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: It was my first serious camera, I only owned Sony bridge DSC-H2 before. Had a55 for a year, it taught me so much that the leather on it start show use. I sent it to repair twice during this period for the same reason: USB connection stopped working, computer could not see the camera. Other then that no issues. My camera was noisy, got overhitted soon when shooting video, but it was fast, light and easy to learn.
Summary: I have a Nikon D60 and I have tried the Nikon D7000 and others ,the Sony a55 is a great camera for the money,I had some minolta lens that work great on the sony I do alot of Bird Pics and the sony is very fast and easy to handle.I don't really care for the EVF but it works for me .I bought a reconditioned camera with 18-55 lens for less then $400.
Summary: I purchased this Sony Cam on Amazon about two months ago. I had wondered if in almost ten years, my trusted Canon 300D, could be improved upon. The answer is both yes and no. The Alpha 55 is great in low light, has excellent reproductive fidelity and does some extraordinary things, including GPS registration. On down side and its only because I also am a beginning film maker, the video does only allow about five minutes of filming before the camera over heats.
Summary: I started with an a100 (and stupidly) upgraded to the a550; ended up buying an a55 body (using it with a 17-50 Tamron f2.8). As anyone else would have done, I've read all the reviews out there before deciding on getting this body. Considering all the [much] nicer upgrades for the a77 or the NEX7, I am in no position to step up for anything above 1k (especially after already investing on a prime lens and an external flash), AND the cumbersome process of having an adapter...
Summary: I expected this camera to be so much better than my previous camera (a Sony a330) but over time I felt the improvements weren't significant enough and I never enjoyed the electronic viewfinder as opposed to a pentaprism viewfinder. For some reason it seems I can get almost as good pictures with my lesser Sony a330 camera at lower iso settings (iso 100-400). At higher iso ratings, however, there was an advantage of having the a55, which is good up to 800 iso.
Summary: I recently bought my A55 at local retailer, as a replacement for my aging Minolta Maxxum 7D. In the past I have owned the Sony DSC-R1, A100, and A700 but had sold them to pursue other interests, keeping the 7D and the Sony DSC-R1. Recently I had been frustrated with focus issues on both cameras in low light, along with unusable photos at anything more that ISO800. (the R1 is better than the 7D in this regard) I fondly remembered my A700 and wished for it back.
Very nice but a couple minor flaws - suggest newer model (a57, a65, etc)
rtrski "Who, me?", Amazon
21 March 2012
Summary: I've had this camera a bit over a year now. Did not buy from Amazon but hanging out here more often as a Prime member so finally adding a review. A bit about me: been using DSLR's about 3-4 years, first started out using Olympus 4:3rds system with the underappreciated E330 (the first and for quite some time only "true" live view DSLR that maintained phase detect autofocus while using live view).