The 16-megapixel Sony Alpha SLT-A55 was introduced in 2010. It has a full range of exposure modes, 1920 x 1080 full HD video, a new 15-point auto focus system with continuous auto focus in movie mode, 10 frames per second maximum burst rate, a tilt-swivel LCD display and an electronic viewfinder (EVF) instead of an optical viewfinder like a traditional digital SLR. I chose the Sony Alpha SLT-A55 as PhotographyREVIEW.com’s 2010 Camera Of The Year for its fresh design and transparent mirror technology. The Camera Of The Year award was based purely on technology and I immediately requested an A55 for review to see if the transparent mirror system delivers real benefits and find out how the camera performs in the real world. Sure, it looks awesome on paper. But how does it measure up to the competition?
Sony Alpha SLT-A55 Pros
- Great image quality
- Useable continuous auto focus in movie mode
- Built-in sensor-level image stabilization
- Tilt-swivel LCD
- Small and light
- Performance compares to much more expensive cameras
- EVF shows histogram and plays back photos and video in viewfinder
- Built-in electronic level
- Love the Sweep Panorama Mode!
- Now compatible with SD cards as well as Sony Memory Stick!
Sony Alpha SLT-A55 Cons
- Auto focus not quite as good as Nikon and Canon
- Tilt-swivel LCD display not compatible with tripod heads
- Only one exposure control dial
- Electronic viewfinder (EVF) isn’t as good as an optical viewfinder
- Slightly warm (red/magenta) color balance
- Battery life a bit short
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