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Announced August 24 by Sony!
World's first DSLR with Translucent Mirror Technology!
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Sony SLT-A55VL Digital SLR Camera w/DT 18-55mm Zoom Lens Features

The Difference is Speed.
The perfect shot comes and goes in the blink of an eye. Equipped with Sony's revolutionary new Translucent Mirror Technology, the a55 DSLR cameras capture the decisive moment—with unrivaled speed and precision. And you can enjoy the accuracy of phase-detection auto focus for both stills and Full HD video recording—all while monitoring your shots through the Live View LCD or 1.44 million-dot electronic viewfinder.

Why a Translucent Mirror?
Put simply, Translucent Mirror Technology lets the camera focus and shoot simultaneously. Unlike other DSLRs, the mirror in these cameras never moves. This is the world's first DSLR to ever pull off such a feat, eliminating the time needed to raise and lower the mirror. The benefit is blindingly-fast continuous shooting at class-leading speeds of up to 10 fps in Continuous Priority AE mode.



Translucent Mirror Technology
Other DSLRs can shoot. Or they can focus with the speed and precision of Phase Detection AF. They cannot do both at once. The SLT-A55 is the world’s first DSLR with Translucent Mirror Technology that directs light to both the image sensor and the Phase Detection AF sensor simultaneously.

10 Frames Per Second Continuous
The translucent mirror makes it far easier to capture the decisive soccer kick or your baby at her absolute cutest. The Sony SLT-A55V camera shoots full, 16.2 MP resolution pictures at up to 10 fps while maintaining continuous auto focus and auto exposure.

Quick AF for Full HD Movie1 Capture
When most DSLRs shoot video, their Contrast AF is slow and visibly “hunts” for focus. The Quick AF Full HD Movie1 retains the same fast, precise Phase Detection you enjoy for still images. It’s a decisive advantage for tracking fast-moving subjects and a major benefit of Translucent Mirror Technology.

16.2 Megapixel Resolution
You get incredible detail and gorgeous enlargements. Thanks to the 16.2 megapixel APS-C sensor size and Sony Exmor APS HD CMOS technology, the camera achieves high resolution with no penalty in low-light sensitivity or sensor noise.

APS-C size HD CMOS Image Sensor
With 19.5 times the area of the typical camcorder image sensor7, APS-C makes the difference between amateur and professional-looking video, delivering an exceptional combination of high resolution, high sensitivity and gorgeous, blurred backgrounds.

Sony Exmor Technology
Conventional image sensors use only a handful of analog-to-digital (A/D) converters, which can slow you down. The Exmor sensor provides more than 4,000 column-parallel A/D converters. This helps enable continuous shooting at up to 10 frames per second.

Full HD 1080/60i Movies1
This is one of the very few DSLRs with 1080/60i Full HD, exactly the same resolution and frame rate as most broadcast and cable HDTV channels. Records in 1080/60i AVCHD format, 1080/30p high definition in PC-friendly MP4 format and standard definition 480/30p in MP4 format.1

Multi-Frame NR
Experience incredible low-light shooting without a flash. The camera captures six images in a fraction of a second. Combining the data from all six, it creates a single image with a reduction in noise equivalent to two additional steps of ISO sensitivity. Sensitivity selectable up to ISO 25600. (Recommended for still subjects.)

Hand-held Night Shot
Get cleaner and sharper nighttime pictures—beyond the capability of traditional cameras—without using flash or a tripod. The camera captures six images in a fraction of a second. Combining the data with separate algorithms for still and moving parts of the picture reduces blur, minimizes noise and enables extraordinary detail.

Auto HDR Built Into Camera
Captures more scene dynamic range than a single exposure can handle—and more range than photo film. Combines the best highlight detail from one shot, the best mid-tones from a second and the best shadow detail from a third for one incredible shot. Captures in a split second. (Recommended for still subjects.)

3D Sweep Panorama Mode3
Capture vast scenic vistas and 16:9 shots in spectacular 3D. As you sweep across the panorama, the camera records separate right-eye and left-eye images that make landscapes come alive on your 3D television3. Records both JPEG and MPO file formats.

Built-in GPS
An integrated GPS receiver records the location and time of every shot you take and lets you view your images on a map with compatible computer and Internet applications, so you can remember where you took your favorite shots.

Eye-Level Electronic Viewfinder
The Tru-finder Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) is super bright, easy to see with 1.1x magnification, ultra-sharp with 1.44 million dots (1.15 effective) and provides 100% frame coverage. Exposure preview and informative overlays make operation easy.

Eye-level finder for HD Movie
The eye-level finder is one of the reasons people love DSLRs. But that finder goes dark whenever you shoot HD Movies. Until now. The Sony SLT-A55V enables you to shoot movies with the added stability you get holding the camera up to your face and using the eye-level finder for framing a scene and focus.

15-point Auto Focus
To maximize the value of Translucent Mirror Technology, Sony incorporates Phase Detection AF of great sophistication. Three cross sensors maximize precision.

Tilt/swivel 3in. LCD screen2
Tilt it up or down to frame high- and low-angle shots that would otherwise be hit-or-miss. Tilt and swivel under the camera for self-portraits. Fold it flush to the camera with the LCD exposed for shooting or protected for travel.

921K dot TruBlack LCD screen
Sony's Xtra Fine LCD monitor has 921K dots for superb resolution. The TruBlack screen includes a special resin layer to suppress internal reflections, increasing contrast compared to conventional LCDs. Sunny Weather mode boosts visibility even further in bright sunlight.

