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Sony Alpha a55

alaTest has collected and analyzed 748 reviews of Sony Alpha a55. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Comments about the video and image quality are on the whole positive. The portability and usability also get good views. There are some mixed opinions about the shutter, and some have doubts about the exposure and flash.

performance, usability, portability, image quality, video

battery, durability, flash, exposure

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Sony Alpha a55 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony Alpha a55

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 49 user reviews of Sony Alpha a55 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. People really like the price and image quality. The usability and performance are also mentioned favorably, but some have doubts about the durability.

portability, performance, usability, image quality, price

durability

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

Oct, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony Alpha a55

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 16 user reviews of Sony Alpha a55 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the portability. The performance is also appreciated. There are some critical views about the viewfinder and lens. There are some mixed opinions about the image quality.

price, performance, portability

usability, screen, lens, viewfinder

88% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Oct, 2019

Expert review by : Gavin Stoker (t3.com)

Sony Alpha A55 review

 

The Sony Alpha A55 is a top of the range 'SLT' camera that boasts a myriad of bits and bobs which make it easier to shoot videos than with a DSLR

Large and well labeled control ; Tilting LCD ; High resolution EVF

Plastic-y feel to the build ; Disappointing build for price

If you've considered owning a digital SLR principally for shooting video, then the Sony Alpha A55 offers a viable alternative to the Canon EOS range, and is rather easier to get to grips with.

Dec, 2011

Expert review by (stuff.tv)

Sony Alpha SLT-A55 review

 

Whoa! It's the fastest mid-range shooter on the planet. It's a camera, by the way

So, so fast – and packed with features other cameras can’t deliver

Feb, 2011

Expert review by (stuff.tv)

Sony Alpha SLT-A55 Review

 

So, so fast – and packed with features other cameras can't deliver

The A55 (along with the cheaper A33) is the first translucent mirror SLT camera on the market. This bleeding edge tech brings with it a veritable plethora of advantages, most obviously the ability to

Feb, 2011

Expert review by : William Perceval (pocket-lint.com)

Sony Alpha SLT-A55

 

The Sony Alpha SLT-A55 is an SLT (Single Lens Translucent) camera rather than a traditional DSLR. With this impressive new technology the A55 is capable of shooting 10 frames per second while continually focusing, can shoot 1080i HD video and even has...

10 frames per second continuous focus burst shooting, GPS, great video autofocus

Electronic Viewfinder won’t be for everyone, 16:9 ratio of LCD screen not ideal for stills shooting

Part of a new generation of cameras, the SLT-A55 is truly innovative. The 10fps continuous shooting is incredibly good and far outclasses the next nearest DSLR in this department, not to mention significantly by price.

Nov, 2010

Expert review by : Stuart Miles (pocket-lint.com)

First Look: Sony Alpha A55

 

When the Digital SLR was created it took all the fundamentals of a traditional 35mm SLR and simply made it digital. Instead of capturing light on film the camera captures light on a sensor. In reality the technology hasn't changed that much, but the...

Autofocus on video, 10fps, always on Live View, small, SD and MemoryStick card support, GPS, interchangable lenses

Not actually a DSLR, video start up time could be quicker.

Aug, 2010

Expert review by : Gary Wolstenholme (techradar.com)

Sony Alpha A55 review

 

The first DSLR to use a translucent mirror is part of a new breed of digital cameras

Fast live view AF system ; Good features ; Articulated screen ; Good image quality

Live view blackout after shooting ; Fast memory cards are a must ; Small buffer

Sony isn't one to be left behind when it comes to the latest crazes. Its NEX cameras were released earlier in the year in response to other manufacturer's compact mirrorless camera offerings. Now the company has moved to introduce a new genere of...

Mar, 2011

Expert review by : Gavin Stoker (techadvisor.co.uk)

Sony Alpha A55 review

 

Like its junior version – the new A35 – and similar A33 predecessor, the 16.2-megapixel A55 is classified by its maker as a single-lens translucent (SLT) camera, because, in a first of its kind, its internal mirror mechanism has been rendered see-through.

Not essential, but fun, is a Sweep Panorama function borrowed from Cyber-shot compacts. More likely to be used regularly is the A55’s exposure-adjusting Auto HDR functionality, ably maintaining both shadow and highlight detail if shooting against a...

Oct, 2011

Expert review by : Expert Reviews Staff (expertreviews.co.uk)

Sony Alpha SLT-A55VL review

 

Certainly different, but fast continuous performance is the only significant benefit.

Jan, 2011

Expert review by : Ben Long, Macworld.com (techadvisor.co.uk)

Sony Alpha SLT-A55 review

 

The first step in taking a photo is to point the camera in the right direction. But to know what that right direction is, you need a viewfinder. The problem with designing a viewfinder is that the lens on the camera is located in front of the image...

The Sony Alpha SLT-A55 holds its own against its competition thanks to its nice feature set and very good image quality. What sets it apart is its small side, ability to continuously autofocus while shooting video, and fast continuous shooting mode. If...

Dec, 2010

Expert review by : Amateur Photographer (amateurphotographer.co.uk)

Sony Alpha 55 review

 

Although the Alpha 55 has an unmistakably Sony Alpha exterior, what goes on inside the camera is very different. Sony has made a brave attempt to offer something new and in many respects it works.The decision to use a fixed translucent mirror and...

Apr, 2014

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