Sony Alpha DSLR-A550

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A550

With the Sony Alpha DSLR-A550, Sony has introduced a new generation of remarkable, impressive and ultimate camera, in the shape of its latest 14 megapixels APS-C CMOS sensor with remarkable photos quality. Speaking of low light, the Sony Alpha DSLR-A550 features an ISO range of 200-12,800 (or in Boosted mode) and continuous shooting at 7.0 fps - both respectable specs for a camera in this class. Sony Alpha DSLR-A550 has a Sony/Minolta Alpha lens mount, and currently, there are 141 native carefully crafted glasses made for this mount. The new display is a bit dimmer than its predecessor's, so it can be tricky to use in sunlight, even at maximum brightness. This is a dangerous addition to the Sony Alpha DSLR-A550 easy 7.0 fps continuous shooting via the use of Speed Priority Continuous mode, which is very useful for landscapes, outdoor, portraits, and tourism. 9-Point AF System and Scene Recognition System: Creatives can choose single point, continuous, dynamic or modified 3D autofocus modes to adapt to any shooting situation from static subjects to vigorous athletics. Ironically, the small form factor, flippable screen and video features should make the Sony Alpha DSLR-A550 perfect for run-and-gun shooting and vlogging. The Sony utilizes common SD/ SDHC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo memory cards. Compact, easy and you can buy in increasingly large capacities. Sony cameras have numerous lenses and surprising accessories and a large number of grips available for them.

In the hand, the innovative Sony Alpha DSLR-A550 feels really great and surprisingly never hurt my wrist at all carrying it all day long. Naturally, the new camera itself feels like a high-class imaging device, with a innovative, forward-looking and remarkable design and easy controls. The camera embodies a wide variety of upgrades to enhance options, operation and shooting opportunities. How the Photography Blog was written, the camera is a compelling mix of low-light capability, wide dynamic range, and quick burst mode, all in a light and compact body. No matter the type of photography, from wedding to sports, portraits to macro, the camera excels, offers double-quick burst mode, low-level noise, and the ability to enjoy the stunning features of a reasonable amount of Sony upgraded lens. Overall, the Sony Alpha DSLR-A550 handles very nicely for such a and remarkable camera. Naturally, the modified camera itself feels like a high-class imaging device, with an innovative, forward-looking and modern design and easy dials. Most notably, while it may look like just another Compact SLR, Sony has packed plenty of firsts inside the Sony Alpha DSLR-A550 remarkable camera body. Make a single image revealing a reputable wide dynamic range, but with less noise and excellent color gradation than ever before. Additionally, like any product, it has a few faults, but the versatile Sony Alpha DSLR-A550 does everything very well and blows away all other cameras on the market.


ModelSony Alpha DSLR-A550
Body TypeCompact SLR

DxO Sensor Scores

DxO Overall Score66
DxO Color Depth21.9
DxO Dynamic Range11.8
DxO Low Light ISO807


Sensor Resolution14 megapixels
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor SizeAPS-C
Sensor Dimensions23.4 x 15.6 mm
Sensor Area365.04mm2
Max Image Resolution4592 x 3056
Min Native ISO200
Max Native ISO12,800
RAW Supporttrue


Lens MountSony/Minolta Alpha
Number of Lenses141
Manual Focustrue
Focal Length Multiplier1.5×
Macro Focus Rangen/a


ViewfinderOptical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder Coverage95%
Viewfinder Resolutionno electronic viewfinder
Viewfinder Magnification0.53


Screen TypeTilting
Screen Size3″
Screen Resolution922k dots
Live Viewtrue
Touch Screenfalse

Photography Features

Min Shutter Speed30s
Max Shutter Speed1/4000s
Continuous Shooting7.0 fps
Shutter Prioritytrue
Aperture Prioritytrue
Manual Exposure Modetrue
Exposure CompensationYes
Custom White Balancetrue
Image Stabilizationtrue
Built-in Flashtrue
External Flashtrue
Flash Range12.00 m
Flash ModesAuto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, High Speed Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in, Wireless
Max Flash Sync1/160s
WB Bracketingtrue
AE Bracketingtrue

Exposure Modes

Center Weightedtrue


AF Touchfalse
AF Continuoustrue
AF Singletrue
AF Trackingfalse
AF Selectivetrue
AF Centerfalse
AF Multi Areatrue
AF Live Viewtrue
AF Face Detectiontrue
AF Contrast Detectionfalse
AF Phase Detectiontrue
Number of Focus Points9
Number of Cross Focus PointsUnknown

Video Features

Max Video ResolutionNone
Microphone Portfalse
Headphone Portfalse


Wireless ConnectivityNone
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)


Physical Dimensions137 x 104 x 84mm
Environmental Sealingfalse
Water Prooffalse
Dust Prooffalse
Shock Prooffalse
Crush Prooffalse
Freeze Prooffalse
Battery ModelNP-FM500H
Battery Life480 shots
Battery TypeBattery Pack

Other Features

Timelapse Recordingfalse
Self TimerYes (2 or 10 sec)
Storage TypeSD/ SDHC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Storage Slots1

Key Features

  • Announced2009-12-09
  • Body TypeCompact SLR
  • Sensor Resolution14 megapixels
  • Sensor SizeAPS-C
  • Sensor Dimensions23.4 x 15.6 mm
  • Max Native ISO12,800
  • Lens MountSony/Minolta Alpha
  • Live Viewtrue
  • Continuous Shooting7.0 fps
  • DxO Overall Score66
  • Number of Focus Points9
  • Max Video ResolutionNone
  • Battery Life480 shots