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Sony Alpha DSLR-A550 14.2MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)

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  • 14.2-megapixel resolution for incredible detail; new Sony Exmor CMOS image sensor
  • Body only; lenses sold separately
  • Quick Auto Focus Live View for composing shots in the LCD monitor; Manual Focus Check Live View enables critical focus in macro and tripod shooting
  • Auto HDR (High Dynamic Range) captures more scene contrast than a single exposure can handle by combining two exposures into one shot
  • Dual media slots for Memory Stick PRO Duo/Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo and SD/SDHC media (sold separately)
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Sony
  • Model: DSLRA550
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 14.2 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CMOS
  • Optical zoom: 31 x
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  • Item Weight: 1.3 pounds
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  • ASIN: B002MPPRMW
  • Item model number: DSLRA550
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,895 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 27, 2009

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Step up to the Sony a550. Enjoy the spectacular imagery of 14.2 megapixels with ISO 12800 sensitivity. Experience the versatility of Quick Auto Focus Live View or MF Check Live View on the tiltable 3.0-inch LCD screen. Discover the superb response of up to 7 fps of continuous shooting.

Alpha A550 Highlights

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14.2 megapixels for amazing pictures
This camera's 14.2 megapixel resolution makes for incredible detail and gorgeous enlargements. The all-new Sony Exmor CMOS image sensor ensures state-of-the-art response. The large, APS-C format means high sensitivity, powerful depth-of-focus control.

Superb in low light (ISO 12800)
An all-new Sony's Exmor CMOS image sensor employs new low-noise processing, for uncommonly clear pictures. The BIONZ image processor with chroma noise reduction helps achieve low noise all the way up to ISO 12800, without sacrificing resolution.

More responsive Live View
All DSLR Live View systems enable you to compose shots in the LCD monitor, just as you would with a point-and-shoot camera. But not all Live View systems are created equal. Some take a painfully long time to focus. Some even black out the LCD before focus. Either can cause you to miss shots. Sony's Quick Auto Focus Live View solves these problems, making it easier to get the best shot.

Quick Auto Focus Live View
Unlike competing cameras, the DSLR-A550 is just as responsive in Quick Auto Focus Live View mode as in optical viewfinder mode. That's because, unlike the others, the a550 uses the same "phase detection" auto focus for Live View as for the optical viewfinder. While other Live View systems are severely restricted, Sony's performs superbly any time--even if you're shooting handheld or chasing after moving subjects like kids or pets.

Manual Focus Check Live View
For critical focus in macro and tripod shooting, the a550 also offers Manual Focus Check Live View. Temporary 7x and 14x zoom views enable you to focus on extremely fine detail while the 1x view shows 100 percent framing in the LCD.

Face Detection technology
The a550 enhances Quick AF Live View shooting with Face Detection technology, which helps you get the best shot by recognizing faces and applying the proper focus, exposure and white balance. World's first Face Detection system to work with fast, high-precision "phase detection" Auto Focus.
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Smile Shutter technology
Another Quick AF Live View enhancement, Smile Shutter technology automatically takes the shot when your subject smiles. Works with Quick Auto Focus Live View to capture spontaneous moments, making the difference between a missed shot and a cherished memory.
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Tiltable 3.0-inch LCD
Even if you're completely comfortable with the optical viewfinder, Sony's tiltable LCD empowers your photography with a different point of view. Helps you frame high and low-angle shots that would otherwise be hit or miss. The LCD tilts up or down 90 degrees to capture a child's first steps or shoot over a crowd. The 3.0-inchLCD features 921,600 pixels and Sony's Clear Photo LCD display technology.
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Up to 7 fps of continuous shooting
Up to 7 frames per second in speed priority mode can capture the decisive moment in sports or get the ideal baby photo. You can also shoot at up to 4 fps with Quick Auto Focus Live View.

Auto HDR built into camera
High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography captures more scene contrast than a single exposure can handle by combining two exposures into one incredible shot. Until recently, you needed a computer and editing software to enjoy HDR. Now the a550 has Auto HDR built in. Handles severe backlighting and other high-contrast scenes. Captures in a split second. (Recommended for still subjects.)

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Advanced DRO in action
Dynamic Range Optimizer
Dynamic Range Optimizer improves results with backlit subjects and recovers details hidden in shadows. Normal DRO improves detail using standard gamma curves for fast shot-to-shot response time, while Advanced DRO adjusts dynamic range area-by-area for greater accuracy.

