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Sony Alpha SLT-A57 SLR Digital Camera (Body Only)

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Product Highlights

  • 16.1 MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • Translucent Mirror Technology
  • 12 fps with Continuous Autofocus
  • 15-Point Autofocus with 3 Cross Points
  • Full HD 1080p with AVCHD 2.0
  • 3.0" 921,600-dot Tiltable LCD
  • Auto Portrait Framing
  • Clear Image Zoom
  • ISO 100-16000
  • Tru-Finder EVF
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The Sony Alpha SLT-A57 SLR Digital Camera (Body Only) combines the quality and control reminiscent of a professional DSLR and pairs it with the convenience and efficiency of a point and shoot camera. This melding of technologies allows you to make outstanding imagery with a simplistic interface and functionality. Featuring a 16.1MP APS-C Exmor HD CMOS sensor, this camera is able to capture high quality stills and video with excellent low-light sensitivity. It also features Translucent Mirror Technology for continuous AF monitoring, permitting you ensured sharpness when recording full HD 1080p video or photographing at up to 12 fps.

This quickened performance carries over into a number of features that are designed specifically for capturing the best images possible without you having to be concerned over specific camera settings. Auto Portrait Framing is a unique mode that automatically recognizes portrait situations and creates balanced portraits based around the characteristics of your subject. It utilizes a number of other modes, including Face Detection, Smile Shutter, and Face Registration, and creates an appealing composition based on where your subject is located within the frame, where they are looking, and how they are being lit. Clear Image Zoom is also employed in Auto Portrait Framing, and is able to zoom the center of your image up to 2x with almost no noticeable image degradation.

Reviewing and monitoring your imagery is also simplified due to an enhanced Tru-Finder EVF and a high resolution tiltable LCD monitor. The Tru-Finder viewfinder provides a range of helpful information within the display as well as the ability to preview the effects of exposure control, white balance modifications, and other creative modes. The LCD monitor measures 3.0" and features 921,600-dots for crisp imagery during playback or in Live View. It can also be tilted up to 180° and rotated up to 270° for use in a variety of directions.

