Sony Alpha DSLR-A550

  • Sony Alpha DSLR-A550
80
Based on 24 scores, 40 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    7
  • Good:
    13
  • Average:
    3
  • Bad:
    1

Pros:

  • Excellent image quality in all conditions, Tiltable 3" LCD display, Wellsuited for all levels of photographers, Superb autofocus
  • Speedy 7 fps burst mode. Terrific image quality, even in low light. Tilting 3-inch LCD. Well-designed, newbie-friendly user interface.
  • Very good photo quality, especially when shooting RAW, Sensorshift image stabilization reduces blur on every lens you attach, Tilting, ultra high resolution 3inch LCD display, Excellent live view system with superfast autofocus, face and smile detection..

Cons:

  • No video capture abilities
  • No video capture—not even standard definition.

Expert reviews and ratings

By PhotographyBLOG on 90

Virtually identical to the A500 model, the Sony A550 marks a return to form for Sony in the mid-range DSLR market after the backwards step of the A330 / A380 models, offering more megapixels, faster 7fps burst shooting and a better LCD screen than...

By TechReviewSource on 80

The Sony Alpha DSLR-A550 offers you the freedom of auto focus and manual focus to suite your skill level and has a 14.2-megapixel CMOS sensor to make your pictures pop with brilliance. The 3.0" tiltable LCD display makes shooting comfortable and...

By Shutterbug on -

The Sony Alpha A550 (with kit 18-55mm lens, $1049 list; body only, $949 list) takes us another step forward with in camera processing of HDR and DRO functions. While these items, to me, are the headliners for this camera, other camera amenities...

By PC Mag on 80

If you can look past its missing video-capture capability, Sony's Alpha DSLR-A550 is a very impressive (and very fast)...

By Digital Camera Buyer on 80

For the enthusiastic novice photographer looking to improve their skills, this is the ideal partner. The lack of video mode is off putting when compared to its major rivals....

By Photozone on -

The Alpha 550 did quite convince during our lab and field tests but it's not a camera without flaws. On the positive side the camera delivers the fastest Live View autofocus so far. The AF speed is exemplary in this class and 7 fps is a new...

By Expert Reviews on 60

Seriously fast and packed with interesting features, but the lack of video is disappointing and automatic exposures could be better too....

By eTech Reviews on -

Thumbs Up:Above-average performance; perfect higher ISO levels output; fast Live View auto-focus; large and tilting LCD display.Thumbs Down:Awkward design for shooting through optical viewfinder; no video recording; poor color accuracy; Live View only...

By Steves Digicams on -

The Sony A550 is a very interesting dSLR model offering a new 14.2MP 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),...

By Popular Photography Magazine on -

A great LCD for live view makes stepping up easy.The heavy action in DSLRs lately has been in the step-up category. These cameras take entry-level models a notch further with improved imaging performance and extra capabilities, notably video capture....

By CNET UK on 71

If you're a live-view-orientated shooter who doesn't care about colour accuracy, the Sony Alpha DSLR-A550's good performance and decent noise profile will make it attractive for the money. Otherwise, you can find a better camera...

By The Digital Camera Resource Page on -

The Alpha DSLR-A550 -- one of five APS-C digital SLRs in Sony's current lineup -- offers impressive performance, a decent selection of both manual controls and point-and-shoot favorites, and most of the features that you come to expect on a digital...

By RegHardware on 75

There is much to like with the Sony Alpha A550. It has great autofocus, image stabilisation, quirky but effective HDR and a nice big sensor. If you want a DSLR because you are upgrading from smaller forms, this has auto modes for you to use it with...

By DigitalCameraReview on -

Sony's Alpha DSLR-A550 offers beginners and advanced shooters alike an instrument that each can embrace. On the newbie end of the equation the A550 offers automatic and scene modes that require little input from the user, as well as the opportunity...

By Photography Bay on -

Sure, the A550 is more expensive that the baseline entry-level cameras; however, it offers some features that other cameras in the same price range and below just cant match. Up to 7 fps shooting speed and even 5 fps with autofocus and auto...

By Digital Photography Review on -

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By Tom's Guide on 80

CMOS SensorIt’s the big difference between the K-m and the K-x – the move from a 10 MP CCD to a 12 MP CMOS sensor, both from Sony. It seems like a small change, but it completely changes the camera.Highly praised in its day, the aging CCD sensor is...

By Camera Labs on 84

Sonys Alpha DSLR-A550 may not have video recording, but becomes one of the fastest DSLRs in its class, not to mention one which delivers the most-rounded and usable Live View experience to date. The ability to capture fast action while framing...

By DigitalVersus on 80

No video, but ... No Sony SLR currently offers a video mode. Some find that a major failing, but others feel it’s insignificant. But worse, many Alpha SLRs have no live preview on the LCD display, and the ones that do have the feature,...

By DigitalCameraInfo on 82

Sony is on a roll when it comes to digital camera innovation. We applauded when the ultra-zoom HX1 introduced sweep-your-arm automatic panorama shooting and multiple image compositing to combat blur and image noise (see review here). Now, with the...