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SonyDSLR-A500 12.3 MP Digital SLR Camera
 
4.8

(based on 12 reviews)

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Pros

  • Good image quality (10)
  • Image stabilization (10)
  • Easy to use (9)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (8)
  • Fast shutter speed (8)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (8)
    • Sports/action (6)
    • Travel (6)
    • Wildlife (6)
    • Low light (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual photographer (4), Semi-pro photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (4)

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    4.0

    camera stuff

    By funcsta

    from south australia

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action

      Comments about Sony DSLR-A500 12.3 MP Digital SLR Camera:

      bird pictures

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 7
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      very good camera

      By vk-foto.ru

      from Russia

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • High ISO Performance

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Sony DSLR-A500 12.3 MP Digital SLR Camera:

        This is best buy! Cost not expensive, Image quality - very good! Interface very easy to use!

        Сorrelation about price/quality much better than canon or nikon.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 10
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        No better DSLR for the price!

        By none

        from Camarillo, CA.

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • High ISO Performance
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Quiet
        • Tilt /Swivel LCD

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Sony DSLR-A500 12.3 MP Digital SLR Camera:

          I have shot everything from humming birds; to landscape; to moonlit stormy skies and people's portraits. Everything has come out very fine indeed. Great to have 5 frames a second! Very good auto functions from ISO to D-range, etc.

          Images sometimes need a little adjusting. Usually, not so much.
          The noise on ISO 12,800 is not that bad. It is something one expects if they ever shot film.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          Good Camera-Good Service

          By PDT the shooter

          from Centerville, Utah

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Quiet
          • Tilt /Swivel LCD

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about Sony DSLR-A500 12.3 MP Digital SLR Camera:

            I have been using an Sony A330 and gave it to my granddaughter so I had to get me a new camera. I am really pleased with the camera.[...]

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            4.0

            Great so far!!

            By bmm

            from Jersey City, NJ

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • High ISO Performance

            Cons

            • Short Battery Life

            Best Uses

              Comments about Sony DSLR-A500 12.3 MP Digital SLR Camera:

              It has worked great so far....great clarity and resolution

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              5.0

              Great

              By Wissam

              from Egypt

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • High ISO Performance

              Cons

              • Poor In Low Light

              Best Uses

              • Birding
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Sony DSLR-A500 12.3 MP Digital SLR Camera:

              The menus are great but you get lost to control them
              I'll get used to it soon

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              5.0

              I would buy this product again and again

              By shutterbug76

              from Bristol, VA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Tilt /Swivel LCD

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Sony DSLR-A500 12.3 MP Digital SLR Camera:

                I have only had this camera for a couple of weeks, but so far so good. I sold my Canon XSi and purchased the a500 in order to share lenses with my husband who owns the a300. I love the ability to use Minolta lenses. I find the menu much easier to navigate than the Canon. I love the tilt lcd screen and the built in image stabilization. The shutter is a little noisy, but I don't mind.

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                5.0

                Excellent Photographic Equipment!!!

                By JuanCubo

                from Guaynabo, PR

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Battery Life
                • Easy To Use
                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • High ISO Performance
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                Cons

                • Layout
                • Menus could be better

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Macro Photography
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel

                Comments about Sony DSLR-A500 12.3 MP Digital SLR Camera:

                I bought this camera as a backup of my A700. I didn't want to expend to much, so I found that this camera had almost everything that I wanted and a little more. Of course it doesn't have all the controls and specs of the A700 but takes wonderfull photos even in low light (i think that jpgs from iso 1600 and above are better than the A700). There are a few glitches on how Sony implemented the menus and other functions, but anyways this camera is very fun to use and has better specs (5fps, in Camera HDR & Live View that really works, Manual focus Live View, Image Stabilization in the Body) than other similary price DSLR (for taking photos - not for video).
                So if you own a Minolta or Sony, or simply want and you want a fun, but serious Photographic Camera, this is one that you should consider, since there are photos that you could take with this than you couldn't in other similary price DSLR.
                Having no video was not a deciding factor in my personal choice, but for others this could be a cons of this camera.

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                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Exelent choise for casual photographers

                By Alex

                from Tashkent, UZ

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • High ISO Performance
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Nice Live View

                Cons

                • Small Optical Viewfinder

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Sony DSLR-A500 12.3 MP Digital SLR Camera:

                  It's my first DSLR, and I it's make me very happy. It's very easy to use and the results are excellent. Natural colours. ISO 3200 usable. Nice Auto WB, and great Live view. Works great for every need I have.

                  If it your first DSLR you did right choice. And again, main virtue of cameras is the picture quality, and it have it drop-dead.

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                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  The Best D-SLR in Sony D-SLRs

                  By Paras Suri

                  from Seattle

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                  • Fast Shutter Speed
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about Sony DSLR-A500 12.3 MP Digital SLR Camera:

                    I daily use my camera since I bought it and I am ecstatic to see the results. It has the ability to capture 5-frames per second and is very good even in low light conditions too. The photograph quality is AWESOME.

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                    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Sony did it again

                    By Mark

                    from Long Island

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • High ISO Performance
                    • Large Clear LCD

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Art
                      • Landscape
                      • Portraits
                      • Sports/Action

                      Comments about Sony DSLR-A500 12.3 MP Digital SLR Camera:

                      The Camera Performs well its fast and accurate. Menu Options are very easy to use and the results are wonderful. It captures very natural and soft portraits

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                      (19 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Sony Has Hit The Nail on The Head!

                      By TSNSports

                      from Tennessee

                      Verified Buyer

                      Comments about Sony DSLR-A500 12.3 MP Digital SLR Camera:

                      I use my Sony DSLR-A500 in sports photgraphy. So far it has lived up to expectations. Quick focusing and shoots 5fps. Also I use to use a Minolta 7xi 35mm camera, so I had several great autofocus Minolta lens. They work great with the new Sony. Large display is nice too.
                      The smile indicator is awesome. You can't miss a great smile by your subject with this feature.

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