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Sony Alpha DSLR SLT A55 Digital Camera with Sony 18-55mm DT Zoom Lens

SKU: ISOSLTA55VL MFR: SLT-A55VL
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About the Sony SLT-A55

Change the way you shoot pictures with Sony's new Translucent Mirror Technology DSLR camera. The SLT-A55V a DSLR camera features professional-grade continuous shooting at 10 fps and visibly faster, more accurate focus in Live View and HD Movie modes. Compose your shots on either the LCD monitor or electronic viewfinder with 100% framing accuracy. Advanced features including Auto HDR, Sweep Panorama and 15-point Auto Focus make it dramatically easier to get the best shot.

The Sony SLT-A55 is commonly used for Family photos, Low light, Macro photography, Sports/action, Travel, Video, Weddings, Wildlife and more.The Sony SLT-A55 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast among others.The Sony SLT-A55 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Sony SLT-A55: Compact, Easy to use, Fast shutter speed, Good battery life, Good in low light, Great resolution, Large clear LCD and Zoom range/performance.

Sony SLT-A55 Includes

  • Sony Alpha DSLR SLT A55 Digital Camera
  • SAL-1855 SAM Lens
  • Lens Cap
  • Battery Charger (BC-VW1)
  • Rechargeable Battery (NP-FW50)
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Body Cap
  • USB Cable
  • CD-ROM
  • Sony 1 Year Parts and Labor Limited Warranty

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Easy to use (12) , Fast / accurate auto-focus (12) , Fast shutter speed (11) , Good image quality (11) , Image stabilization (11) , Easy to use (10) , Large clear LCD (10) , High ISO performance (9) , Quiet (9) , Large clear LCD (8) , Tilt /swivel LCD (8) , Fast shutter speed (8) , Good in low light (8) , Great resolution (8) , Compact (6) , Good battery life (4) , Zoom range/performance (4) , Compact (3) , Easy to use (3) , Fast shutter speed (3)
Cons:
Short battery life (7) , Short battery life (4) , Short battery life (3)
Best Uses:
Travel (14) , Family photos (11) , Landscape/scenery (11) , Family photos (11) , Low light (10) , Low light (10) , Travel (10) , Sports/action (8) , Wildlife (8) , Weddings (7) , Sports/action (7) , Video (7) , Wildlife (7) , Video (5) , Macro photography (5) , Weddings (5) , Family photos (3) , Travel (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (8) , Photo enthusiast (8) , Semi-pro photographer (4) , Photo enthusiast (2) , Pro photographer (2) , Casual photographer (1) , Pro photographer (1) , Casual photographer (1) , Semi-pro photographer (1) , Casual photographer (1) , Semi-pro photographer (1)

Sony SLT-A55 Features

  • Unprecedented Image Capture: Unlike other DSLRs that can either shoot or focus with the speed and precision of Phase Detection AF, the SLT-A55V is the world's first DSLR that can do both simultaneously.
  • Professional Class Shooting Speeds: By transforming the fundamental way DSLR cameras work, you'll experience best-in-class speed, up to 10 fps continuous shooting at full 16.2MP resolution with exposure fixed at the first frame.
  • Astonishing HD Video Capture: Experience a revolutionary breakthrough in video capture when shooting fast-moving subjects. The a55V is the world's first camera with the precision of Phase Detection auto focus (AF) for HD Movies.
  • Spectacular Resolution and Detail: Featuring a large 16.2-megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor, you'll achieve beautiful image quality during both still-photo and movie shooting.
  • Advanced Still Shooting Features: Expand your creativity with advanced imaging features including built-in Auto HDR, which captures more scene contrast by combining the best highlight detail from one shot and the best shadow detail into one unbelievable shot.
  • Versatile Shooting Options: Use both the LCD monitor and Electronic Viewfinder to compose your shots. An all-electronic design enables a wide range of shooting information to be displayed in the finder and on the LCD monitor.

