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Sony a55

Sony a55

If you prefer to live on the edge, this Sony Alpha DSLR-SLT-A55 Digital Camera (Body Only) will take you to the cutting edge of DSLR technology, with the world’s first transparent mirror design and other innovative features.

This is the first time that a high-resolution live picture preview with speedy, precise phase detection autofocus has been made available at all times—whether through the LCD or electronic viewfinder. When taking full HD video or stills, even moving objects will remain in great focus at all times, regardless of whether they are moving or not.

However, it is not all that the A55 has to offer. Built-in GPS tracks the location and time of every shot you take and allows you to view your images on maps (when using a compatible computer and Internet applications), an incredibly sharp and bright 3 inch LCD display, and a 16.2MP high-resolution image sensor with an APS-C size HD CMOS image sensor are just a few of the features you’ll find on this camera “The camera features a tiltable LCD screen with 921,000 dots, a built-in flash, full HD 1080/60i video, a fantastic 3D panorama mode that combines three images into a 3D image, and up to 10 frames per second continuous shooting. It also has a digital zoom.

There will be no more missed opportunities due to darkness thanks to the image stabilization, Hand-held Night Shot mode, Multi-frame NR mode (which takes 6 photographs in fast succession and merges the best data from each into 1 spectacular picture), and sensitivity of up to ISO 25600.

In addition to recognizing faces and optimizing exposure and focus for them, Smile Shutter only captures pictures when it senses that the person is smiling, which is rare.

There’s also an automated HDR option, which takes three photographs of a high-contrast scene and combines the data from the highlights, shadows, and mid-tones to produce a single ideal shot.

On top of that, the A55 has a variety of creative modes such as Standard (default), Vivid (default), Portrait (default), Landscape (default), Sunset (default), B/W (Contrast, Saturation, Sharpness adjustable in +/-3 steps), Macro (default), Sports Action (default), Night Portrait (default), and many more.

Resolution of 16.2 Megapixels

Incredible detail and beautiful enlargements are obtained. As a result of the camera’s 16.2-megapixel APS-C sensor size and Sony Exmor APS HD CMOS technology, it can capture images with excellent quality while suffering no degradation in low light.

Translucent Mirror Technology is a term used to describe a type of transparent mirror.

Other DSLRs are capable of shooting. Alternatively, users can use the speed and precision of Phase Detection AF to focus. They are unable to perform both at the same time.

As the world’s first DSLR to have Translucent Mirror Technology, the SLT-A55 delivers light to both the image sensor and the Phase Detection AF sensor at the same time.

GPS navigation is built-in.

Each photograph you take is accompanied by a GPS receiver, which stores the place and time of each photograph and allows you to browse your photos on a map using compatible computer and Internet apps, allowing you to recall the locations of your best photographs.

Movies in Full HD 1080p/60i

With a resolution of 1080/60i Full HD, this is one of the very few DSLRs that can capture images at the exact same resolution and frame rate as most broadcast and cable HDTV channels. AVCHD video is recorded at 1080/60i, high definition video at 1080/30p in PC-friendly MP4 format, and standard definition video at 480/30p in MP4 format.

Continuous 10 frames per second frame rate

When you have a transparent mirror, it is much simpler to record the winning soccer kick or your kid at her prettiest. The Sony SLT-A55 camera captures images with a full 16.2 MP resolution at up to 10 frames per second while keeping continuous autofocus and auto-exposure capabilities.

Capturing Full HD Movies with Quick Autofocus

When most DSLRs capture video, their Contrast AF is sluggish and visibly “hunts” for focus, which can be distracting to the viewer.

For Full HD movies, the Quick AF Full HD Movie keeps the same rapid and exact Phase Detection as the Quick AF still photographs. It’s a significant advantage when following fast-moving targets, and it’s one of the most significant advantages of Translucent Mirror Technology.

High-Definition CMOS Image Sensor in the APS-C Format

With an image sensor that is 19.5 times the size of a standard camcorder image sensor, the APS-C format distinguishes between amateur and professional-looking video by offering an unparalleled mix of high resolution, high sensitivity, and stunning, blurred backgrounds.

