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SonyAlpha SLT-A57 DSLR Digital Camera with 18-135mm Lens
 
4.4

(based on 7 reviews)

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86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (7)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (6)
  • Good image quality (6)
  • Large clear LCD (5)
  • Tilt /swivel LCD (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family photos (5)
    • Landscape/scenery (4)
    • Sports/action (4)
    • Travel (4)
    • Low light (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (7)

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    2.0

    Nice camera but too much noise

    By DME

    from Spring Valley, NY

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Noisy At High ISO
    • Poor Image Quality
    • Poor In Low Light

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery

    Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A57 DSLR Digital Camera with 18-135mm Lens:

    This was my first DSLR I purchased. It was extremely easy to use and very fast. Video quality was okay, not very sharp, but better than the Nikon (more expensive) cameras I tried out. One of the two problems I've had with this camera is the large amount of noise at ISO 800 and over. This camera is not good for low light. It's not good for very bright sunlight either as the entire image becomes washed out if taken facing very bright sunlight.
    Another issue I've had was that the camera's contrast is too high and the color too fake. I lowered the contrast and changed the vivid setting of the camera. The photos were better but still not acceptable for me.

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    5.0

    Really good camera!

    By AMP

    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
    • Tilt /Swivel LCD

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A57 DSLR Digital Camera with 18-135mm Lens:

      How i'm using this product?

      I'm enjoying it. It's really most enjoyable camera I ever had. Easy to use in every aspect. Also it is great fun! I want to say thank you, to SONY and B&H.
      Price is good, delivery also fast. What else I need.
      May be a good health? But it is not service you provide.

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

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      5.0

      Great camera/lens combo

      By Geoff

      from SoCal

      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
      • Tilt /Swivel LCD

      Cons

      • Short Battery Life

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A57 DSLR Digital Camera with 18-135mm Lens:

      I decided to upgrade my technology from a Nikon D40 kit, and a friend recommended Sony. After much investigation, I decided to get this combo for the A57's ergonomics and features, and the range, fast, accurate AF and balance of the 18-135 on the A57 body. I find the IQ to be excellent, with great colors, the A57's features are fun to use, and I'm now a convert to EVF. As the len's max aperture is f/3.5-5.6, I will get the Sony 35mm f/1.8 for low light and interior photography. I also have an extra battery shipping. B&H service, as always, is great.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 9
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      • No

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      5.0

      Faster Shutter, Truer Color, Cheaper

      By PhotoMa

      from CT

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A57 DSLR Digital Camera with 18-135mm Lens:

        I am not a photog, but I do want great photos of my friends and family. This shutter is unbelievably fast. The color is more vibrant than both competitors. And the price is a slam dunk. Love this purchase.

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        5.0

        A new beggining

        By Aristeu

        from Brasilia, Brasil

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Travel

          Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A57 DSLR Digital Camera with 18-135mm Lens:

          Its a very nice product to ones like me that dont understando a lot of photography and would like to pay a lower price for a very good product. As soon as i learn how to use i will improve and buy some equipments to upgrade my photos.

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

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          5.0

          No complaints

          By Careful Analysis

          from San Diego, CA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Auto-iso Considers Focal
          • Decent battery life
          • Easy To Use
          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good viewfinder
          • Hdr Dro Useful
          • Large Clear LCD

          Cons

          • Auto-iso Not Configurable

          Best Uses

            Comments about Sony Alpha SLT-A57 DSLR Digital Camera with 18-135mm Lens:

            This camera is an excellent tool. It does everything well. The in-body antishake is probably not quite as effective as in-lens, but it's adequate. The color, exposure and white balance on the jpegs are excellent even at default settings -- much better than the Nikon d5100 which I returned pronto for these reasons. I could only live with the crippled interface of the Nikon if it did these things consistenly well. Which it didn't. I opted for the Sony because I thought if I have to adjust these settings anyway I might as well have direct access to these settings with buttons and shortcut menus and full-time live-view so I could pre-adjust the look of the photo. Well all of this the Sony allows very well, but as it turns out it does a better job than the Nikon of taking a prettier picture right out of the box. The 18-135 lens is also a pleasant surprise. It focuses quickly and accurately and is very, very sharp in the centers. It's sharper in the centers than the Minolta 50mm f/1.4 and f/1.7 at 50mm at all comparable apertures; and it's sharper than the Minolta 35-70mm f/4 at all comparable focal lengths and apertures except wide open at 70mm (by a shade). And it does pretty well with close focusing (a .25x ratio) and at 135mm it gives you a nice working distance.

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 8
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            • No

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            4.0

            Love the VIDEO!

            By S17

            from Dayton, OH

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • High ISO Performance
            • Large Clear LCD
            • 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 DSLR Digital Camera with 18-135mm Lens:

              What can I say. I just love this camera. Now note, I'm more of a videographer and I that's my main focus with this camera. Like most videographers I've been on a quest for years to obtain a video camera which records images that look more like film. DSLR cameras can now do that fairly well for a couple of key reason. #1 being chip size. The chips in DSLR video cameras are very close to the size of an actual 35mm film frame, whereas every other video camera of comparable cost has chip that are 1/4 or and 1/8 the size of a 35 mm film frame. So the resolution and depth of field that you can achieve with these cameras is an incredible jump in quality. #2 DSLR cameras give you a large, inter-changeable, and high quality lens to work with. No more squeezing light thru tiny plastic lenses. These lens are also another HUGE factor in enabling you to obtain shallow depth of focus (i.e. back ground details are out of focus, while your subject is in sharp focus). That is something that just couldn't be easily achieved with prosumer level cameras just a few years ago. So those things aside, these sony camera's are the cream of the crop in DSLR video cameras in my mind. They're high quality, reliable, easy to use controls, and the auto focus technology that the Sony Alpha cameras have, is unique among the brands. So if you are using them for documentary or reality shooting, the ability to switch to auto-focus is VERY nice. Did I also mention this camera takes a great photograph? No? Oh yeah well it does indeed!

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

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