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Old Mar 15, 2010, 12:59 AM   #1
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SonyStyle.com has the same prices.
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Right. I noticed that sale starting last Thursday (March 11), and any authorized Sony dealer should be offering the same prices (B&H, Amazon, etc.).
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Amazon and Crutchfield are the two online retailers with the best return policy. They pay for everything within 30 days (and no re-stocking fees). Plus, you don't pay for shipping (B&H and Adorama charge s/h most of the time). The Sony store will charge State taxes depending on where you live. They do here in CA.
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Yep.. sonystyle.com charges sales tax here, too. So, I prefer other dealers.

amazon.com is a good choice (as long as you're buying directly from amazon, and not one of the dealers advertising there).

I actually bought my Sony A700 from Ritz, paying full retail for it (although they're not one of my favorite vendors), because they happened to get them in first and I was anxious to get my hands on one as soon as possible after it was introduced in 2007.

But, any of the Sony dealers should have the same discounts if you prefer one dealer over another. The current sale started last Thursday. Sony has them on a regular basis anymore.
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amazon.com is a good choice (as long as you're buying directly from amazon, and not one of the dealers advertising there). ...
Yes, one needs to make sure the item is actually being sold by Amazon in order to qualify for the Amazon's return policy.
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How is the 550L? Is it a good camera? I'm considering buying it as my next DSLR but I really really really want a DSLR with HD video recording. I wonder what's taking Sony so long...
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I like the A550. Autofocus is very fast. As for Video, Sony had some concept models (Alpha compact cameras) on display at PMA that will have the ability to shoot AVCHD. They also had a concept model on display that will be the A700's replacement (which will also have video ability). So, we should see some newer models with video recording ability sometime later this year.

http://www.steves-digicams.com/press...-pma-2010.html
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I like the A550. Autofocus is very fast. As for Video, Sony had some concept models (Alpha compact cameras) on display at PMA that will have the ability to shoot AVCHD. They also had a concept model on display that will be the A700's replacement (which will also have video ability). So, we should see some newer models with video recording ability sometime later this year.

http://www.steves-digicams.com/press...-pma-2010.html
Thanks for the link.

How is the noise with the 550? My current Sony DSLR takes really nice photos in really good lighting, but if it is a little bit darker, there can be a lot of noise.
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See our review samples here to get an idea of noise levels in "real world" conditions, as you'll see some ISO 3200 and ISO 1600 images included.

Note that relatively strong noise reduction was used in the ISO 3200 raw samples converted with Bibble Pro using Noise Ninja (leaving a bit of noise, trying to maintain a "balance" between noise and detail for typical print sizes most users would use, with a slider setting of 8.00 for Noise Ninja settings).

IOW, the Noise Reduction amount used was roughly equivalent to Sony's JPEG processing, since the noise reduction amount used should be pretty much optimum for any print sizes users would want (leaving plenty of detail at most print sizes, without the distracting grain if you look at the sizes you're normally want to print at).

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