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5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive piece of tech, November 11, 2010
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This review is from: Sony Alpha SLT-A55V DSLR with Translucent Mirror Technology and 3D Sweep Panorama (Camera Body only) (Black) (Electronics)
The pros:

* Very impressed with the speed, noise level and resolution. It's also very easy to use (works exactly like a point and shoot in AUTO mode).

* It's SMALL!

* The AUTO+ mode is really awesome when you want to take good pictures without worrying about manually setting the camera, or when you're in a hurry, or even when someone not experienced in your family wants to take a portrait of you or shoot landscapes.

* The "Handheld twilight" scene mode is pure gold. It takes several exposures in sequence and combines them.

* The camera is more than worth the money.

Now for some cons because nothing is perfect:

* Full-HD video mode is in practice limited to about 3 minutes because of overheating, with is frustating. Per Sony's website, you can get up to 29 minutes if you turn Super Steady Shot off, but image stabilization is very welcome for handheld video.

* Bracketed exposures appears to be limited to +- 0.7 EV. I wish there was no such limit.

* The EVF can be a nuisanse in rare occasions, but I think it's worth the beneffits.

* When review is turned on, both the EVF and live-view blacks out in between shots, adding some delay between focus + exposures (single drive). I think this could be corrected by a firmware upgrade (hear me, Sony?), where the EVF continually shows the live subject, where the live view displays the review *if* my eye is out of the viewfinder range. This would allow the SLT to work in a more similar way to other reflex/optical viewfinder cameras.

* Not many shortcuts to turn on and off features like metering mode, focus mode, drive mode etc, but again, it's a camera that won't intimidate much the not-initiated

* You have to leave Power saving in an agressive setting, or else battery will be an issue.

* In practice, GPS won't lock indoors, and will take 1-2 mins to lock even with clear sky.

* I didn't find Auto-HDR to be much useful since it shoots only on JPEG, and also couldn't quite get appealing pictures with it (yet), but I definitely need more practice with it.

* Sony software (like PMB) is not the most flexible and open around. The RAW format (ARW) is not the most popular, but Adobe supports it fine.
All those things are minimal in the light of
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Initial post: Apr 27, 2011 3:28:59 AM PDT
I've had this camera for about 6 months. I get a lot more than 3 minutes continuous video with SSS on, closer to 10 minutes continuous. Other DSLR's are also limited in this way because of the heat produced by the large sensor in a small body. I have heard reports that the Canon DSLR's are limited in video length as well. My A55 will lock GPS indoors. It's time to lock is the same or better than my Magellan Car GPS so I think this may be typical. The statement that Auto HDR is not useful because it's only available for JPG is just foolish. Final HDR has to be saved in JPG even if you use RAW images and process on a computer. The HDR output from camera is processed from RAW images in the camera and produces good results. It is impossible to produce an HDR RAW final image. All RAW formats are Camera specific and their "popularity" is dependent on the popularity of the camera. The battery issue is true and I have purchased a second battery so include that in the price of the camera if you plan to take more than 300-400 shots between charging. The Review issue is also true but I simply turned it off because I find the live view in both the LCD and EVF gives an accurate representation of the final image making review after every shot unnecessary. If I do want to review a particular shot the review button is easy to reach.
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