Main Sensor Quick AF Live View
This the world’s first DSLR to combine the optimum focus of Phase Detection with high quality Live View images right from the main sensor. This is made possible by Sony Translucent Mirror Technology. You get accurate images and 100% framing on the LCD monitor or eye-level viewfinder.

Live View in LCD or EVF
You can use both the LCD monitor and Electronic Viewfinder for composing shots. Both provide a what-you-see-is-what-you-get preview of white balance, focus, depth of field, exposure and 100% framing accuracy, plus informative on-screen displays.

Phase Detection Auto Focus
While Contrast Detection AF often hunts for correct focus, Phase Detection AF knows exactly where correct focus is, and goes straight for it. The Sony SLT-A55V is the world’s first consumer camera to provide Phase Detection AF when capturing HD movies as well as during still image capture, either using the viewfinder or Live View on the LCD.

ISO 12800 sensitivity
Incredibly clear low-light pictures without sacrificing detail, made possible by the low-noise Exmor APS HD CMOS image sensor and refined BIONZ image processor.

AUTO+ (Advanced Auto) mode
Get cleaner, more dynamic pictures and fewer missed shots. Unifies and simplifies Sony intelligent technologies, the camera automatically recognizes the correct scene mode, then quickly shoots and combines up to six shots to produce images with greater clarity, optimum dynamic range using Auto HDR technology and lower image noise using 6 shots layering technology.

Sweep Panorama Mode
Capture expansive landscapes automatically. Press the shutter and sweep vertically or horizontally. The camera does the rest, continuously shooting images and stitching them together. Up to 23 MP image size.

Powerful creative control over movies
While the camera offers fully automatic movie shooting1, you can also control aperture (A mode w/ MF only), white balance and select Creative Style. During a movie shot, you can change the metering mode and adjust exposure compensation.

Pro-style “rack focus” movie effect
A hallmark of today’s movies is the “rack focus” effect, when the cinematographer changes focus between background and foreground subjects. This usually involves careful planning, a tape measure and dedicated a crew member for “pulling” focus. With the SLT-A55V, you can perform this pro-style effect simply by changing the selected AF Area within the frame.

Compact, lightweight deign
Eliminating the moving mirror also reduces the camera’s size and weight. It’s not just remarkably advanced; it’s notably small and light.

Help Guide
Provides ready reference to advanced camera functions, helping to develop your confidence and skills as a photographer.

Graphic Display
Clarifies the relationship between aperture and shutter speed, as well as the effect each has on photographic results.

BIONZ image processor
The brains of the camera is a refined version of Sony's BIONZ image processor. Its chroma noise reduction delivers high-resolution, low-noise photos even at ISO 12800 sensitivity. Also enables 10 fps continuous shooting at full resolution, Sweep Panorama mode and more.

Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO)
Improves results with backlit subjects and recovers details hidden in shadows. Settings include Auto, Level with a choice of five operating levels and Off.

1200-Zone exposure metering
Reads exposure directly from the main image sensor. Choice of Multi, Center and Spot metering accommodates a full range of shooting situations.

RAW image capture
Saves your pictures as compact JPEG files or ultra-high quality RAW files or both. RAW files save images prior to de-mosaicing, white balance, sharpness and color enhancement. This retains maximum latitude for enhancing the image on your PC.

SteadyShot INSIDE stabilization
Image stabilization reduces blur by compensating for camera shake. Typical DSLR systems build image stabilization into selected lenses only. SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilization is built into the camera body itself. You'll reduce blur with every a-mount lens, including macro and wide-aperture standard zoom lenses.

Powerful supplied software
To help you refine and manage your images and video, the camera is equipped with computer software including Image Data Converter SR, Image Data Lightbox SR and Picture Motion Browser (PMB).8

Face Detection technology
The camera can automatically detect up to eight individual faces and adjust focus, exposure, white balance and flash to help deliver crisp, properly lit images of family and friends. Can prioritize children or adults.

Smile Shutter technology
Captures a smile the moment it happens. Simply select the Smile Shutter mode and the camera takes the picture automatically. You can prioritize children or adults and adjust the smile sensitivity.

HDMI output for HD viewing
Enjoy HD movies and stunning still images on a compatible HDTV. The camera includes an HDMI output9. In addition, the BRAVIA Sync system works with compatible Sony BRAVIA HDTVs enabling you to control camera playback using the television's remote4.

Eight Scene Selection Modes
These help you get the shot by optimizing the camera for specific shooting situations. Select from Portrait, Sports Action, Macro, Landscape, Sunset, Night View, Night Portrait and Handheld Twilight Shot modes.

Six Creative Style settings
Control how the camera processes your images with six finishing styles: Standard, Vivid, B&W, Sunset, Portrait and Landscape. You can even fine-tune contrast, saturation, and sharpness to your personal taste.

Up to 330 Shots of battery life5
Take up to 330 shots on a single charge with Sony Stamina battery power.5 Sony's InfoLITHIUM battery system enables you to see the percent of power remaining, so you can keep shooting in confidence.

P/A/S/M exposure modes
The camera offers a full range of controls from the beginner's AUTO+ mode to P/A/S/M: Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual. On-screen prompts help you refine your skills, build your confidence and exercise greater creative control.

Anti-Dust Technology
Anti-Dust Technology helps keep the CMOS sensor clean, resulting in consistently clear pictures. First a static-free coating on the sensor's low-pass filter helps repel dust. Then vibration automatically dislodges dust from the sensor.

