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Sony a55 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm zoom lens
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- DIGITAL SLR with 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
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|Screen Size||3 in||2.7 in||3 in||3 in||2.7 in||3 in|
|Focus Type||Automatic with Manual||Includes Manual Focus||Includes Manual Focus||Autofocus & Manual||automatic with manual||—|
|ISO Range||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, (25600 with boost)||100-25600||Auto (ISO 100-51200), Manual (ISO 100-25600)||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 16000 (50, 25600 with boost)||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200||—|
|Item Dimensions||3.35 x 4.88 x 3.62 in||6.77 x 7.64 x 6.22 in||3.19 x 5.63 x 4.09 in||3.19 x 5.63 x 4.09 in||3.39 x 5.04 x 3.82 in||4.13 x 5.63 x 3 in|
|Item Weight||1.1 lbs||3.77 lbs||1.43 lbs||1.61 lbs||1.21 lbs||1.7 lbs|
|Megapixels||16.2||24.2 megapixels||24.3 megapixels||24.3||14.2||42.4 megapixels|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||16.2 megapixels||1 megapixels||24.3 megapixels||24.3 megapixels||14.2 megapixels||42.4 megapixels|
|Photo Sensor Size||APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)||aps-c||APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)||APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)||APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm)||Full Frame|
|Style Name||With 18-55mm lens||Base||Base||With 16-50mm F2.8 lens||—||—|
|Video Capture Resolution||1080p_hd||1080p||1080p_hd||1920 x 1080 (60, 24 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30fps), 640 x 424 (29.97 fps)||—||other|
|Viewfinder||LCD||LCD||LCD||LCD||Optical (pentamirror)||electronic viewfinder|
Sony Alpha SLTA55VL DSLR with Translucent Mirror Technology (Black)
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
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
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
What's in the Box
- Alpha A55 digital SLR body
- Shoulder Strap
- Battery Charger (BC-VW1)
- Body Cap
- Rechargable Battery (NP-FW50)
- USB Cable
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The video mode seems to be very clear and crisp, reminds me more of the Panasonic. There is only one HD mode, which is 1080 60i, nothing available at 720, but as good as the video is at this rate, that is ok with me. The AF seems to be very good, and I hope it will be a little faster with the Sony lens. Low light video seems to be pretty good too, still pretty clear. Editing on a Mac is easy, no problems.
Low light shooting is a little different too. I saw one review where the reviewer talked about comparing it to a Nikon 2.8 lens, which I found hard to believe. But, this seems to take a couple or more shots when in low light, then puts together a great photo. Almost like the HDR option. So, if you have a tripod in low light, you should get some pretty amazing photos, even on a f3.5. Speaking of the HDR option, it works very well. This weekend while in Phoenix, I took some sample shots and it seemed to really remove some of the dark shadow spots on some of the pics, making them much better photos. Haven't been able to test it fully, but happy with what I saw.
Other nice features are built in GPS, mic and remote input, rotating screen, and panoramic sweep mode (which works very well also). A couple downers were the proprietary hotshoe, and the screen rotates from the bottom, rather than the side, which I can see being not being as strong as the Panasonic. I will try to update this review when I get the Sony lens and try a f1.8 with the 10 fps on inside sports, but very happy with this selection so far!
On that note, I can find no true complaint in the image quality. In fact, these past two months have given me some of my best images yet. The GPS receiver works as expected, and is surprisingly accurate. If you don't give it time to update its location after moving some distance between shots though, you may find yourself having to correct a few locations later.
So far, aside from being a bit of a battery hog, the only cons I can really find are in the video capture capabilities. While the image quality is great, by its nature the sensor will overheat and force a power-down to cool; about as long as I have been able to record video is a little under 6 minutes. I didn't buy this camera to record much video though, so this limitation is among the least of my worries.
All in all, a great camera that is pushing some technology with true potential.
UPDATE: Upon a little research, I learned that by turning off the SteadyShot image stabilization, you should be able to get about 30 minutes of video at once. I haven't personally tested this. The camera is still doing great things and I have no regrets!
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Though battery life drains a bit quick.