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SonyDSLR-A500 12.3 MP Digital SLR Camera With 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DT AF Zoom Lens
 
4.8

(based on 22 reviews)

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100%

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Pros

  • Image stabilization (19)
  • Good in low light (16)
  • Easy to use (15)
  • Good image quality (15)
  • Large clear LCD (13)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Low light (17)
    • Sports/action (17)
    • Landscape/scenery (16)
    • Family photos (15)
    • Travel (12)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (9), Casual photographer (8), Semi-pro photographer (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (11), Yes (3)

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Camera

    By cre8iv G

    from Columbia, SC

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Zoom
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Nice Body Color
    • Short Lag Time

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Sony DSLR-A500 12.3 MP Digital SLR Camera With 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DT AF Zoom Lens:

      We have only had the camera for a couple weeks... and so far just love it! It actually was a gift for my teenage daughter, who just finished a 35mm photography class and was ready to use a DSL. I deliberated on this for a while. I chose the Sony because it DID NOT have the "video" option. We want a camera to take "pictures". And it takes FANTASTIC PICS! The clarity on some of the shots she has taken are incredible! The large and "movable" view-finder are extra nice also. A big positive is the low-light it can take a great pic in. You really don't need the flash unless it's pitch-dark. The only negative - and I really don't think it's a negative - is the weight of the camera... but aren't all good quality cameras heavy to a degree? I was looking at Canon and Pentax, but decided to go with the Sony!

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 9
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      5.0

      Great Camera

      By Khang Bang

      from San Jose, Ca

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Nice Body Color
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Sony DSLR-A500 12.3 MP Digital SLR Camera With 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DT AF Zoom Lens:

        Very easy to use, tilt large lcd screen comes in handy when it comes to shooting above your head or bending down. I'm a amateur so i bought this just for regularly outdoor shots.

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

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        5.0

        Great DSLR for the price.

        By Daver

        from Salt Lake City, UT

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Good in Low Light
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Nice Body Color
        • Short Lag Time

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Sony DSLR-A500 12.3 MP Digital SLR Camera With 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DT AF Zoom Lens:

          Was looking for a good DSLR to replace my Minolta SLR and yet be able to utilize my Minolta lenses. I was directed to Sony since they bought out Minolta/Konica a few years ago. The fact that they retained the same lens mount was great news, enabling me to use my other Minolta lenses.
          I researched all the Sony DSLR's and ended up chosing the A500. So far I am extremely happy with the A500.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Well worth the price!

          By Mawetta

          from New Orleans

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Nice Body Color
          • Short Lag Time
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Sony DSLR-A500 12.3 MP Digital SLR Camera With 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DT AF Zoom Lens:

            Use this camera for events , does the job very well. Long battery life and good reliability. Minolta compatibility is a plus

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

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            5.0

            DSLR-A500 12.3 MP Digital SLR Camera

            By ogitsanev

            from Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Good in Low Light
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Nice Body Color

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Sony DSLR-A500 12.3 MP Digital SLR Camera With 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DT AF Zoom Lens:

              good solution for photo enthusiast and semi-pro photographer, excellent price/quality

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

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              5.0

              Great Camera !

              By Chrit55

              from Toledo,Oh

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Zoom
              • Large Clear LCD

              Cons

              • Poor Flash

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Sony DSLR-A500 12.3 MP Digital SLR Camera With 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DT AF Zoom Lens:

              I love this camera. Over the past 30 years I have only shot 35mm film cameras. But after changing to digital format and looking at everything under the sun, I decided to buy the a500. Most camera's are about the same. what I liked is the fact the live view screen tilts. That was a big factor, and the price. This camera does not have the video option, but I didn't want it. Good camera for what it is. My 8yr old grandson uses it, it's that simple !

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

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              4.0

              Great Camer for the Price

              By hapi-snapper

              from Kaysville, UT

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Good in Low Light
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Tilting LCD

              Cons

              • No 100 ISO setting
              • No video feature

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Sony DSLR-A500 12.3 MP Digital SLR Camera With 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DT AF Zoom Lens:

              I am a beginner so I love the pop up explanations that come up on every setting reminding me what they do. I am a fan of Sony products and this camera stays in line with the quality I find with Sony. I like that it came with a lens. I like the tilting display, that is handy with low shots. I don't have to lay on the ground to see the shot. The only negative thing would be that this camera does not have a 100 ISO.

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

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              4.0

              I would purchase again!

              By MBO

              from Philadelphia, PA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Short Lag Time

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Sony DSLR-A500 12.3 MP Digital SLR Camera With 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DT AF Zoom Lens:

                  I purchased this camera for my mother. It's her first digital camera and she loves it. It's simple enough for her to use yet takes pictures like her old Minolta. Plus, it takes all of her old lenses! We're very pleased and would purchase again.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

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                  5.0

                  This is a great camera!

                  By Randy

                  from Michigan

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Magical
                  • Nice Body Color

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Sony DSLR-A500 12.3 MP Digital SLR Camera With 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DT AF Zoom Lens:

                      I found this camera a dream to use, anyone that operates off auto will find this camera great! Live view is super and the pictures are out standing

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Great price, comparable to Nikon/Canon

                      By Jeremy

                      from Albuquerque, NM

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Short Lag Time

                      Cons

                      • Limited Zoom

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Travel
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Sony DSLR-A500 12.3 MP Digital SLR Camera With 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DT AF Zoom Lens:

                      I was really excited to use this dslr, especially because it compares so closely with the more popular big name brands.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      5.0

                      AMAZING CAMERA

                      By Tobi

                      from Englewood, CO

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • Good in Low Light
                      • Great Zoom
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Nice Body Color
                      • Short Lag Time
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Sony DSLR-A500 12.3 MP Digital SLR Camera With 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DT AF Zoom Lens:

                        Takes amazing photos for the price, I used to own a canon t1i which I paid about 700$ for and this actually takes far better pictures and the built in HDR is breathtaking.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Excellent !!!!

