Sony Alpha DSLR-A550

Announced Aug 27, 2009 •
14 megapixels | 3 screen | APS-C sensor
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Image stabilization in-camera and true fast live view put the A550 at the top of the "features" rating. Add Manual Focus Live View Check and face detection to an impressive list of features, and no other camera can match it. Image quality (I shoot in RAW) is the equal of any competitor. The A550 is fun and easy to use and the number of my 'keepers' has nearly doubled from my former A100. Whether 'creating art' or 'shooting snaps' this camera tops all others in fun and success. For the price, ...

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If you want to see other DSLR owners drool... turn on the face recognition in the live preview. For me, this is an awesome way to verify who the camera has focused on so I use it all the time!

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valrond
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For me, this is the perfect camera. I was waiting for this one (or the A500) since the A300 and A350 came out. It has what they missed: A better Liveview (the best in the market), twice the speed (7/5/4 FPS, depending on the mode), a world class high ISO performance, and even the AF squares can be taken out. You can use it like a normal DSLR or like I used my Sony H-9, but in manual mode. It also has a very useful HDR setting. The only thing missing is video, but I want to take pictures, I'd ...

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Using kit lens image quality is only 3.5. With Tamron 18-250 or Minolta lens image quality is almost 5. Very good relation between cost and quality (only body). It is much better then A380 and A350. You can set individual settings of matrix. With Tamron or Minolta lens the image quality is compareable with Nikon D90. Problems: Don't use kit lens!!!

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Kathrine
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A masterpiece of the 21st century... Problems: NOPE

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jinaus
 
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Change from the A100 is amazing. Fast, responsive and iso 400 and 800 are finally usable! The magnification is great for manual focus and very handy. Created some stunning photos with some pp, as the metering is ordinary. Be sure to check each photo while snapping. Smile function works for babies! HDR on the fly works great. Rear screen very good Problems: No real issues. Phew! The metering is just ok. - Good habit to check photos while snapping. On - Off switch could be placed better. I'm ...

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cluening
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Great camera, like the speed, and the images that I get out of cam. Great feeling of depth in the pictures, nice colors, superb metering by the camera (never over- oder underexposes). Problems: Build could be better - already have some crack in the bottom plastic cover, but, ok, it fell down, so no surprise. Could also have some more features (some were taken away), but nothing too serious. Does not hinder from taking very good pictures with that cam.

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realgeek
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I had an A300 and loved it. Its only problem was low light performance, which was rather poor. I upgraded mostly for the improved low-light performance, and this camera does not disappoint. It's at least 2.5 stops better than the A300. Along the way, I also got a heck of a lot of speed, higher resolution, a much better LCD, hand-held in-camera HDR capabilities, and a much better viewfinder! This is a great camera! Many complain that the camera lacks certain features, such as MLU and DOF ...

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zackiedawg
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Excellent camera, extremely fast and accurate focus, very good metering, great ergonomics, comfortable grip, excellent LCD, nice viewfinder (much improved from A300), excellent menu and control layout (in advanced mode, rather than the beginner-style mode), battery lasts forever, extremely good at high ISO, with usability to ISO6400 with no processing with the right exposure, HDR feature a wonderful trick and something likely to be seen on many cameras in the future. Problems: None.

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crisno1
 
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I have this camera for 3 months and love it.When I was shoping for a new camera, I was considering Canon T1i, and Nikon D90. I read many comparisions and reviews. I'm still happy with the choice I made. Video ? I don't mind it doesn't have video.You might.So get a camcorder, wich also takes pictures. I use it for general photography. Family portaits, landscapes. I don't have to crawl on the floor anymore for taking pictures of my baby.I Just slide the LCD screen up, and voila ! Fast focus, ...

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