Sony A550 Review
Live view switch
|The A550's live view switch makes clear that live view is seen as a mode in which you might choose to operate the camera, rather than a function you might occasionally enable. Compact camera uses will immediately feel at home with the seamless, fast-focusing live view that the secondary sensor brings.|
The A550 has slots for both SD cards and Sony's own Memory Stick format. It will also accept the higher capacity SDHC and Memory Stick HG Duo cards and has a small switch to select which slot you wish to write to.
Base / Tripod Mount
The tripod mount is centered in the middle of the A550's rather substantial body. There's no material around the mount to provide additional grip but plenty of surface area to contact with.
Battery / storage Compartment
The A550 (and its simpler sibling, the A500), both use the FM500H battery that appears in the A100, A200, A300 and A350. It's certainly larger than the batteries that appear in the current A2XX and A3XX cameras but offers twice the capacity (11.8Wh, rather than 5.9Wh), giving the A550 a rather impressive 950 shot capability, based on CIPA testing using the viewfinder. The A500 manages an even more impressive 1000 shot battery life - the largest of any Sony Alpha yet.
Lens Mount / Sensor
|The A550 is built around a standard Sony Alpha bayonet mount which is itself identical to the older Minolta A-mount. The sensor is a new CMOS design not to be confused with the CCD of the same megapixel count that appears in the A350 and A380.|
Box contents (18-55mm kit)
- Sony Alpha A550 digital SLR body
- NP-FM500H Lithium-Ion battery
- BC-VM10 Battery charger
- Body cap
- Shoulder strap
- USB cable
- Software CD-ROM
- Manual, Warranty
- 15 Photographic tests (DR)
- 16 Photographic tests (DR)
- 17 Photographic tests
- 18 Compared to
- 19 Compared to (JPEG)
- 20 Compared to (JPEG)
- 21 Compared to (RAW)
- 22 Compared to (RAW)
- 23 Compared to (Higher ISO)
- 24 Compared to (Resolution)
- 25 Compared to (Resolution)
- 26 Kit Lens test
- 27 Conclusion
- 28 Samples
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