Sony Alpha SLT-A57 SLR Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens

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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

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.

This camera is also bundled with a Sony 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DT AF zoom lens, providing you with a range of focal lengths for a large variety of situations. It features Sony's smooth autofocus motor for quiet operation, which is especially useful when recording video.

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.
18-55mm Zoom Lens
The Sony 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DT AF zoom lens is included with this camera, providing you with a range of focal lengths for a large variety of situations. It features Sony's smooth autofocus motor for quiet operation, which is especially useful when recording video. It is lightweight and compact, too, for excellent portability.
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 AF 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
Kit Lens
Focal Length 18 - 55mm
Comparable APS-C Focal Length: 27 - 82.5 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 - 5.6
Minimum: f/22 - 36
Angle of View Not Specified By Manufacturer
Minimum Focus Distance 9.84" (24.99 cm)
Magnification 0.34x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:3
Elements/Groups 8/7
Diaphragm Blades 7
Autofocus Yes
Image Stabilization No
Filter Thread Front:55 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.74 x 2.72" (6.96 x 6.91 cm)
Weight 7.41 oz (210 g)
Sony Alpha SLT-A57 SLR Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens
  • 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DT Standard Zoom Lens
  • Front and Rear Lens Caps
  • 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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    SonyAlpha SLT-A57 SLR Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens
     
    4.6

    (based on 33 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    • 3 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (26)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (23)
    • Good image quality (23)
    • Fast shutter speed (22)
    • Tilt /swivel LCD (18)

    Cons

    • Noisy at high ISO (7)
    • Short battery life (3)

    Best Uses

    • Family photos (25)
    • Sports/action (24)
    • Landscape/scenery (22)
    • Travel (15)
    • Video (15)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (14), Casual photographer (13), Semi-pro photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    4.0

    Proved to be just what I was looking for

    By handsome

    from central NJ

    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
    • Tilt /Swivel LCD

    Cons

    • No Second Battery
    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A57 SLR Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

    I have researched for several months and decided on the a57 and it proved to be just what I was looking for in a DSLR. Great price for a quality camera with quality results. I belong to a photography club which meets once a month and our photos are judged. My first photo to be judged with my new a57 won first place. The camera is very comfortable to hold and lite. Take your time and read the manual to understand all the great features and you shouldn't be dissapointed. The lens is made in China and of lower quality but fine results. I will be saving up and upgrade to a better lense but this one will do just fine for now. I think the outdoor quality is better than the indoor.but for me I shoot mostly outdoor. I captured some stunning action shots with no blur. One thing I did notice is that the photos print out a little darker than what you see on the LCD screen.But I guess that's part of learning the camera. would be nice if Sony provided a second battery, the battery life isn't all that horrible but could be better. I shot 300 photos and used almost 40% of the battery life. I rated at 4 stars because of the factory lense and battery. but overall a really great camera.

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    • 10
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    • No

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    4.0

    Good Buy ..

    By Newbie dslr dude

    from chicago, IL

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Ability To Preview
    • Fast and responsive
    • Hi Number Of Fps

    Cons

    • Lcd Unusable On Tripod
    • Manual Is Incomplete

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A57 SLR Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

    I bought this camera as my first entry in to DSLR world ( or shud i say SLT world). I love this camera. big things that led me to choose this was the 10fps, EVF and also the ability to do a preview b4 u actually press the trigger (something that the competion lacks ).. This helps me to be in manual mode and confidently take shots knowing that my pic woudl come out better .... Luve this one..

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 8
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    • No

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    5.0

    Love it.

    By Michael

    from Portland, OR

    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
    • Tilt /Swivel LCD

    Cons

    • Noisy At High ISO
    • Poor In Low Light

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A57 SLR Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

    It's my first DSLR. I love it so far. A few small annoyances, like how certain modes can't be used in RAW mode, I haven't figured out how to allow pictures to be taken if nothing is in focus. But it's easy to use and takes great pictures.

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 9
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    • No

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    5.0

    Made the right choice!

    By Donna the Photo Novice

    from Goldsboro, NC

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Extreme Battery Life
    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Quiet
    • Tilt /Swivel LCD

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action

      Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A57 SLR Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

      As a novice, I was amazed at the ease of using the camera. After researching features and reviews, I decided this was the camera I wanted. After a week-long vacation in Vegas, Utah and Arizona and 1100 pictures, I know I made the right decision.

