Sony Alpha DSLR-A550

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

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 aren't many faster cameras in this class, but there are undoubtedly better ones.

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Recommended
70%
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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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Other reviews
DCRP Review: Sony Alpha DSLR-A550
By: Jeff Keller, Digital Camera Resource Page (Feb 9, 2010)

All things considered, the Sony Alpha DSLR-A550 is a competent but not spectacular digital SLR. It takes nice-looking photos (especially if you shoot RAW), performs well, and offers features that will be familiar to point-and-shoot users. That said, it's rather pricey for what it offers, and enthusiasts may frown on the lack of custom functions, the small viewfinder, and the fairly strong noise...

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Sony Alpha a550 review
By: Mike Lowe, What Digital Camera (Nov 12, 2009)

The a550 is quite the live view photographer's camera - it ousts competitors at a similar level with class-leading, super-fast live view autofocus and quirky modes such as Quick Tele 1.4x or 2x crop factors. However, when lined up against competitors such as the Canon 500D, the build quality feels a little plasticy, which is a let down.

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A550 review

Sony’s latest mid-range DSLR, the A550, is an important addition to the Alpha range. After the modest refresh of its entry-level threesome, Sony needed a decent brand new model to impress in the tough mid-range DSLR market – after all, any player here is up against big-hitters like Canon’s EOS 500D / T1i and Nikon’s D5000 and D90. Thankfully for anyone doubting the Alpha range, Sony has...

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