Excerpt: Quote from review: “On the eve of Photokina and the usual avalanche of new photography products, we take an in-depth look at the Sony A550, currently the company 's flagship mid -range digital SLR camera . Offering 14 megapixels. a high-resolution screen , 7fps burst shooting and one of the best Live View modes around, is the year-old Sony A550 already getting too long in the tooth ? Read our expert Sony A550 review to find out.
Summary: 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 this class, but there are undoubtedly better ones.
Pros: 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 (though it still works better in Live View), Class-leading live-view autofocus system and new high quality main sensor live view option, Improved user interface (though still no interactive control panel screen), Effective ...
Cons: 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, easily fooled by unusual subjects and large skies (often over exposing), More auto white balance errors than we'd expect at this level, Not enough control of noise reduction for JPEGs (high or really high), No Program Sh...
Summary: 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.
Pros: Generally above-average performance for its class; excellent high ISO sensitivity profile relative to competitors; large, tilting LCD; fast Live View autofocus.
Cons: Poor color accuracy; Live View provides only 90 percent coverage; awkward design for shooting via optical viewfinder; no video.
Excerpt: The Sony DSLR A550 is Sony's second model we've seen to hold a spot in their mid-level dSLR line of cameras. The A550 and A500 are very similar in features, with the A550 offering increased resolution at 14.2 Megapixles of resolution, and 921,600 pixels packed into the 3-inch tilting LCD, along with the A550's increased burst ratings up to 7fps.
Excerpt: The Sony 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.
Summary: Sony's Alpha DSLR-A550 offers beginners and advanced shooters alike an instrument that each can embrace. On the newbie end of the equation the A550 offers automatic and scene modes that require little input from the user, as well as the opportunity to explore the more advanced shooting modes and have the camera explain the nuances of each to them as they go.
Pros: Good shutter and AF performance, Excellent live view system, Versatile dynamic range management options, Large articulating monitor
Cons: Plastic body material a bit cheap looking, Dual memory card slots not linked
Excerpt: The Sony a550 is the newest mid-level of Sony's recent releases, with an array of top features including high sensitivity to ISO 12800. We test out if the a550 is a true performer or more a...
Summary: Sure, the A550 is more expensive that the baseline entry-level cameras; however, it offers some features that other cameras in the same price range and below just can’t match. Up to 7 fps shooting speed and even 5 fps with autofocus and auto exposure engaged. The Live View and HDR features simply cannot be ignored when comparing the A550 to other cameras in the entry-level range either.