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Sony A55 Review: A Quick Look At The Sony A55 Dslr Camera
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The digital single lens reflex market is a crowded space yet the Sony A55 DSLR camera has managed to set itself apart from the crowd, emerging as one of the best models out there. Unlike other units with interchangeable lens, the A55 features the SLT technology which uses a mirror assembly that lets most of the light reach the sensor directly. In addition to capturing high resolution still images, this camera can also record full HD videos at 1080p. It truly redefines the concept of the entry-level DSLR by carrying such an advance feature as built-in GPS for geo-tagging photos. This information can be read by compatible services such as Google Maps, Flickr, and others.

Most serious students of photography are constantly agonizing over their first DSLR purchase. On one side, there are cameras for beginners with all the basics and not much else which are relatively cheap. On the other, there are the professional-grade cameras with all the bells and whistles you could ask for and more, but you’ll have to break the bank to get them. If one had the choice, most would certainly gravitate towards the latter though in reality the price makes these high end cameras out of reach for the majority. What happens then is a rigorous search for that middle ground, a model that could satisfy the need for performance while keeping the cost friendly on the pocket. The Sony A55 DSLR camera keeps it simple by offering everything you want in a neat little package. There is no more need to look beyond.

Sony enjoys a good reputation as an industry giant which produces innovative products. This time, it has set its sights on cornering the market for the sub-$1000 segment for DSLR cameras. The body retails for roughly $700 while the bundles depend on the type of lens that comes along with it. The most common offer is the 18-55mm lens which beginners will find adequate for everyday shoots. Once the budding photographer is ready to venture into unexplored territory, he can get the more specialized lenses for macro shots, super zooms, and more. There is a wide variety of lenses to choose from and the beauty of having a DSLR is that one can try them all.

The A55 provides an excellent platform from which to take excellent photography. It has a substantial APS-C CMOS sensor that is capable of producing 16.2 MP images. It comes with a electronic viewfinder with a very decent resolution, the ability to shoot 1080p movies with constant auto focus, intelligent facial recognition, and an external microphone socket for better sounds. Sony is known to go against industry standards and promote its own proprietary technologies like the Memory Stick but for this camera it also provides the option to use an SD card. These plus a full menu of impressive features make this a compelling purchase.

Such an awesome camera deserves careful handling. The unit comes with a camera bag but there are plenty of other aftermarket options that offer better cushioning and functionality. Consider getting one by trusted brands like Kelly Moore, Lowepro, Tamrac, ThinkTank Photo, and others. You’ll find them in all the leading stores that sell photography supplies, but the best deals are mostly found in online stores.


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