Sony alpha SLT-A57 16.1 Megapixel Digital SLT Camera with Lens - 18 mm - 55 mm - Black

3" LCD - 16:9 - 3.1x Optical Zoom - Optical IS - 4912 x 3264 Image - 1920 x 1080 Video - HDMI - HD Movie Mode - MPN: SLTA57K
Product Details
Description
Speedy shooting plus limitless creative optionsSerious quality and powerful creative options have never been so accessible. The SLT-A57 shares many features found in range-topping cameras from Sony, including super-fast shooting with continuous autofocus. Explore the possibilities of flawless images and Full HD video.
Summary
Product Title Sony alpha SLT-A57 16.1 Megapixel Digital SLT Camera with Lens - 18 mm - 55 mm - Black
Manufacturer Sony
Power Score 4.4 | 24 Reviews
Expert Reviews
Sony A57 Review
4.5 Star Review  photographyblog.com - Jun 7, 2012

The Sony A57 is a new SLT / DSLR camera with a 16 megapixel sensor, 12fps burst shooting, 50p Full HD movies, high-resolution viewfinder, 3-inch free-angle LCD and an ISO range of 100-16000, all for under £700 / $700 with a lens. Read our in-depth Sony A57 review to find out if this promising camera hits the mark...

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Sony Alpha SLT-A57
4 Star Review  testseek.com - Apr 11, 2012

Testseek.com has collected 73 expert reviews for Sony Alpha SLT-A57 and the average expert rating is 81 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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User Reviews
A great DSLR camera!
5 Star Review   By Photoguy1234 on Sony - Official Store - Apr 19, 2013   

The only "con" I could mention might be that it's at 16.1 mp & they just released the a58 which has 20.1 mp for shooting. I was also told though if you don't plan on blowing up the picture to some huge thing bigger than a 8 by 11 photo you won't notice much of a difference. My photos I've done look great, & I'm not much of a fan on what they did for the a58, it was like 1 step forward 2 steps back in the design, yes you have 20.1 mp, & a new auto tracking thing, but the viewer on the back of the camera now doesn't tilt left or right for different angles, only up & down now & it doesn't fold back onto itself to protect the screen when not in use, the a57 has this, & its screen is more bigger & defined & it shoots much more faster also. I'm no "expert" but I'm no amateur either. There's web sites that will compare the two, look & decide for yourself, Pros & Cons with each, but I like my a57, & when I have more money to spend I'll probably buy up the a99 later, unless by that time they have something else that's even more intriguing & great from the company that purchased the Minolta company & tech & refined it.

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HAVING FUN
5 Star Review   By Mooch on Sony - Official Store - Mar 17, 2013   

It took a lot of time to decide, but very happy with the purchase. This is my first dslr so I am still learning. I bought this in November. Cant wait till summer for nature trips. Sony made a nice product.

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Sony A57
5 Star Review   By Domnatr20 on Sony - Official Store - Feb 26, 2013   

After reading a lot of reviews and asking questions in the store the A57 was the best bang for my budget. No matter how much or little you spend on a camera its only as good as the person who uses it. My first lens I bought for this camera is a prime lens SAL50F18 it takes great pictures and you have to move around if you want to be closer or farther away this makes you really think about the shot your about to take. When I am out on the go and need to be able to zoom from a distance I use the SAL18250. It gives me great versatility. For anyone that wants proper white balance and color never trust any camera entirely. Cameras come with presets for example white balance tungsten, cloudy etc they are never correct. Lighting situations are constantly changing. I recommend purchasing an xrite color checker passport when used correctly youll always have the correct white balance and the very best color your camera is capable of taking.