SteadyShot INSIDE stabilization
Image stabilization helps you take blur-free shots by compensating for camera shake. Typical DSLR systems build image stabilization into selected lenses only. SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilization is built into the camera body itself. You'll reduce blur with every a-mount lens, including macro and wide-aperture standard zoom lenses.

Smart Teleconverter 2x Digital Zoom
In Quick Auto Focus Live View mode, you can extend the optical zoom of your lens with digital zoom. One touch zooms in at 1.4x, while a second touch advances to 2x zoom. The system reproduces pixels on a 1:1 basis so there's no degradation in picture quality.

Powerful Supplied Software
To help you refine and manage your images, the a550 is equipped with comprehensive computer software, including Image Data Converter SR, Image Data Lightbox SR and Picture Motion Browser (PMB).(Compatible computer required, not included)

BIONZ image processor
A newest version of Sony's BIONZ image processor uses chroma noise reduction to deliver high-resolution, low-noise photos even at ISO 12800 sensitivity. This powerful Sony Large Scale Integrated circuit (LSI) also delivers fast processing for quick response on data-intensive 14.2-megapixel images.

Help Guide and Graphic Display
An informative on-screen Help Guide and Graphic Display provide ready reference to advanced camera functions. The Help Guide explains the camera's modes and settings, while the Graphic Display clarifies the relationship between aperture and shutter speed, as well as the effect each has on photographic results.

HDMI output for HD viewing
Connect your camera to a compatible HDTV and play back your images in stunning high definition. The a550 includes an HDMI output (HDMI cable required, sold separately). In addition, the BRAVIA Sync system works with compatible Sony BRAVIA HDTVs to let you control camera playback using the television's remote.

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Eye-Start Autofocus
Eye-Start Autofocus
For maximum speed, Eye-Start Autofocus begins focusing as soon as you raise the camera to your eye. So the camera is ready to catch the perfect moment.

9-Point AF Sensor
To get the best shot under a wide range of situations, the a550 uses a 9-Point AF Sensor with Center Cross. In addition, predictive focus control automatically calculates the position of fast-moving subjects, perfect for pictures of kids and pets.

Six Creative Style settings
Control how the camera processes your images with six finishing styles: Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset and B&W. You can even fine-tune contrast, saturation, and sharpness to your personal taste.

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Anti-Dust Technology helps keep the CMOS imager clean
Built-in Auto Pop-Up Flash
To help you shoot more effectively, the built-in flash automatically pops up and fires as needed when the camera is set to certain scene selection modes. The built-in flash also triggers a wireless accessory flash (sold separately). The integrated hot shoe enables you to expand your lighting options with a range of accessory flashes (sold separately).

Anti-Dust Technology
Anti-Dust Technology helps keep the CMOS imager clean, resulting in consistently better pictures. First a static-free coating on the CMOS filter helps repel dust. Then vibration automatically dislodges dust from the CMOS each time you shut off the camera.

Up to a 1000 Shots of battery life
Take up to 1000 shots on a single charge (optical viewfinder mode); up to 520 shots (Live View mode) with Sony Stamina battery power. Sony's InfoLITHIUM battery system enables you to see the percent of power remaining, so you can keep shooting in confidence.

PhotoTV HD compatibility
PhotoTV HD compatibility enables you to automatically create high-resolution thumbnails optimized for viewing on a compatible Sony BRAVIA HDTV.

Six Scene Selection Modes
To help you get the shot, Scene Selection Modes optimize the camera settings for common shooting situations. Just turn the Mode Dial to select from Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports, Sunset, and Night View modes.

Index and Slide Show Display
Quickly review your photos using 4- or 9-frame index views, or as an automatic slide show with fade-in/fade-out effect.

Dual Media Slots
For cost-effective, convenient storage and sharing of your images, the a550 accepts Memory Stick PRO Duo/Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo and SD/SDHC media (sold separately).

