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Play menu

The play menu is kept rather simple and includes the all the usual functions such as delete, protect and a slide-show option. On the A55 the menu now comprises two pages to accommodate new functions for movie and 3D playback.

Option Values / Actions Notes
Page one
Delete  • Multiple images
Selection screen
 • All in folder

Still/movie select  • Still
 • Movie
Switches between movie and still image playback (they aren't shown together)
Format  • OK
 • Cancel
Slide show  • Interval
1 sec
3 sec
5 sec
10 sec
30 sec
 • Repeat
 • Image type
Display 3D only
 • Enter
 • Cancel
Image index  • 6 images
 • 12 images
3D viewing   For viewing 3D panoramas on a 3D-compatible TV-set
Protect  • Multiple images
Selection screen
 • All all images
 • Cancel all
Specify Printing  • DPOF setup
Multiple images
Cancel all
 • Date imprint
 • Enter
 • Cancel
Page two
Volume settings Select 1-7  
Select folder Selection screen  
Select date Selection screen  
Playback Display  • Auto Rotate
 • Manual Rotate

Memory menu

Most functions in this menu had on previous Alphas been integrated into the setup and play menus but on the new model Sony has deemed the functions important enough to create a new menu tab for them. You'll mostly enter this menu to format your memory card.

Option Values / Actions Notes
Format  • Enter
 • Cancel
Formats the memory card
File number  • Series
 • Reset
Folder name  • Standard form
 • Date form
Select REC folder  • 100MSDCF
 • 101MSDCF
 • etc.
New folder  • OK Creates a new running number folder.
Recover image DB  • Enter
 • Cancel
Display card space    

Time and date settings

We're not quite sure why the date and time settings in this menu merit an individual tab as most users will only change their camera's system time very rarely (if at all).

Option Values / Actions Notes
Date/Time setup  • Date - Time
 • Date format
Area setting Select your location from map display  

Setup menu

The last menu is the Setup menu which allows you to configure general camera settings such as USB transfer modes or language. You'll also find the settings for the new GPS module in here. This menu is split across two pages.

Option Values / Actions Notes
Page one
LCD brightness  • Auto
 • Manual
Low (-2) to High (+2)
 • Sunny weather
Viewfinder brightness  • Auto
 • Manual
Low (-2) to High (+2)
GPS settings  • GPS On/Off
 • GPS auto time cor
 • Use GPS assist data
 • Delete GPS assist data
Power save  • 30 min
 • 5 min
 • 1 min
 • 20 sec
 • 10 sec
The amount of time before the camera enters 'sleep' state, it can be woken by a half-press of the shutter release or one of the LCD buttons.
CTRL for HDMI  • On
 • Off
Allows camera control with TV remote when connected to a compatible TV
Language  • English
 • French
 • Spanish
 • Italian
 • German
 • Portuguese
 • Dutch
 • Russian
 • Swedish
 • Danish
 • Norwegian
 • Finnish
 • Polish
 • Czech
 • Hungarian
 • Greek
 • Turkish
Varies by region
Help Guide disp.  • On
 • Off
Explaining each function as you select options
Page two
USB connection  • Mass storage
 • PTP
Audio signals  • On
 • Off
Cleaning mode  • Enter
 • Cancel
Performs auto sensor cleaning procedure
Version Displays firmware version  
Demo mode  • On
 • Off
Reset default  • Enter
 • Cancel
Resets shooting settings and camera setup.
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Total comments: 7

I can only confirm that at least the first generation model is totally unreliable.
As others described often enough the camera would just turn off mid shooting, with only the first half of the shutter sound (shutter count 32k).

Sony insists on charging you for replacing the Shutter unit, which will likely die again within the next 15-50k.

Design flaws can happen, but Sony Customer Service is just terrible. Definitely not going to buy into their systems.


It seems Sony A55 is very unreliable camera.

While I was taking photos, camera suddenly went black Fully dead. I verified battery is 100% charged.

I tried to contact the repair centre and no feed back. I am very much frustrated as my friend who took Cannon at the same time with me has had no issues with his and I have many other friends ho use Nikon never had issues with their cameras. I feel sorry for my decision to go for SONY DSLR.

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I think that the fixed mirror means the cameras are relatively small -- 23 per cent smaller and 26 per cent lighter than the Sony Alpha DSLR-A550, to be precise. They're very light, but with a solid and comfortable rubberised grip.


It does, or rather, did. Strangely, Sony decided, presumably for sound commercial reasons, to delete this body shape when they released the current model, the A58, which is bigger than the A55, 33, 35, and 37 which were all this shape. I like my cameras small (as well as light) so this shape definitely interests me more than the A58.

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I love it. It is easy to use and I have never had any mechanical issues with it. I especially love the rapid shooting feature. My grandchildren never stay steady for a second. With this feature, I can go back and delete the frames I don't like. I also used it at professional sporting events at a great distance using the zoom lense with great success. I've also used the portrait function for stills. Great camera!


I have not had a good time with this camera. Just over a year after buying it the camera stopped working and SONY charged me £117 for the repair. Now just 7 months later the camera has a different fault and will not focus or take photos. Sony want a further £117 for repairs!! I feel this is not what i expected from a camera at this price and SONY are not interested in the fact that possibly I have a poor quality camera. I would NEVER recommend a Sony camera to anyone

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hey, sorry for your bad luck. Sony manufactures good, but sometimes quite unreliable cameras, I agree.

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