David Busch's Sony Alpha DSLR-A550/A500 Guide to Digital Photography is an excellent guide book that takes you through this system from A-Z. It's a sophisticated camera that has been packed into a more compact body yet contains an amazing amount of functions.
Aside from fast autofocus, the A550 features real-time preview system Live View. More than this, you'll learn when, where and, most importantly, how to use the buttons and features contained within this incredible machine. The book is filled with tips and technical information that will help you achieve better images with less effort. Surely this will rapidly become your handy reference book that you carry in your gear bag.
About the Author: With more than a million books in print, David D. Busch is the world's #1 selling digital camera guide author, and the originator of popular digital photography series like David Busch's Pro Secrets and David Busch's Quick Snap Guides.
He has written nearly two-dozen hugely successful guidebooks for a wide variety of digital camera models, as well as many popular books devoted to DSLRs, including Mastering Digital SLR Photography, Second Edition and Digital SLR Pro Secrets. As a roving photojournalist for more than 20 years, he illustrated his books, magazine articles, and newspaper reports with award-winning images. He's operated his own commercial studio, suffocated in formal dress while shooting weddings-for-hire, and shot sports for a daily newspaper and upstate New York college.
His photos and articles have been published in Popular Photography & Imaging, Rangefinder, The Professional Photographer, and hundreds of other publications. He's also reviewed dozens of digital cameras for CNet and Computer Shopper. His advice has been featured on National Public Radio's All Tech Considered.
Alexander S. White is an attorney, writer, and amateur photographer. He is the co-author of David Busch's Canon PowerShot G10/G11 Guide to Digital Photography, and author of Photographer's Guide to the Leica D-Lux 4: Getting the Most from Leica's Compact Digital Camera and Dauntless Marine: Joseph Sailer Jr., Dive-Bombing Ace of Guadalcanal. He began his life-long interest in photography as a teenager, when he was fortunate enough to have his own darkroom in his parents' house in Philadelphia.
He also discovered the magic of Super-8 cinematography, and coerced his friends into making numerous amateur productions. He later ventured into the production of sound films and went on to major in Communication at Stanford University, concentrating in Broadcasting and Film, before serving in the U.S. Army and later attending the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
His other interests include genealogy; he maintains a family history website and continues to do research into his family's ancestry. He lives near Richmond, Virginia, with his wife, Clenise.