Sony SLT A55 vs Sony Alpha DSLR-A550

Winner
Sony SLT-A55

75

Sony Alpha DSLR-A550

58

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A55

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.72x
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
10 fps
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A550

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
500 ms startup delay
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentamirror
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
184 ms shutter lag
Battery life
Great battery life
950 shots

galleries

Explore our gallery of 7 sample photos taken by the Sony Alpha DSLR-A550.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony SLT-A55.

competitors

Sony SLT-A55 Competitors

Sony SLT A58

Sony SLT A58

Entry-level DSLR

$498 - $666 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Battery life Significantly longer battery life
Screen size Much smaller screen
Sony Alpha a6300

Sony Alpha a6300

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$998 body only

$1,148 with 16-50mm lens

Focus points Many more focus points
Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Viewfinder size Much smaller viewfinder
Sony SLT A57

Sony SLT A57

Entry-level DSLR

$608 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Movie format Lower frame rate movies
GPS No built-in GPS

Sony Alpha DSLR-A550 Competitors

Sony SLT A58

Sony SLT A58

Entry-level DSLR

$498 - $666 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Autofocus Video autofocus
Screen size Much smaller screen
Sony SLT-A65

Sony SLT A65

Entry-level DSLR

$1,000 body only

$1,149 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Autofocus Video autofocus
Startup delay Much more startup delay
Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

Entry-level DSLR

$1,040 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Color depth Better color depth
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag

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