Translucent Mirror Technology
Translucent Mirror Technology is the backbone of this camera and provides a stable platform for many of the high speed features to function from. This technology automatically directs light to both the image sensor and AF sensor on a full-time basis for quick, responsive actions.
15-Point Continuous Autofocus
Utilizing the Translucent Mirror Technology, the autofocus system is able to continuously monitor the image frame and alter the autofocus quickly and responsively. This continuous focusing is especially useful when critical focus is required during video recording or when shooting in continuous modes. It uses 15 points, including 3 cross sensors for a great deal of accuracy and speed when determining focus points. This focusing efficiency is even highly capable under low-light situations and when used in conjunction with tracking moving subjects.
12 Frames per Second Continuous Shooting
When using the Tele-zoom Continuous Advance Priority AE mode, up to 12fps can be recorded while magnifying the center of your image by 1.46x. This cropping limits your image resolution to 8MP and brings your subjects closer for tighter compositions. When photographing in full resolution, up to 10fps can be recorded.
16.1MP Exmor APS HD CMOS Sensor
The 16.1MP APS-C-sized Exmor HD CMOS sensor provides a high level of image quality and additional low-light sensitivity benefits. This sensor allows for an extended ISO range from 100 to 16000 while effectively reducing noise at higher sensitivities. This combination of sensitivity and reduced noise make this camera ideal for use for action photography indoors or at night.
BIONZ Image Processor
The enhanced BIONZ image processor utilizes complex algorithms to deliver fast speeds and performance, significantly reducing write times and generally quickening the entire process of using your camera. The increased power afforded by this processor also gives room to increased noise reduction and richly detailed gradations throughout the entire dynamic range.
Full HD Video Recording
Full HD 1080p recording is supported with this camera and also makes use of the high-speed Translucent Mirror Technology for continuous autofocus, even while using Live View to monitor your shooting. The AVCHD version 2.0 (Progressive) format is used and allows recording of 60 frames per second for outstanding clarity and motion detail. Additionally, the 24p frame rate is supported allowing you to create movies with a more cinematic feel. This slower rate is the same that is used in movie theater playback and gives an inherently cinematic look and feel to your movies. For even greater control over video recording, fully manual shooting modes allow you control over your aperture and shutter speed.
Auto Portrait Framing
Auto Portrait Framing automatically creates compositions revolving around your portrait subjects and artfully crops your image based on the rule of thirds, where your portrait is located within the frame, exposure on your subject, and the direction he or she is looking. Face Detection, Smile Shutter, and Face Recognition modes are used in conjunction with Auto Portrait Framing for creating the best portraiture possible in a highly efficient manner. This mode utilizes the Clear Image Zoom function and automatically creates a second image file based on these considerations.
Clear Image Zoom
Using By Pixel Super Resolution Technology, this camera is able to zoom the center of your image up to 2.0x with little to no perceivable image degradation. This complex system of algorithms virtually doubles your zooming range and provides a realistic opportunity to create compelling images from great distances.
Tru-Finder Electronic Viewfinder
The Tru-Finder EVF is a high resolution finder featuring a 1,440K-dot resolution, a 100% field of view, and a wide 31.9° viewing angle. This finder displays pertinent image information regarding exposure settings and modes. Additionally, this finder has Shot Result Preview, giving you the ability to preview the effects of exposure control, white balance modifications, and other creative modes before making an exposure. It also features adjustable finder magnification giving you the choice between 1.04x and 0.97x, permitting you to see the entire frame while wearing glasses.
Xtra Fine LCD
The rear 3.0" / 7.6cm LCD features Sony's TruBlack technology for increased clarity and resistance to reflections. It has a 921,600-dot resolution for sharp, vivid imagery when reviewing images or monitoring your recording while using Live View. The monitor also features Shot Result Preview, for previewing the effects of your camera's settings before the exposure is made. For even greater viewing possibilities while shooting, the screen is able to tilt up to 180° vertically and rotate up to 270° horizontally. The range of movements and reflection protection give you a wide variety of possibilities for viewing from difficult angles and lighting conditions.
SteadyShot INSIDE Image Stabilization
This camera feature's Sony's SteadyShot technology for image stabilization within the camera. By reducing camera shake at the camera level you can achieve shake compensation up to 2.5-4.5 stops in shutter speed. This technology is compatible with any Sony Alpha lens.
Customizable Buttons
You can manually assign up to 24 different functions to 2 buttons for enhanced control over your own shooting needs. The AEL and ISO buttons can be modified to provide one-touch accessibility to modes such as Drive Mode and Flash Mode.
Sweep Panorama
Panoramic images are simple to create with this mode; simply pan your camera across the scene and the camera will automatically stitch together several images into one seamless panoramic file. 3D Sweep Panorama is also supported and functions with the same convenience, but automatically creates a stereoscopic image for 3D viewing on an HDMI-compliant 3D television.
Auto HDR
When this mode is selected, three separate bracketed exposures are made at a time and then automatically composited into a single file. This resulting file represents the longest range of tones in highlights, mid-tones, and shadows. Unlike traditional high dynamic range capture, this mode does not require the use of a tripod and simplifies the entire process into a simple, in-camera function.
Multi Frame NR and Hand-Held Twilight
Similar in theory to an HDR image, Multi Frame NR and Hand-held Twilight feature a noise reduction technology that automatically composites 6 different images into one file for a reduction in noise up to 2 ISO stops. Once you have selected your desired settings, you can create extremely low light images with confidence. The camera combines these 6 exposures to provide a gain in brightness without the increased noise that is associated with higher sensitivity levels. Since the initial exposure length is also shorter, you can easily handhold for shots that are sharp regardless of the ambient lighting.
Built-In Flash
The built-in pop-up flash features a guide number of 32.8' / 10m at ISO 100 and covers the range of an 18mm wide angle lens.
Superior Auto Mode, Scene Selection, and Exposure Mode
These modes all help to simplify the process of creating the best exposure possible, allowing you focus on what you are taking a picture of more than the camera settings. Superior Auto mode automatically detects the scene you are photographing and adjusts the camera settings accordingly to give ideal results. It also is capable of activating continuous shooting modes for moving subjects and Auto HDR mode if the dynamic range is beyond that of a single frame. Scene Selection affords you a bit more control and allows you to determine the type of scene you are photographing; the camera settings are then adjusted based on your decision. Exposure mode also allows you to select the type of image you are trying to create and then applies settings in-camera to compensate for the difficulties of that given situation.
Picture Effects
A variety of picture effects are supported for in-camera image-processing and creative applications. These effects include HDR Painting, Soft Focus, Miniature, Soft High-key, Pop Color, Partial Color (Red, Green, Blue, Yellow), Rich-tone Monochrome, Toy Camera, High Contrast Monochrome, Posterization (Color), Posterization (Black & White), and Retro Photo.
Imaging
Lens Mount Sony Alpha/ Minolta
Camera Format APS-C / (1.5x Crop Factor)
Pixels Actual: 16.7 Megapixel
Effective: 16.1 Megapixel
Max Resolution 16MP: 4912 x 3264
Aspect Ratio 3:2, 16:9
Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 23.5 x 15.6 mm
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
Movies: MPEG-4, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, MPEG-4 AVCHD
Audio: AAC
Memory Card Type Memory Stick Pro Duo
Memory Stick PRO HG-Duo
SD
SDHC
SDXC
Focus Control
Focus Type Auto & Manual
Focus Mode Single-servo AF (S), Continuous-servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M)
Autofocus Points 15
Viewfinder/Display
Viewfinder Type Electronic,
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.97x
Diopter Adjustment - 4.0 to +3.0 m
Display Screen 3" Rear Screen Tilting  LCD (921,600)
Screen Coverage 100%
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-3200 (Extended Mode: 100-25600)
Shutter Type: Electronic
Speed: 30 - 1/4000 second
Remote Control RM-DSLR1 (Optional)
Metering Method Center-weighted average metering, Multi-zone metering, Spot metering
Exposure Modes Modes: AE Lock, Aperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Programmed Auto, Shutter Priority
Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Natural White), Fluorescent (White), Incandescent, Kelvin, Shade
Flash
Flash Modes Auto
Fill-in
Flash On
Off
Red-eye Reduction
Second-curtain Sync
Slow Sync
Built-in Flash Yes
Guide No. 32.81' (10 m) ISO100 
Max Sync Speed 1 / 160 sec
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
AV Recording
Video Recording Yes, NTSC
File Size 1920 x 1080p (Full HD)
1440 x 1080p (HD)
640 x 480p (SD)
Frame Rate @ 1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 24 fps
@ 1440 x 1080: 30 fps
@ 640 x 480: 30 fps
Exposure Control Auto: Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISO
Manual: Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISO
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100 - 3200
Exposure Compensation -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
Focus Auto
Manual
Continuous Auto 1
Please Note:

