As well as being compared against other entry-level DSLRs, the Sony SLT-A55 is also often compared to pro DSLRs and mirrorless. The Sony SLT-A55's top rivals come from Canon (such as the Rebel T3i and the Rebel T2i) and Nikon (such as the D3300 and the D3000)

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony SLT A55 compared to other entry-level DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs none), has a much higher resolution screen (921k dots vs 460k dots), much larger viewfinder (0.72x vs 0.55x), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none) and lets you preview your photos on the screen.

However, on average it takes much lower resolution photos (16 MP vs 17.9 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p, has a lower quality type of viewfinder (digital vs pentamirror), slightly fewer lenses available (126 lenses vs 220 lenses) and has a slightly shorter battery life (330 shots vs 690 shots).

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
5 months newer

Significant advantages of the T3i (vs the SLT A55)

  • Much higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 16 MP
  • Supports 24p
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital

Significant disadvantages of the T3i (vs the SLT A55)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.53x vs 0.72x
  • Shoots much slower: 3.7 fps vs 10 fps

common strengths of the T3i and SLT A55

  • Flip-out screens
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
3 years newer
$473 (body only)
$399 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3300 (vs the SLT A55)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24.2 MP vs 16 MP
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the D3300 (vs the SLT A55)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.55x vs 0.72x
  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 10 fps

common strengths of the D3300 and SLT A55

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Nikon D3000

Nikon D3000
1 year older
$637 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3000 (vs the SLT A55)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital
  • Significantly more lenses available: 230 lenses vs 126 lenses
  • Much thinner: 2.5" vs 3.3"

Significant disadvantages of the D3000 (vs the SLT A55)

  • Much lower true resolution: 10 MP vs 16 MP
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 921k dots
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift

common strengths of the D3000 and SLT A55

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Sony SLT A58

Sony SLT A58
2 years newer
$330 (body only)

Significant advantages of the SLT A58 (vs the SLT A55)

  • Much higher true resolution: 20.1 MP vs 16 MP
  • Supports 24p
  • Much thinner: 3.1" vs 3.3"

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A58 (vs the SLT A55)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 921k dots
  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"
  • Significantly smaller viewfinder: 0.65x vs 0.72x

common strengths of the SLT A58 and SLT A55

  • Large viewfinder size: 0.65x vs 0.72x
  • Very fast continuous shooting: 8 fps vs 10 fps
  • Focus continuously recording movies

Sony SLT A57

Sony SLT A57
1 year newer
$1,994 (body only)

Significant advantages of the SLT A57 (vs the SLT A55)

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Supports 24p
  • Shoots significantly faster: 12 fps vs 10 fps

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A57 (vs the SLT A55)

  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the SLT A57 and SLT A55

  • Large viewfinder size: 0.72x vs 0.72x
  • Very fast continuous shooting: 12 fps vs 10 fps
  • Flip-out screens

Canon Rebel T2i

Canon EOS Rebel T2i
6 months older

Significant advantages of the T2i (vs the SLT A55)

  • Much higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 16 MP
  • Supports 24p
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital

Significant disadvantages of the T2i (vs the SLT A55)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.54x vs 0.72x
  • Shoots much slower: 3.7 fps vs 10 fps

common strengths of the T2i and SLT A55

  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony SLT A55 compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs none), slightly larger viewfinder (0.72x vs 0.65x), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), lets you preview your photos on the screen and shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 7 fps).

However, on average it takes slightly lower resolution photos (16 MP vs 20 MP), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (12,800 ISO vs 1,640,000 ISO), doesn't have a touch screen, it's body is not weather sealed and doesn't record movies in 24p.

Sony SLT A77

Sony SLT-A77
1 year newer
$1,967 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the SLT A77 (vs the SLT A55)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 16 MP
  • Shoots significantly faster: 12 fps vs 10 fps
  • Weather sealed

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A77 (vs the SLT A55)

  • Larger: Professional size (143×104×81 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×92×85 mm)
  • Heavier: 732 g vs 500 g

common strengths of the SLT A77 and SLT A55

  • Very fast continuous shooting: 12 fps vs 10 fps
  • Flip-out screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies

Canon EOS 40D

Canon EOS 40D
3 years older
$1,800 28-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 40D (vs the SLT A55)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Much longer battery life: 1100 shots vs 330 shots
  • Significantly more lenses available: 220 lenses vs 126 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the 40D (vs the SLT A55)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 921k dots
  • Shoots much slower: 6.5 fps vs 10 fps
  • Significantly smaller viewfinder: 0.59x vs 0.72x

common strengths of the 40D and SLT A55

  • Fairly small: Professional size (146×108×74 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×92×85 mm)
  • Built-in flashes

Canon EOS 5D

Canon EOS 5D
5 years older
$2,499 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 5D (vs the SLT A55)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Much thinner: 3" vs 3.3"
  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/8000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the 5D (vs the SLT A55)

