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Sony Alpha A55

Change the way you shoot pictures with Sony's Translucent Mirror Technology DSLR camera. The SLT-A55V a DSLR camera features professional-grade contin...

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Excellent

“So easy to use, it's a snap!”

published 14/06/2012

ProSo many to list, it's a brilliant camera

ConsIt's not technically a SLR (But that don't bother ...

I had a MILC (mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras) fujifilm camera for six years. When it gave up on life i went into my local camera shop to figure out what to replace it with. The Sony Alpha A55V had just game out that week and i was so impressed i bought it on the spot. Was more that i was...

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ProGreat price, Compact, innovating features

ConsEVF is not as clear as it could be

As with my previous reviews I’ll not linger too much on the technical specification as the internet is awash with those and very detailed reviews are available. Instead, I’ll look at the user experience. My wife and I are keen (very) amateur photographers so we decided to treat ourselves to new...

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Product Information : Sony Alpha A55

Manufacturer's product description

Change the way you shoot pictures with Sony's Translucent Mirror Technology DSLR camera. The SLT-A55V a DSLR camera features professional-grade continuous shooting at 10 fps and visibly faster, more accurate focus in Live View and HD Movie modes. Compose your shots on either the LCD monitor or electronic viewfinder with 100% framing accuracy. Advanced features including Auto HDR, Sweep Panorama and 15-point Auto Focus make it dramatically easier to get the best shot.

Product Details

Long Name: Alpha A55

Optical Sensor / Sensor Resolution: 16.2

Flash Memory / Form Factor: Memory Stick PRO Duo; Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo; SD/SDHC Memory Card; SDXC Memory Card

LCD Display Size: 3

Autofocus: TTL Phase-detection

Optical Sensor / Optical Sensor Type: Exmor APS HD CMOS

Manufacturer: Sony

Lens Included: DT 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses, DT 18-55mm lens, Body only

Product Description: Sony a (Alpha) SLT-A55VY - digital camera DT 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses, Sony a (Alpha) SLT-A55VL - digital camera DT 18-55mm lens, Sony a (Alpha) SLT-A55V - digital camera - body only

Min Focus Distance: 25 cm

Lens System: 3 x zoom lens - 18 - 55 mm - f/3.5-5.6 DT SAM

Lens System (2nd): 3.6 x zoom lens - 55 - 200 mm - f/4.0-5.6 DT SAM

Viewfinder: Electronic - 0.46" - colour

AV Interfaces: HDMI

Memory Card Slot: Memory Stick PRO Duo card, SD card

Display: LCD display - 3"

Supported Battery: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )

Product Type: Digital camera - SLR with Live View mode, movie recording

Sensor Resolution: 16.2 Megapixel

Image Processor: BIONZ

Max Video Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Image Stabiliser: Optical (SteadyShot INSIDE)

Dimensions (WxDxH): 12.4 cm x 8.5 cm x 9.2 cm

Camera Flash: Pop-up flash

Weight: 441 g, 433 g

Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year warranty

General

Auto Focus Points (Zones) Qty: 15

Optical Zoom: 3 x

Image Processor: BIONZ

Lens Included: DT 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses, DT 18-55mm lens, Body only

Digital Video Format: AVCHD, H.264

AV Interfaces: HDMI

Max Video Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Product Type: Digital camera - SLR with Live View mode, movie recording

MPN: SLTA55VY.CEE5, SLT-A55VL_EU, SLTA55VL.CEE5, SLT-A55VL_US, SLT-A55V_EU, SLT-A55VL, SLTA55V.CEE5, SLTA55VL.CEH, DSLTA55.CEH, DSLTA55L.CEH, DSLTA55Y.CEH, SLT-A55V_US, SLTA55V.CEH

Auto Focus: TTL phase detection

Image Stabiliser: Optical (SteadyShot INSIDE)

Image Recording Format: JPEG, RAW, RAW + JPEG

Sensor Features: Dust Reduction (image sensor vibration), Anti-Dust coating

Field of View Crop Factor: 1.5

Optical Sensor Size: 15.6 x 23.5mm

Effective Sensor Resolution: 16,200,000 pixels

Total Pixels: 16,700,000 pixels

Optical Sensor Type: Exmor APS HD CMOS

Sensor Resolution: 16.2 Megapixel

Face Detection: Face Recognition, Smile Capture, Smile Shutter

Environmental Parameters

Max Operating Temperature: 40 °C

Min Operating Temperature: 0 °C

Camera Flash

Flash Modes: Fill-in mode, rear curtain sync, slow synchro, auto mode, flash OFF mode, red-eye reduction

