Sony SLT-A55 Review

Overall Score

71

Main Features

  • 16 MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • 100 - 12800 ISO
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 3" Articulated Screen
  • Electronic Viewfinder
  • 1150k dot Electronic viewfinder
  • 10 fps continuous shooting
  • 1920 x 1080 video resolution
  • Built-In Wireless
  • Built-In GPS
  • 124 x 92 x 85 mm, 500g.
  • Price Category:
  • Replaced by: SLT-A57

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Sony SLT-A55 Overview


First introduced in August, 2010, Sony SLT-A55 is a 16 MP DSLR with a APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

Sony replaced SLT-A55 with Sony A57. Follow the link to read our detailed comparison of these models:

Compare Sony A55 with Sony A57


Sony A55 comes with a 23.5 x 15.6 mm CMOS sensor, which has a diagonal of 28.21 mm (1.1").

- Full Frame
- Sony SLT-A55

Sensor resolution of Sony A55 ~ 4915 x 3255 pixels.

Sony A55 has Crop Factor: 1.53

The sensor has a surface area of 366.6 mm².

There are approximate 15,998,325 photosites (pixels) on this area.

Sony A55 Series History
Model Year $ Sensor ISO Weight Dimensions
Sony SLT-A58 Sony A58 2013 20MP 100 - 16000 492g 129 x 95 x 78mm
Sony SLT-A57 Sony A57 2012 16MP 100 - 16000 618g 132 x 98 x 81mm
Sony SLT-A55 Sony A55 2010 16MP 100 - 12800 500g 124 x 92 x 85mm

Proc and Cons of Sony A55


Get to know this camera closer. Let's look at the features and characteristics of this model. Compare Sony SLT-A55 with competitors in entry-level dslr cameras.

Pros
Built-in Wireless
Articulating Screen
AF Face Detection
12800 Max Native ISO
10.0 fps Continuous Shooting
Manual Focus
500g Light Body
1150k dot Viewfinder Resolution
3 Cross Focus Points
Flash Sync Port
Focus Bracketing
Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
External Flash
RAW Support
921k dots Screen Resolution
1/4000s Max Shutter Speed
Manual Exposure Mode
Microphone Port
15 Focus Points
2 AE Bracketing Range
Selfie Friendly Screen
Cons
No Bluetooth
No Touch Screen
Low Battery Life: 380 shots
No Articulating Screen
No Environmental Sealing
Type Scores

Sony SLT-A55 has an Overall Score of 71/100 and ranked #60 out of 206 in DSLR cameras, and ranked #165 out of 1222 in all cameras.

Sony A55 Scores
Imaging score
55
Features score
76
Value for money score
84
Portability score
80
Overall score
71
Average Scores in Entry-Level DSLR
Imaging Score
52
Features Score
59
Value For Money Score
75
Portability Score
79
Overall score
61

Physical Dimensions of Sony A55


Sony SLT-A55 weighs 500g and has external dimensions of 124 x 92 x 85mm (4.88 x 3.62 x 3.35"). Considering that the average weight of Entry-Level DSLR cameras is 538g, Sony A55 is 38 grams less than the average weight of cameras in this category. Sony A55 is less by 4mm more than the average length in Entry-Level DSLR.

Weight Comparison
Entry-Level DSLR Cameras


Sony A55
500g
Average weight
538g
Min weight
365g
Max weight
690g

Thickness Comparison
Entry-Level DSLR Cameras


Sony A55
85mm
Average Thickness
73mm
Min Thickness
53mm
Max Thickness
86mm

Here is the front and top view image of Sony SLT-A55 with the dimensions:

Sony SLT-A55

Size Compared to Major Competitors


Model Weight SLT-A55 Dimensions SLT-A55
Sony SLT-A58 Sony A58 492 g 500 g 129 x 95 x 78 mm 124 x 92 x 85 mm
Sony SLT-A57 Sony A57 618 g 500 g 132 x 98 x 81 mm 124 x 92 x 85 mm
Sony SLT-A37 Sony A37 506 g 500 g 124 x 92 x 85 mm 124 x 92 x 85 mm
Sony SLT-A65 Sony A65 622 g 500 g 132 x 97 x 81 mm 124 x 92 x 85 mm
Sony SLT-A33 Sony A33 500 g 500 g 124 x 92 x 85 mm 124 x 92 x 85 mm
Sony SLT-A77 II Sony A77 II 647 g 500 g 143 x 104 x 81 mm 124 x 92 x 85 mm
Sony SLT-A68 Sony A68 610 g 500 g 143 x 104 x 81 mm 124 x 92 x 85 mm
Sony SLT-A35 Sony A35 415 g 500 g 124 x 92 x 85 mm 124 x 92 x 85 mm

Specifications of Sony SLT-A55


General
Brand Sony
Model SLT-A55
Announced August, 2010
Body Type Compact SLR
Lens
Lens Mount Sony/Minolta Alpha
Manual Focus
Focal Lens Multiplier 1.5
Number of Lenses 143
Macro Focus Range n/a
Screen
Screen Size 3"
Screen Type Articulated
Screen Resolution 921k pixels
Touch Screen
Live View
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Electronic
Viewfinder Resolution 1150
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.73
Autofocus
AF Touch
AF Continuous
AF Single
AF Tracking
AF Selective
AF Center
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
Photography Features
RAW Support
Min Shutter Speed 1/30 sec
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 sec
Continuous Shooting 10.0 fps
Shutter Priority
Aperture Priority
Manual Exposure Mode
Exposure Compensation
Custom White Balance
Image Stabilization
Built-in Flash
Flash Range 10.00
Flash Modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, High Speed Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in, Wireless
External Flash
AE Bracketing
AE Bracketing Range ±2 EV
WB Bracketing
Sensor
Sensor Size APS-C
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Dimensions 23.5 x 15.6 mm
Sensor Area 366.6 mm²
Sensor Resolution 16 MP
Max Image Resolution 4912 x 3264
Max Native ISO 12800
Min Native ISO 100
Max Boosted ISO 25600
Min Boosted ISO 0
Video Features
4K
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Timelapse Recording
Microphone Port
Headphone Port
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF-Area
Center Weighted
Connectivity
GPS Built-In
Wireless Connectivity Built-In
Bluetooth
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Battery
Battery Life 380 shots
Battery Type Battery Pack
Battery Model NP-FW50
Physical
Weight 500 g
Physical Dimensions 124 x 92 x 85 mm
Environmental Sealing
Water Proof
Dust Proof
Shock Proof
Crush Proof
Freeze Proof
Shock Proof
Storage
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Storage Slots 1
Other Features
Self Timer
Selfie Friendly

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