Sony DSLR-A500 Review

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by DSLR Camera News on February 18, 2010

Sony DSLR-A500 is a new 12.3 megapixel Exmor CMOS sensor camera with the BIONZ image processor which improves the shooting and image quality. They also offer the new High Dynamic Range feature which brings out the features that are typically lost in shadows and back lit subjects like portraits with sunsets in the background. Their liveview is also improved with two sensors to maintain focus and speed. This camera also has face detection with “phase detection” auto focus. They have also introduced a smile detection technology to the camera will detect when your subject is smiling. As usual, this camera uses Sony’s Memory Stick Pro Duo and it also accepts SD and SDHC cards as well.


  • 12.3 megapixel with Sony’s new Exmor CMOS image sensor
  • BIONZ image processor
  • Built in anti-dust system which shakes dust off of the sensor for dust free photographs
  • Shoots at 3:2 or 16:9 aspect ratios
  • Super SteadyShot anti-shake system
  • 9 point autofocus with three area selections (Wide, Spot and Local)
  • Unlimited and continuous 5 frames per second using JPEG and up to 6 with RAW and 3 if you want both JPEG and RAW
  • Shutter speeds from 30 seconds all the way down to 1/4,000 of a second
  • ISO Range of 200-12800
  • Built in TTL pop-up flash
  • Video out with NTSC or PAL
  • HDMI output via C mini jack
  • Sony Sync technology BRAVIA which syncs the camera with a BRAVIA HDTV
  • 3 inch tilting LCD screen

This camera is available as a body only (DSLR-A500 MSRP $749.99) or as a kit with a lens (DSLR-A500L MSRP $849.99).


The Sony DSLR-A500 feels very nice in your hands and has a comfortable body. It performs great and has fast auto-focus and burst rate. Image quality is very good and this is a great DSLR for the Sony lovers. The camera does lack a depth of field preview and does not have a video capture feature so you can’t take HD videos.  This camera has all the features for a more experienced photographer or a great camera for a first time DSLR Camera owner but if you want HD video… Look elsewhere.

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