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Sony SLT-A55
7.2 out of 10

Sony SLT-A55

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Overall 8
8.0

Sony Alpha SLT-A55

neocamera.com
29 September 2011
  • 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.
  • 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 rec...
  • 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, Hist...
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Overall 8
8.0
Value for money 8
8.0
Features 8
8.0
Performance 8
8.0

Sony Alpha SLT-A55VL

ITP.net
12 June 2011
  • Summary: Verdict:An innovative camera packing serious autofocus punch. It also offers decent image quality, a usable interface and great ergonomics.
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Overall 8
7.6

Expert Review

DP Review
6 April 2011
  • 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 ...
  • 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 los...
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Overall 8
8.0

Sony Alpha 55 (SLT-A55VL)

PC Magazine
6 April 2011
  • Conclusion: The Sony Alpha 55 (SLT-A55VL) offers faster-than-D-SLR focusing speeds along with D-SLR-quality images. The only thing you don't get is a true optical viewfinder.
  • Pros: Excellent image quality. Extremely fast autofocusing in any mode. Continuous autofocus when recording video. Easy-to-use interface. High-quality LCD. GPS. HD video capture at 1080i60 in AVCHD (17Mbps). Choice of HD video codecs.
  • Cons: No optical viewfinder. Single-focus autofocus not available while recording video. No control over aperture and shutter speed while recording video. Audible lens noise in video capture.
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Overall 10
10
Design 9
9.0
Value for money 10
10
Ease of use 10
10
Picture quality 10
10
Durability 9
9.0

Expert Review

LetsGoDigital
18 November 2010
  • Conclusion: Sony Alpha 55 system camera The Sony Alpha SLT-A55 is a remarkable camera. Not only due to its compact dimensions, as there are even smaller cameras available, but more because of its design.
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Overall 7
7.2

Expert Review

reviewed
16 September 2010
  • Summary: A new spin on the SLR, with a translucent mirror to let light through, so it can shoot and focus at the same time.
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Overall 8
8.4
Features 9
9.0
Build quality 7
7.0
Autofocus 9
9.0

Sony Alpha 55 review

Amateur Photographer
3 April 2014
  • Summary: Although the Alpha 55 has an unmistakably Sony Alpha exterior, what goes on inside the camera is very different. Sony has made a brave attempt to offer something new and in many respects it works.
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Overall 8
8.0

Sony Alpha SLT-A55: Translucent Mirror Inside

Tech2
2 October 2011
  • Excerpt: Sony has been in the spotlight recently for its NEX E-mount cameras for their unique design, features and primarily its good image quality. Fundamentally, the NEX-5 and NEX-3 cameras were like point and shoot cameras with large sensors had no viewfinder.
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Overall 8
8.0
Design 8
8.0
Value for money 8
8.0
Features 10
10
Picture quality 8
8.0
Overall quality 8
8.0
Photo quality - landscapes 8
8.0
Photo quality - macro 8
8.0
Photo quality - portraits 8
8.0
Photo quality - low light 8
8.0
Photo quality - sports 8
8.0

Sony Alpha 55

digicambuyer.co.uk
20 April 2011
  • Conclusion: Ignoring the shutter lag issues and dampened colours it produces, the A55 is a great piece of kit. It’s ideal for those looking to graduate from an entry-level DSLR
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Overall 7
6.7
Value for money 7
6.7
Features 7
6.7
Performance 8
8.3
Picture quality 5
5.0

Sony Alpha SLT-A55

PC Pro
6 January 2011
  • Conclusion: A camera with great potential, but a host of niggling irritations put paid to its chances
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