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- Sony Alpha SLT-A55V
- A new spin on the SLR, with a translucent mirror to let light through, so it can shoot and focus at the same time.
Sony SLT-A55 Digital Camera Review$899.99
We found some issues with chromatic aberration when shooting with the kit lens: the images showed noticeable chromatic aberration at the edges of the frame across both the zoom and aperture range. Although it was noticeable across both ranges, it was most pronounced when the aperture was stopped down, which is pretty common with lenses like this. This aberration is caused by the lens, so it would be worth considering investing in a better lens if you want to avoid the characteristic color fringing caused by Chromatic Aberration. More on how we test sharpness.
The SLT-A55 includes Sony's usual SteadyShot Inside stabilization system, where the image sensor moves to compensate for camera shake. This differs from other manufacturers, who usually move part of the lens. The upside of this approach is that it works whatever lens you use, because the sensor is the part moving. On other cameras, the moving element has to be built into the lens.
We found that, when shooting with the 18-55mm kit lens, this system was pretty effective, especially with the high shake in our tests. This high shake simulates more extreme camera movements, such as shooting one-handed or while walking. We found that the images captured with SteadyShot turned on were sharper at all of the test shutter speeds in the high shake tests, but this was not the case with the low shake test, which simulates more subtle movements. In this case, having the SteadyShot turned on while shooting at speeds above 1/125 of a second were less sharp. At slower speeds, there was some improvement with it turned on, but it seems the system is more tuned to detecting larger camera movements.