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      5.0

      Not hard to learn

      By Newbie Photo

      from Utah

      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
      • Tilt /Swivel LCD

      Cons

      • Noisy At High ISO

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A57 SLR Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

      As my first step-up from point and shoot photography, I expected this camera to be very hard to learn. It was everything I didn't expect - the pictures turned out beautifully, the camera menus were easy to navigate, and the functions were easy to understand. All I did was watch a few online photo guide videos to brush up on picture composition and I was ready to go!

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 9
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      • No

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      5.0

      Wonderful Camera at a good price

      By Qba

      from Berlin, Germany

      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
      • 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 with 18-55mm Lens:

        This camera makes very good pictures and it has some great effects which make your pics look wonderful without photoshop. I recommend this one to everyone who is interested to photography and wants to make it a hobby.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 10
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        • No

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        5.0

        love this camera, great product.

        By MissT

        from Columbia, SC

        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
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A57 SLR Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

          I can't think of anything bad to say about it. It's a great camera! I love being able to take pictures and videos. The fact that the viewer flips out and is adjustable is a great feature too. Would like to buy another one with many accessories but for now all I can do it put it on a wish list. Hopefully I will be able to order more equipment soon for my upcoming business.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 10
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          5.0

          I'm in love

          By idontgiveadram

          from Charlotte, NC

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

            Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A57 SLR Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

            EVF is awesome but it feels like cheating. 12 fps and I can shoot the pants off any Nikon or Cannon. Loaded with features and I get to keep all my old sony, tamron, and minolta lenses. At the price its a steal and not just for beginning photographers. SLT technology like this is typically MUCH MUCH more expensive. No brainer

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 10
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            • No

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            5.0

            Camera User

            By John

            from Tampa Florida

            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
            • Tilt /Swivel LCD

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel

            Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A57 SLR Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

            Taking pictures of the kids during their cheer leader competitions.

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 10
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            • No

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            5.0

            Good all around camera

            By Squidney

            from Newbury Park, CA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Af Can Be Loud
            • Loud Af
            • Noisy
            • Noisy At High ISO

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A57 SLR Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

            I have had my Sony A57 for about 2 months now, and I can say I highly prefer it over my previous Nikon D5000. While on the Nikon I do notice the details and colors were a little higher quality coming straight from the camera, the Sony by far wins with the fancy options and extras it has.
            Pros:
            ~Very fast AF in good lighting
            ~The body is light and very portable (I prefer the plastic to metal, as it feels just as sturdy, not cheap feeling at all)
            ~High and low ISO (from 100 to 16000, my Nikon went to 3200, but could not go lower than 250 which was a pain)
            ~Price is very reasonable
            ~Shoots 12FPS
            ~Shoots 60FPS at 1080p HD video, very smooth recording with the stabilizer
            ~Tons of settings and customizable shooting options
            ~LCD screen is very HQ and automatically adjusts to bright or dark lighting, feels a lot more sturdy than the a55
            ~Light
            Cons
            ~When shooting video against the sun, the video becomes very under exposed and you are unable to fix it. Unfortunately this is a big problem that changing the settings before hand does not help
            ~When taking video in a high lighting area, often it becomes over exposed even when you try and underexpose it manually, which is very obnoxious.
            ~If shooting in RAW, you can't zoom in to see if you are in perfect focus.
            ~AF hunts in low light
            ~Details can be a tad compressed at times, ~Chromatic aberration is in almost every photo (I used the 18-55mm and the 55-200mm), but can easily be corrected in post.

            Overall I am very happy with my purchase. Obviously you buy a camera for the photos, not the video, so my cons are obviously based on a very optional commodity. The video is by far better than I have seen or used on Canon or Nikon's newer models.

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 9
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            5.0

            Another great camera from Sony

            By Zero

            from Santa Maria, ca

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A57 SLR Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

              Not your traditional dslr but its fast and more than capable. If you are willing to embrace new technology, slt is the way to go.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 10
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              • No

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              5.0

              For the casual photographer...

              By Mels Bells

              from Southbury, CT

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Travel
                • Video

                Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A57 SLR Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

                I asked a friend who is a photographer to help me find an DSLR camera with video capability and she pointed me in this direction. I've only had the camera for a few weeks, but so far I've loved it. The images are crisp, and I've enjoyed experimenting with features that weren't available on my more basic point and shoot (such as panoramic shots and manual focus). If you aren't very experienced with photography but are looking for a camera that is reliable with some pretty cool features, this is the one.

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                5.0

                Amazing Underrated Camera!