Built-in Auto Pop-Up Flash
To help you shoot more effectively, the built-in flash automatically pops up and fires as needed when the camera is set to certain scene selection modes. The built-in flash can also trigger a wireless accessory flash (sold separately). The integrated hot shoe enables you to expand your lighting options with a range of accessory flashes (sold separately).

Versatile on-screen displays
Informative displays in the LCD monitor and electronic viewfinder include digital level gauge, graphic display of exposure settings.

Slot for two media types
For cost-effective, convenient storage and sharing of your images, the camera accepts Memory Stick PRO Duo/Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo and SD/SDHC/SDXC media (Class 4 or higher recommended). (Memory card is required. All are sold separately.)

PhotoTV HD compatibility6
Optimizes compatible BRAVIA televisions for gorgeous display of digital pictures.6

Index and Slide Show Display
Quickly review your photos using 6- or 12-frame index views, or as an automatic slide show with fade-in/fade-out effect.

Remote capability
Works with the RMT-DSLR1 Remote Commander wireless remote control, sold separately.

Footnotes
1 Movie recording is limited to segments of 29 minutes, maximum. When using movie mode Memory Stick PRO Duo with MARK2 logo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, or Class 4 or higher for SD/SDHC media are recommended.
2 Viewable area measured diagonally
3 3D viewing requires 3D HDTV, a high speed HDMI cable (supporting at least 10.2 Gbps) connection and 3D glasses (all sold separately).
4 Works with other BRAVIA Sync or Theatre Sync labeled HDTVs when connected via HDMI interface. Mini-HDMI-to-HDMI cable required, sold separately.
5 When fully charged. Actual results may vary based on product settings, usage patterns and environmental conditions.
6 PhotoTV HD viewing requires compatible BRAVIA HDTV and HDMI or component cable (all sold separately).
7 More than 19.5 times the area of 1/2.88-inch type sensor of the Sony HDR-CX550V.
8 PMB requires Microsoft Windows XP SP3/ Windows Vista SP2/ Windows 7. Mac OS not supported. Movie format is compatible with iMovie ‘09 or later versions.
9 HD Viewing requires a mini-HDMI-to-HDMI cable and compatible HDTV, both sold separately.

Review Snapshot®
Avg. Customer Rating:
 
4.8 stars
(based on 22 reviews)
100% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

Pros:
Easy to use(19), Fast / accurate auto-focus(21), Fast shutter speed(18), Good image quality(20), High ISO performance(15)
Cons:
Short battery life(9)
Best Uses:
Family photos(17), Landscape/scenery(19), Low light(15), Sports/action(17), Travel(17)
Describe Yourself:
Casual photographer(8), Photo enthusiast(7), Semi-pro photographer(7)
Was this a gift?:
No(20)
 
"Great Camera for the price"
By MyNameIs EarlVerified Purchaser from Winston-Salem, NC on 5/31/2011
Which of the following features do you use on your digital camera?:
Built-in GPS, Continuous shooting, Face detection software, Fast Auto focus, HDMI or component video output, HD Video recording, High-speed shooting, Hi-resolution display / AMOLED display, Image stabilization, Interchangeable lenses, Low-light shooting, Night shooting mode, Programmed scene shooting modes
What do you do with your digital images?:
Display on digital picture frame, Email to friends and family, Print using an in-store photo service via kiosk or live person, Save to disk, Use in personal blogs, web sites, and social media sites
Picture Quality (e.g. clarity, sharpness, color):
8
Ease of Operation:
8
Shutter Speed/Lag Time:
8
Variety of features (e.g. zoom, image stabilization, low light):
9
Durability/reliability (e.g. damage resistance, battery life and sturdiness):
7
Overall Experience:
8
How likely are you to recommend your digital camera to your friends, family, co-workers, etc.:
Probably will
Pros:
Easy To Use, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, Tilt /Swivel LCD
Cons:
Noisy At High ISO
Best Uses:
Family Photos, Indoors/Low Light, Landscape/Scenery, Sports/Action, Travel, Video, Weddings/Events, Wildlife photos
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony SLT-A55VL Digital SLR Camera w/DT 18-55mm Zoom Lens:

This is my first DSLR camera. I researched a variety of cameras within this price range and found that the a55 was at the top of the list. I am currently leaning how to use this camera (it offers a lot of auto/manual settings) With the simplicity of controls and my desire to learn, I believe I will be able to take great pictures with this camera.

 
Sony SLT A55 DSLR
By VitoVerified Purchaser from kansas city, mo on 5/23/2011
Which of the following features do you use on your digital camera?:
Continuous shooting, Face detection software, Fast Auto focus, HDMI or component video output, HD Video recording, High-speed shooting, Image stabilization, Interchangeable lenses, Low-light shooting, Programmed scene shooting modes
What do you do with your digital images?:
Display on digital picture frame, Email to friends and family, Print using an in-store photo service via kiosk or live person, Print using an in-store photo service via online upload, Sell – professional photographer, Upload to online photo sharing sites
Picture Quality (e.g. clarity, sharpness, color):
9
Ease of Operation:
10
Shutter Speed/Lag Time:
9
Variety of features (e.g. zoom, image stabilization, low light):
9
Durability/reliability (e.g. damage resistance, battery life and sturdiness):
8
Overall Experience:
9
How likely are you to recommend your digital camera to your friends, family, co-workers, etc.:
Definitely will
Pros:
Amazing value, Easy To Use, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, High ISO Performance, Large Clear LCD, Tilt /Swivel LCD
Cons:
Battery life is just ok, Short Battery Life
Best Uses:
Family Photos, Indoors/Low Light, Landscape/Scenery, Sports/Action, This DSLR can do anything, Travel, Video, Weddings/Events, Wildlife photos
Describe Yourself:
Casual Photographer
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony SLT-A55VL Digital SLR Camera w/DT 18-55mm Zoom Lens:

Ritz was the best value after much research becuase NO TAX [...]

