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Sony DSLR-A550

alaTest has collected and analyzed 151 reviews of Sony DSLR-A550. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. People really like the size and image quality. The usability and screen are also mentioned favorably. The zoom and flash get mixed views, while there are some less positive views about the memory and exposure.

performance, screen, usability, image quality, size

viewfinder, video, reliability, exposure, memory

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 88/100 = 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. Reviewers are impressed by the portability. The image quality is also mentioned favorably.

image quality, portability

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

Sep, 2020

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. People are impressed by the size and design. The performance and durability also get good opinions.

price, durability, performance, design, size

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

Sep, 2020

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 : 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

Expert review by : Pop Photo (popphoto.com)

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Mar, 2011

Expert review by : Ricky (etechreviews.net)

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,...

Mar, 2010

Expert review by : Jeff Keller (dcresource.com)

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,...

Feb, 2010

Expert review by : J. Keenan (digitalcamerareview.com)

Sony Alpha DSLR-A550 Review

 

When we shot the Sony Alpha DSLR-A550 briefly for our First Thoughts look at the camera, there didn't appear to be any areas of immediate concern save possibly some softness in image quality at default settings.

Excellent Live View ; Dynamic range options ; Articulating LCD

Plastic body material ; Card slots not linked

Image and color quality is good, and if shooting in the manual or semi-automatic modes there are substantial user established settings available to tailor output to virtually any taste. Noise performance is about par for the class, the plastic on the...

Dec, 2009

Expert review by : Ben Pitt (expertreviews.co.uk)

Sony Alpha DSLR-A550L review

 

Seriously fast and packed with interesting features, but the lack of video is disappointing and automatic exposures could be better too.

Mar, 2010

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

Sony Alpha DSLR-A550 review: Sony Alpha DSLR-A550

 

Sony Alpha DSLR-A550

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 (gadgetheaven.co.uk)

Sony DSLR-A550

 

The DSLR-A550 has a 3-inch LCD screen that lets you determine what your final shot will look like. This screen can tilt to about 90 degrees, giving a wide eye for focus and zoom. It has a clear resolution of 14.2 megapixels that will allow you to...

This Sony camera comes with a Memory Stick slot that will allow you to add up to 8 gigabyte extra memory that will let you shoot away without fear of low storage capacity. The rechargeable lithium battery will allow for uninterrupted power supply no...

Apr, 2010

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