Fulltime Autofocus only available in P mode

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Video Clip Length 1920 x 1080
29 min.
1440 x 1080
29 min.
640 x 480
29 min.
Audio Recording Optional External Mic: With Video, Stereo
Performance
Continuous Shooting Up to 12 fps
Start-up Time Not Specified By Manufacturer
Shutter Lag Not Specified By Manufacturer
Self Timer 2 sec, 10 sec
Connectivity 1/8" Microphone
DC Input
HDMI C (Mini)
USB 2.0
Software System Requirements Windows: XP (SP3), Vista (SP2), 7
Mac: OS X 10.3 or later
Power
Battery 1x NP-FM500H  Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.2VDC, 1650mAh
AC Power Adapter AC-PW10AM (Optional)
Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Physical
Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.2 x 3.8 x 3.2" / 13.2 x 9.8 x 8.1 cm
Weight 21.80 oz / 618 g
Sony Alpha SLT-A57 SLR Digital Camera (Body Only)
  • NP-FM500H InfoLithium Battery (7.2V, 1650mAh)
  • BC-VM10 Battery Charger
  • USB Cable
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Eyecup
  • Camera Body Cap
  • Accessory Shoe Cap
  • Software CD-ROM
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    by PowerReviews
    SonyAlpha SLT-A57 SLR Digital Camera (Body Only)
     
    4.8

    (based on 53 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (42)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (48)
    • Good image quality (47)
    • Easy to use (45)
    • Fast shutter speed (43)
    • Large clear LCD (41)

    Cons

    • Noisy at high ISO (5)

    Best Uses

    • Sports/action (37)
    • Landscape/scenery (36)
    • Family photos (35)
    • Low light (33)
    • Travel (30)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (19), Casual photographer (15), Semi-pro photographer (11), Pro photographer (4), Photography student (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (51)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    My new favorite camera

    I have been using Canon cameras for almost 30 years. I was worried about EVF, I really like EVF. I love to see what the final image will look like. It gives me...Read complete review

    I have been using Canon cameras for almost 30 years. I was worried about EVF, I really like EVF. I love to see what the final image will look like. It gives me the ability to make changes to enchance the image. I purchased a Tamron 70-300USD for sports. The speed is outstanding 12 fps allows me to capture more. I'm ready to sell my canon equipment and make the move 100% Sony... IQ is top notch. Clear image 2.x was another feature I was worried about. But again the feature is outstanding. I took several shots of the moon using clear image, wow, the detail was amazing. My local TV station used 2 of my moon images in their weather report.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not what I expected.

