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Sony Alpha SLT-A55V DSLR with Translucent Mirror Technology and 3D Sweep Panorama (Camera Body only) (Black)

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  • Translucent Mirror Technology accelerates AF performance
  • Continuous 10 fps shooting with continuous Phase Detect AF
  • Worlds1st consumer HD video camera w/ cont. Phase Detect AF
  • 16.2 megapixels with Sony's Exmor HD APS sensor
  • 1080/60i Full AVCHD or 1080/30p movies Embedded GPS
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Technical Details

Style: Body Only
  • Brand Name: Sony
  • Model: SLTA55V
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 16.2 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CMOS
  • Display Size: 3 inches
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Sony SLT Alpha A55: In-depth review by dpreview.com

Read the full Sony SLT Alpha A55 review at dpreview.com
Sony's latest interchangeable lens cameras, the SLT Alpha A33 and A55 represent a significant technological milestone - not just for Sony but for the enthusiast camera market as a whole. The company has rejected the traditional DSLR design and instead created a hybrid that, like a compact camera, is from the ground up built around live view, but one that is also capable of offering full-time DSLR-style phase-detection autofocus. The combination means they can offer features such as phase-detection AF during movie recording and extremely fast continuous shooting rates (10 frames per second on the A55), previously unthinkable at this price.

Read the full Sony SLT Alpha A55 review at dpreview.com

Product Details

Style: Body Only
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 6.3 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0043V2PW8
  • Item model number: SLTA55V
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,660 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 21, 2010

Product Description

Style: Body Only

From the Manufacturer

Change the way you shoot pictures with Sony's new Translucent Mirror Technology DSLR camera. The SLT-A55V Alpha DSLR camera features professional-grade continuous shooting at 10 fps and visibly faster, more accurate focus in Live View and HD Movie modes. Compose your shots on either the LCD monitor or electronic viewfinder with 100% framing accuracy. Advanced features including Auto HDR, Sweep Panorama and 15-point Auto Focus make it dramatically easier to get the best shot.

Sony Alpha a55 Highlights

Unprecedented Image Capture

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Unlike other DSLRs that can either shoot or focus with the speed and precision of Phase Detection AF, the SLT-A55V is the world's first DSLR that can do both simultaneously1. Featuring an unprecedented Translucent Mirror, the a55V DSLR camera is able to feed both the image sensor and the Phase Detection at the same time.

Professional Class Shooting Speeds
By transforming the fundamental way DSLR cameras work, you'll experience best-in-class speed3, up to 10 fps continuous shooting at full 16.2MP resolution with exposure fixed at the first frame. This is made possible by a Translucent Mirror that always stays in place. You also get standard continuous shooting at up to 6 fps.

Astonishing HD Video Capture
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Experience a revolutionary breakthrough in video capture when shooting fast-moving subjects. The a55V is the world's first camera with the precision of Phase Detection auto focus (AF) for HD Movies1. Translucent Mirror Technology not only enables full-time phase-detection AF for photos, it also delivers the same speed and precision for Full HD movies.

Spectacular Resolution and Detail
Featuring a large 16.2-megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor, you'll achieve beautiful image quality during both still-photo and movie shooting. Rich tonal gradation and highlight/shadow detail are assured by the BIONZ image processing engine which supports high-speed continuous shooting, advanced digital compositing, and Full HD movie recording.

Advanced Still Shooting Features
Expand your creativity with advanced imaging features including built-in Auto HDR, which captures more scene contrast by combining the best highlight detail from one shot and the best shadow detail into one unbelievable shot. Map your journey via an integrated GPS receiver, or use 3D Sweep Panorama Mode to automatically capture expansive landscapes.

Versatile Shooting Options
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Use both the LCD monitor and Electronic Viewfinder to compose your shots. An all-electronic design enables a wide range of shooting information to be displayed in the finder and on the LCD monitor. Both provide a what-you-see-is-what-you-get preview of white balance, focus, depth of field, exposure and 100% framing accuracy, plus on-screen displays.

