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SonyDSLR-A550 14.2 MP Digital SLR Camera With 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DT AF Zoom Lens
 
4.7

(based on 15 reviews)

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Pros

  • Good image quality (14)
  • Large clear LCD (14)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (13)
  • Image stabilization (13)
  • Tilt /swivel LCD (13)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Sports/action (13)
    • Landscape/scenery (12)
    • Travel (11)
    • Low light (9)
    • Wildlife (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (7), Casual photographer (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (9)

    Reviewed by 15 customers

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    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    this camera is SICK!!!!!!

    By sk

    from NYC

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Sony DSLR-A550 14.2 MP Digital SLR Camera With 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DT AF Zoom Lens:

        easy to use, great picture quality.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Good camera for the money- Lens amateur

        By Mr Coho

        from Chicago, IL

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Sports/Action

          Comments about Sony DSLR-A550 14.2 MP Digital SLR Camera With 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DT AF Zoom Lens:

          I am a Pro Photographer that was looking for a good back up. Was disappionted at first by the lack of Pro Features but the camera well made up for it with lightning fast auto focus and accuracy and custom white balance. I gave it a trial by fire this past weekend at The Bauer Intl Hockey Tournament and I took 7000 images in 2 days and the results were excellent. No high ISO noise reduction at continuous shutter. The Normal setting was good at ISO 3200

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 6
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          enjoying this camera!

          By lensnpens

          from lima,ohio

          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
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Tilt /Swivel LCD

          Cons

          • Shutter noisy

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Studio

          Comments about Sony DSLR-A550 14.2 MP Digital SLR Camera With 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DT AF Zoom Lens:

          great camera for the price! fast focus, live view is wonderful! i have'nt taken very many pictures as yet, but what i have taken i have no complaints. took some football photos with the live view & WOW!!! the low light capability is amazing! i am not pleased with the loud click of the shutter button, it's not as loud as the alpha a 100 though. wish it was as quiet as the nikon's D-80! overall i'm impressed with this camera!! can't wait to get a chance to explore it more & shoot more photos!

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great shot

          By Bob

          from Santos,SP - Brasil

          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
          • Tilt /Swivel LCD

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Sony DSLR-A550 14.2 MP Digital SLR Camera With 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DT AF Zoom Lens:

            Very good price/quality

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 8
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Awesome!

            By anton

            from marina del rey, ca

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Tilt /Swivel LCD

            Cons

            • Noisy At High ISO

            Best Uses

              Comments about Sony DSLR-A550 14.2 MP Digital SLR Camera With 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DT AF Zoom Lens:

              1. Large live-view, articulating LCD screen
              2. Many high-speed shooting rates available
              (3,5, and 7 fps)
              3. Steady-shot in camera body

              I will use camera for sports, candid photos of people. The articulating LCD makes it easy to get low or high-angle shots

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 9
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              So far, I love it!

              By Alaska Texas Girl

              from Austin, TX

              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
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Tilt /Swivel LCD

              Cons

              • It is not a quiet camera

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Sony DSLR-A550 14.2 MP Digital SLR Camera With 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DT AF Zoom Lens:

              Although the camera is very sophisticated, I could use it from the very beginning with great results. I am wanting to learn to use the camera in special settings like low light, etc., so as I research and learn, I can use more of its features. It seems amazing at this point!

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 9
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              ITS GREAT IAM VERY HAPPY WITH THIS CAMER

              By ZEZ

              from MEXICO

              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
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Quiet
              • Tilt /Swivel LCD

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Sony DSLR-A550 14.2 MP Digital SLR Camera With 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DT AF Zoom Lens:

                THE GREAT THING ABOUT THIS CAMERA ITS THE MOVIL SCREAN AND THE WEIGHT OF THE CAMERA, THE FLASH ITS GREAT

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                Doesn't disappoint

                By AA

                from Boston, MA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Quiet
                • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                Cons

                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Sony DSLR-A550 14.2 MP Digital SLR Camera With 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DT AF Zoom Lens:

                I owned the a100 for 4 years. I loved it but needed a second shooter and an upgrade. Staying with Sony hasn't disappointed me. The improved fps and low lighting is great. The screen clarity and size blows away my a100's. The tilt is also handy for me because I am short. It helps when I need to extend for overhead shots or for just being discreet and sneaky. Only bit of negative I really noted so far is the battery doesn't seem to last quite as long in this one. Not unreasonably so but noticeable. The buttons are also different than on the a100. It takes a little getting used to but not necessarily a con, just a difference.

