Sony Alpha DSLR-A500

  • Sony Alpha DSLR-A500
80
Based on 15 scores, 22 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    3
  • Good:
    8
  • Average:
    4
  • Bad:
    0

Pros:

  • Good value for money, In-body image stabilisation, Articulating screen, AF performance during live view, Support for SDHC cards and Sony's own Memory Stick Duo format, Noise performance
  • Long battery life, tilt LCD, AF live view, allblack finish
  • Mid range DSLR comparison

Cons:

  • Proprietary hot shoe fitting, Limited exposure compensation and bracketing range, Low flash sync speed
  • Value vs a550, noisy AF with kit lens, dual card access, no video

Expert reviews and ratings

By eTech Reviews on -

Sony recently got five consumer cameras for its dSLR line up and amongst them; the Sony Alpha DSLR-A500 is the best one. All five cameras are within the $500 and $750 price range and I really liked the Sony Alpha DSLR-A500 because it gives great value...

By CNET Australia on 73

Cheaper and with better photo quality than its sibling, the Sony Alpha DSLR-A500's quirky design is the only real flaw in an otherwise solid entry-level model with fast Live View shooting and a useful tilting...

By ePHOTOzine on 80

During testing this camera has proven itself to be a very capable piece of equipment, easily holding its own in many areas against the competition. It may not have some of the latest video features that many cameras at this level have included, but it...

By Trusted Reviews on 90

In theory the consumer digital SLR market is split between five manufacturers, but in practice it's always been a two horse race. Canon and Nikon control nearly 80 percent of the market between them, with Canon firmly in the lead taking...

By Steves Digicams on -

The Sony A500 is new Sony dSLR model offering a new 12.3MP CMOS Sensor with an array of nice features, including a Live View system with class leading Autofocus speed (which now includes the option to use Face Recognition with Live View), Anti-Dust...

By What Digital Camera on 84

The street price between the A500 and A550 kit options only differs by up to about £100. They’re very similar pieces of kit, and the small amount of extra money needed for the A550 from many retailers seems to render the...

By Electronicsme on 72

If you're an advanced amateur, or maybe you're buying your second digital SLR, the Sony A500 makes a very good choice. It has a host of features, some unique, and is a cut above the entry level class of digital SLRs. So if you're ready for a...

By Digital Camera Buyer on 80

Good features and great images but lacking some features of similarly priced...

By ePHOTOzine on 80

All three cameras have performed really well through the test and I think the Nikon has shown the most consistency throughout the test. While the Canon EOS 50D is a great camera, it had trouble in the varied lighting test and the portraits were...

By Stuff.tv on 80

The lack of HD video is a shame, but otherwise the A500 is a feature-packed performer that delivers seriously sharp results...

By ElectricPig.co.uk on 80

A superb all-rounder packed with features and...

International Review By CNET France on 72

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International Review By CNET.de on 73

Die Sony Alpha DSLR-A500 bietet eine gute Bildqualität und ist vergleichsweise schnell. In puncto Design und Bedienung kann die Kamera allerdings nicht überzeugen. Fanden Sie diesen Testbericht nützlich? ...

International Review By Akam on -

Med lanseringen av A500 og A550 tok Sony mål av seg til å erstatte populære A700 med ikke bare en, men to modeller. Merkelig tanke synes vi. Kameraene er temmelig forskjellige, og vi kan ikke med selv den beste vilje gå med på...

International Review By PC-Welt.de on -

Sony bringt mit der Alpha A500 eine digitale Spiegelreflexkamera, die neben dem Sony-üblichen Memory Stick Pro Duo auch eine SD-Karte aufnimmt. Lesen Sie den PC-WELT-Test. Sony stattet die Alpha A500 mit einem Bildschirm aus, der 7,62 Zentimeter...

International Review By Chip.de on 87

Nur wenige Ausstattungs-Details unterscheiden die Alpha 500 von der teureren Alpha 550. Im Preis trennen die beiden Kamera aber stolze 150 Euro. Was die beiden DSLRs in der Praxis unterscheidet, klärt unser Test....

International Review By Fotoguiden on 78

Det är glädjande att Sony tagit tag i kritiken mot deras brushantering och nu ger en bildkvalitet som ligger i klass med Canon, Nikon och Pentax K-x. Den nya HDR-funktionen är praktisk men hade gärna fått kompletteras med ett läge med tre exponeringar...

International Review By Kamera & Bild on 78

Det är glädjande att Sony tagit tag i kritiken mot deras brushantering och nu ger en bildkvalitet som ligger i klass med Canon, Nikon och Pentax K-x. Den nya HDR-funktionen är praktisk men hade gärna fått kompletteras med...

International Review By Digitalkamera on 86

Mit der Alpha 500 hat Sony eine ordentliche Kamera abgeliefert, die vor allem durch ihr durchdachtes Live-View-Konzept begeistert – einen derart fixen Autofokus im Live-View-Modus bietet sonst kein anderer Hersteller. Auch die Bildqualität...

International Review By Magnus.de on -

Auch die kleinere Schwester der Alpha 550 glänzt durch eine gehobene Ausstattung mit Klappmonitor und schnellem Live-View-AF dank Zusatzsensor. Von der Al­pha 550 (750 Euro) unterscheidet sich die Neue für 650 Euro in Fol­gendem: Die...