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great features, poor cam execution
3 Star Review   By newtosony2013 on Sony - Official Store - Jan 26, 2013   

Cant say enough good about the features offered on this line of cameras. Sony is setting hte standard high in this realm. However, the camera picture taking performance seems way immature to me. The jpeg engine is a joke relative to its peers, even relative to cheap P&S cams and there hv been a ton of complaints on this aspect but sony does little to address it, if at all. Noise abatement is overly agressive. The metering system is amateurish compared to more mature rivals. It often overexposes and clips sky details and other hi contrast scenes. Should be way better at metering these relatively common but tough exposures and at least not clipping anywhere near as much as it does. The auto and auto+ modes are completely worthless in my 1.5 months of experience with this cam. In auto (or auto+), the a57 rarely identifies the proper scene, rarely meters correctly except for really simple scenes, rarely gets the iso right on indoor shots (often chooses a really hi iso which will result in terrible noise, rather than pop the flash or lower the shutter speed), and rarely uses the flash with proper exposure (almost exclusively is too hot---not overexposed, just no background subtleties retained. Their metering seems to be, "make it bright to capture the subject, and lets not worry about the overall scene!"). Some affecionados may gripe that anybody uses the auto mode at all. Tough----sony offers it, i paid for it, i use it, and i EXPECT it to work far better than it does. Its really poor in this regard #and i've compared to nikon, canon, pentax systems and my comments are based on comparing to the competition, and are not personal based on my emotions#. In general, and in all modes, flash often tends to be too bright in nearly every use, even in program or A or S or whatever---at least in these modes, its compensation can be backed off to acceptable levels, but really no reason they can't get this right out of the box. Perhaps the most disappointing aspect of this cam line is sony's poor support in correcting these problems---there's a ton of commentary along the lines i've mentioned here,and sony doesnt appear to be very responsive to the criticism or suggestions, continuing to push these, shall we say, immaturities on a loyal buying public. They better wake up and deal with this stuff or they will find themselves losing market share as fast as they've gained it. Their features wont carry the day forever, afterall, its a camera and will ultimately be judged on its picture quality and performance relative to its peers. Overall, the features are great, as i've said, however, cam performance is 90% of what it should be in my opinion. sry, just how it comes down for me given the 8000 picts i've taken. Cant recommend it and I've returned it.

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Beautiful Camera
5 Star Review   By Mystic on Sony - Official Store - Dec 29, 2012   

Overall, this camera gives you very good photos, and it's really easy to use. The translucent lens allows for 12 fps, which lets you capture that perfect moment, especially with fast moving subjects. I'm into macro and still lifes, and even the 18-55 mm lens kit works great with those areas of photography. This camera produces great photos and landscapes as well. The only other thing I would like to have had in this specific model is a faster loading time after the continious shooting limit. Other than that, this camera is perfect for the beginner or intermediate photographer. I would definitely recommend this camera.

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Great Camera
4 Star Review   By aiphotos on Sony - Official Store - Nov 26, 2012   

I bought this camera after having the common debate about a Canon and a Nikon, and in the end I went in a totally different direction and got the A57. I LOVE IT. The shutter speed is amazing fast, and the camera is very easy to use. Also I love the fact that I can see what the image will look like before I take it when I adjust the ISO and F-stop. Over all, LOVE THIS CAMERA. I am a Sony photographer for life!

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Sony A57 - Best Bang For The Buck
4 Star Review   By JasonB on Sony - Official Store - Nov 10, 2012   

