Updated (March, 2012): Compare the Sony Alpha DSLR-A550 vs Sony SLT A57

Sony SLT-A55

Winner
Sony SLT-A55

75

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A550

56

Sony Alpha DSLR-A550

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
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
900 ms startup delay
 

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
 

differences

Advantages of the Sony DSLR-A550

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Battery life
Much longer battery life
950 shots vs 330 shots
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Around 3x more shots per battery charge
Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentamirror vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Startup delay
Less startup delay
500 ms vs 900 ms
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More than 40% less delay when turning on
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
184 ms vs 220 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Thickness
Slightly thinner
3.3" vs 3.3"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Sony SLT-A55

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Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Viewfinder size
Much larger viewfinder
0.72x vs 0.52x
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More than 90% larger viewfinder
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Phase detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Color depth
Better color depth
23 bits vs 21.9 bits
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Distinguishes 1.1 more bits of color
Overall image quality
Better image quality
73.0 vs 66.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
10 fps vs 7 fps
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More than 40% faster continuous shooting
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.4 EV vs 11.8 EV
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0.6 f-stops more dynamic range
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Size
Much smaller
124x92x85 mm vs 137x104x84 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Light sensitivity (boost)
Has boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
True resolution
Higher true resolution
16 MP vs 14 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Weight
Lighter
500 g vs 632 g
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More than 20% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$529.99 vs $600.00
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The best price we've seen is $70 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Sensor shift
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              DSLR-A550:7 fps
              SLT-A55:10 fps
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              3.3"
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              DSLR-A550:14 MP
              SLT-A55:16 MP
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              123 lenses
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              DSLR-A550:807 ISO
              SLT-A55:816 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $398 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Sony SLT A57

              Sony SLT A57

              Entry-level DSLR

              $605 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Sony SLT-A37

              Sony SLT-A37

              Entry-level DSLR

              $440 - $479 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Screen size Has a much smaller screen
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $310 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Sony SLT-A65

              Sony SLT A65

              Entry-level DSLR

              $704 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $549 body only

              $1,000 - $1,698 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Size Is much larger
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $469 body only

              $429 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A550 Competitors

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              Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

              Entry-level DSLR

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Color depth Better color depth
              Live view No live view
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO

              Sony SLT-A55 Competitors

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