Helping first time users get more out of their Sony digital SLR

Now that you are the proud owner of the new Sony A55 digital SLR, what’s next? The A55 features a new 16.2-megapixel sensor, and being one of the first to come with Sony’s translucent mirror technology, houses a plethora of easy-to-use modes and features that can make your photographic journey a more enjoyable and spontaneous one. Here’s a quick look at some of the features that are built-in with the Sony digital SLR.

10 FPS Shooting

Whether the professional sport photographer or the enthusiast with a penchant for moving objects, the A55 is designed with speed and accuracy in mind, with the ability to continuously shoot up to 10 frames per second, even with its 16.2MP sensor. To do so, switch to the correct setting on the A55’s exposure mode dial. Do note that in this mode, the A55’s exposure is set to automatic. You can also set your focus to ‘single’ mode, which lets you change both aperture and shutter speed settings, as well as to adjust ISO sensitivity.

HD Video Recording

Getting HD video recording on the A55 is as easy as pressing the red record button on the camera. Video is captured at 1080/60i resolutions in both AVCHD and MP4 formats. For HD movie recording, please do remember to use a high speed memory card, so as to enable the camera to keep recording for longer periods. If you don’t need Full HD video, you can downsize the recording to 1440×1080 or 1230×720 at 30 fps, which also means that you’re now recording in MPEG-4. With continuous auto-focus, the A55 is able to refocus very quickly even if the subject is moving around, resulting in sharper and clearer video all around.

Handheld Night Shot

Pictures taken at night or in low light are usually tough to capture properly without the use of a tripod. The A55’s Handheld Night shot mode works similarly to the Auto-HDR mode, with the difference being that the camera captures a total of six images in under a second, and then combining the data into a single shot. The end result is an image with less motion, and less noise, simply selects the scene mode and manoeuvre to Handheld Night Shot.


The human eye is a great deal more advanced than a camera’s sensor, and can see more detail in scenes with high-contrast lighting, nun, snort for High Dynamic Range, and typically achieved with the help of photo editing software, is a good way to bring out those details through tone-mapping. The A55 comes with an auto-HDR feature that shoots and combines three frames into a single HDR photo that retains both shadow and highlight details. Toggle the dial to auto+ and click!