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                • No

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                5.0

                I love this product

                By Lisa

                from New York

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Sony DSLR-A550 14.2 MP Digital SLR Camera With 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DT AF Zoom Lens:

                  So easy to use and takes amazing pictures!

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                  • No

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  nice camera

                  By clydes

                  from Wisconsin

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Sony DSLR-A550 14.2 MP Digital SLR Camera With 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DT AF Zoom Lens:

                    i think it is a great camera. the thing i like best is all my minolta lens fit it and it drives them jsut fine.

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                    5.0

                    Works as Advertised

                    By Hugmann

                    from Olympia, WA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Macro Photography
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Sony DSLR-A550 14.2 MP Digital SLR Camera With 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DT AF Zoom Lens:

                      I bought the Alpha 550 to replace an Alpha 700 that I ran over last month. I shoot a lot of sports photos of the grand kids in action. I post those photo on a web site. The 7 frames per second works really well and it seems to focus faster than the Alpha 700 did.

                      The fold out live view screen is really useful for closeups of flowers and for those overhead shots as well. The 700 does not have live view and it is a feature I wanted.

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                      4.0

                      Nice Camera for the Price

                      By RJManns

                      from Guam

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                      • Fast Shutter Speed
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                      Cons

                      • Noisy At High ISO

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Travel
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Sony DSLR-A550 14.2 MP Digital SLR Camera With 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DT AF Zoom Lens:

                      I am a casual photographer but like a little more that most point and shoots have to offer. The battery life for this camera is very good and I am able to use my A200 lenses as well so it is a good deal for me. It would be handy to have the stable shot with a switch or button for that function instead of using the menus. Or even better would be a programmable function button your can use for that or any other of your most common used functions. The CMOS sensor is okay with some noise but not too objectionable for the pictures I take. All in all I would buy this camera again.

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                      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      It's About Time!

                      By exteach

                      from Jackson, NJ

                      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
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Quiet
                      • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Sony DSLR-A550 14.2 MP Digital SLR Camera With 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DT AF Zoom Lens:

                        This wonderful Alpha 550 was purchased to replace the Alpha 100 which was the first of the Sony DSLR Alpha series. That was back in 2006....only four years ago but light years away in terms of improvement.
                        The new addition feels better in the hand, sounds quieter and can fire up to 7 fps when needed. The sensors and processors are better as is focusing. There is far better noise suppression than before and you can shoot in higher ISO.
                        There is a HD feature that allows you to save highlights that might be lost with lesser processors. The LCD allows you to shoot from overhead or from a very low position. It is a bright LCD compared to the older model and to lesser Sony models. The flexible LCD screen is often a blessing under certain situations where you physically can't bend or reach to take a photo and might be shooting with only the hope that you got the shot.
                        Live view that allows you to see the exact pix you take is also a welcome feature. You can also use the viewfinder to frame your pix. The MF check LV also has a built-in aid to composition: - a screen divided for the "thirds" approach. There is an indicator that tells you how much of you powerpack's capacity remains.
                        The camera has the automatic, scenic and A, P, S, M settings and menu buttons that allow you to find quickly the features you need such as ISO and the full menu (you can key up, down, etc to get the function yu need. Like all DSLR's it takes practice to become "conversant" with the menu and then it seems more intuitive. The camera doesn't have video, but I don't find that to be a loss.
                        I've used the camera for "walk around" to photograph portraits, city scenes and even a formal function and find that the camera does everything you can ask.
                        Another plus is that the Alpha 100 has a number of compatable lenses that make sense to use with the Sony Alpha 550.

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                        5.0

                        I would buy this product again and again

                        By Guy

                        from Tel Aviv

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Travel
                          • Weddings/Events
                          • Wildlife photos

                          Comments about Sony DSLR-A550 14.2 MP Digital SLR Camera With 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DT AF Zoom Lens:

                          Great Digital Camera

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                          (16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Best Camera I ever used

                          By videolady21

                          from Wingdale, new york

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Sony DSLR-A550 14.2 MP Digital SLR Camera With 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DT AF Zoom Lens:

                            I bought the camera to use at my daughter's wedding.
                            It's light to carry. When I started to use the camera I noticed that the view finder was dark when I wanted to take the picture and I didn't think it was going to be a good picture and when I played it back it was so beauiful I couldn't believe my eyes so I went around the house taking pictures of my family and they all came out great. So far this is the best camera I ever owned and I have alot of camera's.

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