 
I would buy this product again and again
By SupertoolVerified Reviewer from Colorado on 5/22/2011
Which of the following features do you use on your digital camera?:
Built-in GPS, Face detection software, Fast Auto focus, HDMI or component video output, HD Video recording, High-speed shooting, Hi-resolution display / AMOLED display, Image stabilization, Interchangeable lenses, Low-light shooting, Night shooting mode, Programmed scene shooting modes, Webcam capabilities
What do you do with your digital images?:
Create photo albums, mugs, t-shirts using online photo sites, Display on digital picture frame, Display on television, Email to friends and family, Print using a home printer, Print using an in-store photo service via online upload, Save to disk
Picture Quality (e.g. clarity, sharpness, color):
10
Ease of Operation:
10
Shutter Speed/Lag Time:
10
Variety of features (e.g. zoom, image stabilization, low light):
10
Durability/reliability (e.g. damage resistance, battery life and sturdiness):
8
Overall Experience:
10
How likely are you to recommend your digital camera to your friends, family, co-workers, etc.:
Definitely will
Pros:
Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, High ISO Performance, Large Clear LCD, Tilt /Swivel LCD
Best Uses:
Family Photos, Indoors/Low Light, Landscape/Scenery, Sports/Action, Travel, Video, Weddings/Events, Wildlife photos
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Was this a gift?:
No

Comments about Sony Sony SLT-A55VL Digital SLR Camera w/DT 18-55mm Zoom Lens:

I have a wow factor that I love to show this camera to the older people (all Can and Nic owners) and they just keep saying Wow? I use it for panoramic shots and don't need a wide angle lens to do it. have shot some up or down panoramic shots that are beyond fantastic, that could be done no other way. the most Wow camera out there. After taking some pictures 800 I most often look at what I see and say Wow!!!!!!!

 
I'm very pleased with this camera :):)
By Love to travelVerified Purchaser from West Texas on 5/21/2011
Which of the following features do you use on your digital camera?:
Built-in GPS, Continuous shooting, Fast Auto focus, High-speed shooting, Image stabilization
What do you do with your digital images?:
Print using a home printer, Upload to online photo sharing sites, Use in personal blogs, web sites, and social media sites
Picture Quality (e.g. clarity, sharpness, color):
10
Ease of Operation:
9
Shutter Speed/Lag Time:
9
Variety of features (e.g. zoom, image stabilization, low light):
9
Durability/reliability (e.g. damage resistance, battery life and sturdiness):
9
Overall Experience:
10
How likely are you to recommend your digital camera to your friends, family, co-workers, etc.:
Definitely will
Pros:
Easy To Use, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, High ISO Performance, Large Clear LCD, Tilt /Swivel LCD
Cons:
Must have extra battery
Best Uses:
Landscape/Scenery, Sports/Action, Travel, Wildlife photos
Describe Yourself:
Casual Photographer
Was this a gift?:
Yes
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony SLT-A55VL Digital SLR Camera w/DT 18-55mm Zoom Lens:

We love the camera. Easy to use, our 1st SLR camera. we took over 300 pictures on our recent roadtrip. The pictures were crisp & clear even while traveling at 65 mph. Can hardley wait for our next road trip.

 
Excellent Buy
By EdevaldoVerified Purchaser from Fremont,ca on 5/11/2011
Which of the following features do you use on your digital camera?:
Digital zoom, Fast Auto focus, High-speed shooting, Hi-resolution display / AMOLED display, Image stabilization, Interchangeable lenses, Shockproof
What do you do with your digital images?:
Email to friends and family, Print using an in-store photo service via online upload, Save to disk, Use in personal blogs, web sites, and social media sites
Picture Quality (e.g. clarity, sharpness, color):
10
Ease of Operation:
10
Shutter Speed/Lag Time:
9
Variety of features (e.g. zoom, image stabilization, low light):
9
Durability/reliability (e.g. damage resistance, battery life and sturdiness):
9
Overall Experience:
10
How likely are you to recommend your digital camera to your friends, family, co-workers, etc.:
Definitely will
Pros:
Easy To Use, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, High ISO Performance, Large Clear LCD, Quiet
Best Uses:
Family Photos, Indoors/Low Light, Landscape/Scenery, Sports/Action, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Was this a gift?:
Yes
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony SLT-A55VL Digital SLR Camera w/DT 18-55mm Zoom Lens:

The camera is great, very easy to use, I love it.

 
Great camera!
By SEMVerified Purchaser from Charleston, SC on 5/8/2011
Which of the following features do you use on your digital camera?:
Continuous shooting, Digital zoom, Fast Auto focus, High-speed shooting, Interchangeable lenses, Low-light shooting
What do you do with your digital images?:
Email to friends and family, Save to disk, Upload to online photo sharing sites
Picture Quality (e.g. clarity, sharpness, color):
10
Ease of Operation:
10
Shutter Speed/Lag Time:
10
Variety of features (e.g. zoom, image stabilization, low light):
10
Durability/reliability (e.g. damage resistance, battery life and sturdiness):
8
Overall Experience:
10
How likely are you to recommend your digital camera to your friends, family, co-workers, etc.:
Definitely will
Pros:
Easy To Use, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, High ISO Performance, Large Clear LCD, Quiet, Tilt /Swivel LCD
Cons:
Short Battery Life
Best Uses:
Family Photos, Landscape/Scenery, Sports/Action
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony SLT-A55VL Digital SLR Camera w/DT 18-55mm Zoom Lens:

I just got this camera and I am still learning. But it is awesome! The sports setting lets me click click click away. The panoramic view helped me get a great shot of the island and river we visited on the boat, the tutorial for each setting is so great to use. Super deal! Consumer Report rated this with high markings...glad I went with the Sony! I had read the battery life if short and that held true for me too. I would recommend a backup battery and take it with you if you are out!

