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Sony SLT-A57 Digital Camera

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SLR 16.1MP 3x Sep 2013
Camera Type Megapixel Count Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Release Date
Powerful creative features, flawless images and high speed shooting 16.1 effective megapixels: High resolution Exmor APS HD CMOS Sensor for very low noise still images and Full HD video. BIONZ... More
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Sony A57 Hands-on Review
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Sony Alpha a57 Review | John Sison
Review zur Sony Alpha 57 / A57 SLT Kamera (German / Deutsch) Hands On

30 Reasons For

Nine Industry Awards

The writers at CNET.co.uk, Photoreview.com.au and Log.com.tr all decided that this SLR digital camera was excellent and gave it their "Editor's Choice" award.

The experts at Ephotozine and Hi-tech.mail.ru/ both recommend this camera and have given it their "Recommended" award.

This Sony camera was given a "Gold" award by both What Digital Camera and DP Review, both of which thought that this camera was marvellous.

The experts at two other expert review sites both decided that this camera was good. This Sony camera received a "100% Kickass" award from 3dGameMan.com and it received a "Best Product" award from Kamerabild.se.

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Expert Reviews Are Good

On average, based on thirty-four expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, DP Review, Ephotozine and Techradar the average expert rating of this Sony camera is 82 out of 100.

Good Quality Pictures

A few Sony SLT-A57 owners concluded that the Sony SLT-A57 was able to produce good images. Expert review site Goodgearguide.com.au wrote “It's a camera that can capture wonderfully clear and vibrant images without you having to fiddle around with the settings too much”.

Three Sony SLT-A57 owners thought it had a good picture resolution.

One Sony SLT-A57 reviewer said in their reviews that it had a good image sensor. Expert review site Photoreview.com.au wrote four years ago “Where the A65 has the same 24.3-megapixel sensor as the flagship A77 model” and scored it 4 stars.

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Good Technical Features

Five Sony SLT-A57 owners mentioned in their reviews that the Sony SLT-A57 had good features. Expert review site Amateurphotographer.co.uk wrote “However, there are enough features to separate it from the entry-level Alpha 35, particularly the angled LCD screen, improved EVF” in their review of this digital camera. Expert review site Hardwarezone.com.ph mentioned three years ago “The A57 leads with rich features”. Hardwarezone.com.ph also mentioned “It should prove a capable entry-level camera which comes with an impressive list of features like Auto-HDR”.

Good Product Quality

A number of Sony SLT-A57 reviewers considered that the Sony SLT-A57 was good quality. Techradar.com wrote in their Sony SLT-A57 review on expert website Techradar four years ago “The ability to deliver high quality images, this camera can certa”. Digitalversus.com wrote on Digital Versus “Picture quality is excellent, so long as the lens you're using is up to scratch.”. 3dgameman.com mentioned on expert website 3dGameMan.com three years ago “The Sony A57 16.1MP DSLR Camera is loaded with with features, performance, has excellent build quality and a stunning initiative design”.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

Several people reckoned that this digital camera had a good viewfinder. Four years ago expert website Whatdigitalcamera.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “An electronic viewfinder immediately polarising opinion” and rated it 5 stars.

One Sony SLT-A57 owner wrote in their reviews that it had an electronic viewfinder.

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Good Video Capture

Some Sony SLT-A57 reviewers said in their reviews that it was good for video recording. Pcmag.com wrote on PC Mag “Sony's Alpha 57 digital SLR is capable of producing excellent images and video.” in their review of the Sony SLT-A57. Ephotozine.com said “Features a 16.2 megapixel sensor, 1.44 million dot electronic viewfinder, full HD video and 12fps continuous shooting” in their review of this digital camera. Expert website Gadgetshow.channel5.com mentioned “It can suck down full HD 1080p resolution video.” in their Sony SLT-A57 review.

Good Brand

Sony is one of the better rated digital camera manufacturers according to average reviews from experts and owners, and Sony also has good ratings for its SLR digital cameras.

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Nice Design

One Sony SLT-A57 owner mentioned that the Sony SLT-A57 was a good design. One person who reviewed it reckoned that it was neat. Gadgetshow.channel5.com wrote “The Sony SLT A57 DSLR is a tidy still snapper with its 16.1 megapixel sensor.”.

