Ten frames per second with continuously active AF is no mean feat, especially in a camera costing £700. Whether it is worth the loss of the optical viewfinder is another matter

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Sony Alpha 55

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Sony Alpha 55 review


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GPS is particularly useful for pinpointing the exact time and location of a photograph. This information is added to the image’s metadata, making GPS handy for news journalists and travel photographers as time and location are useful references for photo libraries.

Also, certain websites and software can automatically add extra information such as nearby historical landmarks. Latitude and longitude points can be inputted to a separate satellite navigation system to trace the exact location should a photographer want to return at a future date.

It is simple to activate the GPS in the Alpha 55’s menu screen and there is the option to automatically correct the time used by GPS on the photographs – which is handy in the case of time zone changes. However, GPS can struggle to operate in more built-up areas as high-rise buildings can interfere with the signal. On the whole, though, the GPS in the Alpha 55 is accurate.

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Build and handling
  4. 4. Noise, resolution and sensitivity
  5. 5. Metering
  6. 6. Autofocus
  7. 7. Viewfinder, Live View, LCD and video
  8. 8. Dynamic range
  9. 9. White balance and colour
  10. 10. GPS
  11. 11. Our verdict
  12. 12. The competition
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