Sony A55 Review

4.5
February 17, 2011 | Mark Goldstein |

Main Rivals

Listed below are some of the rivals of the Sony A55.

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 D5000

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The Nikon D5000 is the latest digital SLR camera to incorporate a video recording mode, capable of producing 720p, 1280x720 pixel movies at 30fps complete with sound. The 12.3 megapixel D5000 also features a vari-angle LCD screen, making unusual picture compostions easier than with a fixed screen. More traditional SLR features include an ISO range of 100-6400, 4fps continuous shooting, and 11-point autofocus system. Retailing for £719.99 / €878.00 / $729.95 body only, or £799.99 / €972.00 / $849.95 with the 18-55mm VR kit lens, we find out if the Nikon D5000 can successfuly combine video and still images in our latest expert review.

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-r

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The new Pentax K-r is a mid-range DSLR camera that fills the gap between the entry-level K-x and prosumer K-7 models. The 12 megapixel K-r combines the best of both cameras, inheriting the compact size and simple layout of the K-x and the high-resolution screen and AF system of the K-7. Is that enough to still remain competitive in 2010? Read our Pentax K-r expert review 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 A33

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The Sony A33 is a new kind of interchangeable lens camera, removing the optical viewfinder and moving mirror of a DSLR and replacing them with an electronic viewfinder and a fixed semi-translucent mirror. This combination allows the A33 to be smaller, lighter, faster and offer a better Live View experience than a comparably priced DSLR. Read our Sony A33 Review to find out if this is the future of interchangeable lens cameras...

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