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David Busch’s Sony ® α DSLR-A550/A500: Guide to Digital Photography by Alexander S. White, David D. Busch

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Introduction

Sony has done it again! It’s packaged up the most alluring features of advanced digital SLRs and stuffed them into two compact, highly affordable bodies in the Alpha DSLR-A550 and A500 series. No matter which of these models you buy, you’ll find your new camera is loaded with capabilities that few would have expected to find in an “entry-level” dSLR. Indeed, the Alpha retains the ease of use that smooths the transition for those new to digital photography. For those just dipping their toes into the digital pond, the experience is warm and inviting. The two Alpha models aren’t snapshot cameras—they are point-and-shoots (if you want to use them in that mode) for the thinking photographer.

Nor will you easily outgrow these cameras. The ...

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