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SonyAlpha SLT-A57 SLR Digital Camera (Body Only)
 
4.8

(based on 53 reviews)

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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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      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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          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
            • Was this a gift?:
            • 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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              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
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • 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
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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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.

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

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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.

                        • Ease of Operation:
                        • 9
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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Much better than expected!

                        By dpyancy

                        from USA

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        See all my reviews

                        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.

                          • Ease of Operation:
                          • 10
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • Yes

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                          5.0

                          Great all around camera.

                          By Steve

                          from Boston ma

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          See all my reviews

                          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.

                          • Ease of Operation:
                          • 9
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                          • No

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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!

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

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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

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

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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

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

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