What's in the Box

  • Alpha A55 digital SLR body
  • Shoulder Strap
  • CD-ROM
  • Battery Charger (BC-VW1)
  • Body Cap
  • Rechargable Battery (NP-FW50)
  • USB Cable

Product Description

Capture your perfect moments with the world’s first Translucent Mirror Technology DSLR enabling simultaneous focusing and capture. Continuous shooting is an amazing 10 frames per second, complete with continuous auto focus. Auto focus is also visibly faster in Live View and HD Movie modes.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Complaints aside, I enjoyed taking pictures with this camera under difficult…It is light and agile, it was easy to learn the controls The picture quality was fantastic. I… Read more ›
That is so awesome!! The pictures are beautiful and the speed & capabilities of this camera...Just FANtastic!! I am definitely a fan & am anxious to continue to learn and… Read more ›
The A55 is my first DSLR camera and I'm glad I picked it. the images are great. I was on the fence between this, a T2i or a D3100. Read more ›
She's been using it for about three weeks, and so far, it is living up to the hype. The pictures are gorgeous, the interface is relatively intuitive (to do the basics). Read more ›
I didn't have high hopes for this, but it is actually very good. If you have good light, almost all of the action shots are crystal clear. I initially bought the body only,… Read more ›
I couldn't be more thankful to realize that I…Yes, the panorama pictures are very decent (except when people are moving around, then u get blurry subjects) and very useful. Read more ›
We upgraded from the A100 and A200 to get this camera. The features are easy to use and the results are wonderful. We have a great variety of Sony and Minolta prime lenses… Read more ›
W…This means indoors, where this function is great, you have something close to you at the beginning of your sweep in focus, then the middle of the room totally out of focus. Read more ›
Compared with the a700 I have been using, this camera is lighter, with a very comfortable and somewhat smaller body design. Buttons and menus are very intuitive to me. The… Read more ›
Even in low light compared to my old Sony A330. It packs a ton of useful features in as well! I love the panoramic mode and have used it quite frequently! Read more ›
I had some serious doubts at the time on…In my opinion, Sony has more interesting features for amateurs while Canon has a greater variety of accessories at a cheaper price. Read more ›
After reading all the reviews and testing it out for myself, the A55 was the obvious winner. Not to mention the easy menu system that this camera has. It makes everything… Read more ›
It's great for video with a couple of things to watch out for. This camera's auto-focus during video is the best I've ever seen. I had the Panasonic GH1 and this one is… Read more ›
It's IQ is excellent to iso1600, very good at iso3200 and good at iso6400. Video quality is also excellent. The EVF is bright and sharp in all but dim lighting where it… Read more ›
I don't think this to be a limitation. The video quality was good, but the mic did pick up some noise from the SAM motor (in the lens). Read more ›
Taking picture of our kids running around has never been easier. Video is of great quality - I only wish that the audio would filter out the sound of the auto focus motor. I… Read more ›
Not the best for video...the battery overheats when video is longer than 5 minutes and shuts down, but great for photos. Read more ›
it worked great. not an excellent low light camera but took great video and made a good impression when the subject would hear those 10 shots go off per second. sounded… Read more ›
What can I say... Its a super fast high quality digital camera and video recorder in one. The 18-55mm lens is good to start with. I also picked up a Tamron 75-300mm and a… Read more ›
The K200D is an excellent camera (the 'weather sealed' feature is a killer one in my…I've paired the Sony A55V with a Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 lens, which is a fantastic lens. Read more ›
The kit lens is good, but really doesn't give you the quality needed to see the capabilities of this camera. The SAL 18-250 is much better in my opinion, but I am still… Read more ›
