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SONY SLT-A55VL Black 16.2 MP Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens

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  • 16.2 MP with Exmor HD APS sensors
  • 1080/60i FullAVCHD or 1080/30 movies
  • Continuous 10 fps shooting

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Package Type
Single Lens Kit

Image Sensor

Image Sensor
Image Sensor Size
23.5 X 15.6mm
Gross Pixels
16.7 MP
Effective Pixels
16.2 MP
Color Filter System
RGB primary color filters
Image Stabilization
SteadyShot INSIDE in-body image stabilization
16:9 : L size: 4912 x 2760 (14M) M size: 3568 x 2000 (7.1M) S size: 2448 x 1376 (3.4M)
3:2 : L size: 4912 x 3264 (16M) M size: 3568 x 2368 (8.4M) S size: 2448 x 1624 (4M)

White Balance

White Balance
Auto,Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash, Setting the color temperature, Custom


Viewfinder Type
0.46" Xtra Fine EVF (Electronic viewfinder) (1,440,000 pixels)
1.10x (with 50mm lens at infinity, -1m-1 )
Dioptric Adjustment
-4.0 - 4.0m-1

LCD Monitor

3.0" 921k
LCD Coverage
Brightness Adjustment
Auto/Manual (5 steps between -2 and +2)/Sunny Weather


Focusing Modes
Single-shot AF, Automatic AF, Continuous AF, Manual Focus
AF Points
15 points (3 points cross type)


Exposure Compensation
+/-2EV (in .03EV steps)
Metering System
Advanced 1200-zone evaluative metering
ISO Sensitivity
Auto: 100 - 1600; Selectable: 100 - 12800; Multi Frame NR (up to ISO 25600)
AE Lock


Shutter Type
Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane shutter
Shutter Speed
1/4000 to 30 seconds, bulb
2-sec. or 10-sec. delay,


Flash Type
Built-in, Pop-up Auto
Flash Mode
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 Range
18mm (focal-length printed on the lens body)
Flash Exposure Compensation
+/-2EV in 0.3EV steps

Drive System

Drive Modes
Single-shot, Continuous shooting (Hi/Lo selectable), Self-timer (10/2 sec delay selectable), Remote commander (RMT-DSLR1 Sold Separately)
Continuous Shooting Speed
Continuous (up to 6fps) Speed Priority (10fps)
Maximum Burst
JPEG Standard (39 shots) JPEG Fine (35 shots) RAW (20 shots) RAW+JPEG (20 shots)


Scene Modes
Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports action, Sunset, Night portrait, Night View, Handheld Twilight

Recording System

File Format
JPEG (Standard, Fine), RAW, RAW+JPEG
Color Space
sRGB, AdobeRGB
Recording Media
MS Pro Duo / Pro HG Duo / SD / SDHC / SDXC


Movie Format
AVCHD / MP4 (MPEG-4 AVC (H.264))
Movie Recording
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)
Max. Recording Resolution
1920 x 1080


Compatible Lenses
Sony A-mount lens
Lens Mount
Sony A-mount

Power Source

InfoLitium NP-FW50 (7.2V)


Translucent Mirror Technology
Quick AF Full HD Movie
GPS tagging
Live View with Phase detection
10 fps
15-point auto focus
3D Sweep Panorama
tilt/swivel LCD
18-55mm zoom lens included

Dimensions & Weight

4.88" x 3.63" x 3.33" excl grip & lens mount
Approx. 15.27 oz (433g) (excl battery, lens & media) Approx. 17.35 oz (492g) (w/battery & media)
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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5 out of 5 eggsExceeded Expectations

Pros: I've been taking pictures for about 12 years as a hobbyist. This is my first DSLR. I wont have the same understanding as a professional photographer, but I will have the perspective of a general consumer.

My wife and I wanted something that would capture our two fast moving children:

-Auto and iAuto yield outstanding photos for users who dont want to mess with a bunch of settings. The usability is that of a large point N shoot with the quality that looks professional.
-My wife doesn't have as sharp of an "eye" so the 10 Frames Per Second allows her to capture action photos that she'd otherwise miss.
-Autofocus Video works well for objects moving around a backyard.
-SCN presets are really great when trying to optimize certain types of photographs.
-LCD full tilt has shown to be way more useful than originally expected.
-Fit and finish of the camera make it feel really solid when gripped.
-Custom presets can be adjusted quickly with a little practice.

Cons: Camera neck strap is uncomfortable. Spend a few bucks for a strap that doesn't cut into your neck.

Other Thoughts: Other reviews have stated that the battery life is meh, but I havn't owned another DSLR to compare this statement.

Apparently the Electronic View Finder decreases battery life, but allows for much better response. It's kinda like a double edged sword. With the amount features on this camera that come as a result of the EVF, I gladly take the tradeoff.

Musicians make music with instruments that they are passionate about. In the same way, we've gotten really excited about our photography because of this camera.

Our experience with this camera has us really enthusiastic about taking photography to the next level.

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  • James H.
  • 6/26/2011 1:17:30 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSony A 55

Pros: I recently got into SLR cameras. I researched, read reviews, watched videos on countless cameras for about a month. My budget isn't the highest one. But when i came across the A 55 i knew its the one i wanted. I ordered it and it took 1 week to get to me. Im a deployed soldier so it shipped APO. when i got the camera it was perfectly fine. nothing was missing broken etc. I was very pleased. This camera is amazing especially for beginners. There is so many different things you can do with this camera. Im still finding new things to do with it. The 10fps is amazing. The panorama is very good to. the video is excellent. some people have said that when they shoot video the camera over heats mine doesn't do that. And the GPS function works very well. and it does work over seas. well in middle eastern countries.

Cons: the kit lens it comes with. the 3.5-5.6/18-55 SAMS Sony lens. is alright for a start lens but i recommend getting a lens of your choice whenever possible. The lens still has pretty quick focus. in low lighting it has a little bit of trouble but thats nothing manual focus cant fix. also i recommend to get a spare battery for the camera.

Other Thoughts: overall this camera is very good especially for its price

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  • Glenn H.
  • 4/25/2011 11:00:27 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Had a friend bring this to me in India. It was the perfect travel camera. Very fast focusing system, lightweight with 18-250 Tamron/Sony lens and good low light functioning.
10 shots/sec worked on the tour bus and GPS revealed where each show was taken.

Cons: It is not a studio camera. For that try the A900 with full frame more subtlety in the viewfinder and 25 MB sensor in the Nikon @ 4x the price.

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