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Sony Alpha SLT-A55

Sony Alpha SLT-A55 Digital SLR

The Sony Alpha SLT- was the 2010 Camera of the Year. The transparent mirror design, impressive feature set and great image quality made it an easy choice for Camera of the Year and when I finally got one for review I was not let down. The Sony Alpha A55 is smaller and lighter than comparably spec’d competitor cameras and equals or outperforms them in most areas – especially speed and video. The 16.2-megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor delivers excellent image quality and full HD video and the camera is capable of a class-leading 10 frames-per-second burst rate in Speed Priority mode. The Sony Alpha A55 is one of the most innovative, best performing and best value digital SLRs available right now.

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  • Price: $799 with lens
  • 16-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
  • 1920 x 1080 60i AVCHD video
  • Continuous auto focus in movie mode
  • ISO 100 – 12,800
  • 3-inch 921k-dot tilt-swivel LCD display
  • 15-point auto focus system with 3 cross-type sensors
  • 10 FPS burst (Speed Priority mode)
  • Built-in GPS
  • Built-in pop-up flash
  • On-screen Help Guide
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Photo-John, a.k.a. John Shafer, is the managing editor of and has been since the site launched back in 1999. He's an avid outdoor enthusiast and spends as much time as possible on his mountain bike, hiking or skiing in the mountains. He's been taking pictures for ever and ever, and never goes anywhere without a camera.

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  • Greg McCary says:

    Nice guide John

  • Photo-John says:

    Thanks, Greg. It got kind of out of hand. I didn’t intend the inro to be so long but I thought the Sony system needed more introduction than Nikon and Canon, since Sony is a relative newcomer to the camera business and some of their technology is probably mysterious to the average camera shopper.

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