Images above ISO 800 are still very decent and competitive with anything with its class. 3. Images from the kit lens are sharp and vibrant. 4. EVF is accurate, detailed,… Read more ›
It is not an obvious HDR "effect" but simply shows more detail in the light and dark areas of the photo. I also love that I can put different great lenses on the camera. I… Read more ›
You will never miss a good shot. I am assumming that you use a fast enough lens to avoid flash. Read more ›
Like 10 FPS burst shooting and great speedy autofocus during video. The picture quality is amazing and the autofocus for is quick and accurate. Video recording is outstanding. Read more ›
I had a hard time deciding between this and the a580, but ended up with this because the video mode can autofocus and is of good quality, plus this one was available to me… Read more ›
I really enjoyed the size and speed of the…In these settings the focus is not good and the shot speed is very slow at times - even affecting the quality of the shots. I… Read more ›
I've had…I primarily shoot my kid's ballgames (8 & 10 year olds), and the features in a camera I need the most are fast autofocus and the ability to shoot frames rapidly. Read more ›
Brilliant fast auto focus Images are right up there with above 2 Read more ›
This camera body is even superior to the already excellent Sony Alpha…Higher picture definition, faster autofocus, has a video function that was not there on the Alpha 550. Read more ›
Diaptor adjustment works. Auto viewfinder verses display switching is nice. Electric viewfinder in dark situations automatically brighting the image is like the A2 -- nice! Read more ›
The dark areas don't even have to be that dark to get noise. The pictures look beautiful on the bright LCD screen, but it's a big difference than what your actually getting. H… Read more ›
It may just be my eyes or something but I had a hard…If possible try this camera out in person before ordering to make sure you are comfortable with the LCD viewfinder. Read more ›
Great pictures, Impeccable Video + Auto focus, Panorama mode, GPS, 10 FPS mode, good swivel screen, very light weight, HDR, Great high ISO quality.... no other camera comes… Read more ›
This camera has been in use for 2 months and I feel its time for a review. The camera is FAST, focus, shutter, display(s). Very nice. Read more ›
Lack of manual control over brightness of LCD/Finder with studio work - If I shot at 1/200 -iso 100 - F30 I cant see anything in my studio, even at F 4 I cant see anything… Read more ›
Easy to use and understand. Even the most basic photographer could use this camera and I can even have others who know nothing about cameras at all use it. Read more ›
The first camera was purchase new and the current purchase will be a used body from Amazon/Adorama. The camera is full of features that are lots of fun to use. This was my… Read more ›
It came with a very good charger. Iam over 80 years old and I like things easy to use and this works for me. Keep in mind todays cameras all take great pictures. Read more ›
I have not had any problems with overheating. It is also very easy to use for those who are new to DSLR or SLT products. I highly recommend this camera as well as the… Read more ›
Well I was looking for a compact interchangeable lens camera that had fast shutter, image stabilization, (low noise in high iso), good quality images, and easy to use/learn. S… Read more ›
This is a lightweight, easy to use camera with all the features that I need to really work with the conditions I find myself in. It does well in bright light and dark… Read more ›
Yes,…The Sony is lighter, easier to handle (for me, I have average-size hands), is FAST, SUPER EASY TO NAVIGATE AND OPERATE, and most importantly, takes awesome shots!!! Read more ›
Overall, it feels more like an advanced point-and-shoot…Some people will enjoy its compact size, but people who have been using regular SLR's will feel uncomfortable. Read more ›
I have used Minolta Cameras all my life and had a good size investment in lens and attachments. I looked at several different Sony Alpha products before purchasing the A55. Read more ›
also the avchd is a good compromise of size and quality and the 50i images are calculated back to 25p (30p in america) by imovie, which is very convenient and abolishes any… Read more ›
