This review is devoted to SLT-A55 that Sony has first introduced to the public in Aug 24, 2010. This model is a Entry-Level DSLR camera with a resolution of 16.0 MP and a APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) sized CMOS sensor.
Sony has replaced this product with their most recent model A57.
In Entry-Level DSLR cameras (Top 10 DSLR Cameras) this model has taken rank #58 out of 200. Its Overall Score has reached 46/100 and it takes a rank of #273 out of 1174 in all Cameras.
Now let's delve into more details of our Sony SLT-A55 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.
In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Sony SLT-A55. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Entry-Level DSLR cameras.
Sony SLT-A55 has the following external dimensions 124 x 124 x 85 mm (48.82 x 36.22 x 33.46″) with the weight of 500 g.
The typical weight for average Entry-Level DSLR type cameras is 539g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Sony SLT-A55, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.
Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Sony SLT-A55 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 85mm.
Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Sony SLT-A55 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:
If you want to have a better idea of how big the Sony SLT-A55 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.
Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Sony SLT-A55 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:
Unfortunately, Sony SLT-A55 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.
Unfortunately, Sony SLT-A55 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.
Sony SLT-A55 comes with Bionz processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 16.0 MP and is equipped with a APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) sized CMOS sensor.
The base of Sony SLT-A55 has the following ISO range 100 - 12800 and it also comes with a possibility of extending this indicator to 25600.
Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.
Sony SLT-A55 features a 16.0 MP APS-C sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.
DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Sony SLT-A55, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 73 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Sony SLT-A55’s sensor.
Sony SLT-A55 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.
Now let’s check how we can compare the size of APS-C sensor featured in Sony SLT-A55 with other standard sensor sizes.
Sony SLT-A55 is equipped with a Fully Articulated 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 921k dots.
In addition, this model comes with a built-in Electronic ViewFinder.
The Sony SLT-A55’s embedded ViewFinder comes with coverage of 100 and a resolution of 1,150k dots.
100% ensures that the resulting photo will capture the exact scene you could see in the viewfinder while shooting. Such coverage indicator also means that the framing of your shot will be more accurate, so there won’t be need for further cropping.
Some of the other highlights of Sony SLT-A55 are its 10.0 fps max speed and 1/4000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.
Besides, SLT-A55 comes with an electronic shutter, which has a max speed of 1/4000 sec. It also means that you can take shots without any noise. However, there is one thing to keep in mind. While electronic shutter is great for continuous and noiseless shooting, in some cases, it may result in rolling shutter effects on your images.
SLT-A55 features both an embedded flash and a flash shoe, which means that you can use both built-in and external flashes depending on your needs.
In addition, SLT-A55 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.
As for the video quality characteristics of Sony SLT-A55, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Sony SLT-A55 allows you to save files in MPEG-4, AVCHD and H.264 formats.
Sony SLT-A55 provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.
In addition, Sony SLT-A55 is equipped with a special port that you can use to connect an external microphone for recording high-quality sound with its help.
You can connect SLT-A55 to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.
In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Sony SLT-A55 provides a shooting life of 380, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 588 shots.
With the commonly accepted standards in mind, we can conclude that Sony SLT-A55 is above the average indicator of battery life. However, we believe it is still a great idea to grab a few extra batteries if you are planning long photo trips.
In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Sony SLT-A55’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Sony SLT-A55’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the SLT-A55 to the average DSLR camera.
Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.
After carefully reviewing how well Sony SLT-A55 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 87. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony SLT-A55 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.
No Significant Disadvantages
After carefully reviewing how well Sony SLT-A55 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 99. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony SLT-A55 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Sony SLT-A55 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 67. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony SLT-A55 can be called a 67 model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Sony SLT-A55 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 53. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony SLT-A55 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Sony SLT-A55 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 86. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony SLT-A55 can be called a 86 model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.
|Announced||Aug 24, 2010|
|Body Type||Compact SLR|
|Lens Mount||Sony/Minolta Alpha|
|Number of Lenses||141|
|Focal Length Multiplier||1.5x|
|Macro Focus Range|
|Screen Type||Fully Articulated|
|Screen Resolution||921k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||1,150k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||10.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, High Speed Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in, Wireless|
|DxO Sensor Scores|
|DxO Sensor Scores||73|
|DxO Color Depth||23.0|
|DxO Dynamic Range||12.4|
|DxO Low Light ISO||816|
|Sensor Dimensions||23.5 x 15.6 mm|
|Sensor Area||366.60 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||16.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||4912 x 3264|
|Max Native ISO||12,800|
|Max Boosted ISO||25,600|
|Min Native ISO||100|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||15|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||3|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60, 29.97 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30fps), 640 x 424 (29.97 fps)|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264|
|Physical Dimensions||124 x 92 x 85 mm|
|Battery Life||380 shots|
|Battery Type||380 shots|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo|