Sony Alpha DSLR-SLT-A55 Digital Camera W/18-55mm Lens

Sony Alpha DSLR-SLT-A55 Digital Camera W/18-55mm Lens

Sony Alpha DSLR-SLT-A55 Digital Camera W/18-55mm Lens

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Product Highlights

  • 16.2MP High Resolution
  • Translucent Mirror for Fast Focus
  • 921K Dot 3" Tiltable LCD screen
  • 3x 18-55mm Lens (Equiv to 27-82.5mm)
  • Built-In GPS
  • Full HD 1080/60i Video
  • 3D Sweep Panorama Mode
  • Quick AF for Full HD Movie Capture
  • 10 Frames Per Second Continuous Shooting
  • Up to ISO 12800 Sensitivity
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Sony SLT-A55 Overview

  • 1Description

If you like to live on the edge, this Sony Alpha DSLR-SLT-A55 Digital Camera W/18-55mm Lens will take you to the leading edge of DSLR technology, with the first-ever translucent mirror design. For the first time, a high-resolution live image preview with rapid, accurate phase detection autofocus is available at all times--via the LCD or the electronic viewfinder. This means that even moving objects stay in sharp focus at all times, whether you're shooting full HD video or stills.

That's not all the A55 has to offer, though. It's got 16.2MP of high resolution captured on an  APS-C size HD CMOS image sensor,  a 3x DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 (35mm equivalent 27-82.5mm) lens,  built-in GPS that records the location and time of every shot you take and lets you view your images on a map (with compatible computer and Internet applications), an incredibly sharp, bright 3" tiltable LCD screen with 921,000 dots,  built-in flash,  full HD 1080/60i video, a fabulous 3D panorama mode that combines 3 pictures into a 3D image, and up to 10 frames per second continuous shooting. 

With the image stabilization, Hand-held Night Shot mode, Multi-frame NR mode (which takes 6 photos in rapid succession and uses the best data from each to create 1 stunning picture), and sensitivity up to ISO 25600, you won't ever have to miss a picture due to darkness again.

Face Detection recognizes faces and optimizes exposure and focus for them, Smile Shutter takes the picture only when it detects the subject smiling. There's also an automatic HDR mode which take 3 photos of a high-contrast situation, and melds the highlight, shadow and mid-tone data together to create 1 optimal photo. Of course the A55 also has creative modes such as Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, B/W (Contrast, Saturation, Sharpness adjustable in +/-3 steps), Macro, Sports Action, Night Portrait, and many more. 

16.2 Megapixel Resolution
You get incredible detail and gorgeous enlargements. Thanks to the 16.2 megapixel APS-C sensor size and Sony Exmor APS HD CMOS technology, the camera achieves high resolution with no penalty in low-light situations.
Translucent Mirror Technology
Other DSLRs can shoot. Or they can focus with the speed and precision of Phase Detection AF. They cannot do both at once. The SLT-A55 is the world's first DSLR with Translucent Mirror Technology that directs light to both the image sensor and the Phase Detection AF sensor simultaneously.
Built-in GPS
An integrated GPS receiver records the location and time of every shot you take and lets you view your images on a map with compatible computer and Internet applications, so you can remember where you took your favorite shots.
DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 Lens
3x DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 (35mm equivalent 27-82.5mm) zoom lens
Full HD 1080/60i Movies
This is one of the very few DSLRs with 1080/60i Full HD, exactly the same resolution and frame rate as most broadcast and cable HDTV channels. Records in 1080/60i AVCHD format, 1080/30p high definition in PC-friendly MP4 format and standard definition 480/30p in MP4 format.
10 Frames Per Second Continuous
The translucent mirror makes it far easier to capture the decisive soccer kick or your baby at her absolute cutest. The Sony SLT-A55 camera shoots full, 16.2 MP resolution pictures at up to 10 fps while maintaining continuous auto focus and auto exposure.
Quick AF for Full HD Movie Capture
When most DSLRs shoot video, their Contrast AF is slow and visibly "hunts" for focus. The Quick AF Full HD Movie retains the same fast, precise Phase Detection you enjoy for still images. It's a decisive advantage for tracking fast-moving subjects and a major benefit of Translucent Mirror Technology.
APS-C Size HD CMOS Image Sensor
With 19.5 times the area of the typical camcorder image sensor, APS-C makes the difference between amateur and professional-looking video, delivering an exceptional combination of high resolution, high sensitivity and gorgeous, blurred backgrounds.
Multi-Frame NR
Experience incredible low-light shooting without a flash. The camera captures six images in a fraction of a second. Combining the data from all six, it creates a single image with a reduction in noise equivalent to two additional steps of ISO sensitivity. Sensitivity selectable up to ISO 25600. (Recommended for still subjects.)
Sony Exmor Technology
Conventional image sensors use only a handful of analog-to-digital (A/D) converters, which can slow you down. The Exmor sensor provides more than 4,000 column-parallel A/D converters. This helps enable continuous shooting at up to 7 frames per second.
Hand-Held Night Shot
Get cleaner and sharper nighttime pictures-beyond the capability of traditional cameras-without using flash or a tripod. The camera captures six images in a fraction of a second. Combining the data with separate algorithms for still and moving parts of the picture reduces blur, minimizes noise and enables extraordinary detail.
Auto HDR Built Into Camera
Captures more scene dynamic range than a single exposure can handle-and more range than photo film. Combines the best highlight detail from one shot, the best mid-tones from a second and the best shadow detail from a third for one incredible shot. Captures in a split second. (Recommended for still subjects.)
3D Sweep Panorama Mode
Capture vast scenic vistas and 16:9 shots in spectacular 3D. As you sweep across the panorama, the camera records separate right-eye and left-eye images that make landscapes come alive on your 3D television3. Records both JPEG and MPO file formats.
Eye-Level Electronic Viewfinder
The Tru-finder Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) is super bright, easy to see with 1.1x magnification, ultra-sharp with 1.44 million dots (1.15 effective) and provides 100% frame coverage. Exposure preview and informative overlays make operation easy.
15-Point Auto Focus
To maximize the value of Translucent Mirror Technology, Sony incorporates Phase Detection AF of great sophistication. Three cross sensors maximize precision.
Tilt/swivel 3" LCD Screen
Tilt it up or down to frame high- and low-angle shots that would otherwise be hit-or-miss. Tilt and swivel under the camera for self-portraits. Fold it flush to the camera with the LCD exposed for shooting or protected for travel.
Main Sensor Quick AF Live View
This the world's first DSLR to combine the optimum focus of Phase Detection with high quality Live View images right from the main sensor. This is made possible by Sony Translucent Mirror Technology. You get accurate images and 100% framing on the LCD monitor or eye-level viewfinder.
Eye-Level Finder for HD Mov
The eye-level finder is one of the reasons people love DSLRs. But that finder goes dark whenever you shoot HD Movies. Until now. The Sony SLT-A55 enables you to shoot movies with the added stability you get holding the camera up to your face and using the eye-level finder for framing a scene and focus.
921K Dot TruBlack LCD Screen
Sony's Xtra Fine LCD monitor has 921K dots for superb resolution. The TruBlack screen includes a special resin layer to suppress internal reflections, increasing contrast compared to conventional LCDs. Sunny Weather mode boosts visibility even further in bright sunlight.
Phase Detection Auto Focus
While Contrast Detection AF often hunts for correct focus, Phase Detection AF knows exactly where correct focus is, and goes straight for it. The Sony SLT-A55 is the world's first consumer camera to provide Phase Detection AF when capturing HD movies as well as during still image capture, either using the viewfinder or Live View on the LCD.
Sweep Panorama Mode
Capture expansive landscapes automatically. Press the shutter and sweep vertically or horizontally. The camera does the rest, continuously shooting images and stitching them together. Up to 23 MP image size.
Main Sensor Quick AF Live View