Sony SLT-A55 Specifications

Focus System TTL phase detection AF (CCD line sensors)
Focus Points 15 points (3 points cross type)
AF Modes Single-shot AF, Automatic AF, Continuous AF, Manual Focus
Focus Area Wide, Spot, Local (15 local areas selectable)
Focus Sensitivity -1 EV to +18 EV (at ISO100 equivalent)
Focus Features Predictive Focus Control, Focus Lock
AF Illuminator Built-in flash, Range: approx. 3' - 15' (1m-5m)
Metering Advanced 1200-zone evaluative metering
Metering Modes Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
Metering Sensitivity -2EV to 17EV (at ISO 100 equivalent w/ f/1.4 lens)
Exposure Compensation ±2EV (in .03EV steps)
Exposure Settings Auto (AUTO), Auto Advanced (AUTO+), Program Auto (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter-speed priority (S), Manual (M), Sweep Panorama (2D/3D), Continuous Advance Priority AE
Scene Mode(s) Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports action, Sunset, Night portrait, Night View, Handheld Twilight
D-Range Optimizer Yes: (Auto, Level 1-5, off
Auto Exposure Lock Yes (AE Lock button)
Color Temperature 2500 - 9900 k with 19-step Magenta / Green compensation
Creative Style Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, B/W (Contrast, Saturation, Sharpness adjustable in +/-3 steps)
ISO Auto: 100 - 1600; Selectable: 100 - 12800; Multi Frame NR (up to ISO 25600)
Noise Reduction Long exp. NR: (On/Off, available of shutter speeds longer than 1 sec.) High ISO NR: (Auto/Weak) Multi Frame NR: (Auto/ISO100-25600)
White Balance Mode Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash, Setting the color temperature, Custom
Lens Compatibility Sony A-mount lens
Lens Mount Sony A-mount
Camera Type Sony a A-mount interchangeable lens digital camera
Lens Type Sony A-mount
Lens Mount Type DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6
Aperture F3.5 - F5.6
Aperture (Max.) F3.5 - F5.6
Aperture (Min.) F22 - F36
Focal Length (35mm equivalent) 27mm - 82.5mm
Filter Diameter 55mm
Lens Construction Plastic
Lens Groups-Elements 7 groups, 8 elements (2 aspheric surface)
Minimum Focus Distance 9.84" (0.25m)
Angle of View 76° - 29°
Aperture Blade 7 blades (Circular aperture)
Aspheric Elements 2 (3 surface)
Distance Encoder Yes
Internal Motor Yes (SAM motor)
Maximum Magnification 0.34x (APS-C)
Viewfinder Type 0.46" Xtra Fine EVF (Electronic viewfinder) (1,440,000 pixels)
Diopter Adjustment -4.0m+4.0m-1
Field of View 100%
Magnification 1.10x (with 50mm lens at infinity, -1m-1 )
Number of Still Images Approx. 330 images with viewfinder, 380 images with LCD monitor (CIPA standard)
Advanced User Interface Easy-to-understand Graphic Display and on-screen Help Guide User-friendly function menu
Anti Motion Blur 6-image layering
Auto High Dynamic Range Yes, (Off/On, Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure difference Level (1-6 EV at 1.0 EV step)
Embedded GPS Yes
Sweep Panorama Yes (2D/3D)
Face Detection Off, Auto, Child Priority, Adult Priority (up to 8 faces detectable)
Smile Shutter technology Yes - Off, Slight, Normal, Big
Image Stabilization SteadyShot INSIDE in-body image stabilization
Imaging Sensor Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor (23.5 X 15.6mm)
Processor BIONZ image processor
Anti-Dust Charge protection coating on Low-Pass Filter and Image Sensor-Shift mechanism
Pixel Gross Approx. 16.7 megapixels
Effective Picture Resolution Approx. 16.2 megapixels
Focal Length Conversion Factor 1.5x
Color Filter System RGB primary color filters
Media Type Memory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo media; SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card
Color Space sRGB, AdobeRGB
Still Image Mode JPEG (Standard, Fine), RAW, RAW+JPEG
Still Image Size 169 L size: 4912 x 2760 (14M) M size: 3568 x 2000 (7.1M) S size: 2448 x 1376 (3.4M)