Multi-Frame NR is a kind of noise reduction.

Without the use of a flash, you may capture fantastic low-light images. A fraction of a second is enough time for the camera to record six photographs.

By combining the data from all six sensors, it is able to provide a single image with a decrease in noise compared to two more steps of exposure sensitivity. The sensitivity may be adjusted up to ISO 25600. (This method is recommended for static subjects.)

Exmor technology from Sony

Conventional image sensors make use of just a small number of analog-to-digital (A/D) converters, which might cause your computer to run slowly.

There are more than 4,000 column-parallel A/D converters onboard the Exmor sensor system. This makes it possible to shoot continuously at speeds of up to 7 frames per second.

Night Shot with a Hand-Held Telescope

Without the use of a flash or a tripod, you may get cleaner and clearer nighttime images that are far superior to those captured by typical cameras. A fraction of a second is enough time for the camera to record six photographs.

Combining the data using distinct algorithms for the static and moving elements of the picture eliminates blur, decreases noise, and allows for amazing detail to be achieved while maintaining the highest possible quality.

Auto HDR is pre-installed on the camera.

It captures a greater dynamic range in a scene than a single exposure can handle, and it captures a more dynamic range than a picture film.

For one great photo, it combines the best highlight detail from one shot with the finest mid-tones from another and the best shadow detail from a third to create the most stunning result. The image is captured in a half-second. (This method is recommended for static subjects.)

Panorama Mode with 3D Sweep

Capture stunning 3D images of expansive landscapes and 16:9 aspect ratios. As you sweep your hand across the panorama, the camera records discrete right-eye and left-eye pictures, which are shown on your 3D television3 to bring landscapes to life. Recording in both JPEG and MPO file formats is possible.

Electronic Viewfinder with a Viewfinder at Eye Level

In addition to being extremely bright and easy to see with 1.1x magnification, the Tru-finder Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) is also ultra-sharp with 1.44 million dots (1.15 effective) and gives 100 percent frame coverage. Operation is simplified by the use of exposure previews and explanatory overlays.

Auto Focus with 15 Points

Sony’s Phase Detection Autofocus (AF) system is extremely sophisticated, allowing it to leverage the utility of Translucent Mirror Technology. Precision is maximized by using three cross sensors.

3 degrees of tilt and swivel “LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) Display

Tilt the camera up or down to capture high- and low-angle photos that would otherwise be difficult to capture. Self-portraits may be taken by tilting and swiveling under the camera.

Allowing the LCD to be exposed for shooting or shielded while traveling, fold it flush to the camera.

Main Sensor Live View with Quick AF

That makes it the world’s first DSLR to combine the best possible focus provided by Phase Detection with high-quality Live View photos captured directly from the primary sensor. Sony Translucent Mirror Technology is responsible for making this feasible. On the LCD monitor or the eye-level viewfinder, you will see precise photos and perfect framing.

Eye-Level Finder for High-Definition Video

One of the reasons people like DSLRs is the fact that they have an eye-level finder. However, once you film high-definition movies, that finder becomes dark. Until now, that is.

Utilizing the Sony SLT-A55, you may make videos with the increased stability that comes from putting the camera up to your face and using the eye-level finder to frame and focus a scene.

LCD Display with 921K Dots in TruBlack

Sony’s Xtra Fine LCD display contains 921K dots, which means it has excellent resolution. The TruBlack screen has a unique resin coating that reduces internal reflections, resulting in increased contrast when compared to ordinary LCDs. While in Sunny Weather mode, visibility is increased even more in bright sunshine.

Auto Focus using Phase Detection

While Contrast Detection AF frequently searches for the right focus, Phase Detection AF is aware of the exact location of the correct focus and proceeds to capture it.

The Sony SLT-A55 is the world’s first consumer camera to offer Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF) when recording high-definition movies as well as when taking still images, whether through the viewfinder or utilizing Live View on the LCD screen.

Sweep Panorama is a type of panorama mode that sweeps over the screen.

Capture large vistas in a simple and automated manner. Sweep vertically or horizontally with the shutter button depressed.

