Compare Sony α (alpha) SLT-A55 16.2 MP Digital SLR Camera - Black (Kit w/ DT SAM 18-55mm Lens) (SLT-A55VL) to Pentax K Series K-5 16.3 MP Digital SLR Camera - Black (Body Only)

 
  Sony α (alpha) SLT-A55 16.2 MP Digital SLR Camera - Black (Kit w/ DT SAM 18-55mm Lens) (SLT-A55VL)

Sony α (alpha) SLT-A55 16.2 MP Digital SLR Camera - Black (Kit w/ DT SAM 18-55mm Lens) (SLT-A55VL)

Pentax K Series K-5 16.3 MP Digital SLR Camera - Black (Body Only)

Pentax K Series K-5 16.3 MP Digital SLR Camera - Black (Body Only)

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The Sony SLT-A55V Single Lens camera features a class leading APS HD CMOS sensor that captures extraordinary images up to 16.2 MP in resolution. The Sony Alpha camera comes with an 18-55 mm... More
The Sony SLT-A55V Single Lens camera features a class leading APS HD CMOS sensor that captures extraordinary images up to 16.2 MP in resolution. The Sony Alpha camera comes with an 18-55 mm lens that offers highest level of photographic excellence. The Sony SLT-A55V also boasts of a built-in GPS receiver which on getting signals will help to find your way through difficult terrains and challenging conditions. This SLT camera incorporates a 15-point phase-detection with 3 cross-type AF points that ensures accurate focus in live view. Thanks to the 10 fps shooting speed, you can capture photos at breath-taking speed. With such amazing functions and ultra-stylish design, this camera is here to stay for a long time. Less
Designed for those who want to improve their photography, the Pentax 16.3 MP camera is a personal body only that is professional. A higher number of megapixels means enlarging and cropping... More
Designed for those who want to improve their photography, the Pentax 16.3 MP camera is a personal body only that is professional. A higher number of megapixels means enlarging and cropping will not adversely affect picture quality. Make 12x18 inch prints of the moments of your life and send them to family and friends using the 16.3 megapixel image sensor included with this Pentax K-5. Since this Pentax digital SLR camera has a waterproof 16.3 MP image sensor housing, you can handle action in the water. Excellent picture quality and outstanding performance are yours with the Pentax 16.3 MP camera. This Pentax K-5 has an HDMI connector that makes sharing special happenings fun. With the flash memory card slot featured on this Pentax digital SLR camera, you can choose the storage size of the camera. With its black body, the Pentax 16.3 MP camera will be a stylish platform for preserving memories. Because this Pentax K-5 has batteries, you can be ready to snap photos. Play back the best moments of your life and send them to family and friends by making use of the 3-inch LCD screen included with this Pentax digital SLR camera. The Pentax 16.3 MP camera comes with only the body and no lens. The main advantage to getting the camera body on its own is that you select the interchangeable lens or lenses to get based on your growing photography needs. Less
Key Features   
Optical Zoom 3x -
Type Digital SLR Digital SLR
Megapixels 16.2 MP -
Other Features   
Waterproof - Yes
Shooting Modes - Frame Movie Mode
Additional Features Quick AF Live View • Eye-Start AF System • Brightness Control • Digital Noise Reduction • Blink Detection • 1080i Full HD Movie Recording • Automatic Brightness Adjustment • Sweep Panorama Technology • Exif Print Support • RGB Primary Color Filter • Digital Image Rotation • With Tripod Mount • Smile Detection • Image Stabilization • HDR (High Dynamic Range) Function • Not Interchangeable Lenses • Auto HDR Mode • Orientation Detection • DPOF Support • Smile Capture • Built-In Help Guide • USB 2.0 Compatibility • Dynamic Range Optimizer • Histogram Display • Automatic Face Tracking • Depth-Of-Field Preview Button • Direct Print • Date/Time Stamp • Built-In GPS • Highlight Point Display • PRINT Image Matching • Sharpness Control • Shadow Point Display • Saturation Control • LCD Live View Mode • Dolby Digital AC-3 (2 channel) Recording Brightness Control • Digital Noise Reduction • Dust Alert • RAW Processing • Interval Shooting Mode • Contrast Control • Resizing an Image • Exif Print Support • RGB Primary Color Filter • Digital Image Rotation • HDMI • Red-eye Correction • Image Stabilization • HDR (High Dynamic Range) Function • Interchangeable Lenses • DPOF Support • USB 2.0 Compatibility • Cropping An Image • Histogram Display • Automatic Face Tracking • Depth-Of-Field Preview Button • Water Resistant • 1080p Full HD Movie Recording • Highlight Point Display • Color Control • PRINT Image Matching • Sharpness Control • Edit Function • Shadow Point Display • Saturation Control • Anti-Dust Technology • Freezeproof • Dynamic Range Enlargement (DRE)
Face Detection Yes Yes
Environmental Parameters   
Max Operating Temperature 40 °C -
Min Operating Temperature 0 °C -
Resolution   
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080 -
File Format   
Digital Video Format MPEG-4 • AVCHD • H.264 Motion JPEG • HD (High Definition) • MJPEG • AVI
Battery   
Battery Form Factor Manufacturer specific Manufacturer specific
System Requirements for PC Connection   
Operating System Supported Microsoft Windows XP • Microsoft Windows Vista • Microsoft Windows 7 • Apple Mac OS X 10.4 - 10.6 • MS Windows XP SP3 • MS Windows 7 • MS Windows Vista Microsoft Windows XP • Microsoft Windows Vista • Microsoft Windows 7 • Apple Mac OS X 10.3 - 10.6 • MS Windows 7 • MS Windows Vista • MS Windows XP
Connections   
Connector Types 1 x HDMI output -
Expansion Slot 1 x Memory Stick PRO Duo -
HDMI Output Yes Yes
Microphone   
Microphone Type Microphone - built-in - stereo -
Microphone Operation Mode Stereo Mono
Display   
Screen Details LCD display - TFT active matrix - 3" - color -
Display Rotation Folding Built-in
Screen Size 3" -
Display Type LCD LCD
Dimensions   
Depth 3.33 in. -
Width 4.9 in. -
Height 3.62 in. -
Weight 15.27 Oz. -
Viewfinder   
Viewfinder Diagonal Size 0.46" -
Dioptric Correction Range -4 to +4 -
Viewfinder Magnification 1.1x -
Viewfinder Type Digital • Electronic Optical (Through-the-lens) • Optical
Viewfinder - Field Coverage 100% -
Optical Viewfinder Type - Eye-level mirror pentaprism
Memory / Storage   
Supported Flash Memory SDXC Card • SDHC Card • Memory Stick DUO PRO • SDXC Memory Card • Memory Stick PRO Duo • SDHC Memory Card • Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo • SD Memory Card SDXC Card • SDHC Card • SD Card • SDXC Memory Card • SDHC Memory Card • SD Memory Card
Camera Flash   
Flash Type Pop-up Flash Pop-up Flash
Red Eye Reduction Yes Yes
Exposure   
Exposure Metering Center-Weighted • Multi-Segment • Spot Center-Weighted • Multi-Segment • Spot
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 sec -
Min Shutter Speed 30 sec -
Exposure compensation ±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps -
Light Sensitivity ISO auto (100-1600) -
Light Sensitivity Max 12800 -
Exposure Modes Automatic • Bulb • Manual • Shutter-Priority • Program • Aperture-Priority ISO-Priority • Automatic • Bulb • Shutter & Aperture priority • Manual • Shutter-Priority • Aperture-Priority
Exposure Range EV -2-17 ( ISO 100 ) -
Lens System   
Lens For SD DT SAM 18-55mm -
Lens Filter Size 55 mm -
Auto Focus type TTL phase detection TTL contrast and phase detection
Focal Length Range 18mm - 55mm -
Lens Type Zoom lens -
Lens Construction 7 group(s) / 8 element(s) -
Lens System Features Aspherical Lens, Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM) -
Lens Aperture f/3.5 - 5.6 -
Focus Adjustment Autofocus & Manual Focus • Automatic • Manual -
Optical Sensor   
Sensor Size 15.6 x 23.5mm -
Product Identifiers   
Model SLT-A55 -
UPC 608938441270 -
Brand Sony Pentax
Product Highlights   
Video
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Miscellaneous   
Shooting Programs Sunset -
White Balance Shade (Preset) • Incandescent (Preset) • Fluorescent (Preset) • Flash (Preset) • Daylight / Sunny (Preset) • Cloudy (Preset) • Auto Tungsten (Preset) • Shade (Preset) • Fluorescent (Preset) • Flash (Preset) • Daylight / Sunny (Preset) • Cloudy (Preset) • Auto • Manual
Special Effects Portrait • Sunset • Landscape • Vivid • Black & White Water Colour • Vibrant • Toy camera • Starburst • Posterization • Miniature • High contrast • Bright • Bleach Bypass • Black & White Magenta filter • Black & White Infrared filter • Black & White Cyan filter • Black & White Green filter • HDR • Sepia • Sketch • Portrait • Fisheye • Landscape • Color Extract • Retro • Slim • Pastel • Muted • Positive Film • Soft • Monochrome • Black & White Orange filter • Black & White Yellow filter • Custom Effect • Black & White Red filter • Black & White Blue filter • Natural
Continuous Shooting Speed 10 frames per second -
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Consumer Reviews
Sony α (alpha) SLT-A55 16.2 MP Digital SLR Camera - Black (Kit w/ DT SAM 18-55mm Lens) (SLT-A55VL)
Sony α (alpha) SLT-A55 16.2 MP Digital SLR Camera - Black...
$699.00
Pentax K Series K-5 16.3 MP Digital SLR Camera - Black (Body Only)
Pentax K Series K-5 16.3 MP Digital SLR Camera - Black...
From $698.99