Interesting technology and features. Compact size. I was waiting for camera like this for very long time. Read more ›
3. I also use Canon 5D Mark 2 for features. 4.I stated in my initial review, camera is great bridge in size between point & shoot and full size DSLR. I like this. Read more ›
Besides these minor problems, for the price it is an amazing camera and I would definitely recommend it. Read more ›
I had been using a Sony a300 for a couple of years…Also, I was impressed with the range of innovative features the camera offers, which seems unmatched in this price range. Read more ›
great camera for great price. Read more ›
The HD video part is not the reason why I purchased this camera so its not a big deal to me, thats why I own a…Other than those small things, this camera has great value. Read more ›
And I was stunned at how…Full 1080p that looked amazing for the price, good auto white balance, which I used when I had to move from sun to shade or indoors during a clip. Read more ›
I've had this camera for a little over two months now…While I was looking for my first DSLR, I was drawn to the A55 by its unique mirror design, strong features, and price. Read more ›
Colors are rich, detail is superb (16MP is more than plenty for just about anything, although a few of the newer Sony and competitor offerings are starting to beat that),… Read more ›
Perfect for a semi-pro or pro photographer, or even newcomer. Lighter than a DSLR, and much more vivid colors. Read more ›
I recommend the Sony A55 to anyone who is loooking for a quality DSLR that is more compact than its Nikon and Canon counterparts, wants the higher speed the A55 offers in… Read more ›
The size was a perfect fit for my medium hands. all controls and…The LCD screen is like a mini Bravia screen providing superb sharpness, contrast and color rendition. T… Read more ›
Light, compact, quiet, wrap-around rubber grip on entire right side of camera, review photos right…Shoots 10 fps, great in low light, gorgeous colors, articulated screen. Read more ›
I will switch to Canon. I loved the color profile and loved the camera but it's just too expensive to replace every year. Read more ›
Although I personally prefer an optical viewfinder to frame photographs, I was very impressed with…Both the LCD and the electronic viewfinder are very bright and sharp. Read more ›
The 7D always drastically underexposed with manual lenses. 4. the electronic viewfinder is excellent. the R1 has an electronic viewfinder which isn't as good, so I was a… Read more ›
Nikon has a slightly better solution, but it is still external. 2. The view finder is cool, but I come from a full frame camera which also had a good view finder. 3. The… Read more ›
Although it looks and handles like a (small) Digital SLR…Instead the camera relies on a very good Live View (LCD Framing) system and a very good electronic viewfinder. T… Read more ›
Translucent Mirror Technology takes this technology to a new level. The optical viewfinder has been replaced with a fully electronic viewfinder. Read more ›
- Fully articulated 2.9" LCD (I won't buy a camera without one of these) - Very nice Electronic View Finder. Some see this as a "Con" if they've come from an OVF. Read more ›
My daughter dances, and so I needed good low light performance. Keep in mind, I had a budget, so no $3k+ cameras for me (not yet :)) Read more ›
The larger APS-C sensor (in most digital SLRS and larger format point and shoots) means a bigger body, more weight, larger lenses, and of course more money, but also means… Read more ›
1) Has won numerous awards (a rare Gold Award from Digital Photography Review, 2010 Camera of the Year from Popular Photography, rave review from Imaging Resources) due to… Read more ›
6) Best LCD panel in the price range, fully…7) Sony's lenses are relatively cheap and fairly light weight with decent optics and performance (compared with Canon & Nikon) Read more ›
- Translucent mirror technology allows focus during video. - Awesome low light performance - Awesome video Read more ›
I still have just the one lens. The difference today is I've learned a lot more about the camera and can use it in ways that extract the best performance. There are times… Read more ›