Product Description

Sony DSLR-A550 Alpha DSLR Camera Body14.2MP, CMOS image sensor, two types of Live View, Face Detection, Smile Shutter technology, tiltable 3.0" LCD, upto 7 fps continuous shooting, SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilization.For a higher level of performance, step up to the Sony ?550 DSLR camera. Enjoythe freedom of Quick Auto Focus and Manual Focus Check Live View on the tiltable 3.0" LCD. Experience the responsiveness of up to 7fps Speed Prioritymode. Relish the clarity of 14.2MP and up to ISO 12800 sensitivity. Capture the full range of lightand shadow with Auto HDR. Features:* This camera's 14.2 megapixel resolution makes for incredible detail and gorgeous enlargements. The all-new Sony Exmor CMOS image sensor ensures state-of-the-art response. The large, APS-C format means high sensitivity, powerful depth-of-focus control.* Quick Auto Focus Live View: Unlike competing cameras, the DSLR-A550 is just as responsive in Quick Auto Focus Live View mode as in optical viewfinder mode. That's because, unlike the others, the 550 uses the same "phase detection" auto focus for Live View as for the optical viewfinder. While other Live View systems are severely restricted, Sony's performs superbly any time-even if you're shooting handheld or chasing after moving subjects like kids or pets.* Smile Shutter technology: Another Quick AF Live View enhancement, Smile ShutterTM technology automatically takes the shot when your subject smiles. Works with Quick Auto Focus Live View to capture spontaneous moments, making the difference between a missed shot and a cherished memory.* Auto HDR built into camera: High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography captures more scene contrastthan a single exposure can handle by combining two exposures into one incredible shot. Until recently, you needed a computer and editing software to enjoy HDR. Now the ?550 has Auto HDR built in. Handles severe backlighting and other high-contrast scenes. Captures in a spli