    It's a fast camera, BUT the noise at 1600 makes it unusable for me. Very grainy pics. The color looks weird and the contrast is all over the place, changing from one pic...Read complete review

    It's a fast camera, BUT the noise at 1600 makes it unusable for me. Very grainy pics. The color looks weird and the contrast is all over the place, changing from one pic to the other. I used it with the Sony 50mm 1.8. Pics were sharp though. Sticking to Canon from now on (5DMII).

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    4.0

    Awesome camera

    By John

    from Pennsylvania

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • High ISO Performance
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Quiet
    • Tilt /Swivel LCD

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Video

      Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A57 SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

      I actually have a NEX-6 as well and bought this to decide on which one to keep.
      I may keep both. Like the compactness of the NEX, but love the in-body image stabilization, full-time phase detection speed, and lens flexibility of the a57.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 9
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      I would buy this product again and again

      By oLy

      from Montreal, canada

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • High ISO Performance
      • Large Clear LCD

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A57 SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

        I already own one and when I was look for an other DSLR for multi-cam purpose, I bought an other A57. It's a great camera with all the best features (AF, ISO 3200, AVCHD 2.0.... and so on). You will have to pay twice that price for an other brand (Canon, Nikon...) that offer a comparable product.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 10
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Happy with purchase

        By Ted

        from Southington, CT

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Quiet

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A57 SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

            I finally made the jump from my Minolta Maxxum 7D and I'm happy so far (only had it 2 weeks now). Really easy to use, the quality of the photos was very good right out of the box. The only thing I can fault it for so far is its size. The 7D is a full size DLSR and the A57 isn't. I can get used to it, but still prefer the size of the 7D. Haven't had a chance to use the video camera or the panorama features yet.

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            • No

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Outstanding Camera, Great Value

            By Corporate Communications

            from Florida

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • High ISO Performance
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Tilt /Swivel LCD

            Cons

            • Some Controls R Menu Only

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A57 SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

            The Sony a57 is an outstanding prosumer-level camera, perfect for the higher-end semi-pro photographer (or lower-end pro), at a really great price. It features a very broad dynamic range, excellent image quality, fast focusing, and blazingly fast shutter speeds (up to 10 shots per second in full resolution). The a57 also has very good low-light performance, both in focusing and providing rich detail without excessive grain or smoothing.

            I work in corporate communications and shoot two main types of photos: outdoor jobsites, with heavy equipment and workers in action; and indoor company events. The a57, coupled with Sony's 18-135mm SAM zoom lens, produces outstanding results in both situations. I purchased the camera after researching a number of options and am very pleased with its performance.

            There are a few on-the-fly settings that require diving into the menu system to change, instead of having them avaliable via dedicated (or at least programmable) buttons. And the one button I don't need (Finder/LCD) I often seem to accidentally touch, turning the LCD screen off when I'm still trying to use it.

            Minor quibbles aside, the a57 provides amazing shooting performance and image quality for the money, making it an outstanding value.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Good product

            By sj

            from new york

            About Me Photography Student

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Large Clear LCD

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery

              Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A57 SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

              I like the electronic view finder

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Great features for the price.

              By Lance

              from Dryden, NY

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • High ISO Performance
              • Same Battery As My A200

              Cons

              • LCD view finder

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel

              Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A57 SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

              I use my new A57 mostly for shooting my children's sporting events and have only used it for basketball so far. I am extremely happy with the early results! I've had an Alpha A200 for 4 years and have been slowly adding lenses. Since I aleady had an investment in Alpha mount lenses I decided to stay with Sony when upgrading. There were no other brands with the same features and price range of this camera in my opinion. Video wasn't important to me. The ability to use higher ISO (A200 stopped at 3200)settings, especially in poorly lit gyms has been great. The 10 FPS mode allows me to catch more action. I was lucky to get 3 FPS with my A200. The only thing I have to get used to is the LCD electronic veiwfinder. Since it is not a direct view of the lense it it sometimes has to catch up in burst mode and I lose track on my subject (following a player on the court)I'm getting many more shots per battery charge than the specs say. I love that it uses the same battery as my A200. (didn't have to invest in new extra batteries)I am looking forward to shooting my kids outdoor sports in the spring.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 10
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              • No

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              5.0

              Well worth the price.