 
Awesome is as Awesome Does...
By MaulieroseVerified Reviewer from Tokeland, Washington on 4/18/2011
Which of the following features do you use on your digital camera?:
Digital zoom, Face detection software, Fast Auto focus, Image stabilization, Low-light shooting, Night shooting mode
What do you do with your digital images?:
Email to friends and family, Upload to online photo sharing sites, Use in personal blogs, web sites, and social media sites
Picture Quality (e.g. clarity, sharpness, color):
8
Ease of Operation:
10
Shutter Speed/Lag Time:
10
Variety of features (e.g. zoom, image stabilization, low light):
10
Durability/reliability (e.g. damage resistance, battery life and sturdiness):
10
Overall Experience:
10
How likely are you to recommend your digital camera to your friends, family, co-workers, etc.:
Definitely will
Pros:
Easy To Use, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Good Image Quality, Has a nice size to it, High ISO Performance, Is pleasing to the eye, Large Clear LCD, Quiet
Cons:
Short Battery Life
Best Uses:
Family Photos, I love taking pictures, Indoors/Low Light, Landscape/Scenery, Travel, Video, Weddings/Events, Wildlife photos
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony SLT-A55VL Digital SLR Camera w/DT 18-55mm Zoom Lens:

This camera would be awesome to help me start a business of my own. I want to sell some of my photos, and share them on facebook, and with friends and family. I take my camera just about everywhere I go. This camera is amazing compared to the one I have. My camera is a good camera but I think this one is a much better camera all around for what I want to do. I want to shoot weddings and start making greeting cards. and frame photos too.

 
Sony A55
By keithVerified Purchaser from Forney, Texas on 4/3/2011
Which of the following features do you use on your digital camera?:
Built-in GPS, Built-in photo editing software, Continuous shooting, Face detection software, Fast Auto focus, High-speed shooting, Image stabilization, Interchangeable lenses, Manual focus, Night shooting mode
What do you do with your digital images?:
Create photo albums, mugs, t-shirts using online photo sites, Display on digital picture frame, Email to friends and family, Print using a home printer, Print using an in-store photo service via kiosk or live person, Print using an in-store photo service via online upload, Save to disk, Upload to online photo sharing sites, Use in personal blogs, web sites, and social media sites
Picture Quality (e.g. clarity, sharpness, color):
9
Ease of Operation:
10
Shutter Speed/Lag Time:
10
Variety of features (e.g. zoom, image stabilization, low light):
8
Durability/reliability (e.g. damage resistance, battery life and sturdiness):
8
Overall Experience:
9
How likely are you to recommend your digital camera to your friends, family, co-workers, etc.:
Definitely will
Pros:
Easy To Use, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, Great camera, High ISO Performance, Large Clear LCD, Quiet, Tilt /Swivel LCD
Cons:
Short Battery Life
Best Uses:
Family Photos, Indoors/Low Light, Landscape/Scenery, Sports/Action, Travel, Weddings/Events, Wildlife photos
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony SLT-A55VL Digital SLR Camera w/DT 18-55mm Zoom Lens:

Great camera

 
Great Cam!
By SationusVerified Reviewer from Virginia Beach on 3/28/2011
Pros:
Quick and Easy
Cons:
Battery life
Best Uses:
Anything Really
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony SLT-A55VL Digital SLR Camera w/DT 18-55mm Zoom Lens:

This is a great Camera! but you need a class 10 memory card for full speeds!

 
Top Quality Camera the best
By albertVerified Purchaser from San Mateo CA on 3/17/2011
Which of the following features do you use on your digital camera?:
Built-in GPS, Digital zoom, Face detection software, Fast Auto focus, High-speed shooting, Interchangeable lenses, Night shooting mode
What do you do with your digital images?:
Email to friends and family, Print using an in-store photo service via online upload, Save to disk, Upload to online photo sharing sites
Picture Quality (e.g. clarity, sharpness, color):
10
Ease of Operation:
6
Shutter Speed/Lag Time:
10
Variety of features (e.g. zoom, image stabilization, low light):
10
Durability/reliability (e.g. damage resistance, battery life and sturdiness):
8
Overall Experience:
10
How likely are you to recommend your digital camera to your friends, family, co-workers, etc.:
Definitely will
Pros:
Easy To Use, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, High ISO Performance, Large Clear LCD, Quiet, Tilt /Swivel LCD
Best Uses:
Family Photos, Indoors/Low Light, Landscape/Scenery, Sports/Action, Travel, Weddings/Events, Wildlife photos
Describe Yourself:
Casual Photographer
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony SLT-A55VL Digital SLR Camera w/DT 18-55mm Zoom Lens:

