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Sony SLT-A57Y Digital Camera

SLR 16.1MP CMOS Sep 2013
Camera Type Megapixel Sensor Type Full HD Video Release Date
Nine industry awards
Good quality pictures
Good product quality
63 Reviews + 9 Awards
3dGameMan.com 100% Kickass Ephotozine Recommended DP Review Gold What Digital Camera Gold

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Reviews

Nine Industry Awards

This camera is one of the most awarded by experts of all the comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago.

The experts at three expert review sites all thought that this medium megapixel digital camera was fantastic and gave it their highest award. This Sony camera received an "Editor's Choice" award from CNET.co.uk, Photoreview.com.au and Log.com.tr.

The editors of review sites Ephotozine and Hi-tech.mail.ru/ both endorse this camera and have given it their "Recommended" award.

The experts at two more expert review sites both decided that this Sony digital camera was fantastic and gave it one of their highest awards. What Digital Camera and DP Review both gave this camera a "Gold" award.

This camera received a "Highly Recommended" award from review sites 3dGameMan.com who wrote that this medium megapixel digital camera was very good.

The writer at one other expert review site wrote that this Sony camera was good. Kamerabild.se gave this camera a "Best Product" award.

Expert Reviews Are Good

Based on thirty-four expert reviews from sites including DP Review, What Digital Camera, Ephotozine and Techradar this Sony digital camera has an average expert rating of 82 out of 100. That puts this camera in the top 13% of all the cameras of this age and type.

Good Brand

Based on 23,306 expert and owner reviews (including 401 verified purchases), Sony has good ratings for its digital cameras. Sony also has good ratings specifically within its medium megapixel cameras range. 93% of those that bought a Sony digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Good Quality Pictures

Seven Sony SLT-A57Y reviewers who bought the Sony SLT-A57Y reckoned that it had a good picture resolution. Pc Mag mentioned on PC Mag “Quick burst shooting” and rated it 70 out of 100. Five years ago expert website Ephotozine.com mentioned in their Sony SLT-A57Y review “Features a 16.2 megapixel sensor, 1.44 million dot electronic viewfinder, full HD video and 12fps continuous shooting”. Dp Review gave it a rating of 78 out of 100 and said “10fps shooting in full resolution mode”.

Several customers who purchased the product reckoned that it was able to produce good images. Expert website Pcmag.com gave the product a rating of 70 out of 100 and said “Sony's Alpha 57 digital SLR is capable of producing excellent images and video.” in their review of the Sony SLT-A57Y. Expert website Goodgearguide.com.au mentioned “It's a camera that can capture wonderfully clear and vibrant images without you having to fiddle around with the settings too much” in their Sony SLT-A57Y review.

A few customers thought it had a good ISO range. Pc Mag said on PC Mag “Good high ISO performance” in their review of the Sony SLT-A57Y. Good Gear Guide.com.au wrote “Good high ISO capability” in their review. One customer said in their reviews that the product had a good image sensor. Photoreview.com.au said in their review of the Sony SLT-A57Y “Where the A65 has the same 24.3-megapixel sensor as the flagship A77 model”.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

A number of people said in their reviews that it had a good viewfinder. Whatdigitalcamera.com said five years ago “An electronic viewfinder immediately polarising opinion” in their review of the Sony SLT-A57Y. Several Sony SLT-A57Y owners who reviewed the Sony SLT-A57Y considered that it had an electronic viewfinder. Techradar rated this digital camera 4 stars and wrote in their review of this digital camera “Decent EVF”.

Good Quality Lens

Some customers reckoned that it had a good autofocus. Pc Mag wrote in their Sony SLT-A57Y review five years ago “Fast autofocus for stills and video” . Digital Versus said in their Sony SLT-A57Y review “1080p HD video at up to 50 fps, stereo sound and effective autofocus”.

One customer concluded that the Sony SLT-A57Y had a good lens. One Sony SLT-A57Y reviewer who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it had a good image stabiliser. Digital Versus rated it 80 out of 100 and said “Builtin stabilisation” in their Sony SLT-A57Y review.

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Good Video Capture

Several people thought it was good for video recording. Dp Review mentioned “Class-leading 108060p video resolution with manual exposure control” . Expert review site Gadgetshow.channel5.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “It can suck down full HD 1080p resolution video.”.


Features

Good Technical Features

A number of customers considered that the product had good features. Expert website 3dgameman.com wrote in their review “The Sony A57 16.1MP DSLR Camera is loaded with with features, performance, has excellent build quality” . 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 Sony SLT-A57Y review. Hardwarezone.com.ph mentioned in their review of the Sony SLT-A57Y “The A57 leads with rich features”.