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290 of 299 people found the following review helpful By J. Donaldson VINE VOICE on October 19, 2010
Style Name: With 18-55mm lens
I've had a Panasonic FZ30 "bridge" camera for five years. It is the type of camera without interchangeable lenses and a small sensor. I've really enjoyed that camera as it had good ergonomics, a great 35mm to 420mm 12x zoom lens, shot video, a good set of features, and pretty good stills. However I found it limited me in three areas (there's always something right?):

1) I wanted better image quality.
2) I wanted better low light capability.
3) I wanted better video performance.

Not wanting to carry and change lenses I searched for another bridge mega-zoom type of camera but they all suffered from the same small sensors and limited low light capability. So I decided I had to make the leap to an interchangeable lens camera. I would search for one that had a sort of mega-zoom lens available so I could just have one lens.

I looked at DSLRs but they are so big, so expensive, and so heavy that I shyed away from them.

Recently several micro four-thirds size sensor cameras came on the market, all using a new set of lenses, but I wasn't impressed with them. I thought if the sensor had been the biggest problem in my FZ30 I didn't want just a step up, I wanted a large leap up in sensor size.

Then I saw Sony introduce the A33 and A55. Reading through the specification I was so excited to see it would likely meet all of my wants and then some.

I've had the A55 for just over a week and I am very happy with it. I have the one lens I wanted (sort of) which is the Sony SAL18250 with a 33mm equivalent of 27mm to 375mm, almost as much zoom as my FZ30. I do appreciate the wider 27mm and can crop on the PC to extend the zoom range. Photo quality with this camera/lens combination is a huge improvement, just what I was looking for.
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158 of 166 people found the following review helpful By P. Baek on October 9, 2010
Style Name: With 18-55mm lens
This camera is probably the best compact DSLR in its segment right now. Here's my summary:


1. Extremely fast and accurate AF. It's as good and sometimes better than my Nikon D90!
2. Image quality from ISO 100-800 is good as my Nikon D90 and is as good or superior to anything near or in its segment! Images above ISO 800 are still very decent and competitive with anything with its class.
3. Images from the kit lens are sharp and vibrant.
4. EVF is accurate, detailed, and provides all the info. you need
5. Excellent quality HD (1080i) video.....better than most DSLR's in its class. Low light capability is excellent.
6. Best Live View of any DSLR around....w/very fast AF.
7. Excellent tilting LCD screen....vibrant and hi-res.
8. Light and compact body.....easy to travel with.
9. Tremendous value.....beats anything in its class (best bang-for-buck)
10. Received dpreview.com's coveted Gold Star award!


1. Relatively short battery life
2. HD video limited to 9 min. with Steady Shot on (but 29 min. with it off). 3rd-party lenses with lens OIS may be a work-around.
3. Limited manual controls with video.
4. Camera might be too small for users with big hands (be sure to handle it in person if possible)
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82 of 84 people found the following review helpful By letsdesign on October 17, 2010
Style Name: With 18-55mm lens
The a55 makes it easy to shoot great photos in very challenging lighting conditions. The Auto-HDR (digh dynamic range) takes 3 photos and combines them perfectly into one photo, so that very bright sky and darker landscape both are exposed properly in the final photo. The camera also uses a similar process for doing low light situations (where subject movement would cause a blur if no flash was used). These are in-camera processing features that only Sony is offering at this point.

The continuous auto-focus during video is also a first for inter-changeable lens cameras. Overall, it's a great photographic tool.

By the way, one reviewer compared the a55 to his Canon 7D. That's a $1,600 camera, body only, while this is $750 body only. In a way, it's a compliment that a camera costing so little has to be compared not to others in its price class, but to a camera double the price.

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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Ynotw84me2day on October 25, 2010
Style Name: With 18-55mm lens
I'm the first to admit that I never liked any of the Sony cameras. I never cared for their Steadyshot P & S, and I still don't care for it today. I considered their DSLR line to be waaaaay too bulky & ISO too noisy, compared to the Canon & Nikon DSLR line (of similar feature models). So I had to re-read all these GREAT reviews about the A55 thinking that it was too good to be true: An improved technology (invented years ago) that ACTUALLY makes good on its promise of faster focus & more light being absorbed by the camera.

I've been playing with my a55 for two days now & I am terribly impressed by its accomplishments & innovative features (gps, image stabilization, lightweight & small footprint, PLUS CONTINUOUS AUTO-FOCUS DURING HD VIDEO RECORDING). Another set of features that I am terribly surprised to see being ACTUALLY USEFUL: Panorama & 10fps shooting mode. I couldn't be more thankful to realize that I can save myself HOURS of pc-processing, by simply panning the A55 left to right (or top to bottom) while pressing the shutter button (continuously taking shots) & processsing (stitching) the pictures internally to give me the final shot practically on-the-fly (literally done in under 15 seconds). Yes, the panorama pictures are very decent (except when people are moving around, then u get blurry subjects) and very useful. The 10fps mode works ONLY if you have very good lighting outside (you can forget indoor shots, even if you have a f/1.4 lens). Granted the focus is fixed, but the feature actually works. I took some shots of my son playing basketball while keeping up with the focus spot, pointed at his face. What sucks is the post-processing & writing of your shots to the memory card. My class 6 sdhc was a TURTLE.
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