this a top quality camera

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
First DSLR purchase, no regrets
By MikeVerified Purchaser from Seattle, WA on 2/27/2011
Which of the following features do you use on your digital camera?:
Continuous shooting, Face detection software, Fast Auto focus, HD Video recording, High-speed shooting, Interchangeable lenses, Manual focus
What do you do with your digital images?:
Email to friends and family, Save to disk
Picture Quality (e.g. clarity, sharpness, color):
10
Ease of Operation:
7
Shutter Speed/Lag Time:
9
Variety of features (e.g. zoom, image stabilization, low light):
10
Durability/reliability (e.g. damage resistance, battery life and sturdiness):
10
Overall Experience:
9
How likely are you to recommend your digital camera to your friends, family, co-workers, etc.:
Definitely will
Pros:
Easy To Use, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, High ISO Performance, Large Clear LCD, Quiet, Tilt /Swivel LCD
Cons:
Short Battery Life
Best Uses:
Family Photos, Landscape/Scenery, Sports/Action, Travel, Video, Wildlife photos
Describe Yourself:
Casual Photographer
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony SLT-A55VL Digital SLR Camera w/DT 18-55mm Zoom Lens:

Purchased this as my first DSLR, I am already taking good pictures, this camera will make a good picture scenerio better. I have not used the 18-55 lens yet, it does feel a little cheap. I bought the 70-300G sony lens and that thing is a monster in itself, produces crisp clear pictures. No buyers remorse on the 70-300G lense or the camera, I love them both. I will be buying a spare battery soon, I killed it at the park alone, having a charged spare looks like a must.

[2 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

 
Best Camera Under $5,000!!
By JCraterVerified Purchaser from HB, CA on 1/4/2011
Which of the following features do you use on your digital camera?:
Built-in GPS, Continuous shooting, Digital zoom, Face detection software, Fast Auto focus, HDMI or component video output, HD Video recording, High-speed shooting, Hi-resolution display / AMOLED display, Image stabilization, Interchangeable lenses, Low-light shooting, Manual focus, Night shooting mode, Programmed scene shooting modes, Shockproof, Touchscreen
What do you do with your digital images?:
Create photo albums, mugs, t-shirts using online photo sites, Display on digital picture frame, Display on television, Email to friends and family, Print using a home printer, Print using an in-store photo service via kiosk or live person, Print using an in-store photo service via online upload, Save to disk, Sell – professional photographer, Upload to online photo sharing sites, Use in personal blogs, web sites, and social media sites, Use in professional publications
Picture Quality (e.g. clarity, sharpness, color):
9
Ease of Operation:
9
Shutter Speed/Lag Time:
10
Variety of features (e.g. zoom, image stabilization, low light):
10
Durability/reliability (e.g. damage resistance, battery life and sturdiness):
9
Overall Experience:
10
How likely are you to recommend your digital camera to your friends, family, co-workers, etc.:
Definitely will
Pros:
Best Camera Ever, Easy To Use, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, High ISO Performance, Large Clear LCD, Quiet, Tilt /Swivel LCD
Cons:
None
Best Uses:
ANYTHING, Family Photos, Indoors/Low Light, Landscape/Scenery, Professional Photography, Sports/Action, Travel, Video, Weddings/Events, Wildlife photos
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony SLT-A55VL Digital SLR Camera w/DT 18-55mm Zoom Lens:

I have to give this camera 5 stars! For the price it doesn't get any better than this. The battle of DSLT vs. DSLR is clear and DSLR will be dead soon, very soon. I'm sure that next year Sony will release a full frame 24 MP version that will take this tech to the next level but until then this is the camera to buy! Buy it, buy it, buy it, you will not be dissappointed.. if you can find one.. (most stores are out of stock, both online & offline)

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Sony SLT-A55VL Camera Review
By Dad of Future Olympic GymnastVerified Purchaser from Madison, AL on 1/3/2011
Which of the following features do you use on your digital camera?:
Continuous shooting, Digital zoom, Fast Auto focus, High-speed shooting, Image stabilization, Interchangeable lenses, Low-light shooting, Night shooting mode
What do you do with your digital images?:
Email to friends and family, Print using a home printer, Print using an in-store photo service via online upload, Save to disk
Picture Quality (e.g. clarity, sharpness, color):
10
Ease of Operation:
10
Shutter Speed/Lag Time:
9
Variety of features (e.g. zoom, image stabilization, low light):
10
Durability/reliability (e.g. damage resistance, battery life and sturdiness):
9
How likely are you to recommend your digital camera to your friends, family, co-workers, etc.:
Definitely will
Pros:
Easy To Use, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, Quiet
Best Uses:
Family Photos, Indoors/Low Light, Landscape/Scenery, Sports/Action, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Casual Photographer
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony SLT-A55VL Digital SLR Camera w/DT 18-55mm Zoom Lens:

The 10 fps and panaroma are excellent features.

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Great Camera
By Judo JoeVerified Purchaser from Sacramento, CA on 12/31/2010
Which of the following features do you use on your digital camera?:
Built-in GPS, Built-in photo editing software, Continuous shooting, Digital zoom, Face detection software, Fast Auto focus, HDMI or component video output, Image stabilization, Interchangeable lenses, Night shooting mode
What do you do with your digital images?:
Email to friends and family, Print using an in-store photo service via kiosk or live person, Save to disk, Upload to online photo sharing sites, Use in personal blogs, web sites, and social media sites
Picture Quality (e.g. clarity, sharpness, color):
10
Ease of Operation:
10
Shutter Speed/Lag Time:
10
Variety of features (e.g. zoom, image stabilization, low light):
10
Durability/reliability (e.g. damage resistance, battery life and sturdiness):
8
Overall Experience:
10
How likely are you to recommend your digital camera to your friends, family, co-workers, etc.:
Definitely will
Pros:
Easy To Use, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Good Image Quality, Large Clear LCD
Cons:
Short Battery Life
Best Uses:
Family Photos, Indoors/Low Light, Landscape/Scenery, Sports/Action, Travel, Video, Weddings/Events, Wildlife photos
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony SLT-A55VL Digital SLR Camera w/DT 18-55mm Zoom Lens:

Great compact design lightweight with remarkable results!