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I'm very impressed with this Sony A550 and is a buy with all the features and the HDR is fantastic! Read more ›
Was it a move up. Much faster and more features. I have not become comfortable with the new unit, I just need more time with it. Read more ›
3. Easy to use (simplified menu choices) 4. Beautiful live view functionality and LCD screen 5. Ability to use cheap Minolta lenses to achieve gorgeous pictures. Read more ›
5) SD card compatible (subjective) 6) Easy to use menu system 7) Built in HDR Read more ›
I researched this camera pretty heavily and am happy with my choice! I really like how many functions it has, the choice of options available, either simple or complex. Buil… Read more ›
I love the following features: 1. Brilliant clarity of images Read more ›
I enjoyed the many lens of different focal lenghts. The light meter inside really made a difference in my ability to shoot great photographs. In mid 90's I purchased my… Read more ›
I just purchased the Sony A550 to replace my Sony A100 and I am enjoying my new camera. The camera is very fast and the pictures look very sharp. I am still learning how to… Read more ›
4. Beautiful live view functionality and LCD screen 5. Ability to use cheap Minolta lenses to achieve gorgeous pictures. 6. Built in Image Stabilization Read more ›
Some good and bad things: - Steady shot makes it possible to take very sharp pictures at 1/15. - Quite decent performance up to ASA 800. Read more ›
- Quite decent performance up to ASA 800. I can go up to ASA 12,800, which results in noise, but also sharp pictures in very low light. If you, like me, hate using the… Read more ›
- The camera could be better prepared for HDR (high dynamic range) photography. There is a built in function taking two shots (great!). This works okay if you don't use the… Read more ›
The Fuji is much more clear and…The most distant palm trees in the Sony images were not in clear focus, although trees at an intermediate range (about 75 yards) were. T… Read more ›
This could be a lens problem, and I'm going to try another lens in a couple of days when it arrives. But so far, Fuji wins on sharpness and focus. Read more ›
2. fast-focusing live…Sony has enhanced the fast focusing in the A560/A580, but it's impossible to know how much the enhancements matter in real-world use without testing. Read more ›
It affords a faster shutter speed…Alternatively, you can get greater depth of focus and/or get by with a smaller, lighter, and cheaper lens (i.e., with larger f-number). Read more ›
BTW, any DSLR will focus fast and…With this camera, the difference is that you can have it both ways, and both ways will yield way faster focusing than a point-and-shoot. Read more ›
Live-view focusing is also amazing,allowing to to autofocus right from the screen, not like the painfully slow Canon 50D (which takes 2-4 seconds to autofocus and… Read more ›
I really like how many functions it has, the choice of options available, either simple or…Built in image stabilization, and affordable macro lens choice was huge for me. Read more ›
I like to hand hold in low light, and like to shoot close ups. The macro lens was a great deal. Flash pops up when you need it. Read more ›
The Zeiss 16-35mm f/2.8 Zoom has a wider aperture and marginally…Otherwise, my three lenses are the best available zooms in their ranges for Sony. T… Read more ›
I strongly recommend the Sony DT 16-105 as a rock-solid performer at a much more reasonable price. This lens is compact and practical and is my walk-around lens on the A550. O… Read more ›
Most shots were take near lakes,…I have used Minolta 50mm F1.7 prime, Sony SAL-55200, and Sony SAL-1870 (I barely use it due to low IQ, I need a decent wide angle lens). Read more ›
If you buy this camera, skip the 18-55 lens and go for the 18-250 lens instead…That is a good allround lens, a bit slow but an amazing range, 27-375mm equivalent. I… Read more ›
In addition to near instantaneous focusing (in decent light), the live view screen is bright and has extraordinarily high resolution. You can set up the shot better; you… Read more ›
3) good button arrangement except on/off switch button (this is personal, some other people like most pro may think button arrangement is a con). 4) high resolution screen 5… Read more ›
They do, however, do an excellent job of shooting movies…I've tried an A35: the EVF is excellent and can display more info than you can get in an optical finder's window. Read more ›
3. Easy to use (simplified menu choices) 4. Beautiful live view functionality and LCD screen 5. Ability to use cheap Minolta lenses to achieve gorgeous pictures. Read more ›
The improvements over the A3xx series in my view are: 1) Much improved LCD - it is much sharper than the A3xx series and also the A500 2) High ISO is also much improved… Read more ›
The things I don't like: 1) Noise, ISO 200 is not as good as ISO 100. 2) steady shot switch is built in the menu instead of a switch button Read more ›
2010 and early 2011, respectively. These two models have Full HD Movie shooting function and ISO 100-12800. Their 15-point phase-detection autofocus and 3D panorama also… Read more ›
1. low light performance - it is excellent out to ISO 6400 (Pros care about this too.) The A550 is better in this regard than the A900. Read more ›
Image quality as good at low ISO as the solid A300, but a whole different league at higher ISOs (I was able to use up to ISO1600 on the A300, whereas I can comfortably push… Read more ›
So when the camera converts the…HDR beats DRO, changing the actual exposure by shooting multiple frames, producing shadow detail that is sharper with less grain than DRO. Read more ›
One test of long-range photographic…If a license plate is legible at 300 yards, there will be pretty good detail in a surfing or animal picture taken at the same range. T… Read more ›
3. high dynamic range (HDR) feature, which, for stationary subjects, will bring images out of the shadows with full detail, like you won't believe. The longer exposure of… Read more ›
2) manual focus check 3) good button arrangement except on/off switch button (this is personal, some other people like most pro may think button arrangement is a con). 4)… Read more ›
One of the…To change any of them, just push the function button and you can navigate and change the ones on the sides of the frame (11 or 12 of them) just like that. It… Read more ›
3) FPS is much faster and makes this camera much more suitable for catching action shots than the A3xx series 4) Improved button layout 5) SD card compatible (subjective) Read more ›
At full zoom (400mm equivalent for the Fuji, 450mm equivalent for the Sony), both cameras captured legible license plate numbers at similar distances in the zone between… Read more ›
The Zeiss 16-35mm f/2.8 Zoom has a wider aperture and marginally…Otherwise, my three lenses are the best available zooms in their ranges for Sony. T… Read more ›
Otherwise, my three lenses are the best available zooms…The Zeiss 24-70 (which is available for some other camera brands) is possibly the best SLR zoom lens made, period. Read more ›
I love the following features: 1. Brilliant clarity of images 2. Great low light performance ( I do not need flash most of the time) Read more ›
All my Minolta lenses fit beautifully. I like the clarity of the pictures and the light sensitivity. Since it's been only 1 wk, I have to take more pics for a lengthier… Read more ›
I can go up to ASA 12,800, which results in noise, but also sharp pictures in very low light. If you, like me, hate using the flash, this is great. I'd rather have grain… Read more ›
4) high resolution screen 5) good flash (I usually don't like to use flash and I still don't. But I tried a few shots and get very satisfying result. Read more ›
1. Brilliant clarity of images 2. Great low light performance ( I do not need flash most of the time) 3. Easy to use (simplified menu choices) Read more ›
- Steady shot makes it possible to take very sharp pictures at 1/15. - Quite decent performance up to ASA 800. I can go up to ASA 12,800, which results in noise, but also… Read more ›

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112 of 114 people found the following review helpful By Tim Naff on February 9, 2010
My original in-depth A550 review was done long before the A580/A560 and A55/A35 came out. They are game changers. This is still an A550 review, but it won't mean much unless I provide some context relative to the new designs. I'm going to summarize the key differences first so maybe you can avoid the long, in-depth discussion of features that follows. If you decide to skip over most of the info, you might just glance at the last two or three paragraphs before moving on.

