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XNiteSonyAlphaA55  16.2 MegaPixel Full-Frame Infrared-Enabled Camera 


XNiteSonyAlphaA55       UV+Visible+IR

XNiteSonyAlphaA55IR    IR-Only (715nm)

XNiteSonyAlphaA55HR   Visible Hot Rod

We stock and can modify this camera to be IR+Visible, High-Red, IR-Only or Visible Hot Rod.  

bulletIR+Visible+UV: Camera seee everything the sensor is cable of seeing.  Camera will see some UV, the entire visible range and infrared from 715nm to 1200nm.

665nm: Camera will see from 665nm to 1200nm.  Red channel will see visible red and infrared.  Blue and green channels will only see infrared.

590nm: Camera will see from 590nm to 1200nm.  Red channel will see visible red and infrared.  Green channel will see come visible green and infrared.  Blue channel will only see infrared.


715nm:  All channels  only see infrared.  The red channel is the most open to the IR and contains somewhat different information than the blue and green channels allowing for some creative color effects such as red-blue channel swapping to get deep blue skies.  A 715nm converted camera sees about the same amount of light as a stock camera so apertures and shutter are similar to a stock camera.  715nm is similar to a Hoya RM72 or Wratten 89B.

830nm:  All channels only see infrared.  Camera loses about 2 stops of exposure.  Once you equalize color levels, picture will be almost completely black and white.  The infrared effect is more intense at 830nm - skies are darker, clouds whiter and you see further through smoke and haze.

bulletHR (High Resolution/ Hot Rod).  An HR camera has the Anti-Aliasing (Blur) filter removed and replaced with a thicker IR Cut Filter to keep the same focal plane.  A Visible HR camera will maximize the resolution and color depth of the camera at the expense of possible moire pattens.  Please see more about this conversion here.

Our IR-Only cameras include an adjustment to the Auto Focus so that the camera focuses in the infrared region.  

  High Resolution (Hot Rod) HR UV+Visible+IR IR-Only
Model XNiteSonyAlphaA55HR XNiteSonyAlphaA55 XNiteSonyAlphaA55IR 
Camera can take normal visible pictures Yes Yes with CC1 filter No
Camera can take IR pictures No Yes with external IR filter Yes with no extra filters
Camera autofocus will work with IR pictures NA No Yes
Camera autoexposure will work with IR pictures NA No Yes.  May need Exp Comp Adj
User can see through lens when taking IR pictures Yes No Yes.  Filter is internal.

Please note that the anti-dust system is disabled on our conversions.  Live View will work correctly.

Modification will void your warranty.

We can modify your Sony Alpha A55 for a $450 fee + return shipping & handling ($20 for UPS ground insured within continental USA).





bulletProduct Type Digital camera - SLR with Live View mode,
with Movie recording
bulletResolution 16.2 megapixels
bulletOptical Sensor Type Exmor APS HD CMOS
bulletTotal Pixels 16,700,000 pixels
bulletEffective Sensor Resolution 16,200,000 pixels
bulletOptical Sensor Size 15.6 x 23.5mm
bulletField of View Crop Factor 1.5
bulletSensor Features Dust Reduction (image sensor vibration),
Anti-Dust coating
bulletImage Processor BIONZ
bulletImage Stabilizer Optical (SteadyShot INSIDE)
bulletAuto Focus TTL phase detection
bulletAuto Focus Points (Zones) Qty 15
bulletDigital Video Format AVCHD,
bulletImage Recording Format JPEG,
bulletMax Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
bulletAV Interfaces HDMI

Exposure & White Balance

bulletLight Sensitivity ISO auto (100-1600),
ISO 100-12800
bulletExposure Metering Multi-segment,
bulletExposure Metering Zones 1200
bulletExposure Modes Program,
bulletShooting Programs Sports mode,
Night portrait,
Handheld twilight,
Night view,
Portrait mode,
bulletSpecial Effects Portrait,
Black & White,
bulletWhite Balance Automatic,
bulletWhite Balance Presets Daylight,
2500K - 9900K,
bulletMax Shutter Speed 1/4000 sec
bulletMin Shutter Speed 30 sec
bulletExposure Compensation ?2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps
bulletAuto Exposure Bracketing 3 steps in 1/3 or 2/3 EV steps
bulletWhite Balance Bracketing Yes
bulletX-sync Speed 1/160 sec
bulletExposure Range EV -2-17 ( ISO 100 )

