LCD and Viewfinder
Sony A500 has a Tilting 3″ LCD screen with a resolution of 230k dots. Both the screen size and the screen resolution is up to the standards of this class.
A500 has a built-in Optical (pentamirror) viewfinder. The viewfinder has a coverage of 95% and a magnification ratio of 0.53x. 95% coverage means that what you see in your viewfinder while shooting will slightly be different from the actual image.
Max Shutter speed
Sony A500 can shoot continuously at max speed of 5 fps and has max shutter speed of 1/4000 sec.
A500 has a built-in flash, and it also has a flash shoe to mount your external flashes too.
Sony A500 features a Phase Detection autofocusing system. The AF system has 9 points to choose from.
Sony A500 also features Face detection AF
where it intelligently detects the faces in the frame and locks the focus automatically.
Unfortunately Sony A500 doesn't have Video recording ability.
Connectivity and Storage
You can connect A500 to compatible devices via its HDMI port or USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) port.
Battery Sony A500 is powered by battery which provides a shooting life of 520 according to CIPA standards.
Considering that the average battery life of DSLR type cameras is 881 shots, Sony A500 has a short battery life for its class so we strongly recommend A500 owners to buy some extra batteries.
Battery Life Comparison in Entry-Level DSLR Cameras
Pentax K-x with its 1900shots is the model with longest battery life among Entry-Level DSLR cameras. Check the comparison of Sony A500 vs Pentax K-x or take a look at Longest Battery Life DSLR cameras list.
Sony A500 Features Compared to Main Competitors
Current Lowest price for Sony A500 is $637.99