Still Image Size 32 L size: 4912 x 3264 (16M) M size: 3568 x 2368 (8.4M) S size: 2448 x 1624 (4M)
Panorama Still Image Size Horizontal Wide: 12,416 x 1,856 (23M) Horizontal Std.: 8,192 x 1,856 (15M) Vertical Wide: 2,160 x 5,536 (12M) Vertical Std.: 2,160 x 3,872 (8.4M) 3D Sweep Panorama: Horizontal Wide: 7152 X 1080 (7.7M) Horizontal Std.: 4912 X 1080 (5.3M) 16:9: 1920 X 1080 (2.1M)
Video Format AVCHD / MP4 (MPEG-4 AVC (H.264))
Video Mode AVCHD: 1920 x 1080/ 60i (59.94i Interlace recording, 29.97 progressive image sensor output) Approx. 17Mbps (Average bit-rate) MP4 HD: 1440 x 1080/ 30p (29.97 Progressive) Approx. 12Mbps (Average bit-rate) MP4 VGA: 640 x 480/ 30p (29.97 Progressive) Approx. 3Mbps (Average bit-rate)
Video Resolution 1920x1080/60i (59.94i, 29.97p sensor output)
Video Signal NTSC color, EIA standards
Audio Format Stereo Dolby Digital (AC-3) / MPEG-4 AAC-LC
Microphone/Speaker Built-in Stereo Microphone
Supplied Software PMB (Picture Motion Browser) 5.3.01 Image Data Converter SR 3.2 Image Data Lightbox SR 2.2
Operating System Compatibility Windows XP SP3 (64-bit and Starter Editions are not supported, Windows Image Mastering API(IMAPI)Ver.2.0 or later is required to use the function for creating discs.) Windows Vista SP2 (Starter Edition is not supported) Windows 7; Mac OS X(v10.4-10.6) (Image Data Converter & Image Data Lightbox only, PMB is not Mac compatible)
LCD Type 3"TFT Xtra Fine LCD w/TruBlack (921,600 pixels)2
Angle Adjustment 180 degrees from the camera back, leftward rotation in 270 degrees with LCD monitor facing forward
Brightness Control Auto/Manual (5 steps between -2 and +2)/Sunny Weather
Coverage 100%
Live View Continuous Live View (LCD/EVF Auto, selectable)
Real-time image adjustment display Reflects: exposure compensation, white balance, creative style
Histogram Yes (On/off)
Grid Display Yes (On/off)
Customization Grid, Histogram display, Digital Level Gauge, Grid Line, Magnified display for playback
Microphone Input Yes
Accessory Shoe Yes (Alpha)
BRAVIA Sync Yes, via HDMI with compatible BRAVIA HDTV
DVDirect Yes, via USB
HD Output HDMI (TypeC mini)
Memory Card Slot Dual memory card slot: - Memory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo media - SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card
PhotoTV HD Yes, with BRAVIA Sync enabled HDTV and HDMI cable
USB Port(s) USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage, PTP)
Burst Buffer JPEG Standard (39 shots) JPEG Fine (35 shots) RAW (20 shots) RAW+JPEG (20 shots)
Continuous Shooting Speed Continuous (up to 6fps) Speed Priority (10fps)
Drive Mode Single-shot, Continuous shooting (Hi/Lo selectable), Self-timer (10/2 sec delay selectable), Remote commander (RMT-DSLR1 Sold Separately)
Flash Sync Speed 1/160 seconds
Self-timer 2-sec. or 10-sec. delay,
Shutter Speeds 1/4000 to 30 seconds, bulb
Shutter Type Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane shutter
Flash Compensation +/-2EV in 0.3EV steps
Flash Coverage 18mm (focal-length printed on the lens body)
Recycling Time Approx. 4 sec.
Flash Bracketing 3 exposures in 0.3/0.7 EV steps
Flash Metering System ADI, Pre-flash TTL
Flash Modes Flash off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Rear Sync., Hi-speed sync., Red-eye reduction (on/off selectable for Autoflash and fill-flash mode), Wireless
Flash Type Built-in, Pop-up Auto
Guide Number 10 (in meters at ISO100)
Battery Type InfoLitium NP-FW50 (7.2V)
Lens Dimensions (Max. Dia x Length) 2-3/4 x 2-3/4in / 69.5 x 69mm
Dimensions (Approx.) (W x H x D) Approx. 4-7/8 x 3-5/8 x 3-1/3in / 124.4 x 92 x 84.7mm excl grip & lens mount
Lens Weight 7-4/8 oz (210g)
Weight (Approx.) Approx. 15.27oz / 433g (excl battery, lens & media)
Approx. 17.35oz / 492g (w/battery & media)
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