Design

Good Product Quality

Four Sony SLT-A57Y owners who purchased it concluded that it was good quality. Techradar.com said in their review “The ability to deliver high quality images, this camera can certa”. Techradar mentioned “Good build quality”. Digitalversus.com mentioned on Digital Versus “Picture quality is excellent, so long as the lens you're using is up to scratch.”.

Easy to Use

Three customers reckoned that the product was easy to use. Pc Mag said “Good control layout” in their review. Expert review site Wired.com said in their review of this digital camera “The camera delivers some high-powered DSLR features in a package that’s intuitive enough for less-experienced shooters”. Five years ago Goodgearguide.com.au wrote in their review “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”.

One Sony SLT-A57Y owner who bought it mentioned that it was easy to use the menus. Dp Review gave this digital camera a score of 78 out of 100 and wrote in their review eleven years ago “Useful function menu provides access to shooting parameters”.

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Nice Design

One Sony SLT-A57Y reviewer who reviewed the Sony SLT-A57Y considered that it was a good design.

One customer who purchased the Sony SLT-A57Y reckoned that it was neat. Five years ago expert review site Gadgetshow.channel5.com rated the product 5 stars and wrote “The Sony SLT A57 DSLR is a tidy still snapper with its 16.1 megapixel sensor.” in their review.

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Robust

A number of Sony SLT-A57Y owners who bought it concluded that it was well made.


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Poor Connectivity

Two customers who bought the product considered that it did not have gps. Techradar mentioned “No built, in GPS” but they still scored it 80 out of 100.


Price

Reasonably Priced

One customer who reviewed the product mentioned that it was good value for money. Ephotozine.com said on expert review site Ephotozine “It offers a more affordable entry into high speed photograph” in their review and rated it 4 stars.


Power

Good Battery Life

One person who purchased it thought it had a good battery life. Digital Versus mentioned “Battery runs down more quickly than in 'genuine' SLR cameras” and scored it 4 stars.


Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

One customer who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it was a good size. Photoreview.com.au mentioned “It has the same dimensions as the A65's” in their review of the Sony SLT-A57Y.

One person said in their reviews that the Sony SLT-A57Y was thin. Dp Review said on DP Review “The Transit by Soen is a welldesigned wireless Bluetooth speaker that delivers decent sound in a slim package that's travelfriendly” in their review and gave the Sony SLT-A57Y a score of 78 out of 100.

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Heavy

The SLT-A57Y is fairly heavy (539 grams) compared to most of the other cameras of this age and type. Medium megapixel cameras that have been available for a similar time to this camera have weights of between 20g and 1.3kg, and the average weight is 250g.

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Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

Sony released the SLT-A57Y in September 2013.


Audio

Unacceptable Noise Level

One customer reckoned that it was noisy. Five years ago Wired.com wrote “Digitally zoomed photos will be noisy”.

Features Voice Recording

The Sony SLT-A57Y features voice recording. Most of the other cameras that were released around the same time as this camera also feature voice recording.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The SLT-A57Y has a built-in microphone. Most of the other cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this camera also have a built-in microphone.

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Display

Quite Large Display Diagonal

The display diagonals of medium megapixel cameras that have been available for more than two years range from 2" to 4.8", and the average display diagonal is 2.9". At 3 inches, the SLT-A57Y has a fairly large display diagonal compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age.

We compared all the other 3" screen cameras to this camera and we think because of their better review scores, the Canon A3300 IS, and the Nikon Coolpix D7000 are also worth considering.

Cameras with a larger display diagonal that might be worth looking at include the Nikon D4S (£3,379.99) (3.2" and higher rated).

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Fairly Wide Field of View

At 100 percent, the SLT-A57Y has a fairly wide field of view compared to most of the other medium megapixel cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera. Across all the medium megapixel cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera the field of views range from 95% to 100%.

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Video

Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The SLT-A57Y supports Full HD video, unlike most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec which do not support Full HD video.

Alternative digital cameras which support Full HD video currently available which you might want to consider include the Sony HX100V which has better reviews.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Sony SLT-A57Y is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels camera, which is the most common video resolution supported by similar spec cameras that came out more than two years ago. 640 x 480 pixels is also supported by this camera. This Sony camera also supports a video resolutions of 1440 x 1080 pixels. 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.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolutions is in fact the best supported video resolution amongst all medium megapixel cameras that have been around for a similar time to this camera.

Amongst similar types of digital camera the worst supported video resolution is 320 x 120 pixels.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the Sony SLT-A57Y is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of a 1280 x 720 pixels digital camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution is actually the best video resolution amongst all cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this digital camera.

Amongst similar types of camera the worst video resolution is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Sony SLT-A57Y has a built-in flash, as do most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this camera.