              By Photobug

              from Scranton Pa.

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
              • Fast Shutter Speed
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Good in low light
              • High ISO Performance
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Quick Focus
              • Quiet
              • Tilt /Swivel LCD

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Sports/Action
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A57 SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

              I take shots of bands, so 90% of my work is indoor and that is why I love this camera it is great in low light, I try not to use flash, because of the patrons, at times it distracts the performence.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 10
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              • No

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              4.0

              GREAT CAMERA!

              By David B.

              from South Carolina

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
              • Fast Shutter Speed
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Quiet
              • Tilt /Swivel LCD

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Sports/Action
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A57 SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

                I went from an optical view finder camera, I was initially hesitant to get an SLR with an Electronic Viewfinder but after using it a couple of weeks, I don't know why I was so afraid of it!The amount of things you can do from the viewfinder is incredible, pretty much anything you would do from the lcd screen on the back is available in the viewfinder. I was worried I would have a problem seeing, but its not a problem, it is actually brighter than an optical finder.For the money this camera beats the others in it's class hands down, it is a well made and engineered product!

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 9
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                • No

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                (1 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Not what I expected.

                By Amy

                from Puerto Rico

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • Good Image Quality
                • Quiet

                Cons

                • Noisy At High ISO
                • Poor In Low Light
                • Small LCD Screen

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A57 SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

                It's a fast camera, BUT the noise at 1600 makes it unusable for me. Very grainy pics. The color looks weird and the contrast is all over the place, changing from one pic to the other. I used it with the Sony 50mm 1.8. Pics were sharp though. Sticking to Canon from now on (5DMII).

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 9
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                Great pix on auto!

                By Art

                from Fairfield, CA

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • High ISO Performance
                • Large Clear LCD

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A57 SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

                    Only just got the A57, so all I've done so far is take a few snaps and a bit of video in full auto. They look great, even in low light. Can't wait to start exercising the features.

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 9
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Great camera

                    By Devinf

                    from St Joe, MO

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Quiet

                    Cons

                    • Noisy At High ISO

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Video
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A57 SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

                    I bought this camera for my wife as a Christmas gift. We are both complete beginners when it comes to photography. So far all we have done is use the auto mode which takes some pretty good pictures, we are using a Sony 35mm prime lens and it works pretty well for indoor low light photos. After seeing some of the pictures my inlaws took with a cannon t3i at the same time I think this camera has better out of the box color.

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 9
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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    love it!!!

                    By Shutterbug

                    from Hanover, PA

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • High ISO Performance
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Quiet
                    • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Travel
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A57 SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

                      very easy to use, love the crisp clear pics, amd low lighting is awesome

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 9
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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      sony a57

                      By rps

                      from providence ri

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                      • Fast Shutter Speed
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Quiet
                      • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Video

                        Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A57 SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

                        The Very fast and great pictures. Video quality is great and there are many settings

                        • Ease of Operation:
                        • 8
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                        5.0

                        Works great! Highly recommend

                        By JRO

                        from Chapel Hill, NC

                        About Me Photography Student

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                        • High ISO Performance
                        • Large Clear LCD

                        Cons

                        • Microphone
                        • Noisy At High ISO

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A57 SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

                        I use the camera body for recreational use and taking photos pro-bono for local non-profits.

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                        5.0

                        Hybrid camera! best continuous AF ever!

                        By Johnny B.

                        from Troy, Mi

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                        • Fast Continuous Video Af
                        • Fast Shutter Speed
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • High ISO Performance
                        • Large Clear LCD
                        • Quiet
                        • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Travel
                          • Video
                          • Weddings/Events
                          • Wildlife photos

                          Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A57 SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

