The Sony A550 is a 14.2-megapixel DSLR that boils down to a more expensive entry-level camera. As with other Sony Alpha DSLRs, the A550 features a built-in stabilization system that uses sensor-shift functions rather than lens-based stabilization. As a result, every lens you attach to the camera benefits from image stabilization – as opposed to Canon and Nikon, for which you must buy “stabilized lenses” that can be more expensive.
Another familiar feature on the Sony A550 is the articulating LCD screen. Like the lower-level models, the A330 and A380, the A550′s LCD will tilt up and down, allowing you to hold the camera up high or down low and still be able to easily see the LCD screen.
A tilting LCD screen wouldn’t be much use without the ability to compose your scene on it. Again, the A550 offers the same Live View system that I have loved since it was originally introduced on the A300 and A350. In my opinion, no one does DSLR Live View better than Sony. It just works intuitively and feels very natural for those moving from point and shoot cameras. [Read more...]