Sony Alpha DSLR-A550

Announced Aug 27, 2009 •
14 megapixels | 3 screen | APS-C sensor
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Announced Aug 27, 2009

Manufacturer description: For a higher level of performance, step up to the Sony α550 DSLR camera. Enjoy the freedom of Quick Auto Focus and Manual Focus Check Live View on the tiltable 3.0" LCD. Experience the responsiveness of up to 7fps Speed Priority mode. Relish the clarity of 14.2MP and up to ISO 12800 sensitivity. Capture the full range of light and shadow with Auto HDR.

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Review, Dec 9, 2009
Article, Aug 27, 2009
Quick specs
Body type Compact SLR
Max resolution 4592 x 3056
Effective pixels 14 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (23.4 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
ISO Auto, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800
Lens mount Sony/Minolta Alpha
Focal length mult. 1.5×
Articulated LCD Tilting
Screen size 3
Screen dots 921,600
Min shutter speed 30 sec
Max shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Storage types SD/ SDHC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 632 g (1.39 lb / 22.29 oz)
Dimensions 137 x 104 x 84 mm (5.39 x 4.09 x 3.31)

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Our review

The Alpha 550 might be the most impressive Sony SLR for a long time, but for all its fancy gadgetry you can't help feeling the whole isn't as great as the sum of the parts, and it's hard to see who it's aimed at. There's not many faster cameras in this class, but there are undoubtedly better ones.

Good for: Sports shooters on a budget, gadget lovers, upgraders wanting the SLR experience without a steep learning curve.

Not so good for: Anyone else

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