Guide Number (m / ISO 100): 10

Camera Flash: Pop-up flash

Features: AF illuminator, flash +/- compensation, wireless off-camera control

Additional Features

Additional Features: Direct print, USB 2.0 compatibility, RGB primary colour filter, digital noise reduction, date/time stamp, DPOF support, display brightness control, depth-of-field preview button, sharpness control, digital image rotation, PRINT Image Matching, camera orientation detection, histogram display, saturation control, Sweep Panorama technology, Dolby Digital AC-3 (2 channel) recording, LCD live view mode, shadow point display, highlight point display, Quick AF Live View, Auto HDR mode, 1080i Full HD movie recording, Dynamic Range Optimizer, face detection, built-in help guide, Eye-Start AF system, Exif Print support, Smile Detection technology, automatic display brightness adjustment, built-in GPS, Face Recognition, Translucent Mirror technology

Flash Terminal: Hot shoe

Self Timer Delay: 10 sec, 2sec

Continuous Shooting Speed: 10 frames per second, 6 frames per second

Viewfinder

Dioptric Correction Range: -4 to +4

Magnification: 1.1x

Field Coverage: 100%

Viewfinder Resolution: 1,440,000 pixels

Viewfinder Diagonal Size: 0.46"

Viewfinder Colour Support: Colour

Viewfinder Type: Electronic

Features: Auto eye sensor

Viewfinder Information: Shutter speed, exposure compensation, AE lock, red-eye reduction, aperture, white balance, metering system, Exposure Mode, exposure bracketing, battery status, wireless/remote flash, shake warning, record mode, manual focus, high-speed sync indicator, frames-remaining counter, flash compensation on/off, continuous AF, picture mode, ISO sensitivity, memory card status

Viewfinder Frames: Autofocus frame

Display

Display Features: Folding

Resolution: 921,600 pixels

Type: 3" LCD display

Microphone

Microphone Operation Mode: Stereo

Connections

Memory Card Slot: Memory Stick PRO Duo card, SD card

Connector Type: 1 x HDMI output ¦ 1 x USB ¦ 1 x microphone

Software

Software: Drivers & Utilities, Sony Picture Motion Browser, Sony Image Data Converter SR, Sony Image Data Lightbox SR

System Requirements for PC Connection

Peripheral Devices: USB port, CD-ROM Drive

Operating System Support: MS Windows 7, MS Windows XP SP3, Apple Mac OS X 10.4 - 10.6, MS Windows Vista

Miscellaneous

Included Accessories: Battery charger, dust cap, body cap, lens cap, shoulder strap, USB cable

Battery

Details: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )

Battery Type: Sony NP-FW50

Memory / Storage

Memory Card Slot: Memory Stick PRO Duo card, SD card

Image Storage: 4912 x 3264 ¦ 3568 x 2368 ¦ 2448 x 1624

Supported Memory Cards: SD Memory Card, Memory Stick PRO Duo, SDXC Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo

Video Capture: AVCHD - 1920 x 1080 - 50 fps - 17Mbps ¦ H.264 - 1440 x 1080 - 25 fps - 12Mbps ¦ H.264 - 640 x 480 - 25 fps - 3Mbps

Dimensions & Weight

Weight: 441 g, 433 g

Height: 9.2 cm

Depth: 8.5 cm

Width: 12.4 cm

Exposure & White Balance

Exposure Range: EV -2-17 ( ISO 100 )

X-sync Speed: 1/160 sec

White Balance Bracketing: Yes

Auto Exposure Bracketing: 3 steps in 1/3 or 2/3 EV steps

Exposure Compensation: ±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps

Min Shutter Speed: 30 sec

Max Shutter Speed: 1/4000 sec

White Balance Presets: Incandescent, fluorescent, cloudy, Flash, daylight, shade, 2500K - 9900K

White Balance: Custom, automatic, presets

Special Effects: Black & White, Vivid, sunset, landscape, portrait

Shooting Programs: Landscape, portrait mode, macro, night portrait, sports mode, sunset, handheld twilight, Night View

Exposure Modes: Programme, bulb, automatic, manual, aperture-priority, shutter-priority

Exposure Metering Zones: 1200

Exposure Metering: Multi-segment, centre-weighted, spot

Light Sensitivity: ISO auto (100-1600), ISO 100-12800

Lens System

Lens Construction: 7 groups / 8 elements

Zoom Adjustment: Manual

Max View Angle: 76 degree(s)

Type: 3 x zoom lens - 18 - 55 mm - f/3.5-5.6 DT SAM

Features: Aspherical lens, Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM)

Lens System Mounting: Minolta A-type

Filter Size: 55 mm

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Min Focus Distance: 25 cm

Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera: 27 - 82.5mm

Lens System (2nd)

Lens Construction: 9 groups / 13 elements

Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera: 82.5 - 300mm

Type: 3.6 x zoom lens - 55 - 200 mm - f/4.0-5.6 DT SAM

Features: ED glass

Filter Size: 55 mm

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Min Focus Distance: 95 cm

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support Details: Limited warranty - parts and labour - 1 year

Service & Support: 1 year warranty

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