Sony Alpha SLT-A55V (Body only)
16.2-megapixel digital SLR camera with HD movie mode
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Item #: 158A55V
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Original Price: $699.99
Blazing speed at a down-to-earth price
Lots of cameras give you rapid-fire continuous shooting, but you'll be hard pressed to find one that's as fast, versatile, and affordable as Sony's 'A55. It shoots up to 10 frames per second at full 16-megapixel resolution. Unlike most SLRs, this camera is always in "live view mode," which means you can see the effects of any changes you make to exposure settings before you take the shot. Its newly designed electronic viewfinder displays comprehensive shooting information, and a flexible tilt-and-swivel LCD screen make it easier than ever to get fantastic looking shots of a fast-moving world.
How does it work?
Traditional DSLRs rely on a moving mirror that flips out of the way when you press the shutter button. When that happens, the camera momentarily loses its ability to autofocus, and your viewfinder or live view LCD screen go black at the same time a less than desirable situation. Sony's fixed-position translucent mirror works around the problem by splitting the light coming from the lens, sending it to the camera's imaging sensor and autofocus sensor simultaneously. That means the 'A55 can continue focusing and shooting at the same time. Fast-moving subjects will always stay sharp, whether you're snapping still shots or recording full HD video.
A camera that remembers where you've been (even if you don't)
Snap a photo or shoot a video, and the 'A55 saves location and elevation info for you. When you upload your photos to the web, you can take advantage of the geo-tagging feature of many photo-mapping sites, like Flickr® or Google's Panoramio. That lets you easily distinguish between images you recorded in the Shenandoah mountains from those you captured in the Adirondacks.
Get everyone in the picture, even in 3D
The SLT-A55 also has other cool tricks up its sleeve. The next time you find yourself admiring a stunning mountain vista or beautiful cityscape, you can put Sony's ingenious Sweep Panorama mode to good use. It lets you capture the scene around you by sweeping the camera across your field of view the camera automatically stitches multiple shots together to form one seamless photo. The 'A55 even lets you record your multi-shot panoramas in stunning 3D for playback on a compatible 3D television. You can connect the camera directly to your compatible HDTV with an optional mini HDMI cable.
From the review The Sony Alpha SLT-A55VL: simple operation, great pictures
"If you're photographing sports, or need a great all-around camera at the ready, the Sony A55 would be a great choice... The ten frames per second feature could help you capture those elusive and fleeting moments. It's not as light as a point-and-shoot, but it also didn't make me tired carrying it in my shoulder bag. And carrying that extra bit of weight was well worth it for a camera with so many extra features.
Meredith, Crutchfield Video Producer and A/V Writer
You don't have to be an expert photographer to use an SLR they all offer easy automatic shooting. Because of their build quality and the physics of good glass and large sensors, even their built-in automatic settings will get you better pictures than most point-and-shoots or mobile devices. But experienced photographers and budding hobbyists can get more creative by manually adjusting settings like aperture and shutter speed. SLRs let you expand your shooting options with additional lenses and flashes to suit just about any situation. If you'd like to record the occasional video, look for a model with high-def movie mode.
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I was looking for a camera body that would accept my Minolta lenses. I had
purchased a 7xi in the late 90's and I needed a body that would be compatible
with them. I had a 28-80, a 28-105 and a 100-300. They were all auto focus and
auto zooms. Minolta had been sold to Konica and then the whole line had been
sold to Sony. I called Sony and they explained to me that the Alpha series was
completely compatible, I was skeptical to say the least. When I received the
body I was surprised that everything was as they said and to my surprise not
only were the lenses compatible the flash and the remote cables were also. I
am completely satisfied with the camera. It takes great pictures and movies. It
not only for the amateur photographer it will also serve the semi-pro. Thank you
|LCD Screen Size||3"|
|Lens 35mm Equivalent||N/A|
|Effective Megapixel Count||16.2|
|Image Stabilization||Sensor Shift|
|Highest Resolution||4912 x 3264|
|HD Video Recording||1920 x 1080, 1440 x 1080|
|Weight With Battery (ounces)||17.6|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
Camera Body Only: The Sony SLT-A55V α (alpha series) DSLR camera is compatible with Sony A-mount lenses. This product contains the camera body only, along with a rechargeable battery, adjustable neck strap, USB cable, and software on CD-ROM. No lenses are included.
Translucent Mirror Technology: The A55V is the first DSLR with Translucent Mirror Technology, which directs light to both the image sensor and the Phase Detection AF sensor simultaneously. This allows the camera to focus and capture the image at the same time. Since the mirror never moves, the time needed to raise and lower the mirror is eliminated.
3" Tiltable LCD Screen: The A55V uses a 3" TFT TruBlack LCD screen with 921,600 dots. The LCD can be tilted and swiveled so you can frame your shots from difficult angles overhead or down low.
Electronic Viewfinder: The 0.46" electronic color viewfinder has 1,440,000 dots (0.43"/1,152,000 dots displayed), and provides approximately 100% field of view. The built-in diopter lets you adjust the viewfinder image to your individual eyesight. The adjustment is -4.0 to +4.0 m-1. If you're using the electronic viewfinder to frame your shots, the LCD turns off automatically when you bring the camera up to your eyes.