This is my first DSLR and I actually took a long time deciding which camera to go for. My budget was around $1000 and the list of cameras shortlisted was exhaustive (in my opinion at least). From Nikon's D5100 and Canon's Rebel series (incl the 650D) upto Nikon's D7000, I looked at all. At first, I was quite intent on going for the Nikon D90. Being almost like a benchmark for beginners, I almost went ahead and purchased it until an acquaintance suggested I look at the Alpha series from Sony too. The first Alpha I looked at was the A37. The size itself out me off. Too small in my opinion. The next was the A57 which met my requirements perfectly. So I went ahead and did a feature to feature comparison and it beat the D90 hands down (in my opinion). The fact that it was an SLT (not SLR) with Mirrorless technology and it possessed class leading features such as 12 FPS Burst Mode, upto 16000 ISO (25600 with Boost), in-built IS (Body), was quite enough for me. I do quite a bit of low light photography at higher ISO's and also like to Zoom in on objects to capture detail. With the in-built image stabilization, I knew I would never need to splurge on lenses with IS. The 12 FPS Burst is an added advantage, though wouldn't be used much. Other features I liked over the D90 were the better color depth, flip out screen, higher resolution LCD, more dynamic range and the higher number of focus points. Not to forget the 16MP sensor. Though I am not a video freak, its always good to have Full HD capabilities & auto focus in video mode. All these features truly sold me on this camera in comparison to the Nikon D90. I then looked at the A65 and truly didn't feel the 24MP sensor & in-built GPS justified the extra $200. Similarly, the prices for the Nikon D700 & A77 were slightly beyond my comfort, however, and more importantly, their feature set never really pushed me into spending that amount of money. I have had the Sony SLT A-57 for almost 3 weeks now and have shot approximately 2000 frames in mixed environments. The image quality is fantastic. I tried my hand at a few macro shots and the detailing is brilliant. I also took some wide angle shots of monuments and the colors are very well balanced. The camera is fast in shooting with very little time lag between shots. Battery life is surprisingly good as I took around 480 frames with 52% battery life still remaining. All my shots were through the viewfinder. The in-built effects (Pop, Selective Color etc.) are nice to have for the imaginative kind. The functions are very easy to understand and manual adjustments are a breeze once you are used to the layout of each function. The switch from LCD to EVF and vice-versa is automatic and quite fast too. The EVF, though criticized by purists, is quite large and clear. Images look stunning when reviewed on the LCD and I just wish they would look the same on my computer. Even though quite a few of my friends taken pot shots at me for going with Sony, instead of Nikon or Canon, I have to say that I am thoroughly satisfied with this product and its capabilities especially at the price it is available at. It keeps surprising me with its image quality and I am certainly a very content Sony customer. With this series, Sony has truly set the cat among the pigeons and it will be interesting to see Nikon & Canon's response to this.

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SLT-A57K
4 Star Review   By Nono on Sony - Official Store - Nov 8, 2012   

I ordered the bundle in fast focus you cannot miss a shot even in low light. The intelligent auto plus will decide the scene mode I love it. Color view finder with magnifying looks a 3D.Battery life is amazing . I do recommend this camera even though it is pricey.

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Great, great camera!!
5 Star Review   By GeoffreyMac on Sony - Official Store - Oct 25, 2012   

This camera is wonderful! Does great for portraits and the video is spectacular! Does great in low light and captures everything wonderfully! A must have!

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You get what you pay for..and it's A LOT!!
5 Star Review   By ciusbius on Sony - Official Store - Sep 18, 2012   

Let me tell you. This camera Rocks!! My first DSLR was the awesome A200 RIP. The bag and gear was stolen in April 2012 at the LBGP. I was devastated. Thank goodness for insurance. This camera has taken some time to get used to. But let me tell you. When I get dialed in to what the camera can do..I know I will take even better pictures.

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Product Details
Description
Speedy shooting plus limitless creative optionsSerious quality and powerful creative options have never been so accessible. The SLT-A57 shares many features found in range-topping cameras from Sony, including super-fast shooting with continuous autofocus. Explore the possibilities of flawless images and Full HD video.
Summary
Product Title Sony alpha SLT-A57 16.1 Megapixel Digital SLT Camera with Lens - 18 mm - 55 mm - Black
Manufacturer Sony
Power Score 4.4 | 24 Reviews
Additional Specifications
Parent Retsku: B0084B1DXU
Expert Reviews
Sony A57 Review
4.5 Star Review  photographyblog.com - Jun 7, 2012

The Sony A57 is a new SLT / DSLR camera with a 16 megapixel sensor, 12fps burst shooting, 50p Full HD movies, high-resolution viewfinder, 3-inch free-angle LCD and an ISO range of 100-16000, all for under £700 / $700 with a lens. Read our in-depth Sony A57 review to find out if this promising camera hits the mark...

