Sony A550 Review
Top of camera controls (left)
On the top left-hand corner of the camera there's a well-populated mode dial. Just below this are the Menu and Disp buttons that access the menus and change the view mode in both playback and live view.
|Auto Program Exposure
This is essentially the camera's "point and shoot" mode. When you select this mode various settings return to their defaults (with most defaulting to 'auto'). However unlike other digital cameras in Auto mode they are not locked and can be adjusted.
Full Manual Exposure
|Flash off mode
Suppressed flash mode is a variant of 'Auto' mode but, as the name suggests, one that will not resort to using flash. Instead it will just keep trying to use longer exposures in low light. Useful for situations in which flashes are forbidden.
Scene exposure modes
Most of the settings in any of the scene exposure modes are the same as 'Auto' mode, that is Auto ISO, Multi-Segment metering etc. However there are obviously other parameters which vary with each mode, including the Creative Style mode, metering and white balance. You cannot change the Creative Style mode in any of the scene exposure modes.
Selects large apertures (small F numbers) to reduce the depth of field and make the portrait subject stand out from the background.
Selects small apertures (large F numbers) to enlarge the depth of field and ensure more of the image appears to be sharp and 'in focus'.
Selects faster shutter speeds to capture moving action, also engages continuous drive mode. Uses Continuous AF and Continuous (burst) drive mode.
Selects small apertures (large F numbers) to enlarge the depth of field and sets the white balance to preserve the warm colors.
| Night view / portrait
Uses slow shutter speed and exposure / color settings suited to night photography. The difference (between night view and night portrait) is that one is without and the other with the flash.
- 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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