This the world's first DSLR to combine the optimum focus of Phase Detection with high quality Live View images right from the main sensor. This is made possible by Sony Translucent Mirror Technology. You get accurate images and 100% framing on the LCD monitor or eye-level viewfinder.
ISO 12800 Sensitivity
Incredibly clear low-light pictures without sacrificing detail, made possible by the low-noise Exmor APS HD CMOS image sensor and refined BIONZ image processor.
Live View in LCD or EVF
You can use both the LCD monitor and Electronic Viewfinder for composing shots. Both provide a what-you-see-is-what-you-get preview of white balance, focus, depth of field, exposure and 100% framing accuracy, plus informative on-screen displays.
AUTO+ (Advanced Auto) Mode
Get cleaner, more dynamic pictures and fewer missed shots. Unifies and simplifies Sony intelligent technologies, the camera automatically recognizes the correct scene mode, then quickly shoots and combines up to six shots to produce images with greater clarity, optimum dynamic range using Auto HDR technology and lower image noise using 6 shots layering technology.
Pro-Style "Rack Focus" Movie Effect
A hallmark of today's movies is the "rack focus" effect, when the cinematographer changes focus between background and foreground subjects. This usually involves careful planning, a tape measure and dedicated a crew member for "pulling" focus. With the SLT-A55, you can perform this pro-style effect simply by changing the selected AF Area within the frame.
Help Guide
Provides ready reference to advanced camera functions, helping to develop your confidence and skills as a photographer.
SteadyShot INSIDE Stabilization
Image stabilization reduces blur by compensating for camera shake. Typical DSLR systems build image stabilization into selected lenses only. SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilization is built into the camera body itself. You'll reduce blur with every a-mount lens, including macro and wide-aperture standard zoom lenses.
BIONZ Image Processor
The brains of the camera is a refined version of Sony's BIONZ image processor. Its chroma noise reduction delivers high-resolution, low-noise photos even at ISO 12800 sensitivity. Also enables 7 fps continuous shooting at full resolution, Sweep Panorama mode and more.
1200-Zone Exposure Metering
Reads exposure directly from the main image sensor. Choice of Multi, Center and Spot metering accommodates a full range of shooting situations
RAW Image Capture
Saves your pictures as compact JPEG files or ultra-high quality RAW files or both. RAW files save images prior to de-mosaicing, white balance, sharpness and color enhancement. This retains maximum latitude for enhancing the image on your PC.
Smile Shutter Technology
Captures a smile the moment it happens. Simply select the Smile Shutter mode and the camera takes the picture automatically. You can prioritize children or adults and adjust the smile sensitivity.
Face Detection Technology
The camera can automatically detect up to eight individual faces and adjust focus, exposure, white balance and flash to help deliver crisp, properly lit images of family and friends. Can prioritize children or adults.
Six Creative Style Settings
Control how the camera processes your images with six finishing styles: Standard, Vivid, B&W, Sunset, Portrait and Landscape. You can even fine-tune contrast, saturation, and sharpness to your personal taste.
Eight Scene Selection Modes
These help you get the shot by optimizing the camera for specific shooting situations. Select from Portrait, Sports Action, Macro, Landscape, Sunset, Night View, Night Portrait and Handheld Twilight Shot modes.
Anti-Dust Technology
Anti-Dust Technology helps keep the CMOS sensor clean, resulting in consistently clear pictures. First a static-free coating on the sensor's low-pass filter helps repel dust. Then vibration automatically dislodges dust from the sensor.
HDMI Output for HD Viewing
Enjoy HD movies and stunning still images on a compatible HDTV. The camera includes an HDMI output. In addition, the BRAVIA Sync system works with compatible Sony BRAVIA HDTVs enabling you to control camera playback using the television's remote4.
Built-In Auto Pop-Up Flash
To help you shoot more effectively, the built-in flash automatically pops up and fires as needed when the camera is set to certain scene selection modes. The built-in flash can also trigger a wireless accessory flash (sold separately). The integrated hot shoe enables you to expand your lighting options with a range of accessory flashes (sold separately).
P/A/S/M Exposure Modes
The camera offers a full range of controls from the beginner's AUTO+ mode to P/A/S/M: Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual. On-screen prompts help you refine your skills, build your confidence and exercise greater creative control.
Up to 330 Shots of Battery Life
Take up to 330 shots on a single charge with Sony Stamina battery power. Sony's InfoLITHIUM battery system enables you to see the percent of power remaining, so you can keep shooting in confidence.
Slot for Two Media Types
For cost-effective, convenient storage and sharing of your images, the camera accepts Memory Stick PRO Duo/Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo and SD/SDHC/SDXC media (Class 4 or higher recommended). (Memory card is required
Remote Capability
Works with the RMT-DSLR1 Remote Commander wireless remote control, sold separately.
Versatile On-Screen Displays
Informative displays in the LCD monitor and electronic viewfinder include digital level gauge, graphic display of exposure settings.
PhotoTV HD Compatibility
Optimizes compatible BRAVIA televisions for gorgeous display of digital pictures.
Index and Slide Show Display
Quickly review your photos using 6- or 12-frame index views, or as an automatic slide show with fade-in/fade-out effect.
In the Box
Sony Alpha DSLR-SLT-A55 Digital Camera W/18-55mm Lens
  • DSLR SLT-A55 Body
  • SAL1855 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DT AF Zoom Lens
  • Rechargable Battery (NP-FW50)
  • Battery Charger (BC-VW1)
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Body Cap
  • USB Cable
  • CD-ROM
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Sony SLT-A55 Specs