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Sony Alpha SLT-A57
4 Star Review  testseek.com - Apr 11, 2012

Testseek.com has collected 73 expert reviews for Sony Alpha SLT-A57 and the average expert rating is 81 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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User Reviews
A great DSLR camera!
5 Star Review   By Photoguy1234 on Sony - Official Store - Apr 19, 2013   

The only "con" I could mention might be that it's at 16.1 mp & they just released the a58 which has 20.1 mp for shooting. I was also told though if you don't plan on blowing up the picture to some huge thing bigger than a 8 by 11 photo you won't notice much of a difference. My photos I've done look great, & I'm not much of a fan on what they did for the a58, it was like 1 step forward 2 steps back in the design, yes you have 20.1 mp, & a new auto tracking thing, but the viewer on the back of the camera now doesn't tilt left or right for different angles, only up & down now & it doesn't fold back onto itself to protect the screen when not in use, the a57 has this, & its screen is more bigger & defined & it shoots much more faster also. I'm no "expert" but I'm no amateur either. There's web sites that will compare the two, look & decide for yourself, Pros & Cons with each, but I like my a57, & when I have more money to spend I'll probably buy up the a99 later, unless by that time they have something else that's even more intriguing & great from the company that purchased the Minolta company & tech & refined it.

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HAVING FUN
5 Star Review   By Mooch on Sony - Official Store - Mar 17, 2013   

It took a lot of time to decide, but very happy with the purchase. This is my first dslr so I am still learning. I bought this in November. Cant wait till summer for nature trips. Sony made a nice product.

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Sony A57
5 Star Review   By Domnatr20 on Sony - Official Store - Feb 26, 2013   

After reading a lot of reviews and asking questions in the store the A57 was the best bang for my budget. No matter how much or little you spend on a camera its only as good as the person who uses it. My first lens I bought for this camera is a prime lens SAL50F18 it takes great pictures and you have to move around if you want to be closer or farther away this makes you really think about the shot your about to take. When I am out on the go and need to be able to zoom from a distance I use the SAL18250. It gives me great versatility. For anyone that wants proper white balance and color never trust any camera entirely. Cameras come with presets for example white balance tungsten, cloudy etc they are never correct. Lighting situations are constantly changing. I recommend purchasing an xrite color checker passport when used correctly youll always have the correct white balance and the very best color your camera is capable of taking.

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great features, poor cam execution
3 Star Review   By newtosony2013 on Sony - Official Store - Jan 26, 2013   

Cant say enough good about the features offered on this line of cameras. Sony is setting hte standard high in this realm. However, the camera picture taking performance seems way immature to me. The jpeg engine is a joke relative to its peers, even relative to cheap P&S cams and there hv been a ton of complaints on this aspect but sony does little to address it, if at all. Noise abatement is overly agressive. The metering system is amateurish compared to more mature rivals. It often overexposes and clips sky details and other hi contrast scenes. Should be way better at metering these relatively common but tough exposures and at least not clipping anywhere near as much as it does. The auto and auto+ modes are completely worthless in my 1.5 months of experience with this cam. In auto (or auto+), the a57 rarely identifies the proper scene, rarely meters correctly except for really simple scenes, rarely gets the iso right on indoor shots (often chooses a really hi iso which will result in terrible noise, rather than pop the flash or lower the shutter speed), and rarely uses the flash with proper exposure (almost exclusively is too hot---not overexposed, just no background subtleties retained. Their metering seems to be, "make it bright to capture the subject, and lets not worry about the overall scene!"). Some affecionados may gripe that anybody uses the auto mode at all. Tough----sony offers it, i paid for it, i use it, and i EXPECT it to work far better than it does. Its really poor in this regard #and i've compared to nikon, canon, pentax systems and my comments are based on comparing to the competition, and are not personal based on my emotions#. In general, and in all modes, flash often tends to be too bright in nearly every use, even in program or A or S or whatever---at least in these modes, its compensation can be backed off to acceptable levels, but really no reason they can't get this right out of the box. Perhaps the most disappointing aspect of this cam line is sony's poor support in correcting these problems---there's a ton of commentary along the lines i've mentioned here,and sony doesnt appear to be very responsive to the criticism or suggestions, continuing to push these, shall we say, immaturities on a loyal buying public. They better wake up and deal with this stuff or they will find themselves losing market share as fast as they've gained it. Their features wont carry the day forever, afterall, its a camera and will ultimately be judged on its picture quality and performance relative to its peers. Overall, the features are great, as i've said, however, cam performance is 90% of what it should be in my opinion. sry, just how it comes down for me given the 8000 picts i've taken. Cant recommend it and I've returned it.

