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Sony SLT-A55 Digital Camera Review

A new spin on the SLR, with a translucent mirror to let light through, so it can shoot and focus at the same time.

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The SLT-A55 is a new spin on the conventional SLR, with a translucent mirror that lets most light through, so the camera can shoot and focus at the same time. The result is a camera that has the advantages of an SLR (quick and flexible focusing and high quality images) but shoots much faster: 10 frames a second. And it has the image quality to justify the cost: we found that the images it took had good color and excellent overall sharpness, and the video looked great. However, the SLT-A55 also has the downsides of an SLR: it is a large, bulky camera that has a somewhat confusing menu system and only has a limited range of lenses available.

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  1. Introduction
  2. Design
  3. Product Tour
  4. Hardware
  5. Photo Gallery
  6. Image Quality
  7. Sharpness
  8. Color
  9. Noise Reduction
  10. Dynamic Range
  11. Low Light
  12. Distortion
  13. Video
  14. Usability
  15. Ease of Use
  16. Handling
  17. Controls
  18. Speed
  19. Features
  20. Extras
  21. Video Features
  22. Specs & Ratings

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