Easy to Use

Some customers who purchased this digital camera concluded that it was easy to use. Expert review site Wired.com mentioned “The camera delivers some high-powered DSLR features in a package that’s intuitive enough for less-experienced shooters” in their Sony SLT-A57 review. Goodgearguide.com.au scored the Sony SLT-A57 80 out of 100 and mentioned in their review of the Sony SLT-A57 on expert website Good Gear Guide.com.au four years ago “Sony's Alpha SLT-A57Y is a 16-megapixel, mid-class interchangeable lens camera that's designed to appease users who want something relatively easy to use, yet also capable of capturing very clear”.

Reasonably Priced

One Sony SLT-A57 owner who reviewed the product mentioned that it was good value for money. Ephotozine.com said on Ephotozine “It offers a more affordable entry into high speed photograph”.

Good Quality Lens

One Sony SLT-A57 owner who bought the product concluded that it had a good lens.

Robust

One person who bought the Sony SLT-A57 said that it was well made.

Good Size

One Sony SLT-A57 owner who purchased it thought it was a good size. Photoreview.com.au said “It has the same dimensions as the A65's” and gave it a rating of 4 stars.

Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

Like most of the other SLR digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the SLT-A57, the SLT-A57 supports Full HD video.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The SLT-A57 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other SLR digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the SLT-A57.

We compared all the other cameras with a built-in flash to this camera and we think the Samsung NX100 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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SD Memory Card

SD memory card

This digital camera supports an MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is typical of many cameras of this age and type. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

If you want a camera with a better memory card type then you might also want to consider the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 (£411.04) (SD|SDHC|SDXC).

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Supports Two Image Formats

The SLT-A57 has a greater number of supported image formats than most cameras of a similar age and type to it. This camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most commonly supported image format supported by SLR digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the SLT-A57. The image format "RAW" is also supported by this Sony camera.

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Electrical Viewfinder

Most compact cameras do not have enough space to accommodate an optical viewfinder and use the display screen on the back as an electrical viewfinder.

An electrical viewfinder is in fact the best viewfinder across all digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the SLT-A57.

The worst viewfinder across comparable types of digital camera is Electronic.

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Electronic Camera Shutter

This digital camera has an Electronic camera shutter, which is typical of many digital cameras of a similar spec and age to it.

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Has Two Photo Effects

The Sony SLT-A57 has a greater number of photo effects than most digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. The most frequently found photo effect is Neutral, but this photo effect is not found on this camera. The photo effects Black&White and Vivid are also found on this Sony camera.

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Fairly High Display Resolution

With a display resolution of 921,600 pixels, the SLT-A57 has one of the higher display resolutions amongst digital cameras of this age. The display resolutions of SLR digital cameras that have been available for more than two years range from 1 pixels to 2,400,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 750,000 pixels.

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Has One Image Editing Mode

The number of image editing modes found on the SLT-A57 is more than most cameras of this age and type. This Sony camera has a Rotating image editing mode, which is the most commonly found image editing mode found on digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the SLT-A57.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently found maximum video resolution on SLR digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This digital camera supports a video resolution of 640 x 480|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many cameras that are a comparable age to it. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

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Has Four Light Exposure Modes

The number of light exposure modes found on the SLT-A57 is more than most digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This Sony digital camera has an Auto light exposure mode, which is the most frequently found light exposure mode found on cameras of a comparable type and age to the SLT-A57. The light exposure modes "Aperture priority AE", "Manual" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this camera.

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H.264 Video Format

This camera supports an AVCHD|H.264|MP4|MPEG4 video format, which is the most commonly supported video format on SLR digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Features Two Auto Focus

The SLT-A57 has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most similar spec digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. This Sony digital camera features a Single Auto Focus auto focus, which is the most frequently featured auto focus featured on digital cameras of this age and type. The auto focus "Continuous Auto Focus" is also featured on this Sony camera.