Live View: The A55's Live View lets you use the LCD screen and Electronic Viewfinder to frame your photos as you shoot. The Live View image will provide an accurate preview of your photo, including the white balance, focus, depth of field, exposure, and framing. In addition, the on-screen displays will keep you informed on all your settings and recording information.
Built-in GPS: The camera has a built-in GPS system which allows it to acquire location information, and record it onto the images or movies you shoot at that location. Using the supplied Picture Motion Browser (PMB) software, you can import images recorded with location information to a computer, and enjoy them with a map that shows their shooting location. You may also use the GPS to automatically set and maintain the correct time.
Note: The GPS will not operate indoors or near tall buildings.
Still Image Recording Formats: Still images are recorded in JPEG file format in Standard and Fine compression rates. You can also record still images using the RAW format, which is uncompressed with no processing performed in the camera. RAW images must be transferred to a computer for processing, editing, and printing using the supplied Image Data Converter SR software.
Movie Recording Formats: The A55V can record 16:9 Full High Definition movies (FH: 1920 x 1080/60i) in AVCHD mode with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video and 2-channel Dolby Digital audio. Movies can also be recorded in MP4 mode (1440 x 1080/30 fps, 640 x 480/30fps) with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video and MPEG-4 AAC-LC 2-channel audio. The recording bit rate is 17 Mbps for AVCHD, 12 Mbps for MP4 1080, and 3 Mbps for MP4 VGA.
Panorama Photos: The 3D Sweep Panorama mode lets you record panoramic images by holding down the shutter button as you pan across the scene. Panoramic photos can be taken in 3D or Standard in several different resolution settings:
Dual Media Options: The A55V camera accepts two types of media for capturing still images: Memory Stick PRO Duo (including Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo), and SD, SDHC, and SDXC Memory Cards. The maximum number of images that can be recorded on a memory card formatted with this camera varies slightly between the two types of media. The number of images that can be stored on a Memory Stick PRO Duo:
Capacity based on images taken at L 16M/Aspect Ratio: 3:2 (4912 x 3264):
|Size \ Capacity||2 GB||4 GB||8 GB||16 GB||32 GB|
|RAW & JPEG||74||154||319||657||1304|
Image Sensor: The SLT-A55V features an APS-C-sized Exmor CMOS image sensor (23.6 x 15.8mm). It has approximately 16.7-million total pixels and 16.2-million effective pixels.
Image Sizes: You can record still images in a 3:2 or 16:9 aspect ratio. The image sizes include:
|Aspect Ratio||Image Size||Resolution|
|3:2||L: 16M||4912 x 3264|
|M: 8.4M||3568 x 2368|
|S: 4.0M||2448 x 1624|
|16:9||L: 14M||4912 x 2760|
|M: 7.1M||3568 x 2000|
|S: 3.4M||2448 x 1376|
SteadyShot INSIDE In-Camera Image Stabilization: The SteadyShot INSIDE in-camera image stabilizer shifts the image sensor to compensate for camera shake without sacrificing image quality. The compensation effect is equal to 2.5 to 3.5 shutter speed steps, giving you more creative freedom when shooting in low light. And, because it is integrated into the camera body, SteadyShot INSIDE technology works with all compatible α (alpha) system lenses.
Eye-Start Auto Focus: The camera features the Eye-Start Auto Focus system, which begins precision auto focus adjustments the moment you raise the camera to your eye. This feature can be turned off in the menu, if desired.
15-Point AF System: The A55V's high-performance auto focus system uses 15 focus points to deliver fast and precise focusing. It has a predictive focus control to automatically calculate the position of fast-moving subjects. You can choose from the following Auto/Manual Focus Modes:
Focus Lock: If a subject is off-center and outside of the AF area, you can lock the focus of the camera.
AF Illuminator: When you press the shutter button halfway down a red illuminator is emitted until the focus is locked. Under dark lighting conditions or when you shoot a low contrast subject, the AF illuminator allows the camera to focus more easily on the subject. The AF illuminator has a range of approximately 3.3 to 16.4 feet.
Drive Modes: The camera offers the following shooting modes:
Exposure Modes: The camera offers the following exposure recording modes:
Exposure Compensation: Exposure compensation is used to alter the camera's standard exposure setting. You can make the image look lighter (increased exposure) or darker (decreased exposure). The exposure compensation amount can be set up to +/-2 EV in 1/3-step increments.
AE Lock: You can fix the exposure before deciding on the composition when taking a picture. This is effective when the metering object and focusing object are different or when you want to shoot continuously while keep the same exposure value.
