The Alpha SLT-A57 DSLR Digital Camera with 18-135mm Lens from Sony combines the quality and control akin to 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 16.1 MP Exmor APS 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 with 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.
The SLT-A57 comes with the new Sony 18-135mm zoom lens which provides a very long focal range, covering the most frequently used focal lengths and offering coverage for almost all of your shooting needs. The lens is compact and easy to handle and having one lens cover such a range of focal lengths means safety: you won't drop a lens that you don't have to change and convenience: you won't miss a shot while changing lenses.
Sony's Direct Manual Focus (DMF) allows you to switch between AF and MF without removing your eyes from the viewfinder and Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM) offers a quiet, gliding AF mechanism, which also improves AF response when shooting moving subjects. With a single ED glass lens element and two aspherical lens elements, quality images with little color aberration are assured in any setting.
Versatile and compact, the 18-135mm lens is the perfect complement to the high quality SLT-A57 and combined, they provide you with DSLR quality images from a manageable, easy to use and affordable camera system.