                        By Isagodoy

                        from Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • Good in Low Light
                        • Large Clear LCD

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Sony DSLR-A500 12.3 MP Digital SLR Camera With 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DT AF Zoom Lens:

                          Easy to use, great photos !

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Awesome camera

                          By The Dunham's

                          from Frisco, TX

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Good Image Quality
                          • Good Image Stabilization
                          • Good in Low Light
                          • Great Zoom
                          • Short Lag Time
                          • Small / Compact

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Sports/Action

                            Comments about Sony DSLR-A500 12.3 MP Digital SLR Camera With 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DT AF Zoom Lens:

                            We bought this camera to take pictures of our kids performing. Our daughter is in the marching band with the color guard and our son plays hockey. The camera is easy to use and takes great action shots. The only down side is the extra lens we bought is heavy.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Amazing camera for a reasonable price

                            By Pandaman

                            from Vancouver, CA

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Good Image Stabilization
                            • Good in Low Light
                            • Great Zoom
                            • Nice Body Color
                            • Short Lag Time

                            Cons

                            • No video recording
                            • Short Battery Life

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Sony DSLR-A500 12.3 MP Digital SLR Camera With 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DT AF Zoom Lens:

                            Pros:
                            - In camera image stablizer (so you dont have to look for that feature in the lens)
                            - easy to use, all the buttons and controls are in the most comfortable places
                            - doesnt feel cheap as A330
                            - can insert 1 memory stick + 1 SD
                            - ISO up to 12800

                            Cons:
                            - No video recording, but who cares :)
                            - battery life is not as good as advertised

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Good Deal for the Price

                            By DAD with Many Pictures to Take

                            from Fond du Lac, WI

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • battery life
                            • BRacket Options
                            • Dual Media
                            • Good Image Stabilization
                            • Good in Low Light
                            • Good Weight
                            • Great Zoom
                            • Live view
                            • Nice Body Color
                            • Short Lag Time

                            Cons

                            • Neck Strap
                            • Software

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Sony DSLR-A500 12.3 MP Digital SLR Camera With 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DT AF Zoom Lens:

                            I spent about a month comparing other 12.3 MP cameras and this particular Sony DSLR. While the others offer video, you pay for that option. I didn't need video, and since I enjoy Sony's design in their productsI took a chance. So Far I love it, takes excellent Pictures in Low-light situations using Aperture Priority Mode. For anyone who wants a good quality product that takes excellent photos in JPEG or RAW, but at an affordable Price, this is the one to try. It offers many features of High-end cameras but at a cost just above low end cameras. Can shoot many FPS, even with Live view, very impressed.

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                            5.0

                            A500L IS GREAT

                            By dcm1943

                            from mid mi

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Good Image Stabilization
                            • Good in Low Light
                            • Great Zoom
                            • Nice Body Color
                            • Short Lag Time

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

                              Comments about Sony DSLR-A500 12.3 MP Digital SLR Camera With 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DT AF Zoom Lens:

                              The picture is great even in low light.
                              Taking pictures of fires and accidents gives a good depth of field and very well detailed.
                              Family pictures of the kids having a water fight give good stop action pictures.
                              And the operation is easy even if you leave it in the auto mode.
                              David

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                              5.0

                              I Love this camera

                              By Carla Fuller

                              from Fort Worth, TX

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Good Image Stabilization
                              • Nice Body Color
                              • Short Lag Time

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

                                Comments about Sony DSLR-A500 12.3 MP Digital SLR Camera With 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DT AF Zoom Lens:

                                I am not a professional photographer and this is my first DSLR camera. Since this was a large purchase for me and added a lot of new features I did quite a bit of research before making this purchase. I chose the Sony A500 for the features and user friendliness that it has given me.

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                                4.0

                                Smooth operation

                                By John

                                from Cedar Rapids IA

                                About Me Casual Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Good Image Stabilization
                                • Good in Low Light
                                • Great Zoom

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Sony DSLR-A500 12.3 MP Digital SLR Camera With 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DT AF Zoom Lens:

                                    For an amateur this is a great camera. Auto or manual it fills the need. Accepts my old Minolta lenses.

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                                    5.0

                                    Great Camera

                                    By Ron

                                    from Birmingham, AL

                                    About Me Casual Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Good Image Stabilization
                                    • Good in Low Light
                                    • Short Lag Time

                                    Cons

                                    • Limited Zoom

                                    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 With 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DT AF Zoom Lens:

                                    Spent a fair amount of time comparing the Nikon 5000 and this camera before finally settling on the Sony. So far, I couldn't be more pleased with my choice. After about 600 shots, I've really been pleased with the battery life, shooting ability in low light conditions, and overall quality of pictures in varying conditions. Still learning to use the multitude of features.

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                                    4.0

                                    GREAT CAMERA!

                                    By Sillyhope

                                    from Ma

                                    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
                                    • Quiet

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Indoors/Low Light
                                      • Landscape/Scenery

                                      Comments about Sony DSLR-A500 12.3 MP Digital SLR Camera With 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DT AF Zoom Lens:

                                      I bought this camera as an upgrade to my Sony A100. What a difference. The Quick AF Live view on the 3" rotatable screen and the upgrade in ISO sensitivity are the best upgrades in my opinion.

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