Metering Mode: A 1200-zone evaluative sensing system provides multi-pattern measuring for superior exposure control accuracy in a wide range of lighting conditions. You can select the method for measuring the brightness of a subject from the following three methods:
White Balance: You can adjust the color tones according to the lighting conditions. You can choose from the following WB options, and adjust the +/- 3 to fine tune the colors:
Color Temperature/Color Filter: You can adjust the white balance further by selecting Color Temperature or Color Filter in the Custom White Balance option. With Color Temperature, the higher the number, the more reddish the image, and the lower the number, the more bluish the image. Color Filter achieves the effect of Color Compensation filters for photography. Based on the set color temperature as the standard, the color can be compensated to Green (G) or Magenta (M).
Image Processing (Creative Style): This camera is pre-programmed with image styles optimal for various scenes and purposes. For each setting, you can adjust the contrast, saturation, and sharpness. You can choose from the following settings:
ISO Settings: ISO is a unit of measurement of sensitivity to light. The larger the number, the higher the sensitivity. The camera's ISO can be set manually or automatically, depending upon the exposure mode:
Built-in Flash: In a dark location, using the built-in flash, or optional flash, allows you to shoot the subject brightly, and it also helps prevent blurred photos due to camera shake. The SLT-A55V features a pop-up flash, and an accessory shoe for attaching an optional external flash. The range of the built-in flash depends on the ISO sensitivity and aperture value. The A55V offers the following flash modes:
Noise Reduction: The camera offers Long Exposure and High ISO Noise Reduction (NR) to automatically reduce the grainy noise found in photos during long exposures or high ISO settings.
Anti-Dust Technology: Changing lenses in a DSLR can allow dust to enter the camera. To help keep the image sensor cleaner for better pictures, the A55V utilizes a static-free anti-dust coating on the imager's filter. The camera also has a cleaning function which vibrates the image sensor for a short time to knock off any dust that may have settled on the imager.
Playback Options: You can view images on the LCD monitor with 3 options: with recording data displayed, without recording data, or histogram display. A histogram is the luminance distribution that shows how many pixels of a particular brightness exists in a picture. The histogram display of this camera shows the brightness on the horizontal axis (left side is black, right side is white) and the number of pixels on the vertical axis.
Auto Review: After an image is recorded, you can have the camera automatically display it on the LCD monitor for two, five or 10 seconds. You can also turn off auto review.
Image Rotation: Vertical shots can be rotated automatically so that they are displayed upright during playback. This can be done manually or automatically.
Playback Screen: You can view your photos back as a single image on the LCD monitor, as an Index or as a Slide Show . During Index View mode, you can view 6 or 12 images at once. You can adjust the Slide Show mode interval from 1, 3, 5, 10, or 30 seconds.
D-Range Optimizer/Auto HDR: The camera allows you to correct the brightness and contrast of an image automatically, using the D-Range Optimizer (DRO) and Auto High Dynamic Range functions. The DRO optimizes the gradations of a recorded image in each area of the image; you select the optimal level from Lv1 (weak) and Lv5 (strong). When Auto HDR is selected, the camera shoots three images with different exposures, then overlays them to create one image with the correct exposure and an overlaid image.
Image Enlargement: During single image playback you can enlarge an entire image or a select area of an image from 1.1 to 11.8x depending upon the image size. Small images can be enlarged up to 6x, Medium images to 8.8x, and Large images up to 11.8x. Once you have enlarged the image, you can pan around the image to view the desired portion.
Rotating Images: Images can be rotated counter-clockwise 360-degrees on the camera's LCD monitor during single image playback.
Protect Images: You can protect all images on your memory card or select only certain images to be protected from accidental erasure.
HDMI Output: The SLT-A55V provides direct mini-HDMI output to your HDTV screen, so you can view and share photos in clarity and detail. You can choose between standard 3:2 or widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio. When connected to a Sony BRAVIA TV, you can control the image playback using the TV remote. A mini-HDMI-to-HDMI cable is not supplied.
Printing Options: The camera offers the following printing options.
InfoLithium Battery: The SLT-A55V is powered by the NP-FW50 InfoLithium battery (supplied). The battery communicates data to the camera, so that the percentage of battery power remaining can be displayed. The approximate number of images that can be recorded with the supplied battery is as follows:
|With Flash||Without Flash|
|LCD Monitor||380 images||430 images|
|Viewfinder||330 images||370 images|
Charging: The supplied InfoLithium battery requires approximately 250 minutes for a full charge. The battery should be fully charged before initial use.
Power Save: You can set different time intervals for the camera to switch to Power Save mode. You can set the interval to 10 seconds, 20 seconds, 1 minute, 5 minutes, or 30 minutes. Once the camera goes into Power Save mode, you can return to the shooting mode by pressing the shutter button halfway. When the camera is connected to a TV or the drive mode is set to Remote Commander, the power save mode defaults to 30 minutes regardless of the setting.
Application Software CD-ROM: The following software is included with the SLT-A55V:
Picture Motion Browser Ver.5.3: Windows Only
Image Data Lightbox SR Ver.2.2: Windows and Macintosh
Image Data Converter SR Ver.3.2: Windows and Macintosh
Macintosh Requirements (Sony Image Data Suite only):
Note: For USB Connection, Mac OS X v10.3, v10.4, v10.5 or v10.6 required
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