Summary Sony DSLR-A500

Prices Price
Body only
With 18-55mm lens
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Specifications Key specs
Sensor size
Help APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
Screen resolution
Help 230k dots
Help 12.2 MP
Movie format
Help None
Screen size
Help 3"
Light sensitivity
Help 12,800 ISO
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Lenses Lenses
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The Sony DSLR-A500 vs other recent entry-level DSLRs

Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
  1. Sensor shift
Battery life Incredible battery life Help
1000 shots
Storage slots More storage slots Help
Screen flips out Flip-out screen Help
Great for movies
HDR In-camera HDR Help
Combines multiple exposures
Lowest price Inexpensive Help


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The Sony DSLR-A500 vs other recent entry-level DSLRs

Low light performance Noisy at high ISO Help
772 ISO
Color depth Little color depth Help
21.8 bits
Movie format No movies Help
Screen size Below average sized screen Help
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
12,800 ISO
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
12.2 MP
Autofocus Manual focus only Help
Focus points Fewer focus points Help
Viewfinder Uses battery, see less detail Help
Missing geo-tagging
Size Quite large Help
Professional size (137×104×84 mm)
Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
Won't autofocus with all lenses
Fastest shutter speed Slow shutter speed Help
1/4000 of a second
Overall image quality Low overall image quality Help
Dynamic range Narrower dynamic range Help
11.6 EV
Screen resolution Very low resolution screen Help
230k dots
Viewfinder size Small viewfinder Help
Touch screen No touch screen Help
More buttons
Weather sealed No weather sealing Help
Need to shelter it from weather
Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points Help
Lens availability Slightly fewer lenses available Help
126 lenses
Announced Old Help
August 2009
Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity Help
Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
Thickness Thick Help
Popularity Not so popular Help
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Sony Alpha DSLR-A500
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Avatar for Fulvia76 Fulvia76 (8:50 AM, December 01, 2011)
I had an Alpha DSLR-A500 for 14 months when it died. I sent it back to Sony who phoned me to say that they would repair it under warranty even though the warranty had expired - I was very pleased! However, Sony reneged on their advise saying that the failure had been caused by customer/misuse/impact damage. I asked Sony to send photographs of the exterior of the camera which would be comensurate with the claimed impact damage. I didn't receive any photos but received the camera back - un-repaired. I phoned Sony to ask why the camera had been returned and they told me that I had asked them to return it! They also stated that the camera was scratched and marked which was also untrue.
In future, if I am deciding on a camera I will go with Nikon, Canon etc. as this experience with Sony was unpleasant and frankly disturbing. Be warned!