Summary: I'm terrible at writing reviews, so I hope this will serve some purpose to someone. I've only had this camera for about a month so I haven't had much chance to go in depth with everything. I bought this camera as a replacement for my old Sony A230 that has served me well but I needed an upgrade. I'm a parent and a photography student on a very tight budget and so I needed all the bang for my buck I could get. My advice? If you can afford a better camera, go for it.
Summary: I was blown away by my Sony a200 a long time ago and I thought I never stop using it but I met the a55. The negatives first: Poor battery life (doesn't last whole day on heavy use), shutter noise is fairly loud, and the GPS doesn't work at all. These can be resolved by carry extra batteries, not caring what other say about the shutter noise (a200 had a much louder shutter), and you should know where you are when you take a pictures anyways.
Summary: Perfect for a semi-pro or pro photographer, or even newcomer. Lighter than a DSLR, and much more vivid colors. The only downfalls would be the lack of accessories that can be purchased for it, and (as with more sony cameras) the avaliabilty of lenses.
Summary: I purchased my first SLT-A55V two years ago and with an up coming photo shoot at a wedding decided to get a second body to avoid lens changes and to have a back up. The first camera was purchase new and the current purchase will be a used body from Amazon/Adorama. The camera is full of features that are lots of fun to use. This was my transitional choice from film to digital SLR or in this case SLT. I have been pleased with the choice.
Excellent Camera for those who use "Live View" Regularly
Kenneth R. Shapiro, Amazon
21 June 2013
Summary: The Sony A55 is rather unique camera. Although it looks and handles like a (small) Digital SLR camera, it does not have the traditional Reflective Mirror and consequently, no optical viewfinder. Instead the camera relies on a very good Live View (LCD Framing) system and a very good electronic viewfinder. The technology is called Translucent Mirror Technology and I believe it is propietary and only found in some SONY manufactured digital cameras.
"BEWARE of Sony Alpha cameras! Shutter sensor fails"
14 June 2013
Pros: Bokeh is great. It is a beautifully performing camera until the Shutter Sensor gives out!
Cons: According to online forums,Alpha shutter sensors are NOTORIOUS for giving out almost immediately after the Manufacturer's warranty has expired!As a major player in the U.S., Sony should create a recall on this issue!Very disappointed!!
Summary: So, I first had the sony a55 for two years, and wasn't thrilled with it in the least bit. I don't know how many people reviewing these sony cameras print their pictures, but I do and the pictures always had a lot of noise in dark areas, weren't sharp, the colors were never vibrant, and I normally had to edit the crap outta them to make them look like they weren't taken with my iphone.
Summary: I Ordered the Sony a55 DSLR camera from Amazon and I was able to use it immediately with very little learning curve. It takes great pictures. I have no complaints so far.The battery life is not very long but it will last long enough to take about a hundred pictures before needing a recharge.Overall this is an incredible camera!