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Sony Alpha 55 | Digital Camera Review | Control
Although the Sony Alpha 55 is not a true DSLR camera in terms of technology, the camera has an equivalent control. The only true differences worth mentioning are the electronic viewfinder and the Translucent Mirror technology. If you already have experience with an Alpha DSLR or competing model, you will be familiar with it immediately. Some buttons have been moved. The ISO button has been moved back and is now part of the multi-control button. The dynamic range has gained more importance as it now has its own button on the top, next to the shutter release button.
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Sony SLT-A55 supports video recording
Actually, the biggest difference with the standard Alpha DSLR cameras is video support. Remarkably, Sony was late to introduce it; actually, it was the last one of the DSLR manufacturers. This often led to disappointing reactions to Alpha introductions that lacked video recording support. That disappointment was not only observable in the consumer, but the patience of their own employees was also put to the test. The demand for video functionality was obviously present. With the arrival of the Sony NEX (system camera) and the new generation of Sony Alpha DSLR cameras, Sony is up to date once again.

Sony Alpha 55 offers many setting possibilities
The large color screen and the electronic viewfinder have a more important role in the Sony Alpha 55’s control. The screens are equivalent in the amount of information that is displayed, so that switching between screens happens flawlessly. The camera’s menu can be navigated quickly via the multi-control button.

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Switching between aperture and shutter speed settings in the M mode (manual setting) is done with the exposure compensation button. The Sony SLT-A55 only has one control dial, which induced the choice of this solution. The special video button starts a video recording directly. It is pretty handy that this button doe not directly lie under one of the fingers, but close by on top of the camera. This prevents the accidental starting of a video recording.

Control of the Sony A55 system camera
The control of the Sony Alpha 55 is fairly straightforward. Consulting the manual is not necessary in order to take a first shot. The automatic mode makes it very easy, and if you want to take it a step further, you only have to turn the dial to try out an extra-creative setting. The Sony A55 is a true consumer’s camera, user-friendliness and easy control have high priority. The camera is comfortable to handle and due to its compact dimensions, the Sony Alpha 55 can easily be taken with you.


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