                By matizzy

                from Brooklyn, NY

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Bang for the buck
                • Cheap
                • 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 with 18-55mm Lens:

                  This camera was really cheap and it performs as well if not better than cameras that cost more than it such as the cannon t4i. The kit lens if fairly good for everyday shooting. Additional lenses are cheaper than their counterparts from other companies because the camera has built in stabilization instead of the lenses having to have them.

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

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                  4.0

                  Tricky but Worth it

                  By Tony in the "stan"

                  from Afghanistan

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A57 SLR Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

                        Once I learned how to use this camera it was worth every penny. I prefer to learn by using so it took me a little while but even in my first day I was getting great pictures.

                        • Ease of Operation:
                        • 4
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Best performance under the SLT-A99

                        By Cea

                        from minneapolis, mn

                        About Me Photography Student

                        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

                        • Noisy At High ISO

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Travel
                        • Wildlife photos

                        Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A57 SLR Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

                        I upgraded to the A57 from the shorter bodied A35. I like the swivel screen, taller larger hand grip. It takes very good pictures for its class although anything over 800 ISO is going to be pretty grainy. With the a65 and a77 above it in the lineup, i think this is the most value of the three. the ones below it like the a37 are missing alot of features the above mentioned have for the little less it costs. The a57 is the same body as the a65 with just a couple little differences but most of these cameras till the a99 have the exact same aps-c size sensor therefore the higher megapixels dont mean a better picture but actually a potentially worse picture. the more pixels they try to cram into a sensor the lower the quality is. In a studio setting i can take terrific detailed photos at the lowest 4mp resolution on the a57 with studio wireless strobes combined with a 28-75mm F2.8 tameron lens as well as a 70-200mm f2.8 lens. the kit lens will get you started but its a poor lens with very little versatility. these camera accept a wide variety of older minolta lenses along with the modern Sony line and Tameron, Sigma etc.. the one bummer for these cameras up till the current a99 and the new a58 (which is a joke compared to the a57 )is they have a standard hotshoe connection vs. the minolta proprietary the line has had up till now. but for 10 bucks online you can get adapter to fix that.

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

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                        5.0

                        Very Happy

                        By Steven

                        from North Carolina

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Noisy At High ISO

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A57 SLR Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

                        Upgraded from my Nikon D40 so I could use this as a multipurpose camera. Shoots sharp pictures and awesome video. Could not have asked for more.

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                        5.0

                        Soooo Good!

                        By MA

                        from Palm Bay Florida

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast Shutter Speed
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Large Clear LCD
                        • Quiet
                        • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Travel

                          Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A57 SLR Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

                          Light weight camera with all the features I need, and many yet to be discovered. Replaced my old Sony.
                          Great quality of images.

                          • Ease of Operation:
                          • 8
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Great balance of video and still quality

                          By Amateur Videographer

                          from Houston, TX

                          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

                          • Noisy At High ISO
                          • Poor Audio

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Video
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A57 SLR Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

                          I bought this camera because I was interested in jumping back into video production (I typically do things like promotional materials for non-profits) but also needed something that would do great with stills for pictures of family and friends. The Panasonic GH2 appeared to edge out the A57 on video at this price point but still photography was much better on the A57.

                          The camera is very, very easy to use and slowing down 1080/60p is even more fun than I thought it would be. The stills are quite sharp and the 12fps continuous shooting mode is very impressive. I just ordered the Minolta 50mm f/1.7 lens to get better performance in low-light and think it will enable me to get much more out of the camera.

                          The real bad thing about this camera for video is that the sound is dreadful and the microphone input is almost useless with automatic gain control. If you want to do anything serious at this price point you'll have to get an external audio source - I really wish Sony gave you more control over sound.

                          • Ease of Operation:
                          • 8
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          5.0

                          neat little camera (for a SLR)

                          By The Cheese Man

                          from Brooklyn, NY

                          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

                          • Hard To Find-use Controls

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A57 SLR Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

                          I started with the Minolta Maxium, this Camera is my seventh since and by far the best.

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

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                          4.0

                          A lot of fun

                          By YED

                          from Israel

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A57 SLR Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

                            Fast, very fast camera, good with babies and fast moving things (roller coasters).High ISO is avaliable gives you good pics in indoors situation.
                            There is one problem that is when you change modes there is an explanation screen which does not dissapear Automatically, you need to press a button before (maybe there is an option to stop this function, i didn't find it yet) it is a bit annoying, could be a bit problematic if you want to turn on and take a quick shoot.

                            • Ease of Operation:
                            • 7
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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