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Beautiful Camera
5 Star Review   By Mystic on Sony - Official Store - Dec 29, 2012   

Overall, this camera gives you very good photos, and it's really easy to use. The translucent lens allows for 12 fps, which lets you capture that perfect moment, especially with fast moving subjects. I'm into macro and still lifes, and even the 18-55 mm lens kit works great with those areas of photography. This camera produces great photos and landscapes as well. The only other thing I would like to have had in this specific model is a faster loading time after the continious shooting limit. Other than that, this camera is perfect for the beginner or intermediate photographer. I would definitely recommend this camera.

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Great Camera
4 Star Review   By aiphotos on Sony - Official Store - Nov 26, 2012   

I bought this camera after having the common debate about a Canon and a Nikon, and in the end I went in a totally different direction and got the A57. I LOVE IT. The shutter speed is amazing fast, and the camera is very easy to use. Also I love the fact that I can see what the image will look like before I take it when I adjust the ISO and F-stop. Over all, LOVE THIS CAMERA. I am a Sony photographer for life!

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Sony A57 - Best Bang For The Buck
4 Star Review   By JasonB on Sony - Official Store - Nov 10, 2012   

This is my first DSLR and I actually took a long time deciding which camera to go for. My budget was around $1000 and the list of cameras shortlisted was exhaustive (in my opinion at least). From Nikon's D5100 and Canon's Rebel series (incl the 650D) upto Nikon's D7000, I looked at all. At first, I was quite intent on going for the Nikon D90. Being almost like a benchmark for beginners, I almost went ahead and purchased it until an acquaintance suggested I look at the Alpha series from Sony too. The first Alpha I looked at was the A37. The size itself out me off. Too small in my opinion. The next was the A57 which met my requirements perfectly. So I went ahead and did a feature to feature comparison and it beat the D90 hands down (in my opinion). The fact that it was an SLT (not SLR) with Mirrorless technology and it possessed class leading features such as 12 FPS Burst Mode, upto 16000 ISO (25600 with Boost), in-built IS (Body), was quite enough for me. I do quite a bit of low light photography at higher ISO's and also like to Zoom in on objects to capture detail. With the in-built image stabilization, I knew I would never need to splurge on lenses with IS. The 12 FPS Burst is an added advantage, though wouldn't be used much. Other features I liked over the D90 were the better color depth, flip out screen, higher resolution LCD, more dynamic range and the higher number of focus points. Not to forget the 16MP sensor. Though I am not a video freak, its always good to have Full HD capabilities & auto focus in video mode. All these features truly sold me on this camera in comparison to the Nikon D90. I then looked at the A65 and truly didn't feel the 24MP sensor & in-built GPS justified the extra $200. Similarly, the prices for the Nikon D700 & A77 were slightly beyond my comfort, however, and more importantly, their feature set never really pushed me into spending that amount of money. I have had the Sony SLT A-57 for almost 3 weeks now and have shot approximately 2000 frames in mixed environments. The image quality is fantastic. I tried my hand at a few macro shots and the detailing is brilliant. I also took some wide angle shots of monuments and the colors are very well balanced. The camera is fast in shooting with very little time lag between shots. Battery life is surprisingly good as I took around 480 frames with 52% battery life still remaining. All my shots were through the viewfinder. The in-built effects (Pop, Selective Color etc.) are nice to have for the imaginative kind. The functions are very easy to understand and manual adjustments are a breeze once you are used to the layout of each function. The switch from LCD to EVF and vice-versa is automatic and quite fast too. The EVF, though criticized by purists, is quite large and clear. Images look stunning when reviewed on the LCD and I just wish they would look the same on my computer. Even though quite a few of my friends taken pot shots at me for going with Sony, instead of Nikon or Canon, I have to say that I am thoroughly satisfied with this product and its capabilities especially at the price it is available at. It keeps surprising me with its image quality and I am certainly a very content Sony customer. With this series, Sony has truly set the cat among the pigeons and it will be interesting to see Nikon & Canon's response to this.