Lens System

bulletLens System Mounting Minolta A-type

Camera Flash

bulletCamera Flash Pop-up flash
bulletGuide Number (m / ISO 100) 10
bulletFlash Modes Rear curtain sync,
Fill-in mode,
Slow synchro,
Auto mode,
Flash OFF mode,
Red-eye reduction
bulletFeatures Flash exposure bracketing,
High-speed synchronization (HSS),
Wireless off-camera control,
Flash +/- compensation,
AF illuminator

Additional Features

bulletContinuous Shooting Speed 10 frames per second,
6 frames per second
bulletSelf Timer Delay 2 sec,
10 sec
bulletFlash Terminal Hot shoe
bulletAdditional Features Digital image rotation,
Display brightness control,
1080i Full HD movie recording,
3D Sweep Panorama technology,
Depth-of-field preview button,
Eye-Fi Card Ready,
PRINT Image Matching,
Saturation control,
Translucent Mirror technology,
Face Recognition,
Date/time stamp,
Multi-Frame Noise Reduction,
Exif Print support,
DPOF support,
Sweep Panorama technology,
Built-in GPS,
Face detection,
RGB primary color filter,
Built-in speaker,
Quick AF Live View,
Auto HDR mode,
Smile Detection Auto Shutter,
Digital level meter,
Digital noise reduction,
Dolby Digital AC-3 (2 channel) recording,
Histogram display,
Automatic display brightness adjustment,
Dynamic Range Optimizer,
Highlight point display,
Camera orientation detection,
LCD live view mode,
Shadow point display,
Built-in help guide,
Sharpness control,
Contrast control,
USB 2.0 compatibility,
Eye-Start AF system


bulletViewfinder Type Electronic
bulletViewfinder Color Support Color
bulletViewfinder Diagonal Size 0.46 in
bulletViewfinder Resolution 1,440,000 pixels
bulletField Coverage 100%
bulletMagnification 1.1x
bulletDioptric Correction Range -4 to +4
bulletViewfinder Frames Autofocus frame
bulletViewfinder Information Memory card status,
ISO sensitivity,
Exposure compensation,
Shutter speed,
Picture mode,
Continuous AF,
Red-eye reduction,
AE lock,
Exposure mode,
White balance,
Metering system,
Flash compensation on/off,
Frames-remaining counter,
High-speed sync indicator,
Manual focus,
Record mode,
Wireless/remote flash,
Shake warning,
Exposure bracketing,
Battery status
bulletFeatures Auto eye sensor


bulletType 3 in LCD display
bulletDisplay Features Folding


bulletMicrophone Operation Mode Stereo


bulletConnector Type 1 x HDMI output,
1 x Hi-Speed USB,
1 x Microphone


bulletSoftware Sony Image Data Lightbox SR,
Drivers & Utilities,
Sony Image Data Converter SR,
Sony Picture Motion Browser

System Requirements for PC Connection

bulletOperating System Support MS Windows XP SP3,
MS Windows 7,
MS Windows Vista SP2,
Apple Mac OS X 10.4 - 10.6
bulletPeripheral Devices USB port,
CD-ROM drive


bulletIncluded Accessories Battery charger,
USB cable,
Shoulder strap,
Body cap


bulletSupported Battery Sony NP-FW50
bulletSupported Battery 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( Included )

Memory / Storage

bulletMemory Card Slot SD card,
Memory Stick PRO Duo card
bulletSupported Memory Cards SDHC Memory Card,
SD Memory Card,
Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo,
SDXC Memory Card,
Memory Stick PRO Duo
bulletImage Storage RAW 4912 x 3264,
JPEG 4912 x 3264,
JPEG 3568 x 2368,
JPEG 2448 x 1624,
RAW 4912 x 2760,
JPEG 4912 x 2760,
JPEG 3568 x 2000,
JPEG 2448 x 1376
bulletVideo Capture AVCHD - 1920 x 1080 - 17Mbps,
H.264 - 1440 x 1080 - 12Mbps,
H.264 - 640 x 480 - 3Mbps

Dimensions & Weight

bulletWidth 4.9 in
bulletDepth 3.3 in
bulletHeight 3.6 in
bulletWeight 15.6 oz

Environmental Parameters

bulletMin Operating Temperature 32 ?F
bulletMax Operating Temperature 104 ?F



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Last modified: June 16, 2015