Summary: My review of the Sony Alpha SLT-A55V DSLR camera can be summed up pretty easily: This is one of the best entry-level DSLR cameras currently available on the market.
The Alpha SLT-A55V -- usually called the a55 -- provides a very nice mixture of easy-to-use features and great performance, including great image quality and fast response times in all typical shooting conditions.
Pros: Extremely sharp and bright images, either in auto or manual shooting modes, Automatic exposure is very accurate, even in tough shooting conditions, Extremely easy to use for a DSLR camera; automatic shooting mode works very well, Autofocus is very fast and accurate, Camera automatically switches between viewfinder and LCD view, depending on how you're holding it
Cons: Camera's size may bother those used to a point and shoot camera, In extreme low-light conditions, camera sometimes cannot generate enough light to focus, Occasional glare makes LCD tough to see in direct sunlight, Might not have enough features for experienced photographers
Summary: Experts at these websites have the knowledge necessary to critique the camera's unusual design and make its pros and cons easy for novice photographers to understand. Amazon.com posts reviews from more than 50 owners, some of whom have found problems with the Sony A55 that don't show up in expert tests.
Pros: Translucent-mirror design is small and light, Much faster frame rate than rivals, Fast autofocus, even in movie mode, Excellent HD video and still image quality, LCD swivels and can be used in bright sun, Huge electronic viewfinder gives lots of info
Cons: No optical viewfinder, Less low-light image detail than Nikon D5100, Loud autofocus shows up on your video, Burst-mode limitations, Short battery life, Overheats in video mode for some users
Summary: The Sony Alpha SLT-A55 is an excellent alternative to a DSLR, acquiring most of their advantages, some unique abilities with very little downsides. Externally, the SLT-A55 is a lot like an entry-level DSLR, with a price to match. Its design though, which includes a translucent mirror, lets it perform phase-detect AF during exposures and video. No other ILC can shoot 1080p video while focusing so quickly.
Pros: Good resolution and sharpness, Lower than average image noise, Good color accuracy, Conservative metering, Speedy and accurate autofocus, Very effective image stabilization, Excellent large and detailed EVF, True exposure-priority Live-View, Fantastic Eye-Start sensor, Phase-Detect AF-C while recording video, AF-C during continuous drive up to 10 FPS, Excellent dual-axis digital-level, Fast and responsive, Nice build quality, Good ergonomics, protruding EVF, Phase-Det...
Cons: High-ISO softness due to, AWB struggles more than usual, Indistinct EC button, Tiny video crop-marks, 1s Delay starting video recording, 1s Delay stopping video recording, Eye-Start AF triggers too often, Delicate translucent mirror, Gap below mirror lets dust in, No way to use 1/2 EV stops, Histogram and level views show little info, Difficult Sweep Panorama framing, GPS not so reliable, Weak LCD hinge
Summary: 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 point and shoot camera, you’ll feel right at home with the A55′s user-friendly display and autofocus features.
Conclusion: With the Sony A55 price at £800 (including the 18-55mm kit lens) at its launch, the current Sony A55 price on the high street has already dropped to around £700, which is a similar price tag to SLR cameras geared towards the enthusiast, or a beginner after a few more features. Other cameras in the Sony A55 price bracket include the Nikon D90 or the Canon EOS 550D which offer many similar features, such as a high resolution sensor and HD video, but have optical...
Conclusion: Tech specs Price US$1,210 with lens Dimensions 124x92x87mm LCD Size 3in Maximum movie resolution 1080i Megapixels 16.2MP Memory card type SD(HC/XC)/Memory Stick Optical viewfinder No Weight 441g Zoom function during movies Yes
Summary: The Sony SLT-A55 is an excellent all-rounder with a comprehensive feature set. The translucent mirror technology gives it an innovative touch and the best live view AF on the market. Continuous shooting performance is the best in its class - just don't plan on shooting the Olympics with it.
Pros: Reliably good image quality at lower sensitivities, High ISO JPEG output usable up to ISO 12800 for smaller prints, Excellent LCD and good EVF, with efficient automatic switch., Versatile and capable (for its class) 15-point AF system, Accurate metering and focus, Very Good JPEG resolution, Very good (almost 9EV) dynamic range, Good quality HD video output, Swivel-screen useful for overhead- and video shooting, Good ergonomics all around, good build quality, nice hand...
Cons: Limited control in 10fps and movie modes, AF system not quite up to capturing fast action, No live view in 10fps/6fps shooting makes panning almost impossible, Slow (50 seconds) buffer clear time (RAW-mode), Little control over high ISO noise reduction in JPEG mode ('auto' or 'weak'), Visible loss of detail at anything over ISO 400 in JPEG mode (noise reduction too strong), Menu system a little confusing (hard to orientate yourself sometimes), 'Ghosting' can be an iss...
Summary: The Sony Alpha SLT-A55 is an impressive piece of kit. It's well made, offers a host of decent lenses, and is incredibly quick. It's good for shooting fast moving objects then, but you'll have to get used to the electronic viewfinder.