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SLT-A57K
4 Star Review   By Nono on Sony - Official Store - Nov 8, 2012   

I ordered the bundle in fast focus you cannot miss a shot even in low light. The intelligent auto plus will decide the scene mode I love it. Color view finder with magnifying looks a 3D.Battery life is amazing . I do recommend this camera even though it is pricey.

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Great, great camera!!
5 Star Review   By GeoffreyMac on Sony - Official Store - Oct 25, 2012   

This camera is wonderful! Does great for portraits and the video is spectacular! Does great in low light and captures everything wonderfully! A must have!

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You get what you pay for..and it's A LOT!!
5 Star Review   By ciusbius on Sony - Official Store - Sep 18, 2012   

Let me tell you. This camera Rocks!! My first DSLR was the awesome A200 RIP. The bag and gear was stolen in April 2012 at the LBGP. I was devastated. Thank goodness for insurance. This camera has taken some time to get used to. But let me tell you. When I get dialed in to what the camera can do..I know I will take even better pictures.

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satisfied customer
5 Star Review   By AlanPS on Sony - Official Store - Aug 14, 2012   

This is my first DSLR. I bought it for video. Being a noob to this level of technology I'm happy there are so many automatic settings. I prefer manual focus but as for the rest I let the camera handle it--ISO, white balance, all that jazz which I hardly understand. So far I've only shot indoors and once outdoor at night to see how it handled low light. I paired it with a 35mm f1.8 lens hoping for better low light. I guess I was hoping it to be as good as my eyes but not quite. Still, with a little outdoor light nearby it looks great. Maybe I just need to learn a bit more about low-light shooting. Anyway, I highly recommend this camera. I also purchased Sony's Vegas 11 Platinum HD Movie production suite, which so far has been very user-friendly. Next move will probably be a field sound recorder.

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A great step up
4 Star Review   By rbphoto on Sony - Official Store - Aug 1, 2012   

I am 2 months in to using this camera and I still haven't run through all the features. It is very easy to pick up and shoot after having the a200. The speed of focusing and shooting is amazing. Using 2 sony flashes in wireless is very easy and produces great photos. Just starting to do studiowork with it. So far it works great with my flash triggers and studio lighting. This was the perfect combination of features for my use. I have not found much opportunity to use the video features, just not a video person. I have a video camera for that. Time will tell if I find video a useful feature for me.

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New DSLT user
5 Star Review   By SandyO on Sony - Official Store - Jul 7, 2012   

Years ago I used a film SLR but since just point & shoot digitals. Love this camera. I have not had a chance to use many of the features and settings yet but got some great fireworks pics on the 4th. I liked being able to have more control over the settings. I'm still getting used to all the different settings

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Sony a57
3 Star Review   By Species8472 on Sony - Official Store - Jun 26, 2012   

Overall the camera is great! The HD videos are very clear and crisp. The area in which the a57 fails, is in video mode. The micrphones picks up the sounds of the camera auto focusing during recording. I have an 18-250mm sony lens without SAM and it is loud. SAM lenses perform a little better, but the noise is still there. I Did not have an SSM lens to try, but I can only guess that using an SSM lens would be the solution. This camera is going back. I will purchase again (a59?) when the sound problems have been resolved.

