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Sony DSLR-A550

alaTest has collected and analyzed 235 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the image quality and price are generally positive. The usability and screen also get good reviews. Some have doubts about the contrast and exposure, while the zoom and flash get mixed reviews.

performance, screen, usability, price, image quality

viewfinder, video, reliability, exposure, contrast

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Sony DSLR-A550 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Ben Pitt (

Sony Alpha DSLR-A550L review


Seriously fast and packed with interesting features, but the lack of video is disappointing and automatic exposures could be better too.

Mar, 2010

Expert review by : Claire Gillo (

Sony Alpha 550


At the top of the step up Sony range can the A550 be as good as its competition?

For the enthusiastic novice photographer looking to improve their skills, this is the ideal partner. The lack of video mode is off putting when compared to its major rivals.

Apr, 2010

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Sony DSLR-A550


The DSLR-A550 has a 3-inch LCD screen that lets you determine what your final shot will look like. This screen can tilt to about 90 degrees, giving a wide eye for focus and zoom. It has a clear resolution of 14.2 megapixels that will allow you to...

This Sony camera comes with a Memory Stick slot that will allow you to add up to 8 gigabyte extra memory that will let you shoot away without fear of low storage capacity. The rechargeable lithium battery will allow for uninterrupted power supply no...

Apr, 2010

Expert review by : James Cumpsty (

Sony Alpha A550


The lack of video will raise a few eyebrows given its rivals but, as a stills camera, it has many compensating features.

There is much to like with the Sony Alpha A550. It has great autofocus, image stabilisation, quirky but effective HDR and a nice big sensor. If you want a DSLR because you are upgrading from smaller forms, this has auto modes for you to use it with...

Jan, 2010

Expert review by : What Digital Camera (

Sony Alpha a550 review


The Sony a550 is the newest mid-level of Sony's recent releases, with an array of top features including high sensitivity to ISO 12800. We test out if the a550 is a true performer or more a...

Dec, 2009

Expert review by : What Digital Camera (

Sony DT 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6

Nov, 2009

Expert review by : Mike Lowe (

Sony Alpha a550


The Sony a550 is the newest mid-level of Sony's recent releases, with an array of top features including high sensitivity to ISO 12800. We test out if the a550 is a true performer or more a gap-filler in the What Digital Camera Sony Alpha a550 review...

Tilt-LCD, improved image quality, excellent live view

Build quality a bit 'plasticy', noisy AF with kit lens, no video mode

The a550 is quite the live view photographer's camera - it ousts competitors at a similar level with class-leading, super-fast live view autofocus and quirky modes such as Quick Tele 1.4x or 2x crop factors. However, when lined up against competitors...

Nov, 2009

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DT 16-105 mm f/3.5-5.6


very high vignetting at 16 mm,, high distortion at 16 mm,, the image quality at 105 mm could have been better,, visible chromatic aberration at the extremes of the range,, visible coma at shorter focal lengths.

The Sony DT 16-105 mm is difficult to assess. On the one hand, when we look at its performance from the perspective of a very good Zeiss’s 16-80 mm result we don’t like it much. In fact it loses practically in every category and offers instead the...

Nov, 2009

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Sony a550


For those looking to step-up beyond an entry-level model, the 14.2MP Sony a550 with its 7fps and 3in tilting LCD is a technology-packed temptation.

This is a camera that does a good job but doesn’t excel, and image quality is a letdown from a sensor that should deliver more. The a550 is hardly lacking in features, so if you want value for money then you certainly get that. Elements like the...

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Sony Alpha 550


The Sony Alpha 550 can reach an ISO of 12,800, but can only drop down as low as ISO 200, which can be limiting for long exposures and studio work.

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