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Sony Alpha DSLR-A550L 14.2MP Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens

Sony Alpha DSLR-A550L 14.2MP Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens
Sony Alpha DSLR-A550L 14.2MP Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens


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Sony Alpha DSLR-A550L 14.2MP Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens


Sony Alpha DSLR-A550L 14.2MP Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens

Model Features: 14.2MP, CMOS image sensorTwo types of Live ViewFace DetectionSmile Shutter technologyTiltable 3.0″ LCDUp to 7 fps continuous shooting18-55mm DT zoom lens includedThe Camera for Photographers
For a higher level of performance, step up to the Sony a550 DSLR camera. Enjoy the freedom of Quick Auto Focus and Manual Focus Check Live View on the tiltable 3.0″ LCD. Experience the responsiveness of up to 7fps Speed Priority mode. Relish the clarity of 14.2MP and up to ISO 12800 sensitivity. Capture the full range of light and shadow with Auto HDR.

Expanded Live View Flexibility
With two Live View modes, the a550 expands your shooting opportunities. Quick Auto Focus Live View uses a second imager, eliminating the focus delay of other systems. Manual Focus Check Live View provides precise 100% view and 7x/14x focus magnification for macro and tripod shots. The 921K 3″ LCD tilts to let you frame high and low angle shots.

Image Quality and High Sensitivity
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  • 14.2-megapixel resolution for incredible detail; new Sony Exmor CMOS image sensor
  • Included 18-55mm lens covers everything from wide angle to midrange telephoto shots, features Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM) for silent operation
  • Quick Auto Focus Live View for composing shots in the LCD monitor; Manual Focus Check Live View enables critical focus in macro and tripod shooting
  • Auto HDR (High Dynamic Range) captures more scene contrast than a single exposure can handle by combining two exposures into one shot
  • Dual media slots for Memory Stick PRO Duo/Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo and SD/SDHC media (sold separately)

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  1. 33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Has Bells, has Whistles & Delivers too, January 23, 2010
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    Dave Mayer (Huntington Beach) –
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    This review is from: Sony Alpha DSLR-A550L 14.2MP Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Electronics)

    I can remember sitting in an outdoor cafe in St. Martin on the French side with my Canon EOS film camera on the table. I was alone, looking out over the bay in Marigot, wishing I was on one of the sailboats going out to sea, when a man asked if he could join me. It’s not what you think, all the other tables were full with couples or more. I was the only one dining (actually drinking) alone. So I told the portly Dutch guy, “Sure, no problem.”

    He sat down, immediately pointed a small digital camera out to sea and snapped a few shots, then he showed them to me on a small LCD screen. Damn, I thought. Digital photography just might catch on.

    And it did, but I didn’t make the jump from film to digital until the the summer of 2006, six years after I’d met that guy in Marigot. Why, it took me so long, I don’t know. The laundry room I’d converted into a dark room, maybe. I was a pseudo, photo taking stuck up snob, who thought film was better, probably. I was an idiot, certainly.

    My ex, also a photo taking snob, got the house, the darkroom, my heart in the divorce and I threw in all my gear and moved to a condo by the beach. Huntington Beach, where I could see the ocean from my front door. Lots of surf there. You can see Catalina on a clear day and the pollution makes for gorgeous sunsets. The sunrise on the water is gorgeous, too.

    And because there was no room for a darkroom in my small condo, I decided it was time to go digital and I bought a new Sony Alpha 100. And I liked it. Rather than upgrade the body year after year, I concentrated on lenses and I have a lot now. But my Alpha 100 body got long in the tooth, so I upgraded to an Alpha 550 and wowza, this is a camera.

    Bigger pictures, 14.2 megapixels, a bright three inch LCD. The resolution is so good you can even read it in bright sunlight. The live view is great, but there is no video which you can find on Canon and Nikons, but I don’t do video, so I don’t miss it. The camera accepts both SD cards and memory sticks.

    This camera has bells, it’s got whistles. Built in IS, which helps keep the price of the lenses down, five frames per second shooting with auto focus, seven without. Want face detection? This camera has it. Smile detection too, though I believe that’s overkill and I don’t use it. I could go on and on about this cameras features, but all the bells and whistles in the world wouldn’t be worth a hill of beans if it didn’t deliver and this camera really delivers. For me it comes down to noise, because I do a lot of low light shooting. I got noise at 800 ISO & above on my Alpha 100, but not now. Shooting at 6400 ISO and you don’t see any noise. You can shoot 12.800 and it’s barely noticeable, depending what you’re shooting.

    And this camera just feels right in your hands. They say this isn’t a professional camera because it’s not full frame. Well, that’s just crazy talk, because if you can’t full fill your photographic dreams with this camera, you can’t call yourself a pro.

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  2. 20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Get the camera but dump the 18-55 lens, November 10, 2009
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    Jackal (New Hampshire) –
    This review is from: Sony Alpha DSLR-A550L 14.2MP Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Electronics)

    I’m happy with this camera. However, the development of digital cameras is very fast so the camera is likely to be behind cutting edge in a couple of years. I bought this camera because it is not that expensive, so one can always upgrade. Some good and bad things:
    - Steady shot makes it possible to take very sharp pictures at 1/15.
    - Quite decent performance up to ASA 800. I can go up to ASA 12,800, which results in noise, but also sharp pictures in very low light. If you like me hate using the flash, this is great. I’d rather have grain than flat flash light.
    - Very sharp live viewfinder. I cannot do without this facility anymore. Not many higher-end DSLR cameras have this function yet.
    - The autofocus does not work that well in low light. I don’t know if other cameras are better. However, the Manual Focus Live Viewfinder function is very good when using manual focus in low light and low contrast settings.
    - The camera isn’t well prepared for HDR (high dynamic range). There is a built in function (works just so so), but I’d rater be able to do bracketed exposures in 1 or 2 EV steps. That is not possible. I can do bracketed exposures in 0.3 or 0.7 EV steps but that isn’t really useful for HDR. Clearly Sony is holding back on performance for the next model in 2010.
    - The camera fits okay in my standard male sized hands. Bigger might fit better but it is also nice that the camera is not bulky.
    - Information panel is informative, except for ASA level when using ASA Auto setting. It would have been very nice to know what ASA level the camera decide to use when in Program mode.

    If you buy this camera, skip the 18-55 lens and go for the 18-250 lens instead Sony SAL18250 Alpha DT 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 High Magnification Zoom Lens w/Lens Hood. It just doesn’t make sense to buy a USD1,000 camera and fit it with a USD100 lens. The longer zoom is a good allround lens. A bit slow, but with an amazing range, 27-375 35mm equivalent. I actually don’t find a 200mm zoom that useful, but when you can go up to 375mm new opportunities open. If you want to spend some more dollars, get the 50mm f/1.4 lens. That lens will function like 75mm, which is not optimal, but that is really the only chance of getting a wide open aperture lens. (Sony also sells a 35mm f/1.4, but that is very expensive and has received poor reviews.) The advantage with the 50mm f/1.4 lens is that it is full-frame so it can be used when you later upgrade to a fullformat camera.

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  3. 4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Sony a550 review, November 30, 2010
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    As a first, the Sony Alpha a550 is a great starter camera. Its not bulky, and is also light. Which makes the camera so easy to carry around. 7 frames per second provide an extremely fast camera. Mostly, what I love about the Sony a550 is the ease of use, by providing hints and notes on every option to be used.

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