Sony SLT-A55

Announced Aug 24, 2010 •
16 megapixels | 3 screen | APS-C sensor
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Product description
Announced Aug 24, 2010

The Sony ALpha SLT-A33 and A55, are the first cameras to incorporate Sony's translucent mirror design. The Single Lens Translucent (SLT) cameras offer live view with full-time fast phase-detection AF whether in stills or movie shooting. This is achieved by having a fixed, semi-transparent mirror that redirects a small amount of light onto the AF sensor while allowing the rest through onto the main imaging sensor. The A55 is built around a 16.2MP sensor while the A33 features a 14.2MP unit. Both feature 3.0" articulated LCDs, full HD video recording and ISO sensitivity up to 12,800, while the A55 also features built-in GPS. As well as being highly innovative, both cameras are fast, responsive and capable of excellent image quality.

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Quick specs
Body type Compact SLR
Max resolution 4912 x 3264
Effective pixels 16 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, (25600 with boost)
Lens mount Sony/Minolta Alpha
Focal length mult. 1.5×
Articulated LCD Fully articulated
Screen size 3
Screen dots 921,000
Min shutter speed 30 sec
Max shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Format MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 500 g (1.10 lb / 17.64 oz)
Dimensions 124 x 92 x 85 mm (4.88 x 3.62 x 3.35)
GPS BuiltIn

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Our review

The Sony SLT-A55 is an excellent all-rounder with a comprehensive feature set. The translucent mirror technology gives it an innovative touch and the best live view AF on the market. Continuous-shooting performance is the best in its class--just don't plan on shooting the Olympics with it.

Good for: Feature-hungry photographers from entry- to enthusiast level

Not so good for: Anyone who expects real pro-level sports camera performance at a budget price

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