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Supports Five Camera File Systems

The Sony SLT-A57 has a greater number of camera file systems than most digital cameras of this type and age. This camera supports a DCF 2 camera file system, which is the most commonly supported camera file system supported by SLR digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The camera file systems "DPOF 1.1", "Exif 2.3", "MPF" and "RAW" are also supported by this digital camera.

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Auto Focus

This digital camera has an Auto / Manual focus, which is typical of many cameras of this age and type.

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14 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Video Recording

The SLT-A57 does not support video recording. Most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to the SLT-A57 do support video recording.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The SLT-A57 does not have a GPS. Most of the other cameras of this age and spec also do not have a GPS.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras with a GPS and we think the D3200 (£234.00), or the D5200 (£215.80) both from Nikon is also worth considering.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Sony SLT-A57 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that came out more than two years ago are also not 3D compatible.

Cameras which are 3D compatible that might also be worth considering include the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Most similar spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as the SLT-A57 do not support WiFi connectivity. The Sony SLT-A57 is no exception to this as it too does not support WiFi connectivity.

We compared all the other digital cameras which also support WiFi connectivity to this digital camera and we think the D3200 (£234.00), the D5200 (£215.80), or the D750 (£347.00) all from Nikon which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

Most comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for more than two years are not waterproof. The SLT-A57 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other SLR digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the SLT-A57, the SLT-A57 does not have an image stabiliser.

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Only Features Four Flash Modes

The number of flash modes featured on the Sony SLT-A57 is more than most digital cameras that were released around the same time as it. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on cameras that came out more than two years ago. The flash modes "Fill-in", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Sony camera.

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Only 2560 X 1920 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The SLT-A57 has a 2560 x 1920 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than the 5184 x 3888 pixels maximum image resolution found on most comparable spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it. Across all digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the SLT-A57 the image resolution ranges from 640 x 480 pixels to 8256 x 6192 pixels.

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Quite Low JPEG Frame Rate

Digital cameras of this type and age have JPEG frame rates of between 3fps and 60fps. The SLT-A57 has one of the lower JPEG frame rates (only 25 frames per second) amongst comparable spec cameras of this age.

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Only Has Three Shooting Modes

The SLT-A57 has a greater number of shooting modes than most digital cameras of a similar type and age to it. The most frequently found shooting mode is Manual, but this shooting mode is not found on this Sony camera. The shooting modes Auto, Movie and Scene are also found on this Sony digital camera.

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Only Supports Two Audio Formats

The SLT-A57 has a greater number of audio formats than most SLR digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. The most commonly supported audio format is PCM, but this audio format is not supported by this digital camera. The audio formats AAC and AC3 are also supported by this Sony digital camera.

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Only 2448 X 1624 Still Image Resolution

The Sony SLT-A57 has a higher still image resolution than most digital cameras that were released around the same time as it. This Sony digital camera has a 2448 x 1624 still image resolution, whereas most similar spec cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it have a 2736 x 1824 still image resolution. In addition, this camera have a still image resolution of 3568 x 2368 and 4912 x 3264. The worst still image resolution of all digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the SLT-A57 is 384 x 480 and the best is 6016 x 4016.

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Only Ten Flash Guides

The SLT-A57 is a ten flash guide digital camera. Most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age have between 5 and 23 flash guides.

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Fairly Long Flash Sync-Speed

The average flash sync-speed of cameras of this type and age is 0.67s. The SLT-A57 has one of the longer flash sync-speeds (1 second) amongst SLR digital cameras of this age.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Sony SLT-A57

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when Sony released the SLT-A57.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the SLT-A57 has a relatively typical screen size compared to most of the other SLR digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the SLT-A57.

If you are looking for a camera with a larger screen size then you might also want to consider the Nikon Df (£1,688.03) (3.2" and higher rated).

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Average Weight

The Sony SLT-A57 has a pretty typical weight (539 grams) compared to most of the other SLR digital cameras that are a comparable age to the SLT-A57.

Alternative digital cameras with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Canon EOS 550D (£495.00) (530g).

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Average Megapixel Count

With a megapixel count of 16.1 megapixels, the Sony SLT-A57 has a pretty typical megapixel count compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the SLT-A57.

There are a number of other 16.1MP digital cameras currently available that you might also want to look at including the Sony NEX-6 (£831.67) which has better reviews.

