Sony A550 Review

4.5
August 20, 2010 | Mark Goldstein |

Specifications

Lens Mount
Sony α mount YES
Compatibility with A-Mount bayonet lenses from Minolta and Konica Minolta YES
Lens Compatibility
All types of Sony α lenses YES
Minolta & Konica Minolta α/MAXXUM/DYNAX lenses YES
Image Sensory
Image sensor type CMOS Sensor
Image sensor colour filter R, G, B, Primary color
Size (mm) 23.4 x 15.6 (APS-C size)
Camera
Total sensor Pixels (megapixels) Approx. 14.6
Effective Pixels (megapixels) Approx. 14.2
Automatic White Balance YES
White balance: preset selection Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash
White balance: custom setting YES
White balance: types of color temperature 2500 - 9900 k with 19-step Magenta / Green compensation
White balance bracketing 3 frames, Selectable 2 steps
ISO Sensitivity Setting ISO200 - 12800 equivalent
SteadyShot INSIDE
System: Sensor-shift mechanism YES
SteadyShot INSIDE scale (in viewfinder) YES
Camera-Shake warning (in viewfinder) YES
SteadyShot INSIDE capability Approx. 2.5 EV - 4 EV decrease in shutter speed (varies according to shooting conditions and lens used)
SteadyShot INSIDE compatibility All Sony DSLR lenses and A-Mount bayonet lenses from Minolta and Konica Minolta
*SteadyShot INSIDE was previously known as Super SteadyShot  
Anti-Dust
Double anti dust system (anti-static coating and CCD shift mechanism) YES
Auto Focus System
TTL phase-detection system YES
Sensor 9 points with centre cross sensor
Sensitivity Range (at ISO 100 equivalent); EV 0 - 18
Eye Start AF System (on off selectable) YES
AF Area: Wide focus area YES (auto with 9 areas)
AF Area: Spot YES (center cross sensor)
AF Area: Local focus area selection YES (9 local areas)
AF Modes Continuous, Single Shot, Automatic, Manual Focus
Predictive Focus Control YES (with moving subjects in AF-A and AF-C)
Focus Lock YES (with Shutter button or AF button)
AF Illuminator YES (with built-in flash)
AF Illuminator range (meters) Approx. 1-5
Auto Exposure System
Light metering type TTL
Light metering cell 40-segment honeycomb-pattern SPC
Light metering: Multi segment YES
Light metering: Spot YES
Light metering: Center weighted YES
Exposure: Automatic YES
Exposure: Program Auto YES
Exposure: Shutter priority YES
Exposure: Aperture priority YES
Exposure: Manual YES
Exposure: Scene selection YES
AE Lock YES
Exposure compensation YES (+/-2.0 EV, 0.3 EV step)
AE Bracketing With 0.3 EV / 0.7 EV increments, 3 frames
Shutter
Type Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type
Shutter Speed Range (seconds) 1/4000 - 30 and bulb
Flash Sync Speed (With Super Steady Shoot Off); second 1/160
Flash Sync Speed (With Super Steady Shoot On); second 1/160
Flash
Built-in-Flash Guide Number (in meters at ISO 100) 12
Flash Metering System ADI / Pre-flash TTL flash metering
Flash Compensation +/-2.0 EV (0.3EV steps)
Built-in-Flash Recycling Time (approx. time in seconds) 4
Flash Mode Autoflash, Fill-flash, Rear flash sync. High Speed sync. with optional compatible accessory flash
Wireless flash mode YES (with optional compatible accessory flash)
Slow Synchronization YES
Red-Eye Reduction YES
Flash Popup Auto
Automatic Flash YES (with AUTO and Scene selection mode)
Viewfinder
Type Fixed eye-level, penta-Dach-mirror
Focusing Screen Spherical Acute Matte
Field of View (%) 95
Magnification (with 50mm lens at infinity) 0.80x
Eye Relief Approx.19mm from the eyepiece lens
Diopter Adjustment -2.5 to +1.0 diopter
Live View
Type YES - Quick AF and Manual Focus Check Live View
Other Smart Tele Converter / Face detection / Smile shutter *with Quick AF LV mode
LCD screen
Screen Size 3
Monitor Type Xtra Fine LCD
LCD Total Dot Number 921.600
LCD on/off YES
Brightness adjustable YES
Tilting screen YES - 2 way tilt
Recording
Drive Mode Single, Continuous, Speed-priority Continuous, 10 seconds and 2 seconds Self-timer, Continuous-advance AE bracketing, White Balance Bracketing, Remote commander
Continuous-Advance Rate (approx. frames per second at maximum) Max.5 fps with viewfinder, max. 4 fps in live view mode (approx.) , max. 7 fps in speed-priority continuous mode
Number of Continuous Advance JPEG (L size, Fine): 32 images, RAW: 14 images, RAW+JPEG: 7 images
Recording Media Memory Stick PRO Duo™, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo™, SD memory card, SDHC memory card
Recording Format JPEG (DCF Ver.2.0?Exif Ver.2.21, MPF Baseline) compliant, DPOF compatible, RAW (Sony ARW 2.1 format), RAW + JPEG
RAW (pixels) 4592 x 3056
Image Size L - JPEG (pixels) 4592 x 3056 (14M)
Image Size M (pixels) 3344 x 2224 (7.4M)
Image Size S (pixels) 2288 x 1520 (3.5M)
Still Image quality RAW, RAW+JPEG, Fine, Standard
Noise Reduction (Long exp.NR) On/Off, available at shutter speeds longer than 1 second
Noise Reduction (High ISO NR) On/Off, available at the ISO set to 1600 or above
Delete Function Single, multiple, or all frames in a folder
Color Space (sRGB) YES
Color Space (Adobe RGB) YES
Color mode/DEC/Creative styles Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, B/W
Dynamic Range Optimizer Off, Auto, Advanced: Level
Date/Time Print With PictBridge
Playback/Edit
Information Display YES
White/Black Out Alert YES
Index Playback YES (9, 4)
Enlarge (Maximum magnification) L size: 14x, M size: 11x, S size: 7.2x
Image Rotation YES
Auto Image Rotation YES
General
Battery Remaining Indicator YES
InfoLITHIUM Battery Indicator YES (in %)
Histogram Indicator YES
Exif 2.21
Exif Print YES
PictBridge YES
Menu Language English / French / German / Spanish / Italian / Portuguese / Dutch / Russian / Swedish / Danish / Norwegian / Finish / Polish / Czech / Hungarian
Zone Matching NO
Depth-of-Field Preview NO
PRINT Image Matching III YES
Remote Release Terminal YES
IR Remote Control YES (with RMT-DSLR1)
DPOF(Digital Print Order Format) YES
Indicator of remaining memory space (CF) YES
Beep Sound On/Off selectable
File Number Memory On/Off selectable
Folder Name Mode Standard and Date
Operating Temperature (degrees C) 0 - 40
Jacks
Video Out NO
HD/HDMI™ Out HDMI™ mini connector (Type C), BRAVIA Sync (Sync menu), PhotoTV HD
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed YES
USB Mode Mass Storage (PC connection) / PTP(PictBridge)
Power/Others
Battery System NP-FM500H
Supplied Battery NP-FM500H
Stamina (battery life in CIPA condition) Approx. 950 images with viewfinder, approx. 480 images in live view mode
Weight (g) Approx. 599
Dimensions
Width (mm) 137
Height (mm) 104
Depth (mm) 84

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3 inch LCD, 14 megapixel, DSLR, tilting, alpha, 7fps, CMOS, HDR, Sony, Live View, DSLRA550, alpha a550, A550, Sony A550

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