Sony SLT-A55 vs Sony Alpha DSLR-A550

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Sony SLT-A55

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A550

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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

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differences

Advantages of the Sony DSLR-A550

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Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentamirror vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Battery life
Much longer battery life
950 shots vs 330 shots
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Around 3x more shots per battery charge
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
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Phase detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Viewfinder size
Much larger viewfinder
0.72x vs 0.52x
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More than 90% larger viewfinder
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
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
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
10 fps vs 7 fps
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More than 40% faster continuous shooting
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
Significantly smaller
124×92×85 mm vs 137×104×84 mm
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Around 20% smaller
True resolution
Higher true resolution
16 MP vs 14 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$351.98 vs $999.99
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The best price we've seen is $648 cheaper (2.8x less)
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
Weight
Lighter
500 g vs 632 g
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More than 20% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Sensor shift
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              DSLR-A5507 fps
              SLT-A5510 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-A55014 MP
              SLT-A5516 MP
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              126 lenses
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              12,800 ISO
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              DSLR-A550None
              SLT-A551080p @ 30fps
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              DSLR-A550807 ISO
              SLT-A55816 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $330 body only

              $498 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

              $559 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony SLT-A65

              Sony SLT A65

              Entry-level DSLR

              $593 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
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly 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
              Canon Kiss X5

              Canon Kiss X5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 body only

              $1,499 with 18-135mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,103 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A550 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT-A33

              Sony SLT-A33

              Entry-level DSLR

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Battery life Much shorter battery life

              Sony SLT-A55 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus OM-D E-M10 II

              Olympus OM-D E-M10 II

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Focus points Many more focus points
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Viewfinder size Much smaller viewfinder
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Sony SLT A77 II

              Sony SLT A77 II

              Pro DSLR

              $885 - $948 body only

              $1,548 with 16-50mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Lower frame rate movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Many more focus points
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Autofocus Slower autofocus

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