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Sony DSLR-A500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 263 reviews of Sony DSLR-A500. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. People really like the screen and image quality. The price and usability also get good comments, whereas reviews about the focus and flash are mixed. Many are critical about the exposure and contrast.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Sony DSLR-A500 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-A500

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of Sony DSLR-A500 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers are impressed by the battery and portability. The usability and price are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the video and durability.

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

Dec, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony DSLR-A500

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 19 user reviews of Sony DSLR-A500 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. People really like the lens and portability. The price and usability also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the size.

performance, usability, price, portability, lens

size

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

Dec, 2019

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (cnet.com)

Sony Alpha DSLR-A500 review

 

Out of the 5 consumer models in Sony's dSLR product line, stuffed into the rather tight price range between $500 and $750, the Alpha DSLR-A500 is probably the biggest value of the lot. It has the best photo quality, good performance, and the tilting...

Generally above-average performance and solid raw high ISO sensitivity performance for its class; large, tilting LCD; fast Live View autofocus; wireless flash.

Awkward aspects to the design; no video.

Cheaper and with better photo quality than its sibling, the Sony Alpha DSLR-A500's quirky design is the only real flaw in an otherwise solid entry-level model with fast Live View shooting and a useful tilting LCD.

Jul, 2010

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

Sony DSLR-A500 Review

 

Sony has created a very interesting dSLR model and the A500 is likelyto appeal to a variety of photographers looking for a unique camerawith the ability to perform well in a wide range of conditions, thanksto it's excellent performance for a camera at...

Friendly ergonomics; Comfortable body size and weight; Great performance in normal shooting modes; Unequalled performance when using Fast Autofocus Live View; Great Auto HDR (High Dynamic Range) mode; Fast busrt frame rate for this class of camera;...

No standard video out (mini-HDMI Port only); No included video cable; No Depth of Field Preview or Mirror Lockup features; Slightly slower burst frame rate when using AF-C (Continuous AF) in some conditions; No video capture feature; No way to turn off...

Sony has created a very interesting dSLR model and the A500 is likelyto appeal to a variety of photographers looking for a unique camerawith the ability to perform well in a wide range of conditions, thanksto it's excellent performance for a camera at...

Feb, 2010

Expert review by (electronicsme.com)

Sony A500 DSLR

 

If you're an advanced amateur, or maybe you're buying your second digital SLR, the Sony A500 makes a very good choice. It has a host of features, some unique, and is a cut above the entry level class of digital SLRs. So if you're ready for a more...

12.3 megapixels resolution18-55mm zoom kit lens3.0 inch tiltable LCDLive View autofocusEye-start autofocus

The Sony A500 digital SLR is a new 12.3MP digital SLR with included...

Dec, 2009

Highly Recommended

Expert review by : Mark Goldstein (photographyblog.com)

Sony A500 Review

 

The Sony A500 is a new mid-range 12.3 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 A500 employs a...

The Sony A500 marks a return to form for Sony in the mid-range DSLR market after the backwards step of the A330 / A380 models, which although cheaper and lighter suffer from an un-intuitive control layout and poor handgrip. Live View mode is an area...

Feb, 2010

Expert review by : Peter K. Burian (photocrati.com)

Sony A500 and A550 Digital SLR Review: Field Test Report

 

very prolific manufacturer, Sony markets more DSLR models than any other company. The new A500 (Amazon: Sony Alpha DSLRA500 12.3MP Digital SLR Camera (Body only); B&H: Sony A500) and A550 (Amazon: Sony Alpha DSLR-A550 14.2MP Digital SLR Camera (Body...

The A500 or the A550 would be a fine choice for DSLR novices thanks to the many digicam-style features, but the great versatility and advanced functions make it just as suitable for photo enthusiasts. The A550 would be my first choice because of its...

Oct, 2009

Expert review by (bobatkins.com)

Sony Alpha A500 and A550 APS

 

Two new consumer DSLRs from Sony

Recommended!

Expert review by : Cliff Smith (trustedreviews.com)

Sony Alpha A500

 

We take a look at Sony's latest mid-range DSLR

The Sony Alpha A500 is a well-designed mid-range camera ideal for anyone upgrading from an entry-level model. It is rather bulky compared to its main rivals, but it is solidly made and handles well. It has a good range of features, excellent...

Feb, 2010

Expert review by (stuff.tv)

Sony DSLR-A500 review

 

Can Sony's new mid-range Alpha tempt serious snappers away from the joint powers of Canikon?

The lack of HD video is a shame, but otherwise the A500 is a feature-packed performer that delivers seriously sharp results

Nov, 2009

Expert review by (stuff.tv)

Stuff magazine

 

Can Sony's new mid-range Alpha tempt serious snappers away from the joint powers of Canikon?

The lack of HD video is a shame, but otherwise the A500 is a feature-packed performer that delivers seriously sharp results

Nov, 2009

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (cnet.com.au)

Sony Alpha DSLR-A500

 

Cheaper and with better photo quality than its sibling, the Sony Alpha DSLR-A500's quirky design is the only real flaw in an otherwise solid entry-level model with fast Live View shooting and a useful tilting LCD.

Generally above-average performance and solid RAW high ISO sensitivity performance for its class ; Large, tilting LCD ; Fast Live View autofocus ; Wireless flash

Awkward aspects to the design ; No video

Via CNET

Aug, 2010

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