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.
|Body type||Compact SLR|
|Max resolution||4592 x 3056|
|Effective pixels||14.2 megapixels|
|Sensor size||APS-C (23.4 x 15.6 mm)|
|ISO||Auto, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800|
|Lens mount||Sony/Minolta Alpha mount|
|Focal length mult.||1.5×|
|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″)|
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