Summary Sony DSLR-A500

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Body only Unknown Kit Unknown
Score Snapsort rank
Among similar cameras #n/a of 17
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Specifications Key specs
Sensor size Help APS-C 23.5x15.6mm Screen resolution Help 230k dots
Megapixels Help 12.2 MP Movie format Help None
Screen size Help 3.0" Light sensitivity Help 12,800 ISO
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Pros

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

Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
Sensor shift
Startup delay Short startup delay Help
500 ms startup delay
Screen flips out Flip-out screen Help
Great for movies
Shutter lag Short shutter lag Help
181 ms shutter lag
Battery life Incredible battery life Help
1000 shots
Storage slots More storage slots Help
2

Cons

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

Overall image quality Low overall image quality Help
64.0
Viewfinder size Small viewfinder Help
0.52x
Autofocus Manual focus only Help
None
Focus points Fewer focus points Help
9
Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points Help
1
Announced Old Help
August, 2009
Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
95%
Size Quite large Help
Professional size 137x104x84 mm
Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity Help
None
Thickness Thick Help
3.3"
Popularity Not so popular Help
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Low light performance Noisy at high ISO Help
772 ISO
Movie format No movies Help
None
Color depth Little color depth Help
21.8 bits
Dynamic range Narrower dynamic range Help
11.6 EV
Screen resolution Very low resolution screen Help
230k dots
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
12.2 MP
Weather sealed No weather sealing Help
Need to shelter it from weather
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
5 fps
Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post
Lens availability Slightly fewer lenses available Help
123 lenses
Fastest shutter speed Slow shutter speed Help
1/4000 of a second

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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!