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Sony's New Alpha DSLR-A500, A550 Provide More In-Camera Features

Sony Alpha A500 DSLR Sony Alpha A500 DSLR

Sony has released two new entry-level SLR cameras – the Alpha A500, a 12.3-megapixel camera, and the Alpha A550, a higher-resolution 14.2-megapixel camera. Both cameras feature a 3-inch LCD screen, Live View features and Auto HDR capabilities.

The A500 has a 3-inch clear photo LCD Plus screen with a 180-degree tilt range, while the A550 features a 3-inch Xtra Fine LCD screen that offers the same tilt options with the higher-resolution screen needed for more critical focusing.

To quickly capture images, the Quick AF Live View feature enables faster continuous shooting speeds of up to 4 frames per second (fps) while using the preview screen, or 5 fps with the optical viewfinder. A new addition to Sony cameras, speed priority mode allows continuous shooting at 7 fps.

The Auto HDR (high dynamic range) feature allows the cameras to merge two successive frame shots at different exposure settings into one balanced image.

Additional Live View settings include Face Detection, Smile Shutter and Focus Check modes. The CMOS sensor works to create low-noise images and allows users to photograph images up to ISO 12,800.

The DSLR-A550 and DSLR-A500 digital SLRs will be available at the end of October and have an estimated selling price of $749 and $949, respectively.

Additional Info

  • Company: Sony
  • Company Phone #: 800-345-7669