    Lens Mount Sony Alpha/ Minolta
    Camera Format APS-C / (1.5x Crop Factor)
    Aspect Ratio 3:2, 16:9
    Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 23.5 x 15.6 mm
    File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
    Movies: AVC/H.264
    Audio: AAC
    Memory Card Type Memory Stick Pro Duo
    Memory Stick PRO HG-Duo
    Image Stabilization Optical
    Focus Type Auto & Manual Focus
    Focus Mode Single-servo AF (S), Continuous-Servo AF (C)
    Autofocus Points 15
    Viewfinder Type Electronic
    Viewfinder Coverage 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 1.1x
    Diopter Adjustment -4 to +4 m
    Display Screen 3" Rear Screen LCD (921,600)
    Screen Coverage 100%
    Exposure Control
    ISO Sensitivity 100 to 12800
    Metering Method Spot Metering, Center-Weighted Average Metering, Multi-Zone Metering
    Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Programmed Auto, Shutter Priority
    Compensation: -2 EV to +2 EV (in 1/3 EV Steps)
    White Balance Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Kelvin, Manual, Shade
    Flash Modes Auto
    AV Recording
    Video Recording Yes, NTSC
    Self Timer 2 Seconds
    Connectivity AV Output
    USB 2.0
    Software System Requirements Windows: XP (SP3), Vista (SP2), 7 
    Battery 1 x NP-FW50 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 4.9 x 3.6 x 3.3" / 12.4 x 9.1 x 8.4 cm
    Weight 15.27 oz / 432.90 g Camera body only
    Kit Lens 1vedzftzzeqecvvryqfbsrzu
    Focal Length 18 to 55mm
    Comparable APS-C Focal Length: 27 to 82.5 mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 to 5.6
    Minimum: f/22 to 22
    Minimum Focus Distance 9.84" / 24.99 cm
    Optical Design 8 Elements in 7 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 7
    Autofocus Yes
    Filter Thread Front: 55 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) 2.75 x 2.75" / 6.99 x 6.99 cm
    Weight 7.5 oz / 213 g

