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 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 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 rented an external flash (HVL-F42) to try out with my A55. I shoot in manual and I found that I had to turn the flash off before I could change the aperture. I just checked with Sony and it is "a design feature of the camera". I bought a Sony camera because the light weight was easier for me to handle. In photography classes I find that I often cannot do the things that people with Canon and Nikon cameras can do because of Sony design features.
Summary: I am back to removeable lenses again. That's not a bad thing. I had ventured away when I traded in my Nikon film camera for a Nikon Coolpix 5700 - all 5 megapixels! I shot weddings and family pictures for years. I replaced that with a Panasonic ZS3 - which was a great camera for what it did, small, great zoom, 10.1 meg sensor.
Summary: I bought this camera because I was tired of lugging a video camera along with the still DSLR camera. In doing my research I saw that the SLTA55V maintained focus during the filming of videos while it's conventional DSLR counterpart did not, and that there is no mirror slap because the mirror was fixed. However, I had a few issues with this admittedly good camera. The battery life is Atrocious with a capital A!