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Over Delivers on Just About Everything!
5 Star Review   By elgregor on Sony - Official Store - Jun 23, 2012   

Going on four weeks with the camera and it never leaves my side. This review may not end up being as extensive as some of the other excellent reviews that have been written, but I can confirm that this is a superb camera. It was amazing features that allow you to do some truly incredible things. First, what kind of consumer am I? I would consider myself an enthusiast photographer, I love having a DSLR (in this case a DSLT), composing my own photographs, but I am not about to start charging people for my services and unrefined skills. It is a great hobby of mine. I spent the equivalent of a few days (over several weeks) reading reviews, comparing, and learning about technologies before making my purchase. Sony really has been making leaps and strides in the their higher-end cameras, both the Alpha and the NEX lines. When considering cameras I was actually leaning towards the NEX-5N. I have had a Sony A100 since they were first released and, while I love it, I was very drawn to the small and sleek form factor of the NEX. It wasn't until I got a store and handled each of them and tested some of their abilities up-close that I (without any warning or looking back) chose the A57 over the NEX-5N. I am VERY satisfied with my choice. I have had the A57 for about a week now and have been blown away. The Multi-frame NR, Auto HDR, DRO, Panorama, and 12 FPS features of the camera are my favorites so far. They make taking photographs that you may not otherwise get, or have the time to properly compose/post produce SO easy! It is amazing how many useful features this camera has, ones that are far more refined than just a bunch of cheap point & shoot gimmicks for casual picture takers. The image quality of the camera is fantastic, colors are faithfully reproduced. The Auto WB may need a little tweaking now and again, but for the most part, that works great as well. The camera itself feels solid and of quality construction. Having a larger body, over the A55, is a very welcomed change. One thing that I am getting used to is having to frequently check to see if I have any of the many multi-frame functions turned on. The first couple days I kept forgetting that I had turned on the HDR or Multi-frame NR (through the ISO) for a previous shot and would end up finding out the camera again wanted to take six shots when I was only ready for and expecting a single shutter release. I have had to be constantly aware of the settings I am using; when I turn them on, and when i turn them off. Overall, I am extremely happy with this camera and with Sony. I plan to stick with them over Canon, Nikon, or Pentax for the next long while. Sony really has been raising the bar on what it means to be a truly DIGITAL-SLR and they are doing a fantastic job. I have and will continue to recommend this camera over its competitors, even those in the prosumer and semi-professional categories.

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2 weeks with the A57
4 Star Review   By GeorgiaJo on Sony - Official Store - Jun 17, 2012   

As a long time user of 35mm SLRs (film), it took me a while to invest in a good Digital SLR. I have found the A57 can be very easy to use, or complicated beyond beleif. Excellent pictures can be obtained in automatic mode by anyone, get out of auto and the choices are so diverse one can get lost in the technology. I will learn and catch up, but I do not consider the A57 a beginers camera, the manual is written for an experienced photographer. Good points, all my Minolta AF lenses work great, and speed is awsome. Flash is slow to recharge and flash with auto has mixed results. Quality excellent as with all Sony products, but very poor manual and online help files for this camera. Not for the faint of heart, high technology with high complexity.

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Wonderful camera
5 Star Review   By falconwhisper on Sony - Official Store - May 18, 2012   

Bought this as an upgrade from the a380 and couldn't believe the difference in picture quality, especially at high ISO. Less noise @ ISO 3200 than the a380 had a ISO 800. Easier to handle (larger grip), much longer battery life (almost twice as long), and love the Sweep Panorama. Have even been able to take hand-held shots as slow as 1/5 of a second shutter speed. The only worry I had when I bought this was whether my Sigma lenses would work, especially the older ones, but they work perfectly. Sony has really hit a home run with this camera.

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camera body and optional lens
5 Star Review   By marcrnsm on Sony - Official Store - May 13, 2012   

whether your a professional or amateur this cmera works for both, I like to talk to the people getting into DLSR's this camera has a help button that anything you do and don't understand all you have to do is press the (?) button and you'll get a description of whatever function your working with including a how to guide in the camera. I bought the body and ordered the 55mm- 200mm lens for $249, great overall lens, great auto focus, the zoom along with the digital zoom is excellent on color and distance, however for pics in small areas you have to back up quite a bit as this is a lens starting at 55mm. I really wish Sony would let us post more than 2 pics to show different aspects of this camera. The best video format is the AVCHD very silky smooth videos, but I have found no media players that will open or view the video as this format is so new media players haven't caught up with the technology yet. Only solution is to convert the video to mp4 which is really easy even for the novice using a program called Handbrake which can be downloaded for free. Over all nobody could possibly be unhappy with this camera.