Consumer Reviews

245

Sony A55 Excellent, Worthy Award-winning DSLR

bykentmom Nov 28, 2011
13 Helpfuls 14 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Easy to learn, reasonably priced, Sony reputation backed by great warranty, lots of...
Cons HDR image processing takes 3+ seconds, Sony A-compatible lenses generally 5-10% more than...
Recommended it? Yes

I bought this camera in May, so my review reflects about 6 months of experience with the camera. I consider myself a sort-of-serious hobbyist.

In short, if you're looking for a very solid but not overly bulky, reasonably priced, and high-quality consumer DSLR, I highly recommend this... Read full review »

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Pirich
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When you can't call the super-K-7 a K-9, it's the K-5

byPirich Dec 6, 2011
18 Helpfuls 19 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Compact size, rugged construction, outstanding performance.
Cons Not as famous as it deserves to be.
Recommended it? Yes

The Pentax K-5 is a third generation Digital SLRs camera from Pentax developed from their previous flagship, the superb Pentax K-7.  Pentax went in a new direction with the K-7 and abandoned the blobby smooth bodies emerging seemingly everywhere for a minimum silhouette, compact, and... Read full review »

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Good camera for a serious enthusiast

bydave2k Apr 21, 2012
3 Helpfuls 4 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Very capable camera with extensive customization, great sensor.   Good size and...
Cons Definitely a minor brand so fewer lenses and accessories are available.
Recommended it? Yes

I've had the K-5 for over a year and I'm quite pleased with it.   You can use it right out of the box with auto settings or you can take as much control over it as you like.   You can use the menus to control many aspects of how the camera works.  There are many aspects of... Read full review »

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