If this camera megapixel count is not high enough for you then you might want to look at the Df (£1,688.03) (16.2MP), or the D5100 (£222.30) (16.2MP) both from Nikon which is also higher rated.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on cameras that have been around for around the same time as it.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras that have a CMOS sensor and we think because of it's better review score, the Sony NEX-6 (£831.67), and the Nikon D750 (£347.00) is also worth considering.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Image Stabiliser
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Aspect Ratio
Image Format
Full-Frame Sensor Size
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Design
Colour
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens
Lens Structure
Lens Mount Interface
Aspheric Element
Diaphragm Blades
Filter Size
Focusing
Auto Focus
Auto Focus Lock
Auto Focus Assist Beam
Normal Focusing Range
Auto Focus Point
Focus
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Auto Exposure Lock
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Flash Guide
Flash Sync-Speed
External Flash Connector
Flash Exposure Compensation
Flash Recharging Time
Flash Exposure Correction
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Format
Voice Recording
Memory
Memory Card
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Lens Magnification Ratio
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
PC Connectivity
HDMI Port
Camera
White Balance Mode
Shooting Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Histogram
Dioptre Correction
Anti-Dust Function
Image Adjustment Mode
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Live View
Playback Mode
Brightness Adjustment
Built-In Processor
Scene Mode
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Shot Per Battery Charge
Battery Voltage
Battery Level Indicator
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Packaging Content
Handheld Remote Control
AC Adapter Included
Included Cable
Battery Included
Included Battery Charger
Hand Strap
Certificates
Energy Star Certified
Other Features
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Port
HDMI Port
Weight
Face Detection
Panorama Mode
Camera Shutter Speed Range
Aperture Priority Mode
Manual Exposure
Manual Focus
Auto Exposure
Shutter Priority AE
Electrical Viewfinder
Colour Temperature
Image Effective Megapixels
Display Tilting

9 Awards

What Digital Camera Gold DP Review Gold Ephotozine Recommended 3dGameMan.com 100% Kickass photoreview.com.au Editor's Choice CNET.co.uk Editor's Choice log.com.tr Editor's Choice kamerabild.se Best Product hi-tech.mail.ru/ Recommended

Expert Reviews

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31 January 2013

As an everyday camera for most casual shooting situations, the A57 leads with rich features. It should prove a capable entry-level camera which comes with an impressive list of features like...

21 January 2013

3dGameMan.com

Video Review: The Sony A57 16.1MP DSLR Camera is loaded with with features, performance, has excellent build quality and a stunning initiative design. It comes with Translucent Mirror Technology... Read more…

10 December 2012

The Sony SLT A57 DSLR is a tidy still snapper with its 16.1 megapixel sensor, but it also pulls double duty as an HD camcorder: it can suck down full HD 1080p resolution video. But is it a jack of... Read more…

30 October 2012

The Sony Alpha SLT-A57Y is an interchangeable lens camera that's well worth considering. It's a camera that can capture wonderfully clear and vibrant images without you having to fiddle around... Read more…

23 October 2012

The Sony Alpha SLT-A57Y is an interchangeable lens camera that's well worth considering. It's a camera that can capture wonderfully clear and vibrant images without you having to fiddle around...

21 August 2012

Sony's Alpha 57 digital SLR is capable of producing excellent images and video, but its EVF has some issues, and the camera is a little slow to start and shoot...

20 August 2012

Sony's Alpha 57 digital SLR is capable of producing excellent images and video, but its EVF has some issues, and the camera is a little slow to start and shoot...

19 July 2012

In spite of a few handling quirks and an ageing menu system that could do with ironing out, the Sony Alpha a57 delivers an overall very favourable impression. With a strong feature set and the...

19 July 2012

Costing £700 in the UK or $800 in the US, with a kit lens, the launch price of the Sony Alpha a57 seems a little steep, particularly given that you can pick up the 24.3MP, GPS-enabled Sony Alpha...

12 July 2012

Sony?s new ?57 is aimed at serious enthusiasts who are more interested in the outcome than the process. The camera delivers some high-powered DSLR features in a package that?s intuitive enough for... Read more…

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