                          It takes awesome videos and pictures especially for the price. This is a long review but I'm going to touch on some things that I don't think some people don't always cover. I am a father with a 17 month old daughter who runs around all the time. So I was looking for a camera that had fast continuous Autofocus during video because i didnt want to carry a photo camera and a video camera with me all of the time. I first tried the Canon t4i but it was definitely not fast enough to keep up with her. The A57 has the fastest video autofocus i could find and takes great pictures. My next problem was finding a lens that had a quiet enough autofocus motor so that it wouldnt be heard in my home videos. I first bought the Sigma 17-70 2.8-4 OS HSM lens. For pictures it's great for the price. However the AF motor noise was picked up by the camera microphone during my videos despite sigma advertising it's lens has a quiet AF motor. Then I finally i went with the Sony SAL1650 2.8 SSM. It was more expensive but it was better optical quality, blazing fast, and it greatly reduced the AF noise that was picked up. There are 2 negatives about this camera (which aren't deal breakers). one is that are that it films in 1920x1080p in AVCHD format but films only in 1440x1080p in MP4 format. It would just be way more convenient if they did the 1920 in mp4 so I could use it a lot easier with my MacBook. Also, just be careful when you change the lens on this camera. The second negative is that when you are filming in continuous autofocus mode, the apeture can only go as wide as f3.5 even if your lens can open up to 2.8 like my sal1650 2.8 ssm. One way to get your apeture at wider than f3.5 during filming is to focus the lens manually during video and then your apeture can open up to as wide as your lens apeture goes. that however defeats my purpose of filming with autofocus during video so its a give and take. Also make sure u be careful when changing the lens on the camera so you don't get dust inside the camera which could get some on the mirror/sensor. Change the lens with the camera facing down.

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                          5.0

                          Much better than expected!

                          By dpyancy

                          from USA

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                          • Fast Shutter Speed
                          • Good Image Quality
                          • High ISO Performance
                          • Large Clear LCD
                          • Quiet
                          • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Travel
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A57 SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

                            Fast autofocus.Great face detection.The camera can be controlled completely through the EVF. In some ways, the glass pentaprisim on my A700 is better, but I'd trade that for the information in the A57.It is a great camera and I haven't used my A700 since I bought this one! You won't be disappointed.

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                            • 10
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                            • Yes

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                            5.0

                            Great all around camera.

                            By Steve

                            from Boston ma

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                            • Fast Shutter Speed
                            • Good Image Quality
                            • Good Image Stabilization
                            • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                            Cons

                            • Short Battery Life

                            Best Uses

                            • Sports/Action
                            • Wildlife photos

                            Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A57 SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

                            I own a Canon XTI, 40D, Alpha A500 and now this little wonder. This camera is just FUN! It is small, light, slightly plasticy feeling, but a really fun camera to use. Face recognition is a first for me in a DSLR, but it is a neat feature. Using the EVF instead of a regular slr takes some getting used to, but for 12fps I will take it any day. Color rendition is good, focus is unreal fast, even with the 55-300 at 300 mm and always spot on. Love this camera! The only drawback is there is not battery grip contacts in the compartment, so no grip with portrait shutter release. Very pleased with this camera for the money.

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                            • 9
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                            4.0

                            love it!

                            By Eric

                            from Central Mass

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                            • Fast Shutter Speed
                            • Good Image Quality
                            • Good Image Stabilization
                            • Large Clear LCD
                            • Quiet
                            • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Sports/Action
                              • Travel
                              • Video

                              Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A57 SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

                              Serious amature who upgraded. I was not sure I would like the electronic viewfinder but there are some unique features and it is better resolution than I expected. This camera suits my needs nicely and is fast!

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                              • 8
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                              5.0

                              Excellent camera, I bought 2 of them

                              By Rafi

                              from Tel Aviv Israel

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                              • Fast Shutter Speed
                              • Good Image Quality
                              • Good Image Stabilization
                              • High ISO Performance
                              • Large Clear LCD
                              • Quiet
                              • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Family Photos
                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Sports/Action
                                • Travel
                                • Video
                                • Weddings/Events
                                • Wildlife photos

                                Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A57 SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

                                Pictures speak louder than words

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                                • 10
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                                4.0

                                Great so far

                                By Mickey Mouse

                                from Visalia ca.

                                About Me Casual Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                                • Fast Shutter Speed
                                • Good Image Quality
                                • High ISO Performance
                                • Large Clear LCD

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Family Photos

                                  Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A57 SLR Digital Camera (Body Only):

                                  Just got a new granddaughter , perfect timing

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                                  Sony - 50mm f/1.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens
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                                  Sony - NP-FM500H InfoLithium Battery (7.2V, 1650mAh)
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                                  Bolt - VS-510S Wireless TTL Shoe Mount Flash for Sony Cameras
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