[2 of 3 customers found this review helpful]

 
Outstanding.
By CapnjackVerified Purchaser from Saint Augustine, Fl. on 12/13/2010
Which of the following features do you use on your digital camera?:
Continuous shooting, Digital zoom, Fast Auto focus, High-speed shooting, Image stabilization, Interchangeable lenses, Low-light shooting, Manual focus, Night shooting mode, Programmed scene shooting modes
What do you do with your digital images?:
Display on digital picture frame, Email to friends and family, Print using a home printer, Upload to online photo sharing sites
Picture Quality (e.g. clarity, sharpness, color):
10
Ease of Operation:
10
Shutter Speed/Lag Time:
9
Variety of features (e.g. zoom, image stabilization, low light):
10
Durability/reliability (e.g. damage resistance, battery life and sturdiness):
10
Overall Experience:
10
How likely are you to recommend your digital camera to your friends, family, co-workers, etc.:
Definitely will
Pros:
Easy To Use, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, High ISO Performance, Large Clear LCD, Love the tiltswivel LCD, Quiet, Tilt /Swivel LCD
Best Uses:
Landscape/Scenery, Travel, Wildlife photos
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony SLT-A55VL Digital SLR Camera w/DT 18-55mm Zoom Lens:

I'm still learning but so far I like everything about this camera.

[3 of 4 customers found this review helpful]

 
you have try hard to screw up
By BIG G from memphis tenn on 12/4/2010
Which of the following features do you use on your digital camera?:
Continuous shooting, Fast Auto focus, HD Video recording, High-speed shooting, Image stabilization, Interchangeable lenses, Low-light shooting, Night shooting mode, Programmed scene shooting modes, Shockproof
What do you do with your digital images?:
Print using a home printer, Print using an in-store photo service via kiosk or live person, Save to disk
Picture Quality (e.g. clarity, sharpness, color):
10
Ease of Operation:
10
Shutter Speed/Lag Time:
10
Variety of features (e.g. zoom, image stabilization, low light):
10
Durability/reliability (e.g. damage resistance, battery life and sturdiness):
10
Overall Experience:
10
How likely are you to recommend your digital camera to your friends, family, co-workers, etc.:
Definitely will
Pros:
Easy To Use, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Image Quality, High ISO Performance, Large Clear LCD, Quiet, Tilt /Swivel LCD
Best Uses:
Family Photos, Indoors/Low Light, Sports/Action, Video, Wildlife photos
Describe Yourself:
Casual Photographer
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony SLT-A55VL Digital SLR Camera w/DT 18-55mm Zoom Lens:

bought first one in memphis even sales staff was impressed have taken 1 out of focus pic don't know how . I have taken about 500 pics a lot at 10 frames per second of daughter at pom dance compettion some while duck hunting of my lab which one I am sending to a magazine hopefully publish the only thing is the camera overheated while video taping other teams performances but there was a lot of taping about 25 minutes worth off and on with some stills in between but

I love the camera an have not gotten into the whole thing yet

[2 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

 
It's Magical
By Paulie A from Westbrook Park PA on 11/27/2010
Pros:
Easy To Use, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, High ISO Performance, Large Clear LCD, Quiet, Tilt /Swivel LCD
Cons:
Short Battery Life, Too small in hand
Best Uses:
Family Photos, Indoors/Low Light, Landscape/Scenery, Sports/Action, Video, Weddings/Events
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony SLT-A55VL Digital SLR Camera w/DT 18-55mm Zoom Lens:

Great Camera

[2 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

 
Most of the features bundled in one
By NadarajVerified Purchaser from Buffalo, NY on 11/15/2010
Which of the following features do you use on your digital camera?:
Built-in GPS, Continuous shooting, Face detection software, HD Video recording, High-speed shooting, Image stabilization, Interchangeable lenses, Low-light shooting
What do you do with your digital images?:
Email to friends and family, Print using a home printer, Print using an in-store photo service via online upload, Save to disk, Upload to online photo sharing sites
Picture Quality (e.g. clarity, sharpness, color):
10
Ease of Operation:
8
Shutter Speed/Lag Time:
8
Variety of features (e.g. zoom, image stabilization, low light):
8
Durability/reliability (e.g. damage resistance, battery life and sturdiness):
6
Overall Experience:
9
How likely are you to recommend your digital camera to your friends, family, co-workers, etc.:
Definitely will
Pros:
Easy To Use, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, Large Clear LCD, Quiet, Tilt /Swivel LCD
Cons:
Kit lense is just 18-55mm, Short Battery Life
Best Uses:
Family Photos, Indoors/Low Light, Landscape/Scenery, Sports/Action, Travel, Video, Weddings/Events, Wildlife photos
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony SLT-A55VL Digital SLR Camera w/DT 18-55mm Zoom Lens:

Light weight and easy to travel with. In-built GPS is great. I can view the pictures in the map in IPAD

[11 of 11 customers found this review helpful]

