Sony Alpha DSLR-A500 (Body Only) reviews and prices: SLR camera

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8.9 out of 10 based on 25 reviews.
Sony Alpha DSLR-A500 (Body Only): 12.3 MP (Megapixels), SD Card storage, Yes image stabiliser digital SLR camera. See full product description
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John, Milton Keynes Experienced amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
A very easy camera to use with great results for the everyday amateur photography.
Bad points:
I haven't yet discovered any bad points at all in the camera.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Review date: 27 Jun 2010

Maureen, Southampton Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
This is my first DSLR camera, having been a keen amateur and getting some pretty impresive results using a compact digital camera I decided to take the plunge into "proper" photography and get a DSLR. Not being able to justify spending £1K or more I researched all the mid range cameras, narrowed the choice down to two and then decided to make the final choice based on how comfortable the camera felt in my hand. Well, the Sony A500 scored in a major way over the rival and once I handled it there was only the one camera left in the running. I have already taken some really stunning pictures and am truly happy with the camera.
Bad points:
Can't think of any.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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Review date: 23 Jun 2010

Confirmed purchaser hobby

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
ease of use and handling... i like the live view which is almost 100% covered...
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 15 Oct 2010

Confirmed purchaser Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
retro fitting of "old previous system now used by this camera the name starts with M.....a lens and mirror lens. Familiar solid feel when changing lens. my hands not big but strong, the grip size and button location excellent logical. clearly time spent becoming familiar is needed. Battery life much longer than expected esp with new cam fiddlling and playing. steady system remarkable. 600 mirror now huge equiv. taking birds on table not very good light and delighted. I was a pro many years ago. This would have blown my mind then. we can get too complacent. It is a very good camera actually.
Bad points:
bad too strong, would have like in hindsight video built in. However have sony vid as well. some shots esp tele seem a little soft or flat. would have like a little more saturation/ contrast.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 8.0
Features 8.0
Build Quality 7.0
Value for money 5.0
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Confirmed purchase: 12 Jan 2011

Paul, Birmingham Experienced amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
na
Bad points:
na
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 8.0
Features 8.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 11 May 2011

ian, maxwell Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
solid camera , great price, lots of features that a novice can use.
Bad points:
none so far
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 09 Nov 2010

Shaun, Derby Professional photographer

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
The image quality is great and I love being able to shoot in RAW as always.
Bad points:
The software could be better need to be in par with apereture and lightroom. Also needs to come with more accessories like hot shoe adapter and LCD screen protector.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 8.0
Features 8.0
Build Quality 6.0
Value for money 7.0
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Review date: 07 Jul 2010

Product Features

Camera Type SLR
Screen size (Inches) 3
Type of image stabiliser Yes
Touchscreen No
3D No
Colour Black
Media format SDHC Card
Media format SD Card
Media format Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo
PictBridge Yes
Video recorder Yes
Manual Focus Yes
Timer Yes
Weight (g) 597
Flash Yes
WiFi No
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/1
Longest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/30
Waterproof No
Viewfinder Yes
USB port Yes
Dimensions (mm) 137x104x84
RAW Format Yes
GPS Receiver No
Release date 2009-10-20
Height in mm 10.4
Width in mm 137
Depth in mm 8.4
Serial Shot Mode Yes
Bluetooth No
Autofocus Yes
Changeable Lens Yes

Also known as: Sony Alpha DSLR A500 Body Only

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Excellent image quality and creative features with responsive shooting.


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