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Everything I wanted and MORE!
5 Star Review   By HeidiH on Sony - Official Store - May 7, 2012   

I went to Wolf ready to buy the Nikon D5100. I left with no camera and, based on the rec of the salesman, started researching the a57. After a few days I went back and bought the a57. I owe this guy a huge debt because this camera is everything I wanted and more. The almost instant auto focus and 12fps just cannot be beat and (as someone who hasn't used a dslr seriously in years) the menu makes the camera so easy to use. Plus, the photos are top notch!

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excellent camera especially for small budget
5 Star Review   By marcrnsm on Sony - Official Store - Apr 27, 2012   

I've had this for a couple days and just upgraded the firmware today, for the money spent cannon nor Nikon can't touch this camera. The video being shot in 60p is not offered by any camera under $1500 easily and this camera films seemly, no jumps in film. The ISO is great I've used it at 3200 and had no noise issues, the competitors like to talk about 30% light being redirected to the EVF this has had no effect that i have seen thus so far.I recommend buying the body only, save the $100 and get the 55mm x 200mm lens for $249 its a good starter lens and in essence your getting it for $149 if you coose this option. AF is quiet and seamless, buttons in all the right places especially the ISO, and exposure. I think you'd be hard pressed to find a better camera for this price. I'll give another review at a later time.

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Great Camera!
5 Star Review   By NewSonyShooter on Sony - Official Store - Apr 24, 2012   

Not much to complain about with this camera. My biggest concern was the EVF, but it is very nice and has some huge advantages over optical viewfinders (guideline overlay, histogram, orientation level, picture review). The size of the camera is great, but can get a bit heavy when shooting with one hand. Battery life is good, especially when considering it has to power both the viewfinder and the rear LCD. I cannot comment on the video quality at this point because I have not really used it in any serious video situations. The burst shooting is incredible and makes shooting fast moving subjects very easy. The biggest problem with this camera at the writing of this review is the lack of RAW file support for iPhoto/Aperture and Lightroom.

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Great Step up from an A100
4 Star Review   By Alphaeye on Sony - Official Store - Apr 18, 2012   

I had to buy this camera in a hurry. My A100 decided to not record images after taking a two foot fall. I did a bit of research on line....took a look at the Alphas that were available on short notice. I decided to buy the a57 over the a65 primarily on price. I didn't see 200 dollars worth of difference for a OLED viewfinder and 8 more MPs. This is my first use of an SLT and it has taken a bit of getting used to. The a57s LCD screen is a big improvement over the a100. The ability to shoot at low light with less noise (call it electronic grain) is a big plus as well. I am also pleased that the a57 is completely compatible with my HVL-F36AM flash. I am impresed by how fast and how quiet the camera is when taking shots. When I took my first shot I wasn't sure the camera was working. The A57 is a bit lighter than the a100 even with the same 1870 lens attached. Both bodies are just about the same size, which is a good thing. One of the reasons I had not upgraded before now was that I found it hard to grip a lot of the previous models, they were just too small. The a57 controls are easy to understand and are located logically. The only problem is that if I am not careful I can hit the movie button by accident., not by touch but when changing a lense if I hold the camera against my chest. The LCD viewfinder is extremely bright and easy to read. I do find that it has a bit too much contrast when shooting in bright daylight. However it great for reviewing shots under the same conditions. The built in flash location on the body is a definite iimprovement over the a100. Its forward location should help to prevent shadows when using larger lenses susch as the 1118 zoom. I have not used any of the effects that the camera is capable of such as auto Portrating or HDR. I prefer to put the camera in program mode and shoot. I want to decide when to use the flash, not have the camera do it for me. I set the VF to display as little info as possible, however I find the digital level gauge to be very helpful when talking shots of buildings or the horizon, etc. I find the the A57 ito be a very enjoyable camera to use, and a comfortable step up from my A100 (which I hope to repair and keep using as well) just as the a100 was a good camera to migrate to six years ago from my Maxxum 550si.

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