Sony A550 Review

4.5
August 20, 2010 | Mark Goldstein |

Main Rivals

Listed below are some of the rivals of the Sony A550.

Canon EOS 550D

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The Canon EOS 550D (called the Canon EOS Rebel T2i in North America) is a new DSLR camera that boasts a class-leading 18-megapixel and the ability to shoot 1080p high-definition videos. Other key features of the 550D / T2i include continuous shooting at 3.7fps, a 3-inch LCD screen with 1,040k dot resolution, ISO range of 100-12,800, 14-bit image processing and Canon's Digic 4 processor. Is the Canon EOS 550D / T2i the best mid-range digital SLR camera on the market? Read our expert review to find out...

Nikon D300s

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The Nikon D300s is the latest camera to join the growing ranks of DSLRs that can shoot HD video. Heavily based on the previous D300 model, the 12 megapixel, DX-format D300S adds a continuous shooting speed of 7fps, dual CF and SD memory card slots and a new Quiet drive mode. With camera prices escalating in recent months, the Nikon D300s will set you back £1499.99 / €1821.00 / $1799.95 body only. Zoltan Arva-Toth finds out if the D300s is worth considering...

Olympus E-620

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The Olympus E-620 is an affordable mid-range digital SLR camera that offers a lot of bang for your buck. The 12 megapixel E620 features built-in image stabilisation, a free-angle LCD screen, compact dimensions and light weight, 7-point autofocus system and 6 Art filters. Is the E-620 the best Olympus DSLR yet? Read our expert review to find out.

Olympus E-P2

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Olympus have expanded their Micro Four Thirds family with the launch of the E-P2. Heavily promoted in a series of eye-catching adverts fronted by none other than Kevin Spacey, the E-P2 adds a smattering of new features to the existing E-P1. These include an optional electronic viewfinder, two new Art Filters, the ability to record movies in Manual mode, and a sober all-black finish. Gavin Stoker finds out if the Olympus E-P2 really is a camera for everyone in our latest expert review.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

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The G2 is one of two new Panasonic Micro Four Thirds cameras for 2010. The Panasonic G2 introduces an innovative and intuitive touchscreen control system that lets you focus and track your subject and take and review your pictures, all by tapping and interacting with the LCD display. Other key features of the G2 include a high-resolution 3 inch articulating screen, 720p AVCHD movies with stereo sound, an electronic viewfinder and a veritable wealth of shooting modes. Read our in-depth Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 review now.

Pentax K-7

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The new Pentax K-7 digital SLR camera is one of the big surprises of 2009, offering a multitude of desirable features in a compact, weatherproof body. The K7 is the latest DSLR to feature a HD movie recording mode, in addition to its 14.6 megapixel still images. Other highlights include a dedicated HDR mode, improved 11-point auto-focus, high-res 3 inch LCD screen and optical viewfinder with 100% frame coverage. Can the Pentax K-7 take on and beat the likes of the Nikon D300 and Canon EOS 50D? Read our in-depth review with test shots, JPEGS, RAW files and movie to find out...

Samsung NX10

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The catchily named "mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras" are quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with, a fact that Samsung have recognised with the launch of their own rival system to the Micro Four Thirds standard. The Samsung NX10 is the first model in the new series, featuring a DSLR-like design, large 3 inch AMOLED screen, electronic viewfinder, 720p video and a large APS-C CMOS sensor with 14.6 megapixels. With 30mm pancake, 18-55mm and 50-200mm lenses and a smattering of accessories available from day one and five more lenses to follow this year, Samsung are certainly making a sizeable investment in their compact/DSLR hybrid system. Read our Samsung NX10 review, complete with 50 JPEG samples and 12 RAW, to find out if it can out-perform its Olympus and Panasonic rivals.

Sony A500

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The Sony A500 is the latest mid-range DSLR camera to enter the market, promising excellent low-light performance thanks to its new 12.3 megapixel sensor and BIONZ processor. Offering an easy upgrade path for compact camera users but crucially enough advanced features to tempt more experienced photographers, the Sony A500 occupies that fiercely contested middle ground between complete beginner and the well-heeled prosumer. Find out if the Sony A500 offers the best value for your money in our in-depth review.

Sony NEX-5

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Sony have joined the likes of Panasonic, Olympus and Samsung in the mirrorless system camera market with the release of the NEX-5 and NEX-3. With a 14 megapixel APS HD CMOS sensor, full 1080i HD movies, high-res 3 inch tilting screen, optional external flash and two available lenses on launch, the NEX-5 certainly seems well-equipped to take on the already established competition. Find out if it has what it takes in our in-depth Sony NEX-5 review, complete with sample JPEGs, RAW files, movies and even 3D panoramas.

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