Other cameras with a built-in flash currently available which you might want to look at include the Canon A3300 IS, the Sony NEX-F3D, or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 which all of have better reviews.

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Features Face Detection

The SLT-A57Y features face detection, as do most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

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Has an HDMI Port

The SLT-A57Y has an HDMI port, as do most of the other medium megapixel cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The Sony SLT-A57Y has a USB 2.0 port. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago also have a USB 2.0 port.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The SLT-A57Y has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other cameras that came out around the same time as this camera.

There are a number of alternative cameras with an image stabilizer currently available that you might want to look at including because of their better review scores, the Canon A3300 IS, or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5.

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Only 2560 X 1920 Pixels Image Resolution

The SLT-A57Y has a 2560 x 1920 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than the 3264 x 2448 pixels maximum image resolution found on most similar spec cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. Digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera maximum image resolutions range from 640 x 480 pixels (worst) to 8256 x 6192 pixels (best).

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16.1 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 16.1 megapixels camera.

It may also be worth considering one of the other 16.1MP digital cameras currently available including because of their better review scores, the NEX-3NL (£293.90), the NEX-F3D, or the NEX-6Y all from Sony.

If you are looking for a higher megapixel then you might want to look at the Nikon D4S (£3,379.99) (16.2MP and higher rated).

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Camera

Has a Dioptre Correction

The Sony SLT-A57Y has a dioptre correction. Most of the other similar spec cameras that have been on the market for more than two years also have a dioptre correction.

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Has an Anti-Dust Function

The Sony SLT-A57Y has an anti-dust function. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to this digital camera also have an anti-dust function.

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Viewfinder

Quite Large Viewfinder Screen Size

The viewfinder screen sizes of similar spec cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera range from 0.2" to 0.5". At 0.46 inches, the SLT-A57Y has a quite large viewfinder screen size compared to most of the other medium megapixel cameras that are a similar age to this camera.

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Ports & Interfaces

Features Connection to PC

The Sony SLT-A57Y features connection to PC. Most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been available for more than two years also feature connection to PC.

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Has an HDMI

The SLT-A57Y has an HDMI. Most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been available for a similar time to this camera also have an HDMI.

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Packaging Content

Has a Battery Charger Included

The Sony SLT-A57Y has a battery charger included, as do most of the other similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to this camera.

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Has an AC Adapter Included

The Sony SLT-A57Y has an AC adapter included. Most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera also have an AC adapter included.

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Has a Hand Strap

The Sony SLT-A57Y has a hand strap, as do most of the other medium megapixel cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Has a Batteries Included

The SLT-A57Y has a batteries included, as do most of the other medium megapixel cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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Lens System

Very Small Maximum Aperture Number

Cameras of a comparable type and age to this digital camera have maximum aperture numbers of between 2.5 and 38. When compared to other cameras that were released more than two years ago that we have assessed the maximum aperture number of, the SLT-A57Y's maximum aperture number of 36 is one of the smallest.

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Quite Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The shortest maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of cameras of this age and type is 18mm, the longest is 1,500mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 350mm. At only 82.5 millimeters, the Sony SLT-A57Y has a very short maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been around for a similar time to this camera.

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Fairly Large Minimum Aperture Number

The minimum aperture numbers of similar spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera range from 1.7 to 22. With a minimum aperture number of 5.6, the Sony SLT-A57Y has one of the larger minimum aperture numbers amongst medium megapixel cameras of this age.

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Flash

Has a Flash Exposure Compensation

The Sony SLT-A57Y has a flash exposure compensation, as do most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this camera.

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Quite Fast Flash Recharging Time

With a flash recharging time of only 3 seconds, the Sony SLT-A57Y's flash recharging time is one of the fastest amongst digital cameras of a similar spec and age to this digital camera. The flash recharging times of medium megapixel cameras that have been around for a similar time to this camera range from 3s to 15s, and the average flash recharging time is 5.5s.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers slta57vy.cee5, slta57y.cee5, sony slta57k, sonyslt-a57y, sony slta57m
Barcodes 00027242847545, 00027242850194, 00791090694391, 00905524863406, 04905524863352, 04905524863369, 04905524863376, 04905524863390, 04905524863406, 04905524863420, 04905524863437, 04905524863444, 04905524863451, 04905524863468, 04905524863659, 04905524871289, 04905524871296, 04905524871302

Sony SLT-A57Y Review Sources

To prepare this Sony SLT-A57Y review we compared this digital camera to 1,217 other models. For each digital camera that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 311,698 product attributes, 177,254 digital camera reviews and 3,980,200 historical digital camera prices from 0 digital camera retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this digital camera compared to the other models as well as any areas where this digital camera is lacking.

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