The remainder is taken care of by the camera, which continually captures photos and stitches them together. Image resolutions of up to 23 MP are possible.

Main Sensor Live View with Quick AF

That makes it the world’s first DSLR to combine the best possible focus provided by Phase Detection with high-quality Live View photos captured directly from the primary sensor. Sony Translucent Mirror Technology is responsible for making this feasible.

On the LCD monitor or the eye-level viewfinder, you will see precise photos and perfect framing.

High Sensitivity (ISO 12800)

The low-noise Exmor APS HD CMOS image sensor, together with the upgraded BIONZ image engine, allows for exceptionally clear low-light images without compromising detail.

Real-time viewing on an LCD or EVF

When it comes to composition, you may utilize both the LCD monitor and the Electronic Viewfinder. In addition to providing a “what you see is what you get” preview of the camera’s white balance, focus, depth of field, exposure, and 100 percent framing accuracy, both cameras also have helpful on-screen displays and menus.

AUTO+ (Advanced Auto) Mode is available.

Improve the quality of your photos by making them more lively and taking fewer missed shots. The camera automatically recognizes the correct scene mode and then quickly shoots and combines up to six shots to produce images with greater clarity, optimum dynamic range using Auto HDR technology, and lower image noise using 6 shots layering technology. The camera unifies and simplifies Sony intelligent technologies.

“Rack Focus” Movie Effect in the Pro Style

The “rack focus” effect, in which the cinematographer alternates between focusing on background and foreground subjects, is a defining feature of today’s films.

This generally entails meticulous preparation, the use of a tape measure, and the dedication of a crew member to “pull” focus. Changing the specified AF Area within the frame is all that is required to get this professional-style look with the SLT-A55.

Guide to Getting Started

It serves as a quick reference for sophisticated camera operations, which will aid in the development of your confidence and photographic talents.

Stabilization INSIDE the camera using SteadyShot

In order to minimize blur, image stabilization compensates for camera vibration. Typical DSLR systems include image stabilization into just a few lenses at a time.

Cameras with SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilization have the technology incorporated right into the body of the camera. Every a-mount lens, including macro and wide-aperture regular zoom lenses, can help you to decrease blurry images.

BIONZ Image Processor is a digital image processor.

The BIONZ image engine, which is an improved version of Sony’s BIONZ processor, lies at the heart of the camera. Its chroma noise reduction technology produces high-resolution, low-noise images even when the camera is set to ISO 12800.

Additionally, it offers 7 frames per second continuous shooting at full definition, as well as Sweep Panorama mode and other features.

Exposure metering using 1200-zones

This function reads the exposure straight from the primary image sensor of the camera. A variety of metering options, including Multi, Center, and Spot, are available to handle a wide range of shooting conditions.

Image Capture in RAW Format

Saves your images as either compact JPEG files or ultra-high-quality RAW files, or a combination of the two. RAW files are photographs that have not been processed in any way, including de-mosaicing, white balance, sharpness, or color improvement.

This gives you the greatest amount of flexibility when it comes to altering the image on your computer.

With the help of Smile Shutter Technology,

Captures a grin at the exact time it occurs. Simply pick the Smile Shutter option on the camera’s menu, and the camera will automatically capture the photo.

You have the option of prioritizing children or adults, as well as adjusting the smile sensitivity.

Face Detection Technology is a type of artificial intelligence that detects people’s faces.

With the ability to automatically recognize up to eight different faces and adjust the focus, exposure, white balance, and flash, the camera can help you capture sharp, properly lit photographs of your family and friends. Can give preference to youngsters or adults.

Six Imaginative Style Preferences

With six different finishing techniques, you have complete control over how your photographs are processed by the camera: Standard, Vivid, B&W, Sunset, Portrait, and Landscape.

Depending on your preferences, you may even fine-tune the contrast, saturation, and sharpness of your images.

There are eight different scene selection modes.

Adjusting the camera for certain shooting scenarios, assist you in capturing the perfect photo. Select from a variety of shooting settings, including Portrait, Sports Action, Macro, Landscape, Sunset, Night View, Night Portrait, and Handheld Twilight.

Efficacious Anti-Dust Technology

Anti-Dust Technology helps to keep the CMOS sensor clean, producing in images that are dependably crisp and clear. First and foremost, a static-free coating on the sensor’s low-pass filter aids in the repelling of dust. The vibrations then immediately remove any dust that has accumulated on the sensor.

HDMI output for high-definition viewing

On a compatible HDTV, you may enjoy high-definition movies and breathtaking still photographs. The camera has an HDMI output9, which is convenient. Furthermore, the BRAVIA Sync system is compatible with Sony BRAVIA HDTVs, allowing you to control camera playback via the television’s remote control4.

Flash with built-in auto pop-up functionality

When the camera is set to particular scene selection settings, the built-in flash automatically pops up and fires as needed, allowing you to shoot more effectively with less time wasted.

A wireless accessory flash can be triggered by the built-in flash as well (sold separately). A variety of auxiliary flashes may be attached to the built-in hot-shoe, allowing you to broaden your lighting options (sold separately).

Exposure Modes: P, A, S, and M

The camera has a comprehensive set of settings, ranging from the beginner-friendly AUTO+ mode through P/A/S/M, which stands for Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and Manual.

On-screen suggestions assist you in refining your abilities, increasing your self-confidence, and exercising greater creative freedom.

A battery life of up to 330 shots is possible.

Sony Stamina battery power allows you to take up to 330 pictures on a single charge.

5 Sony’s InfoLITHIUM battery technology allows you to view how much power is left in the battery at any time, allowing you to continue shooting with confidence.

Two different media types are accommodated in this slot.

Memory Stick PRO Duo/Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo and SD/SDHC/SDXC media are both supported by the camera, allowing for cost-effective and simple storage and sharing of your photographs (Class 4 or higher recommended). (A memory card is required for this.)

Capability to work from a distance

It is compatible with the RMT-DSLR1 Remote Commander wireless remote control, which is available for purchase separately.

On-Screen Displays with a Wide Range of Applications

A digital level gauge and a graphic depiction of exposure settings are among the informative displays on the LCD panel and electronic viewfinder, respectively.

Compatibility with PhotoTV HD

BRAVIA televisions that are compatible with this software are given a beautiful presentation of digital photos.

Display of the Index and Slide Show

Utilize 6- or 12-frame index views, as well as an automated slide presentation with a fade-in/fade-out effect, to quickly evaluate your photographs.

Sony a55 Specs

Body typeCompact SLR
Max resolution4912 x 3264
Other resolutions3568 x 2368, 3568 x 2368, 2448 x 1624, 2448 x 1376
Image ratio w:h3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor photodetectors17 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorBionz
ISOAuto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, (25600 with boost)
Boosted ISO (maximum)25600
White balance presets6
Custom white balanceYes (1)
Image stabilizationSensor-shift
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, Normal
AutofocusPhase DetectMulti-areaSelective single-pointSingleContinuousFace DetectionLive View
Digital zoomNo
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points15
Lens mountSony/Minolta Alpha
Focal length multiplier1.5×
Articulated LCDFully articulated
Screen size3″
Screen dots921,000
Touch screenNo
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification1.1× (0.73× 35mm Equiv.)
Viewfinder resolution1,150,000
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Aperture priorityYes
Shutter priorityYes
Manual exposure modeYes
Subject/scene modesYes
Built-in flashYes (Pop-up)
Flash range10.00 m (@ ISO 100)
External flashYes (Hot-shoe, Wireless)
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, High-Speed Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in, Wireless
Continuous drive10.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec)
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedSpot
Exposure compensation±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing(3 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes (Lo 10 mired or Hi 20 mired)
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60, 29.97 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30fps), 640 x 424 (29.97 fps)
FormatMPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerNone
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (Mini Type C)
WirelessEye-Fi Connected
Remote controlYes (Optional)
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionRechargeable NP-FW50 battery & charger
Weight (inc. batteries)500 g (1.10 lb / 17.64 oz)
Dimensions124 x 92 x 85 mm (4.88 x 3.62 x 3.35″)
Orientation sensorYes
GPSBuilt-in

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