The A580 and A560 are in essentially the same shell as the A550 and A500. They build on the technology of those designs. The biggest difference is the addition of HD movie shooting. The still-camera differences include marginally increased resolution (A500 = 12.3 megapixels, A550 = 14.2, A560 = 14.2, and A580 = 16.2). This is no big deal except for bragging rights. Be aware that Sony makes its own sensors and makes sensors for some of its competitors. Given Sony's obvious corporate priority on DSLR market share, we have to believe that they won't sell their very best to competitors.

The A580/A560 includes some new features relative to the A550/A500: mirror lock-up on self-timer, which may make a difference for ultimate sharpness on non-hand-held shots; depth-of-field preview, so you can see how much of a scene is in focus before you shoot; a new "hand-held twilight mode," which will significantly reduce low-light noise, may reduce blur and camera shake effects, but may only make sense for near-motionless scenes; and 3D panorama, which will allow you to sweep across a scene and "paint" a wide, panoramic frame.

There are other upgrades, which Sony claims will enhance features that already exist. These include better/faster autofocus, and a very significant improvement to the HDR mode.
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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Jackal on October 30, 2009
I'm happy with this camera. However, the development of digital cameras is very fast so the camera is likely to be behind cutting edge in a couple of years. I bought this camera because it is not that expensive, so one can always upgrade. Some good and bad things:
- Steady shot makes it possible to take very sharp pictures at 1/15.
- Quite decent performance up to ASA 800. I can go up to ASA 12,800, which results in noise, but also sharp pictures in very low light. If you, like me, hate using the flash, this is great. I'd rather have grain than flat flash light.
- Very sharp live viewfinder. I cannot do without this facility anymore. Not many higher-end DSLR cameras have this function yet.
- The autofocus does not work that well in low light. However, the Manual Focus Live Viewfinder function is very good when using manual focus in low light and low contrast settings. Even if it is very dark the scene is lit up in the viewfinder and manual focusing becomes easy. Still it is very annoying that the camera doesn't have some kind of infrared focusing in darkness. The manual focusing works but it is also not that quick and it requires the LCD screen mode (not the viewfinder mode)
- The camera could be better prepared for HDR (high dynamic range) photography. There is a built in function taking two shots (great!). This works okay if you don't use the 'auto' setting, which just give a very small adjustment. In high contrast settings (or if you use PC software) you need three or four photos. However, taking bracketed exposures in 1 or 2 EV steps is not possible. I can do bracketed exposures in 0.3 or 0.7, so Sony is clearly holding back on performance for the next model in 2010 (bad!).
- The camera fits okay in my standard male sized hands.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By J. Curtis on November 17, 2009
I sold my A300 in anticipation of the A550 and I am very happy with that decision. The A500/550 are targeted towards the A300/350 user base and upgraders from the existing A330/380. This is not meant to be a replacement for the A700 as some review sites had been wishing for. I am extremely pleased with the camera up to this point (about a month as of this review).

The improvements over the A3xx series in my view are:
1) Much improved LCD - it is much sharper than the A3xx series and also the A500
2) High ISO is also much improved over the A3xx series cameras
3) FPS is much faster and makes this camera much more suitable for catching action shots than the A3xx series
4) Improved button layout
5) SD card compatible (subjective)
6) Easy to use menu system
7) Built in HDR
8) Better built in flash
9) Exposure is spot on and colors are great

The not so good
1) Power switch takes some getting used to. It is in a position much like Nikon and Pentax cameras which is not familiar for existing Minolta/Alpha users. It took me a few days to get used to the power switch being near the jog dial, but I have adjusted and it is not a big deal any more.
2) No video - I do not care much about this, however it is a feature that helps sell cameras and Sony needs to step up here to help increase marker share in the dSLR arena
3) Lack of MLU (Mirror Lock Up) - again this has little value to me, but is a selling point at least to the more advanced user base
4) Lack of Program Shift - another one that is a feature the more advanced users would like to have that was in the A300/350 granted it was clumsy to use

Overall I am enjoying my camera immensely.
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