...

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Sony Alpha SLT-A55VL


Sony refers to the Alpha SLT-A55VL as a single lens translucent (SLT) device rather than a single lens reflex device

An innovative camera packing serious autofocus punch. It also offers decent image quality, a usable interface and great ergonomics.

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Sony A55


The Sony A55 is the next big step for Sony, which busted onto the scene with the A300 and A350 DSLRs almost 3 years go with their fast live view autofocus. The A55′s live view autofocus is a step above pretty much everything else on the market,...

As you have likely gathered by now, I think the Sony A55 is a great entry-level camera. Those who love the ability to frame photos using the live view display won’t find a more capable DSLR-type camera than the A55. And, if you are stepping up from a...

Product Specifications

The Sony SAT-A50 satellite receiver has a 32-bit microprocessor for fast on-screen menu operation and its RF input accommodates cable TV or local TV antenna to deliver local programming. One Button Record with VCR controller sets the digital satellite receiver's timer function to automatically start and stop the recording function of your VCR. The Remote Commander remote control also operates many brands of television sets, cable converter boxes and VCR's. And the On-Screen Menu System displays all the information you need on screen.


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: Yes
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: Yes
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:Optical / Electronic Viewfinder + LCD


Bluetooth: No
HDMI Interface: Yes
PictBridge: No
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

3D:3D enabled
Bridge Camera: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Product Type:DSLR Camera
Sensor Size:23.5 x 15.6 mm
SLR / Compact:SLR Camera


Longest Shutter Speed in s:30
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/4000


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: Yes
Memory Type:External
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Sony NP-FW50
Battery Type:Sony NP-FW50


Aperture Priority: Yes
Face Detection Mode:Face + Smile Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: Yes
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes