- 16MP - APS-C Sensor
- 3" Fully Articulated Display
- ISO 100 - 12800 (Boost to 25600)
- Sensor based Image Stabilization
- 1920 x 1080 video
- Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
- 500g - 124 x 92 x 85mm
- Introduced August 2010
- Later Model is Sony A57
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Sony A55 overview
Sony A55 is Sony's Entry-Level DSLR camera initially revealed on August of 2010. It features a 16 MegaPixel, CMOS APS-C sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 4912 x 3264.
Sony launched the more recent Sony A57 (Read Full Comparison) in order to upgrade this camera.
The A55 places at #29 out of 80 in Entry-Level DSLR cameras & all-around #222 out of 1459 for cameras in our list. You can look at our Smart camera search to get camera listings based on your custom requirements.
The following is a chart of different criteria used in the scoring system.
Sony A55 family
The Sony A55 has a history of related cameras. Here, you can see all previous and brand new models alongside main specs.
A55 vs A6824MPAPS-C8.0 fps2015
A55 vs A5820MPAPS-C8.0 fps2013
A55 vs A5716MPAPS-C12.0 fps2012
A55 vs A3716MPAPS-C6.0 fps2012
A55 vs A6524MPAPS-C10.0 fps2011
A55 vs A3516MPAPS-C6.0 fps2011
A55 vs A58016MPAPS-C7.0 fps2011
A55 vs A56014MPAPS-C5.0 fps2010
A55 vs A3314MPAPS-C7.0 fps2010
A55 vs A39014MPAPS-C3.0 fps2010
A55 vs A29014MPAPS-C3.0 fps2010
A55 vs A45014MPAPS-C7.0 fps2010
A55 vs A55014MPAPS-C7.0 fps2009
A55 vs A50012MPAPS-C5.0 fps2009
A55 vs A38014MPAPS-C3.0 fps2009
A55 vs A33010MPAPS-C3.0 fps2009
A55 vs A23010MPAPS-C3.0 fps2009
A55 vs A20010MPAPS-C3.0 fps2008
A55 vs A35014MPAPS-C3.0 fps2008
A55 vs A30010MPAPS-C3.0 fps2008
A55 vs A10010MPAPS-C3.0 fps2006
Sony A55 Gallery
You can check the A55 from various angles in the gallery below.
Sony A55 Pros and Cons
Below is a checklist of good and bad points of the Sony A55 based on criterias that are typically seen as essential in a camera.
Sony A55 Sensor specifications
The Sony A55 features the Bionz processor chip. The sensor specification in the Sony A55 is 23.5mm x 15.6mm (APS-C). The 367 mm² sensor is able to resolve 4912 x 3264 pixels and aspect ratios of 3:2 and 16:9. The camera has Image Stabilization (Sensor based). Optical stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization as the latter can produce cropping.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
The CMOS sensor has 16MP and includes a native ISO range of 100 - 12800. This ISO can be extended digitally to a high of 25600. RAW format is saved therefore you have wider margin for error.
The image below displays the A55's sensor dimensions in comparison to other common sizes. The A55 sensor has a crop factor of 1.5 and is pointed out in green.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
Sony A55 dimensions
Sony A55 is 1.10 pounds (500 gr / 17.64 oz) & the volume of the camera is 124mm x 92mm x 85mm (4.9" x 3.6" x 3.3"). The weight of general Entry-Level DSLR camera is 540 gr so the Sony A55 is very similar compared with other competitors.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
The following is a photo of the Sony A55 with a softdrink so you can get a feel for its scale.
The top view below will highlight the button design on the A55.
Sony A55 Lens specifications
The A55 works with the Sony/Minolta Alpha mount and has 145 lenses to pick from. Below is some of the lenses we have in our database which will fit the A55.
Sony A55 Connectivity
The A55 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- HDMI Yes
- GPS Yes
Cameras which include NFC and Bluetooth connectivity can easily be used wirelessly by smartphones. You are able to transfer pictures and oftentimes alter settings with no need to connect physically to the camera.
Several applications even give a Liveview and press the shutter whenever you aren't close to the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI port, it could be attached to an external screen. Most cameras will allow you to charge the battery through the USB socket.
Sony A55 Video specifications
The highest video resolution in the Sony A55 is 1920 x 1080 and you can shoot in MPEG-4, AVCHD and H.264 format. 1080p resolution delivers a great balance for quality and file sizes but FULL HD won't give you any room to downsample. While the camera has a microphone port, it is lacking a headphone port which means you will not have the ability to check your sound levels.
Sony A55 Weather Sealing
There is no weather proofing in the Sony A55 so you need to be cautious in rainy or dusty situations.
Sony A55 Display and Viewfinder
The Sony A55 features a 3 inch fully articulated screen supporting a resolution of 921 thousand dots.
It possesses a selfie friendly display to take self portraits and group photos when necessary. Unfortunately the screen is not a touch screen.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
The View Finder specs for Sony A55 are below:
- ViewFinder Electronic
- Resolution 1,150 thousand dots
- Coverage 100%
- Magnification 0.73x
Viewfinders are pretty handy for bright outdoor situations which may make the camera display washed out and hard to see.
Sony A55 Shutter specifications
Sony A55 continuous shooting speed is 10.0 frames/s. The maximum shutter speed is 1/4000 sec.
Sony A55 Flash and Hot shoe specifications
Sony A55 has both integrated flash as well as external flash ability. The max flash sync speed is 1/160 sec.
Sony A55 Autofocus specifications
Sony A55 has both Phase Detect AF as well as Contrast Based AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more faster & accurate in comparison with Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera features Face detect which can be handy for portraits.
It features 15 focus points to choose from. Sony A55 boasts manual focusing when required for low light or you want to have more exact control on focusing.
Sony A55 Battery life
The battery power (NP-FW50) in the Sony A55 is fashioned to last for 380 shutters according to the CIPA specifications which is lower compared with it's competitors. The typical Entry-Level DSLR camera battery life is 589. Pentax K-x features the highest (1900) battery life for this class of cameras.
Underneath is a listing of Entry-Level DSLR cameras with the highest battery life:
A55 vs K-x1900 yesnono
A55 vs D35001550 yesnoyes
A55 vs D34001200 yesnoyes
A55 vs SL31070 yesnoyes
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Sony A55 for different forms of photography
The following chart provides a analysis of the Sony A55 for different forms of photography. To look at more, check out the specific section below.
Sony A55 Portrait photography features
The Sony A55 receives a points tally of 74 which is nice, meaning that it is a respectable pick to use for portrait photography. Photographing portrait images favors heavily to sensor dimensions, support for RAW files in addition to the ability to use external flash.
Sony A55 Street photography advice
Having a outstanding score of 77, the Sony A55 is a fantastic option to use in street photography. A good street photography camera features a good balance of image quality and portability.
Sony A55 Sports photography highlights
A nice sports photography points total of 68 indicates the Sony A55 is a good pick for taking pictures of sports. A camera really should have great focusing and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.
Sony A55 as a Travel photography camera
Size is super critical when getting a camera for travel. On the whole, the Sony A55 gets a above average 62 as a travelling camera which is a very decent choice to take with you on your travels.
Sony A55 Landscape photography info
For those who are planning to pick a digital camera for landscape pictures, the biggest factor will no doubt be image quality. The Sony A55 and it's nice rating of 68 for a landscape camera is a good pick in the current marketplace.
Sony A55 as a Vlogging camera
A camera for vlogging really should have a moving display, microphone port and ideally IBIS. Taking everything into account, the Sony A55 is a tremendous choice as a vlog camera as it receives a tremendous rating of 78.
Sony A55 Alternatives
If you are interested in replacements to the A55, here is a range of the highest rated cameras which fall into the class of Entry-Level DSLR.
The chart below shows you a summary of the A55 compared to it's top ranking rivals listed previously.
There are a bunch of cameras you might look at as alternatives. To browse through a extensive comparison, simply click the "compare" link.