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

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
5 months newer

Significant advantages of the T3i (vs the SLT A55)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the T3i (vs the SLT A55)

  • None found

common strengths of the T3i and SLT A55

  • None found

Nikon D3300

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

Significant advantages of the D3300 (vs the SLT A55)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D3300 (vs the SLT A55)

  • None found

common strengths of the D3300 and SLT A55

  • None found

Nikon D3000

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

Significant advantages of the D3000 (vs the SLT A55)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D3000 (vs the SLT A55)

  • None found

common strengths of the D3000 and SLT A55

  • None found

Sony SLT A58

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

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the SLT A58 and SLT A55

  • None found

Sony SLT A57

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

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the SLT A57 and SLT A55

  • None found

Canon Rebel T2i

Canon EOS Rebel T2i
6 months older

Significant advantages of the T2i (vs the SLT A55)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the T2i (vs the SLT A55)

  • None found

common strengths of the T2i and SLT A55

  • None found

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Sony SLT A77

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

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the SLT A77 and SLT A55

  • None found

Canon EOS 40D

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

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the 40D and SLT A55

  • None found

Canon EOS 5D

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

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

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)

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the 70D and SLT A55

  • None found

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)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D500 (vs the SLT A55)

  • None found

common strengths of the D500 and SLT A55

  • None found

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)

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the A77 II and SLT A55

  • None found

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
  • Screen does not flip out

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

Placeholder
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

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Have external mic jacks
  • 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
  • Screen does not flip out
  • Much fewer lenses available: 20 lenses vs 126 lenses

common strengths of the V1 and SLT A55

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