    Sony SLT-A55 Reviews

    Alpha DSLR-SLT-A55 Digital Camera W/18-55mm Lens is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 89.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Advanced, portable, well-priced I progressed from a Nikon F100 to Nikon D70s, both great cameras, but I often left the D70 behind because of it weight and bulk. After researching the latest photo tech choices, I settled on the Sony SLT. It is amazingly capable and easy to use. I always carry it to sporting events and on hikes, where the GPS adds a new dimension to documenting travel. The low light performance and Steady Shot feature allow me to get shots I could only have captured with intrusive flash before. The LCD viewer is bright and performs well in all but the brightest light conditions. HD Video with continuous autofocus and Steady Shot has opened a whole new area of photography for me.
    Date published: 2011-03-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow. Impressive Performance-Easy to Use I bought this camera days before a long distance vacation. I am the owner of two other Sony Alpha cameras and this is by far the best of them. I bought two extra batteries based on other reviews but never used more than 1 1/2 in a full day of shooting (2000+ pictures daily). I turned off instant review and used the viewfinder - more for expediency than for battery life. I am very pleased with the camera but would still like a completely 'silent' mode for shooting. The video output is impressive on a large screen LCD and the pictures are amazing for the conditions and my lack of experience with this particular model.
    Date published: 2011-09-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extremely satisified with this camera! I received this slt-a55 camera before Christmas after my old Sony camera died. (9 yr old dsc-f717) I couldn't be happier that I chose to go with Sony again. The pictures so far are amazing and I loved the pictures of our tree at night. The functions are all easy to use. Even for larger hands, the camera is very comfortable to hold and is not heavy at all. I can't wait to try out the continuous shooting...I generally miss the shots and can't wait to actually get usuable photos of action shots. Overall, I am more than pleased with the quality of the camera And the pictures it takes. Looking forward to many years with my new Sony camera. I Highly recommend this camera!
    Date published: 2011-01-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great upgrade to Sony A55 I have been happy using an Alpha 100 for several years. But when the A55 came out, I just had to upgrade. The A55 included all of the things my older model was missing, like the tilt-out display, video capability, 16mp sensor, quiet operation, much improved HDR capabilities, and many more nuances. Of course all of my lenses (dating back to a Minolta Maxxum 9000) all fit the A55 as well. I've only taken a couple of hundred shots with it so far, but the picture quality has been magnificent. Takes a little longer to load a raw image into Photoshop, but there's consequences to everything :)
    Date published: 2011-03-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Whoooooo I took my new A55 to the NYC marathon yesterday. 10 frames per second! Wow, did I get some great shots. Ya gotta love it!
    Date published: 2010-11-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from More than my $$$ worth I have only had the chance to do some simple tests on this camera so far, but to this point I am very impressed. Going on a trip to see the walled city in Manila in two weeks and can't wait to see what it can really do. Taking action shots on it is a dream. Took some snowboarding shots that I would have never got before, 10 frames per second! At a catalog shoot we were getting better action shots then we were with the Cannon EOS 50D. Only knock I have at this point is the action on the stock lens is a little stiff.
    Date published: 2011-01-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from T Warren This is a great camera! It combines all the elements I was looking for:- Lower weight/smaller body size- Tilt/fold LCD screen with live view for low or high level shooting positions- 1080p HD video with true autofocus- Fast autofocus with still effective autofocus in low light- Good low light performance/high ISO- Fast sport/wildlife shooting at 10fps!I've now taken nearly 5000 shots with the camera and used a variety of lenses. This is a wonderful camera. It is truly a single option for someone who wants the flexibility and capability of an SLR camera, yet still needs to shoot video. It does it all, and it does it all well! Get a wide angle zoom (17 or 18-50mm/2.8 vs. a 18-250mm/3.5-6.3) for the camera as your main lens. I really like the Tamron 17-50mm/2.8 after trying about 5 different lenses.The only nagging issues is this... the camera will overheat on video mode if used for prolonged periods of time. It is much more likely to occur with steady shot image stabilization on, likely due to the need to constantly move the sensor in the body to reduce image blur. I experienced auto shutdown on video clips longer than 3-5 minutes with steady shot on. With steady shot off, one can take longer clips. The manual claims up to 29 minutes. That might be possible with a tripod. From a practical standpoint, I think it's limited to 10 minute clips although it might make 29 minutes on a tripod with steady shot turned off. It takes another 3-5 minutes for the camera to cool to its baseline before you can get a long video clip again.Other than the above issue, this is a wonderful camera and no other camera combines the tilt/swivel live-view LCD with full autofocus HD video. Canon and Nikon simply do not have this combination of features.And the GPS tagging is kind of cool too, but I'd consider it an interesting addition. If you don't need GPS tagging and will accept a drop of 2MP from 16MP to 14MP, consider the Alpha SLT-A33 and save yourself $. I wanted the full 16MP myself.
    Date published: 2010-11-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from wave of the future I am an enthusiast who expects great photos. This camera accepts most konica/minolta lenses and since the steady shot is in the body of the camera, you don't have to buy that feature in every new lens you purchase. The translucent mirror works great. I was skeptical of the low light performance, but did some side by side comparisons with an a700 (one tripod, one lens, same settings) and the a55 did as well or better. The auto-focus is quick, and the 10fps sounds like a machine gun!!! Plan on buying a back-up battery, however. The combination of large LCD screen and/or the electronic view finder draws on the notably smaller battery. Did I mention the electronic view finder? Tons of information displayed if you so choose. Seeing in the dark is a definite plus, too. Oh yeah, HD video WITH continuous auto-focus. No need to carry a video camera anymore... I'm very satisfied with this camera.
    Date published: 2011-03-14
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