 
Excellent.
By RickyTickyVerified Purchaser from Fort Wayne, IN on 11/15/2010
Which of the following features do you use on your digital camera?:
Built-in GPS, Continuous shooting, Face detection software, Fast Auto focus, HDMI or component video output, HD Video recording, High-speed shooting, Hi-resolution display / AMOLED display, Image stabilization, Interchangeable lenses, Low-light shooting, Manual focus
What do you do with your digital images?:
Display on television, Print using a home printer, Save to disk
Picture Quality (e.g. clarity, sharpness, color):
9
Ease of Operation:
9
Shutter Speed/Lag Time:
8
Variety of features (e.g. zoom, image stabilization, low light):
10
Durability/reliability (e.g. damage resistance, battery life and sturdiness):
9
Overall Experience:
9
How likely are you to recommend your digital camera to your friends, family, co-workers, etc.:
Definitely will
Pros:
Easy To Use, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, High ISO Performance, Large Clear LCD, Tilt /Swivel LCD
Best Uses:
Family Photos, Indoors/Low Light, Landscape/Scenery, Sports/Action, Travel, Video, Weddings/Events
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony SLT-A55VL Digital SLR Camera w/DT 18-55mm Zoom Lens:

I read all of the professional reviews before I bought. Each reviewer had a minor thing or two to list as a con. After a couple weeks of evaluation, I haven't found any real cons of my own. Cons mentioned in the pro reviews are there, but you really have to dig deep to reveal them - they are transparent in normal use.

Coming from Rebel T1i, I am very favorably impressed. Size & weight for the a55 are a little less on paper, but in use it seems the a55 is smaller yet. Image quality is a little better with the a55. The big thing is video. Video on thr Rebel was really useless - on the a55 it's easy to use with superb results. And the electronic viewfinder? I prefer it to the mirrored alternative, because of all the information that can be displayed, and the depth of field preview is very helpful.

I'm a gadget freak who must have the latest, but this camera is no frivolous gizmo. It is a major leap forward in the digital camera world. A photography purist would not approve today, but 10 years ago that same purist thought film photography would never be surpassed. So get ready all you Nikon snobs, here comes Sony.

[3 of 3 customers found this review helpful]

 
Great Camera for everyone!
By tcoplingVerified Purchaser from Elko, NV on 11/14/2010
Which of the following features do you use on your digital camera?:
Built-in GPS, Built-in photo editing software, Continuous shooting, Digital zoom, Face detection software, Fast Auto focus, HDMI or component video output, HD Video recording, High-speed shooting, Hi-resolution display / AMOLED display, Image stabilization, Interchangeable lenses, Low-light shooting, Manual focus, Night shooting mode, Programmed scene shooting modes, Shockproof, Touchscreen, Waterproof, Webcam capabilities
What do you do with your digital images?:
Create photo albums, mugs, t-shirts using online photo sites, Display on digital picture frame, Display on television, Email to friends and family, Print using a home printer, Print using an in-store photo service via kiosk or live person, Save to disk, Use in personal blogs, web sites, and social media sites
Picture Quality (e.g. clarity, sharpness, color):
8
Ease of Operation:
9
Shutter Speed/Lag Time:
8
Variety of features (e.g. zoom, image stabilization, low light):
9
Durability/reliability (e.g. damage resistance, battery life and sturdiness):
9
Overall Experience:
9
How likely are you to recommend your digital camera to your friends, family, co-workers, etc.:
Definitely will
Pros:
Easy To Use, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, High ISO Performance, Large Clear LCD, Quiet, Tilt /Swivel LCD
Cons:
Short Battery Life
Best Uses:
Family Photos, Indoors/Low Light, Landscape/Scenery, Sports/Action, Travel, Video, Weddings/Events, Wildlife photos
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony SLT-A55VL Digital SLR Camera w/DT 18-55mm Zoom Lens:

Great for shooting pics of the kids basketball and soccer games. I would recommend this camera to all novice photographers.

[3 of 3 customers found this review helpful]

 
Worth the wait
By RailroadVerified Purchaser from Nashville TN on 11/4/2010
Pros:
Comfortable in the hand, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Image Stabilization, Large Clear LCD
Cons:
Menu access complicated
Describe Yourself:
Casual Photographer
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony SLT-A55VL Digital SLR Camera w/DT 18-55mm Zoom Lens:

I love the camera and am glad I waited for its arrival (reviews several months before it's release suggested that this would be a great camera). It does have tons of features, and some of them are buried in menus/buttons. The learning curve is a bit steep but worth the effort.

[10 of 11 customers found this review helpful]

 
Best Camera I've Owned
By hjegbertVerified Purchaser from Morgan, UT on 10/25/2010
Which of the following features do you use on your digital camera?:
Continuous shooting, Fast Auto focus, Interchangeable lenses, Manual focus
What do you do with your digital images?:
Email to friends and family, Print using a home printer, Print using an in-store photo service via kiosk or live person, Print using an in-store photo service via online upload
Picture Quality (e.g. clarity, sharpness, color):
9
Ease of Operation:
9
Shutter Speed/Lag Time:
9
Variety of features (e.g. zoom, image stabilization, low light):
9
Durability/reliability (e.g. damage resistance, battery life and sturdiness):
9
Overall Experience:
9
How likely are you to recommend your digital camera to your friends, family, co-workers, etc.:
Definitely will not
Pros:
Easy To Use, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, Large Clear LCD, Quiet, Tilt /Swivel LCD
Best Uses:
Landscape/Scenery, Travel, Wildlife photos
Describe Yourself:
Casual Photographer
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony SLT-A55VL Digital SLR Camera w/DT 18-55mm Zoom Lens:

I've owned several digital cameras and this is the best. The instruction on the LCD screen is extremely helpful when first using the camera. [...]

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