Camera tech data for Sony Alpha DSLR-A550

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General
NameSony Alpha DSLR-A550
Mount typeA-mount
Supported lensesclassic, xi, SSM, SAM, (D), DT
Release year2009
Statusdiscontinued
Digital parameters
Output resolution [pixels]4592×3056, 3344×2224, 2288×1520
Output resolution (16:9) [pixels]4592×2576, 3344×1872, 2288×1280
Output resolution (panorama) [pixels]
Output resolution (3D panorama) [pixels]
Effective output pixels14.0 M
Sensor typeCMOS, Bayer pattern, 12-bit ADC
Sensor size [mm] (crop factor)23.4×15.6 (1.5×)
ISO rangeauto (200–1600), 200–12800 (1/1 stops)
Color and post-processing
Color spacessRGB, Adobe RGB
Image parameterscontrast, saturation, sharpness (-3 – +3)
Creative stylesstandard, vivid, portrait, landscape, sunset, B/W
Picture effects
Picture parameters
Picture profiles
Soft skin effect
White balanceauto, daylight, shade, cloudy, tungsten, fluorescent, flash, direct entry, custom (1 register)
Color temperature range [K]2500–9900
Color temperature increments [K]100
Color compensation index [steps]± 9 (G/M)
White-balance bracketing [pictures per shot] (steps [mired])3 (10; 20)
Noise reductionlong exp. (>1s), high-ISO (2 levels)
D-range optimizerstandard, manual (5 levels)
DRO bracketing [pictures per shot] (levels)
Auto HDRauto, manual (1–3 EV)
Lens compensation
Movie recording
Movie resolutions [size/fps]
Movie ISO range
Shutter speed (movie) [s]
Movie formats
Audio formats
Movie length
Microphone
Audio monitoring
Movie features
Auto-focus
AF sensors8 line, 1 cross
AF range [EV]0 – 18
AF modesAF-A, AF-S, AF-C
AF range limiterno
AF assist lightno
AF adjustment [no. of lenses]
Features
Eye-startyes
Anti-Shake/Super Steady Shotyes
Remote control via USB/WiFino
Other featureson-screen help, Anti-Dust, BRAVIA Sync, face recognition, smile shutter, smart teleconverter
Metering
Metering modes40 segments (1200 w/ LV), center-weighted, spot
Metering range [EV] (with spot)2 – 20 (1 – 17 w/ LV) (4 – 20 (1 – 17 w/ LV))
Auto Exposure Lock buttonyes
Exposure modesAuto, P, A, S, M with shift
Subject programsportrait, landscape, closeup, sport, night view, night portrait, sunset
Exposure compensation [stops] (steps [stops])± 2 (1/3)
Zebrano
Flash
Flash shoe typeiISO
Accessory shoe capFA-SHC1AM
Flash modesnormal, red-eye reduction, rear sync, slow sync
Flash metering40S-TTL (pre-flash only), ADI
Requires D flash unityes
Flash guide number [m]/ coverage [mm]12/28
X-Sync speed [s]1/160
High Speed Syncyes
Wireless flashyes
Wireless x-sync speed [s]1/160
Wireless HSSyes
Ratio flash controlno
Flash exposure compensation [stops] (steps [stops])± 2 (1/3)
Studio flash socketno
Flash Exposure Level lockno
Viewfinder
Viewfinder typepentamirror
Viewfinder resolution [pixels]
Viewfinder coverage95%, 90% w/ Quick AF LV, 100% w/ MF check LV
Viewfinder magnification0.80×
Eye relief [mm]/ from frame [mm]19.0/15.0
ScreensG (default)
Diopter adjustment [diopters]-2.5 – +1.0
Eyepiece cupFDA-EP6AM
Viewfinder accessory compatibleyes
Live Viewsecondary sensor, main sensor
Live View zoom1×, 1.4×, 2×, 7×, 14×
AS/SS scale in viewfinderyes
Display
Display technology, size [mm/inches], resolution [dots]TFT, 3″, 921600
Display mounttilt up 90°, tilt down 90°
Histogram displayluminance, RGB
Automatic brightnessyes
Touch screenno
Video output interfacesHDMI (1080i/720p/ 580p/576p)
Display accessories (opt.)screen protector PCK-LS7AM, screen protector PCK-LH6AM, sun shade SH-L2AM
Shooting
Frame rate [fps]7, 5, 3
Frame rate with AF [fps]5.0
Frame rate with live view [fps]4
Shutter speed (still) [s]30 – 1/4000, B
Shutter typemech.
Self-timer [s]10, 2
Continuous self-timer [shots]
Bracketing frames (stops)3 (1/3, 2/3)
Remote release socketMinolta/Sony 3-pin
Wireless remote releaseRMT-DSLR1, RMT-DSLR2, RMT-VP1
Release priorityno
Depth of field previewno
Aperture can be changed during depth of field previewno
Silent depth of field previewno
Storage
Storage media (number of slots)Memory Stick Duo, PRO Duo, PRO-HG Duo, SD, SDHC (2)
Remote storage via USBno
File system formatsFAT12, FAT16, FAT32
File formatsARW 2.1, JPEG w/ EXIF 2.21
Power
Batteries1× NP-FM500H
Battery pack
Vertical gripVG-B50AM (1×/2× NP-FM500H)
External power supplyAC adaptor AC-VQ900AM, AC adaptor AC-PW10AM
Construction and accessories
Weather sealingno
Mount materialsteel
Weight [g]599
Standard accessoriesstrap ST-PSH1AM, body cap ALC-B55, USB cable, battery NP-FM500H, charger BC-VM10, software
Other optional accessories
Misc
Other interfacesUSB 2.0 (High Speed; Mini-B)
USB modesmass storage, PTP/PictBridge
PrintingExif Print, Print Image Matching Ⅲ
Latest firmware version (release date)v1.00
Comments
Reviews & linksDavid Kilpatrick (full review), Jeff Keller on DCResource (full review), Luminous Landscape (full review), Margaret Brown on PhotoReview Australia (full review), Richard Butler at dpreview.com (full review), Sebastian Milczanowski on Photozone.de (full review), Shawn Barnett and Mike Tomkins on Imaging Resource (full review), Steve Morgenstern on Reviewed.com (full review)
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