  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"
  • Shoots much slower: 3 fps vs 10 fps
  • No live view

common strengths of the 5D and SLT A55

  • None found

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D
2 years newer
$1,877 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 70D (vs the SLT A55)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Has a touch screen
  • Weather sealed

Significant disadvantages of the 70D (vs the SLT A55)

  • Shoots much slower: 7 fps vs 10 fps
  • Significantly smaller viewfinder: 0.59x vs 0.72x
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the 70D and SLT A55

  • Flip-out screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Fairly small: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×92×85 mm)

Nikon D500

Nikon D500
5 years newer
$1,399 - $1,797 (body only)
$2,114 - $2,397 16-80mm lens

Significant advantages of the D500 (vs the SLT A55)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 2,359k dots vs 921k dots
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Many more focus points: 153 vs 15

Significant disadvantages of the D500 (vs the SLT A55)

  • Significantly larger: Large (147×115×81 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×92×85 mm)
  • Significantly heavier: 860 g vs 500 g
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the D500 and SLT A55

  • Very fast continuous shooting: 10 fps vs 10 fps
  • Flip-out screens
  • Built-in GPS

Sony SLT A77 II

Sony SLT A77 II
3 years newer
$1,198 (body only)
$1,798 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A77 II (vs the SLT A55)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24.7 MP vs 16 MP
  • Many more focus points: 79 vs 15
  • Shoots significantly faster: 12 fps vs 10 fps

Significant disadvantages of the A77 II (vs the SLT A55)

  • No built-in GPS
  • Larger: Professional size (143×104×81 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×92×85 mm)

common strengths of the A77 II and SLT A55

  • Very fast continuous shooting: 12 fps vs 10 fps
  • Flip-out screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony SLT A55 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has a slightly higher resolution screen (921k dots vs 610k dots), significantly larger viewfinder (0.72x vs 0.49x), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), has a screen which flips out and can focus continuously while recording movies.

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 1,200 fps), takes slightly lower resolution photos (16 MP vs 20.1 MP), doesn't have a touch screen and doesn't record movies in 24p.

Sony Alpha A5100

Sony Alpha A5100
4 years newer
$363 - $448 (body only)
$450 - $548 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A5100 (vs the SLT A55)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Supports 24p
  • Significantly higher true resolution: 24.7 MP vs 16 MP

Significant disadvantages of the A5100 (vs the SLT A55)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 126 lenses

common strengths of the A5100 and SLT A55

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Inexpensive: $362.87 vs $668.03

Sony Alpha ILC-3000

Sony Alpha ILC-3000
3 years newer

Significant advantages of the ILC-3000 (vs the SLT A55)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Supports 24p
  • Significantly smaller: Compact (102×58×38 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×92×85 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the ILC-3000 (vs the SLT A55)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 921k dots
  • Doesn't focus continuously recording movies
  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.49x vs 0.72x

common strengths of the ILC-3000 and SLT A55

  • Each has a built-in flash

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
3 years newer
$379 - $498 (body only)
$479 - $598 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A6000 (vs the SLT A55)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Supports 24p
  • Significantly higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 16 MP

Significant disadvantages of the A6000 (vs the SLT A55)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 126 lenses
  • Slower autofocus: Hybrid detection vs Phase detection
  • No built-in GPS

common strengths of the A6000 and SLT A55

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Inexpensive: $379.00 vs $668.03

Fujifilm X-E3

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7 years newer
$649 - $699 (body only)
$880 - $999 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the X-E3 (vs the SLT A55)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Significantly more focus points: 325 vs 15
  • Significantly higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 16 MP

Significant disadvantages of the X-E3 (vs the SLT A55)

  • Screen does not flip out
  • Much fewer lenses available: 58 lenses vs 126 lenses
  • Smaller viewfinder: 0.61x vs 0.72x

common strengths of the X-E3 and SLT A55

  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Inexpensive: $649.00 vs $668.03

Olympus OM-D E-M5

Olympus OM-D E-M5
1 year newer
$511 - $899 (body only)
$999 14-150mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-M5 (vs the SLT A55)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD
  • Weather sealed

Significant disadvantages of the E-M5 (vs the SLT A55)

  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.44x vs 0.72x
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 610k dots vs 921k dots
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the E-M5 and SLT A55

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 126 lenses
  • Have external mic jacks

Nikon 1 V1

Nikon 1 V1
1 year newer
$436 (body only)

Significant advantages of the V1 (vs the SLT A55)

  • Records high-speed movies: 1,200 fps vs None
  • Shoots much faster: 60 fps vs 10 fps
  • Significantly smaller: Mid size (113×76×44 mm) vs Prosumer size (124×92×85 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the V1 (vs the SLT A55)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much fewer lenses available: 20 lenses vs 126 lenses
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the V1 and SLT A55

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Inexpensive: $435.79 vs $668.03